The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Published October 28st 2021 by Simon & Schuster UK
RRP AUD $19.99
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.
I picked this up whilst in the mood for a cute enemies-to-lovers contemporary, and this was great! To be honest, it was less enemies-to-lovers, but more oblivious-girl-and-simping-guy-to-lovers, but I am not mad. When I first began the story, it was very clear that our main man didn’t actually hate Catalina, but it was still interesting to see what would happen. This reminded me of the Hating Game, as they’re both marketed as enemies-to-lovers in a workplace/office environment and there’s a big trip/event in the story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Hating Game mainly because of the writing style, but this didn’t have any of the issues I had with THG so I’m very happy!!
The two main characters here are Catalina (Lina) and Aaron, and the tension was REAL. There was S O much tension and I was lowkey getting impatient, but the two of them were so cute so I sat through it hehe. The romance was SO CUTEEE I loved it, so much tension and conflicting thoughts but ugh love. I felt like perhaps Lina was a teensy bit too blind, but still super fun regardless! Lina is smart, fierce and is so inspiring, she’s faced several setbacks in her personal and professional life and it was really good to see how she dealt with them. We also see workplace misogyny and toxic masculinity, and how it can affect women in the workplace with ways of helping reduce that culture. Aaron is a sweetheart, and I love him. He absolutely could’ve done better to try and facilitate a better working environment for sure, but overall I thought he was quite a good character, and (!!) that airplane trip !!! I was in love.
There’s a lot of culture in this book, with the title hinting towards it and with the family going to Spain, and I really loved it! My mother’s family are all from the Philippines, so whilst it’s definitely not the same culture, it’s similar to what I experienced growing up, whenever we’d go back and visit family. Lina had a large, wild extended family and it made me miss my own extended family so much. I could see how much love Elena has for her culture, and it made my heart so happy when they were in Spain.
Overall, I thought this was such a cute lil contemporary! It had a tension-filled romance, fake dating, one bed, (sightly) enemies-to-lovers and I thoroughly enjoyed it hehe. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s not really feeling like any intense stories, or anyone who likes any of the tropes I mentioned before. As a final note to depart on, Daniel can suck on a cactus.
About the Author
Elena Armas is a Spanish writer, a self confessed hopeless romantic, and much to Mr. B’s dismay, a proud book hoarder. After years of devouring HEAs and talking–okay fine, yelling–nonstop about them, she has finally taken the leap and decided to create some of her own.
She hopes these stories make your heart skip a beat or two, your palms a little sweaty, and your cheeks flush in that rosy pink that makes other people want to peek at the page you are reading.