[Blog Tour Book Review #17] Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra


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. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

Book Specifications:

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Format: Kindle ARC

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: April 15, 2017

Genre: Realistic Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Philippine Culture, Weddings

Book Review:

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Massive thanks to Ms. Mina V. Esguerra for sending an e-ARC copy of this book my way. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

Back when I was still in college, Events Management was certainly one of the many courses that I enjoyed learning about. I love the idea of planning, organizing, and/or coordinating for an event that’s not just made to make me, or any other organizer, feel good about ourselves, but also because it provides an outlet for my extroverted personality. It fuels my constant need to communicate with people, whether it be in a casual or professional way. With that said, I guess you could only imagine my thrill at wanting to read, review, and promote an upcoming #romanceclass title with a laser-focused MC, a seemingly interesting LI, and a plot line that reminds me of a course that’s close to my heart.

One reason as to why I was fairly intrigued with this is because I wanted to see an author’s take on what goes on behind-the-scenes during a wedding. With whatever knowledge I have by watching romantic-comedies, I can only imagine the drama and the hustle wedding planners must endure in order to successfully pull off a wedding, let alone one that features high profile personalities. Through this book, I was made aware at how challenging, but utterly rewarding it is to be an event organizer. Makes me want to pursue a specific career track, if you know what I mean.

I also deeply appreciated the use of the Philippine setting to make the story a lot more imaginative yet realistic in terms of tourist / commercial spots and, of course, local Filipino dishes. I’m a big fan of literary works that showcase the wonders of my homeland, which happens to be a given since this is a #romanceclass title, but still. The effort it took for Mina to include these small, yet fairly relevant details certainly paid off.

Lastly, I also just wanted to point out that should anyone ever feel the need to read a book about a strong, independent, and empowered, woman who kind of falls in love with an LI who’s still trying to find his path but has a lot of other stuff to offer, this is definitely a book worth picking up and reading.

If I haven’t yet convinced you to go and read this book up until this point, let me give you one last reason: Read this for the romance and the steam. In Better At Weddings Than You, Mina gave her readers two opposing characters who she threw into a roller coaster ride to plan for their friends’ wedding, but in the process, learns that sometimes, living a glorious career isn’t enough to satisfy one’s human needs.

“Better At Weddings Than You won’t just elicit all kinds of feels from it’s readers. It will immerse anyone who reads it into a spectrum of Filipino culture, showcasing how vibrant and warm the Philippines is in terms of it’s tourist spots, and local cuisine. It will take you to new  highs and lows with a plot line that is as captivating as the writing is endearing.”


Characters – 4.50

Plot – 5.00

Writing Style – 5.00

Pacing – 4.00

Ending – 4.00

TOTAL – 4.55 / 5★

About the Author:

Mina writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (minavesguerra.com), she documents her experiments in publishing. As a trainer, Mina is a resource speaker for the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and teaches #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

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