Book Review: The Spanish Love Deception By Elena Armas


A wedding in Spain. The most infuriating man. Three days to convince your family you’re actually in love. . .

Catalina Martín desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. Especially when her little white lie about her American boyfriend has spiralled out of control. Now everyone she knows – including her ex-boyfriend and his fiancée – will be there.

She only has four weeks to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic for her and aid in her deception. NYC to Spain is no short flight and her family won’t be easy to fool. . . But even then, when Aaron Blackford – the 6’4″, blue-eyed pain in the arse – offers to step in, she’s not tempted even for a second. Never has there been a more aggravating, blood-boiling and insufferable man.

But Catalina is desperate and as the wedding gets closer the more desirable an option Aaron Blackford becomes. . .


Great first novel, finally got around to reading / listening to it, a bit lengthy!

Some negative points to get out of the way;

I found Catalina did ramble on a little bit. FYI THERE ARE EROTIC SCENES AT THE END! Which was a bit much for me. It came out of nowhere during the last 2 hours of this audio recording and I found myself skipping over it. I found it so cringy.

Oh, another cringy thing, who else has some turn off words or nicknames? ‘Baby’ Really? SOOOO CRINGY! Barf worthy in my opinion I hate that word. Anything cringy such as posts being all lovey covey – like that is between two people not for the whole world why would you make people so uncomfortable ???

⁃ Babe, baby, hun, the list goes on

The above is just barf for me. Keep erotic scenes to the image toon, I do not spend time listening or reading romance novels for porn scenes so can you just not? K Thanks.

The pace of the novel was mostly okay as it was indeed a slow paced romance where you know where the end goal will be. This is not a love-hate relationship.

Basically the annoying Catalina held a grudge (what is with women and holding grudges against men?) because he didn’t accept her gift on the first day or something as silly as that. Ever since, she has had a hating vendetta against Aaron.

What is with this recording it pronounces the name Aaron as ‘Erin’ and the name Daniel as ‘Danielle’ a woman’s name.

I did enjoy the Spanish phrases at times though and the TV/Film references. Catalina has very long monologues but she isn’t too immature about it. The novel is OVER-RATED but it is a decent book that will keep you hooked.

Usually a novel that obsesses over a man bores me as it becomes repetitive however this novel was written in a way where it kept me hooked however it was not heart-warming as other novels would be as this novel does go on about her Exes and only a little bit about career. I did enjoy the direction at the start of the novel where she began talking about her goals and such.

‘Aaron’ is fictional and a lot of reviewers on social media are obsessed with him which is a bit much in the ways they have been based on how his character is written which is a bit far-fetched. If the novel was a bit more realistic in terms of what they say and think because the chances of a man having feminine qualities whilst being a manly type of man is not very realistic.

If a man is manly that is it – he would not be too feminine and as thoughtful as a woman. Men that tend to be on the feminine side (gay) tend to have a small build, not being judgemental but a man with this much care is not as manly built. I like my men masculine, but they do not be thoughtful, that literally is a difference in hormones.

Overall, written well. But a bit unrealistic. But i cannot wait to read Elena’s next novel.

3/5 Stars


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