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Better At Weddings Than You

(Chic Manila #9)

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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.
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Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Bright Girl Books
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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
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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.
alexis
LOVED THIS.

I loved the heroine. I loved the hero. I loved all the characters. And that ending... perfect.

Review to come closer to release date.
Solaine Chioro
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Esse livro é tão curto e me fez de trouxa tão rápido, estou chocada!
Eu decidi ler Better At Weddings Than You porque é romance filipino, a protagonista parecia sensacional e o casal não parecia problemático. E o que eu recebi em retorno? EXATAMENTE ISSO! A Daphne Cardenas é uma personagem tão incrível que eu não sei nem como começar a falar dela. Ela é bem-sucedida, sabe o que quer da vida (e não fica esperando as coisas acontecerem) e poderia muito bem ser a dona do universo. Por causa de uma
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Shealea
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Emily
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult-etc
WHAT A GOOD BOOK.

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
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Chelsea
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Lisa
THIS IS SOME GOOD SHIT-

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.

Anyway, WHY HAVEN'T I READ THIS SOO
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Silvana [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
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Kristy 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
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Laís Arjona
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
4.5/5.0
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
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Suraya (thesuraya)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recs-romance
im starting to know more and more great filipino authors!!
Natalie
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
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Claire
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
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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?
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Jason Molenda
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, romance
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
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Bon
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
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Elke
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.
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
Chachic
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to follow!
Ádria
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.
Catherine
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!
kb
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,
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Fariha
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
wish the book was longer
Amanda
This was a cute book that got me out of a reading slump because it was relatively short and angst-free. What I enjoyed about this book is the role reversal of sorts. It's not unusual to read romances where the female protagonist is a wedding planner, but this is the first one I've ever read where the male protagonist is as well. It's a relatively new career path for him, and Daphne, as the experienced wedding planner, is someone he looks up to. The premise is that Daphne is hired to take over th ...more
Xan West
3.75 stars.

I fell really hard for Daphne, she grabbed my heart. There's this one moment where Aaron realizes that he's never been with a woman that is this intensely respected and there it was, she had me, and through his eyes. Her competence, her emotional armor, her unabashed enjoyment of sex, the way she establishes control and does a brilliant job & is also sometimes so flustered and vulnerable, how well she reads people and situations...she had me.

I also loved how feminist this romanc
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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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  • Fairy Tale Fail (Chic Manila, #2)
  • No Strings Attached (Chic Manila, #3)
  • Love Your Frenemies (Chic Manila, #4)
  • That Kind of Guy (Chic Manila, #5)
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  • Wedding Night Stand (Chic Manila, #6.5)
  • What You Wanted (Chic Manila, #7)
  • Iris After the Incident (Chic Manila, #8)
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