Book Review – The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas – #bookreview #romcom #popularbooksof2022


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 kept seeing this around on Instagram so I decided to borrow it from the library. There was a massive 8 week wait, but I think I managed to get the book just under that. All I can say is that it was well worth the wait! 

The writing was light, funny and emotional. It was told from the main character’s point of view and throughout the story you gradually built up the picture of why she was the way she was. It was lovely to see her grow in confidence and to get the ending she deserved. I did enjoy the epilogue at the end as it tied up a few lose ends and left me feeling content. 

The chapters were fairly long so you could be immersed in the story before having to move on to something else. There was a lot of what the main character was thinking which I enjoyed. I liked her the way that her thought processes were presented, it made you as the reader appreciate what she was going through and how she ended up doing what she did. I struggled to put the book down and it didn’t help that the chapters were long, because when you were “just finishing” the next chapter it took a while! It was a gripping read and one that I won’t forget in a hurry. 

I loved the main characters. They were both so caring and it was nice to see them get past their past grievances with each other and to move forward. I also liked the Martin family relationship. Whilst it was quite intense at times, it showed that they cared and were concerned. It also added another dimension to the story and allowed for funny, awkward moments to present themselves. 

Lastly the settings. They were only lightly described, but I did like the little details such as being told what the characters were eating or wanted to eat! I felt that gave the story a good grounding and added some realism to it. I also enjoyed that we travelled from America to Spain. It was nice to see the two cultures mix. 

Overall I loved this book. I struggled to put it down and would recommend it to anyone wanting a light, entertaining, romantic read. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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