Book Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas


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

She only has four weeks to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic and aid in her deception. New York to Spain is no short flight and her raucous family won’t be easy to fool.

Enter Aaron Blackford—her tall, handsome, condescending colleague—who surprisingly offers to step in. She’d rather refuse; never has there been a more aggravating, blood-boiling, and insufferable man.

But Catalina is desperate, and as the wedding draws nearer, Aaron looks like her best option. And she begins to realize he might not be as terrible in the real world as he is at the office.


“I’ll be your date to the wedding.”


I have been wanting to read The Spanish Love Deception for so long and I am so happy I finally did. 

The main character Catalina Martín is in desperate need of a wedding date for her sister’s wedding in Spain. The book started right with the main male character and colleague she dislikes the most Aaron offering her to be her date to the wedding. Of course, she declines the offer at first but just until there is no other option left. Right from the beginning, there was obvious chemistry between Catalina and Aaron that evolved throughout the story. And let me tell you, all this enemies-to-lovers theme definitely didn’t disappoint. Not only did I enjoy the slow burn but I also enjoyed the characters themselves. 

Catalina was funny, strong, and tried to protect her heart as best as possible while Aaron was kind, very handsome, and oh so swoon-worthy. Man does he know how to build up some tension and show his love for Catalina. Both Catalina and Aaron felt very real to me and I was able to feel with the characters.

Not only was the book easy to read, very summery, and the chapters not too long, but it was also really funny and you would have definitely caught me laughing a few times. Catalina was hilarious and so was her family. I liked how perfectly unperfect they behaved which felt very authentic to me.

Furthermore, The Spanish Love Deception included important topics like trust, family pressure, and sexism in the workplace which made it not only a fun but also an important read. I thought it was very inspiring how the characters dealt with these topics and how they stood up for each other.

The reason why The Spanish Love Deception will be getting 4 instead of 5 stars from me is that I found the drama in the end very predictable. I could tell right from the beginning that this exact situation was going to happen, which I thought was a bit of a bummer since I was very excited about the story itself. In addition, the plot dragged a bit in a few places.


All in all, though, I really enjoyed The Spanish Love Deception and would recommend it to everyone who wants an easy, entertaining, swoon-worthy summer read with lovable characters, dreamy scenery, a lot of built-up tension, and a sweet happy end.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Find all the details about The Spanish Love Deception on Goodreads.

Picture Cover: Amazon ; Synopsis: Goodreads


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