Book Review: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

“Because when I finally take those lips in mine, it will be the furthest thing from pretending. I will not be showing you what it would be like if you were mine. I’ll show you what it is. And I sure as hell won’t be showing how good I could make you feel if you called me yours. You’ll already know that I am.”

Published in 2021, The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas follows Catalina who is in desperate need of 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. 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’m not a romance reader but I wanted to give a popular book a go this summer, so this is what I went with. While I’m not used to the typical tropes of this genre, I did know what to expect. And suprisingly, I actually enjoyed the enemies to lovers theme more than I thought I would.

But just when I started to think that I was converted, the sex scenes began, and I’ve never cringed so much when reading a book in my life. I like passion rather than “steam”, so these descriptions just made me shudder. And I can safely say, if any man asked me to “milk” him, I would put my clothes back on and quickly vacate the premises.

Joking aside, I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, it’s just not the genre for me.

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