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Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Who wants to meet the family on the first (fake) date?

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The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas gives everything you might want in a romance novel: a lovable protagonist, classic tropes, and a fun setting. This enemies-to-lovers and fake-dating story takes two total opposite characters and brings them together in a sweet way.

Catalina and Aaron are work enemies. There’s nothing that could convince Catalina to spend a voluntary second in Aaron Blackford’s presence. But Aaron isn’t even the biggest of Catalina’s current problems. In four weeks, she’ll be flying back to Spain to attend the wedding of her sister and she needs a date. Unfortunately, finding someone to bring home seems impossible. That is, until the last person she expects—or wants—offers to attend. Can two enemies put aside their differences for one weekend? Should they?

At 468 pages, The Spanish Love Deception is quite long for its genre. But those 468 pages move, quickly as Armas constantly finds ways to draw Catalina and Aaron together, then apart, and then back together.

Catalina is a character who it would be difficult not to love. She’s a sweetheart who is full of fire but also has sore spots where she needs to learn to stand up for herself—namely against some sexist coworkers and difficult family members. Aaron is incredibly secretive about his motives. He’s been combative with Catalina since they became coworker and his insistence of being her wedding date is incredibly puzzling.

Armas does not want you to have any misgivings about how hot and sexy the male lead is. I laughed every time Aaron’s piercing blue eyes seemed to be the entire focus of a scene. Seriously, Aaron’s eyes might deserve their own character breakdown. Armas writes about Aaron’s ocean blue eyes changing color depending on his moods and reactions. And that doesn’t even touch on her descriptions of him shirtless, which go on for pages.

All that to say, prepare yourself to really, really be convinced that Aaron Blackford is attractive.

This book is perfect for readers who enjoy The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. Think office romance meets dreamy vacation meets family wedding! The Spanish Love Deception is sure to be a favorite for romance readers.

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