[Review] The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Title: The Spanish Love Deception
Author: Elena Armas
Release Date: February 21, 2021

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.
divider_line (1)Review: SERIOUS SWOON. What happens when you make up a fake boyfriend in a panic when your family tells you your ex is engaged? Obviously you strike a deal with the coworker you can’t stand, of course. I loved Lina right from the start! She says whatever is on her mind and I loved her incessant babbling and obliviousness to the chemistry between her and Aaron. The tension between them was laid on so thick it was impossible not to feel secondhand swoon. There were so many blurred lines right from the start of their ‘fake’ relationship and I loved how messy it got! Also, can we talk about how HUNGRY this book made me? Lina is over here munching on brownies and Aaron is smuggling her doughnuts and my mouth is watering…again. There are also a ton of important themes in this book including workplace relationships, sexism, harassment, body image (the pitfalls of dieting), and stereotyping.

Here are few things you can find in this book:
-a Spanish STEM boss lady who puts her foot in her mouth a lot
-a scowly love interest
-slowburn moments with lots of intense looks
-fake dating/hate to love tropes
-tons of laugh-out-loud moments

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