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Better At Weddings Than You

(Chic Manila #9)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That's why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it.
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Bright Girl Books
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm kind of obsessed with Mina V. Esguerra's romances. They have the steamy, romantic vibe of something you would find in Avon's line-up, only most of her books are set in the Philippines and feature Asian heroes and heroines. I first found out about this author through one of my friends who saw me reading a Six de Los Reyes book and told me about #romanceclass, and the circle of Filipino writers who wrote romances under this hashtag.

Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I read Better At Weddings Than You after a two-week drought of not finishing anything. This novel is everything I ever needed and I gave it five stars. It was an exhilarating, fun, and steamy book. If that still doesn’t convince, I suppose we can’t be friends.

I typically don't enjoy the-we-just-met narrative for romance. I prefer long history of build-up, but Esguerra certainly knows how to flesh out her characters. Better At Weddings Than You follows the story Daphne. She’s the in-demand weddin
K.J. Charles
Delightful contemporary Filipinx romance with two wedding planners getting it together. Daphne, introduced as a woman who doesn't give a fuck, is marvellous. She's highly job focused without being portrayed as sad, obsessed, spinsterish or all the other career woman cliches. She knows what she wants, which does not include being the person on whom a man relies for his happiness. You know the gif of a cat knocking things off a table captioned "Fuck this--fuck that--fuck the other thing"? Daphne. ...more
Geri Reads
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipinoauthors
Loved the hero who is also wedding planner like the heroine. Steamier than the other Mina Esquerra books I've read. I wish there was more of a grand ending. Although I must say that the ending does fit with both Daphne's and Aaron's character so it works.
First things first: I received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book as part of my participation in a blog tour hosted by the author herself – this, however, neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Many thanks to Mina V. Esguerra for this delightful opportunity!

One of the strongest points of this novel is the manner in which Daphne and Aaron’s relationship is handled. Their transition from mildly hostile strangers to unlikely friends to perfectly matched
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult-etc

I picked Better at Weddings Than You for this years' Asian Lit Bingo (the prompt was romance with poc / indigenous love interest) and also because one of my friends can't stop talking about Mina V. Esguerra and I wanted to understand WHAT WAS GOING ON.

I can safely say now I understand what is going on.

Better at Weddings Than You is a fun, light, quick read that follows both Aaron (THE MOST TROUXA MAN IN THE ENTIRE WORLD) and Daphne, a woman who knows what she wants and gets it w
Chelsea slytherink
review also posted on Wordpress! spoiler-free review!

I read Better At Weddings Than You back in May, so I have to write this review based on the notes I took back then. I apologise that this review won't be as thorough as usual.

I never read M/F romances. It's absolutely not something I tend to enjoy, but I saw Better At Weddings Than You receiving hype on Twitter, so I was intrigued. Since this is written by a Filipino author, I was definitely more willing to give this a chance than if this were
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Planning a wedding is Daphne Cardenas’ expertise. She’s the one who meets every bride’s demands, who talks to couples having second thoughts, who makes sure that their dream wedding come true. When she was asked to take over her friend’s wedding, she was stumped. Not only did she feel bad for the one she was replacing, she knew a wedding disaster would unfold if the bride had other groom in mind.

I can always count on Mina Esguerra to level up her game and make sure that the cliched insta-love wo

I thought it would be kind of a rivalry thing with Daphne and Aaron but it wasn't and I'm okay with that because I love the plot. I love Daphne and Aaron's relationship development, and most importantly I am now a big fan of Daphne Cardenas. She's awesome, she's successful and the best at what she does, she doesn't give two fucks about what people say re: her single at 30s status, ... I want to be that successful and confident in my 30s.

sil ♡ the book voyagers
Mina's newest, Better At Weddings Than You, was simply my favorite of the month. I needed my romance fix and it sure gave me that and more. The main characters, Daphne and Aaron, are weddings planners and I love that Daphne is the one who is the veteran in the business while Aaron is the newcomer and the one who has been doing wedding planning for not so long. He really admires Daphne as well so I really find that super nice and great, I imagine this situation where Daphne is doing wedding plann ...more
Miel Salva
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are so used to the woes of the couple (usually just the bride who wants to be hands-on all of the stuff while the groom is just chill) but not with the behind-the-scenes handled by the people hired to make the event perfect. #BAWTY shows both sides but here, Ms. Mina focused more on the equally stressful life of coordinators.

One of the many interesting things about the main characters Daphne and Aaron was the swap of roles. It was apparent with their chosen profession. What was a straight, ho
Kris Mauna
This is a perfect romance novel for the broken hearted!
I easily fell in love with Daphne and Aaron - their relationship is sexy and fun, definitely had me swooning! ;)
Mina V. Esguerra is just the best. I'm always a little hesitant when it comes to shorter romance novels, but her characters manage to be fleshed out and easy to relate to. And Daphne is such a boss! Also, it was refreshing to read from older POVs (both Daphne and Aaron being in their 30s). The wedding planning, their romance, and i
Laís Arjona
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! A light romcom with a independent successful female character and a sweet gentle (and really trouxa) male character, adults acting as adults, no drama.
I loved how they interacted with each other, they had chemistry, they respected each other, they were honest, they were mature and i loved it.
Actually, I don't even know what to say about this book, because it's so much fun and SO sweet. I already knew a lot about this story cause my friends talk about it nonstop and i
Trigger warnings: emotional cheating? I guess??

