Here’s my take on The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas.
A wedding. A trip to Spain. The most infuriating man. And three days of pretending. Or in other words, a plan that will never work.
Catalina Martín, finally, not single. Her family is happy to announce that she will bring her American boyfriend to her sister’s wedding. Everyone is invited to come and witness the most magical event of the year.
That would certainly be tomorrow’s headline in the local newspaper of the small Spanish town I came from. Or the epitaph on my tombstone, seeing the turn my life had taken in the span of a phone call.
Four weeks wasn’t a lot of time to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic–from NYC and all the way to Spain–for a wedding. Let alone, someone eager to play along my charade. But that didn’t mean I was desperate enough to bring the 6’4 blue eyed pain in my ass standing before me.
Aaron Blackford. The man whose main occupation was making my blood boil had just offered himself to be my date. Right after inserting his nose in my business, calling me delusional, and calling himself my best option. See? Outrageous. Aggravating. Blood boiling. And much to my total despair, also right. Which left me with a surly and extra large dilemma in my hands. Was it worth the suffering to bring my colleague and bane of my existence as my fake boyfriend to my sister’s wedding? Or was I better off coming clean and facing the consequences of my panic induced lie?
Like my abuela would say, que dios nos pille confesados.
The Spanish Love Deception is an enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating romantic comedy. Perfect for those looking for a steamy slow-burn romance with the sweetest Happily Ever After.
Catalina Martín has not been in a serious relationship since her last breakup back at home. Her parents and sister are worried that she will never recover from her breakup and give dating another try. It’s time for Catalina to attend her sister’s wedding and the groom’s best man is none other than Catalina’s ex Daniel, who recently got engaged.
Catalina has two options, show up to the wedding alone and give Daniel satisfaction that she never got over him or find a date to bring to her sister’s wedding. This is when Aaron Blackford, the arch-nemesis of Catalina, offers to be her fake date for the wedding. With almost no option and very little time in hand, Catalina takes up his offer. Will they be full of the charade? Why Aaron offers help to Catalina? Will these enemies turn into lovers? Read the book to find out everything.
Coming to the review, the cover of The Spanish Love Deception is cute and simple. The writing style in the book is more of telling rather than showing. Some dialogues made the scene weird instead of swoon-worthy.
“Do you want me to get you off and hold you until you fall asleep? Or do you want me to claim it with my cock?”
Umh! Sorry, when did saying things like these become romantic?
The vocabulary used is superb, I learned some new Spanish words. Yay to that.
The storyline is gripping. The concept of the book is amazing. Loved the idea.
Catalina is a powerhouse. Everyone in the office loves her and by the end of the book you will end up loving her too. She is sweet, caring, and always works hard to prove her worth in a job that is dominated by men. Dear Catalina, you are doing a wonderful job and inspiring a lot of women to do the same. Her friendship with Rosie is adorable.
Aaron is tall and handsome and gives all the mysterious vibes. Her taunts to Catalina are funny and made me root for them harder. He is charming and protective, making him the perfect hero material. The way he remembers every tiny detail about Catalina has my heart melt. Aaron and Catalina together are the perfect match.
Catalina’s family is weirdly cute. I was expecting some intense enemies-to lovers fight scene but this book turned out to be adorable instead. Kinda worth the time I spent reading.
I would like to give this book 3.5 stars out of 5.
Extra .5 stars just because of Aaron. He is the sweetest, one of the most lovable male protagonists I have read till now. He has my heart already. One of the most perfect Book Boyfriends.
The author, Elena Armas, tried to add all the tropes which made the book a bit of a mess. The Spanish Love Deception is majorly promoting the enemies-to-lovers trope but it hardly has that trope. There are no heated arguments, fights, or anything like that. In fact, Aaron Blackford is one of the sweetest male protagonists I have ever read. All that enemy vibe was in Catalina’s head. From very few pages it is well established that Aaron is in love with Catalina and whatever he does is to get her attention.
“Being your friend has always been the last thing on my mind.”
Can he be any more subtle? Get a hint, Catalina.
This debut by Elena Armas felt a bit long, mainly because the main part of the book started nearly after 40% of the book, and most of it was filled with Catalina’s big monologue which looked dragged. Too much use of phrase ‘fake boyfriend’, and too much use of word ‘baby’. Romance scenes felt dull. Sometimes too much touch can also ruin the scene. I’m not trying to be harsh on the book as the middle part of the book is absolutely good and it kept me hooked. The last part of the story could have been better. I expected more from the epilogue.
The Spanish Love Deception has office romance, a super adorable male protagonist, and a bit of enemy to lover arch. If you are a fan of anyone on the trope you will enjoy the book. I have mixed feelings about the book but I don’t regret reading it. Definitely, a one-time read.
As usual, ending the review with my favorite quote from the book.
“I’ll give you the world,” he said against my mouth. “The moon. The fucking stars. Anything you ask, it’s yours. I’m yours.”