Book: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult Fiction, Travel, Humor

Date of Publication: February 23,2021

Minor spoilers ahead.

I have this weird interest about the whole enemies to lovers trope. It all started when I first watched the Korean drama Full House and this interest transferred to my favorite anime couples. This is my first time venturing to the enemies to lovers trope in books. And it was…interesting. Before I continue, this is what this book is about:

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. Goodreads

This is one long book and I have to admit that I was relieved when I finally reached the end of it. The first half was a bit entertaining since it focused more on the banter between Lina and Aaron. Sadly, for me, it was too obvious that Aaron has a thing for Lina. So, it only ended up like a one sided hate. Lina hating Aaron. I was expecting more of a genuine hate between the two of them. So, points off to that already.

The second half of the book focused more on them developing their “fake relationship” until it leads to them actually being a couple. Which was all too sudden in my opinion. Or maybe I was just confused on how sudden their decision is in that scene. It felt more of a decision based on lust and not love.

I was also expecting that the conflict in the story will happen in Spain and in New York. Yes, I was hoping for two conflicts but I only got one, which is fine. It was something I’ve already expected but I wish it was longer. The conflict felt that it only begun and then it was resolved in a snap. Those cringe worthy sex scenes was longer than that conflict!

Oh god, those sex scenes! I am known to skip reading sex scenes because I honestly am not interested in all that. I prefer my thing in video format. The only sex scene I read was in the book Well Met. So, I thought, why not read the one in this book, it’ll be interesting to read the dynamics between Lina and Aaron. That was a wrong decision. The whole first sex scene made me internally cringe and laugh at the same time. Aaron is like those girls in Japanese porn, telling you what is happening instead of just doing it. It was annoying. Adding to the whole annoying and cringe thing is Aaron saying the word “baby” too many times. If I took a shot of tequila every single time Aaron said the word “baby” in every goddamn sex scene, I would have alcohol poisoning before I finish this book.

Moving on. So, was else is there in this book? There are a couple of things in this book that I consider deserve a trigger warning: Sexism & Misogyny(office), Dieting & restrictive eating (Lina when she is trying to lose weight for the wedding causing her to faint in the office), Grief & loss depiction, Adult- Minor relationship, and Bullying. Each of those topics are discussed in this book, some in passing and some are part of the plot.

I actually liked that part when Aaron talked about him and his father. I can’t really say much because spoilers. That, I at least appreciate and I wished I get to read more about Lina’s family as well. Aaron is always with her when they visited Spain. I wish there are a few chapter with Lina alone with either her parents or her sister.

Let us talk about the characters. Lina is really annoying. She is this someone in the office that I would try my best to avoid. Knowing her background as the story progresses didn’t change my opinion about her. And if Aaron love repeating the word “baby”, Lina loves reminding the readers about Aaron’s blue eyes. It was cute at the beginning, especially when she shifted from describing his eyes with hatred to describing them with adoration. But the rest was too much. As for Aaron, I actually liked him in the beginning of the book since I think we have some things in common. As the story went on, I started to be annoyed by him and he started to feel like a too perfect of a guy. Plus those “baby” shit.

What about the other characters? Well, when I say that this book focuses on Aaron and Lina, I meant it. The only other character that I think I would like was Rosie. But Lina and her has too many short scenes together before Aaron would appear.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I was going to give this two stars but hey, at least I was entertained by it!

While thinking, I realized that the first book I read with the whole enemies to lovers trope was Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen! How could I forget that book? And also Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

If you have any book recommendations with this trope, please leave them in the comments. I would love to read it!

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading! Talk to you soon!