This was cute! I feel like there were a few things I missed out on because this is book 9 in a series, even though the author has said the books can standalone.

But on the whole, I enjoyed this story about rival wedding planners being forced to work together and falling in love.

Really, I think the only reason it's not a higher rating is that the book is about 200 pages and it's a lot to have them go from meeting and not liking each other to being
Aug 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
this was SO CUTE! i absolutely loved the writing and the dynamics between the characters! i cannot wait to read more of this author's books :D ...more
Suraya (thesuraya)
im starting to know more and more great filipino authors!!
Weddings are fascinating. They’re beautiful, they’re moving, they’re dream-come-trues. Everybody loves celebrating love—including me, especially if there’s good food and dancing, and even though I have to wear a dress.

But attending a wedding is different from planning one. The planning part is crazy, and if the wedding is a huge wedding, then it’s even crazier. (I should know—I helped plan one just last year.) There’s a lot of ongoing confusion, disagreements, disappointments and not to mention,
N.G. Peltier
I found my fave romance class couple, and it is Daphne and Aaron :D

I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to review a new Mina Esguerra book . I became aware of romance class books last year and let's just say my goal is to devour them all!! So when i saw Mina had a new one coming out yessss I was pretty excited, and that title? Definitely intrigued me right off.

And the premise? double yes! I've never read a book with a male wedding planner before and here we have Aaron Trinidad who's just b
That was enjoyable and stress-free! And *interesting* - Daphne's a really unusual heroine.

Recommended if you like:
- very little angst
- no-nonsense heroines
- lots of communication
- competence porn
- "older" (for romance - 30something) heroine
- non-Western setting & cast

Definitely kept my attention even though I'm normally a reader who likes high-stakes emotions, brooding, and a lot of angst. I kind of loved how Daphne was just so straightforward and not having it... and I'm trying to think if I
Jennifer Hallock
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mina V. Esguerra writes sexy heroes, for sure, but I think the author's real comparative advantage is great heroines. Daphne is at the top of her profession because she's organized, competent, and a strategic thinker. And maybe a workaholic, but not whining about it.

She is the female version of the classic billionaire trope. (She's not that rich, but she's not doing badly, either.) It does make you wonder, why do the savvy business types seem to be men? What happens when the hero is the ingenue?
Jason Molenda
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2017
A fun contemporary romance set in Manila - I heard an interview with Mina on Smart Podcast Trashy Books a while back, and have been meaning to check out one of her books ever since then -- finally got to it. It's a quick read and I had great fun, I think I'll be checking out more of her books in the future.

The bride is having an old friend organize their wedding - it’s only the fifth wedding he has put together. The groom is concerned that his bride and her wedding planner friend are getting too
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This was an enjoyable and lovely read. The setting and premises were lovely and intriguing, and the enemies-to-lovers with a twist works for me like a charm. And this D no exception. Plus, the MCs together were perfect.

I did struggle a bit with the constant comments about people in their twenties being clueless about relationships and in general, even though they were mostly directed at the MC by herself. Plus, the ending left me wanting a bit. It was slightly too abrupt for me and I wished for
Bon | Reads in Heels
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Daphne Cardenas agrees to accept a wedding gig one confrontation away from falling apart, partly as a favor to a friend she doesn't even like that much. She meets the former wedding planner- good-looking hunk new to the industry- and agrees to "collaborate" with him.

I love how Daphne challenges double standards by being unapologetically herself. I first saw her in That Kind of Guy and instantly fell in love with her no-nonsense attitude. She'd do as the poster child (adult?) of a strong-willed
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a very enjoyable m/f romance! It's written by a Filipino authour and has Filipino characters. For various reasons I won't get into, there were some parts I really recognised myself in, and some I didn't at all, so my enjoyment is probably pretty coloured by that. Either way, I loved the wedding planner aspect and would have liked to see more of it! Daphne was also great and I love how strong and confident and talented she was. Unapologetic female leads, yes!

CW: sex
Lydia Andres
I have a soft spot for competent heroines and Daphne is definitely in that category. The dynamic between Daphne as an expert and Aaron as a total newbie to the profession was fun to see, although it would've been interested to see if Aaron grows into the profession, or if he stumbles out of it as easily as he stumbles into it. ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO MANY FEELS. I could feel every phase of this amazing book. Love it.
And I might want to go to a honeymoon right now.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot! A wonderfully balanced mix of nearly instant feelings and being open to the possibilities. Also, I want to be Daphne when I grow up.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Daphne. I loved Aaron. I loved the food tasting scenes, the 'honeymoon' scenes, and of course the CHICHARON. This makes me want to be a wedding planner also. Lol. Full review is already up here! ...more
H. Bentham
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don’t know where to begin, so maybe let’s start with the “Why did I immediately get this book as soon as it was possible to?” Heehee. Aside from the given (i.e. Mina V. Esguerra on the byline, promise of steam, Filipino, etc.) ‘Better at Weddings than You’ caught my attention at the 30-somethings romance premise and because it’s a behind-the-scenes take on the drama that ensues at weddings. The blurb also hinted at some sort of powerplay between the MC and the LI where the woman is in ...more
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Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "I

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