What’s this? A book review? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Whilst my reviewing has come to a complete and utter standstill over the last few months, my reading quite surprisingly hasn’t. I’ve been primarily reading a mixture of Fantasy and Contemporary romances this year, which are definitely my genres of choice and I come today with a fantastic contemporary romance that came very highly recommended – The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas Book Review
There have been a good number of ‘Tiktok made me read it’ contemporary romances of late and one that I kept seeing pop up here there and everywhere was definitely The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas. I normally only buy Kindle books when they’re included in the 99p offer, however, I was feeling flush this week and treated myself to a copy – and boy, was I glad I did when I’d finished. If you’ve followed me for a while on here (or else you’re Friends with me on Goodreads) you’ll know that one of my favourite Romance tropes is Enemies to Lovers – call me a cliché but there’s nothing better than pure, inebriated hatred turning into passionate, smutty and intense romance and I will die on that hill. This book definitely ticks the boxes of enemies to lovers, of smutty smut and some misinformed hatred as well.
The story follows Catalina; Spanish, in her late 20s and living it up in NYC, Catalina has a hatred for her colleague Aaron Blackford that knows no bounds and it’s fair to say that he doesn’t really give her the time of day either. Lina left Spain after a messy breakup and has to return to attend her sister’s wedding (annoyingly, to a man who has chosen her ex as his Best Man). Her ex has also recently announced his engagement, to add insult to injury, so Lina feels obliged to bring a new boyfriend with her to the wedding to prove to him that she has well and truly moved on with her life. This would all be fine and dandy, except she doesn’t have a new boyfriend and all is not well with her life as it is. Weirdly enough, the aforementioned hated colleague decides to offer his services to Lina – if she attends a glitzy auction night with him, he’ll accompany her to the wedding. Reluctantly, she agrees… and from then onwards, everything changes.
For lovers of smut and saucy scenes
I love a smutty scene as much as the next person and this book is absolutely full of them – the story is incredibly fast paced (I finished the book in a single sitting at 2am as I just could not put it down!). I really loved the characters in this one – in other contemporary romances, the main characters can often get a little bit annoying, particularly where hate-to-love relationships are concerned and I find myself thinking that’s not even a reason to hate someone, but that’s not the case here. Whilst Lina’s reason for her dislike of Aaron is a reasonable one, I do think the grudge lasted longer than it ought to have. I enjoyed the mixing of different cultures when they travelled to Spain, I adored the abuela and the family dynamics too. My only criticism of sorts was that sometimes, in those, ahem, more raunchy scenes, the language that the author had the characters use was a little bit too crude for my liking, and in some places, a little overbearing. That said, it definitely works at making you a little bit hot under the collar and the spice ratings are up there with the best of them.
If you liked…
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Get a life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
You & Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
then you will LOVE The Spanish Love Deception