“I’ll give you the world,” he said against my mouth. “The moon. The fucking stars. Anything you ask, it’s yours. I’m yours.”

This was one of those books that I had seen all the time on my Instagram and on Facebook but my TBR list is so long that it took me forever to read. And I wish I had read it sooner!

A slow-burn combined with a main character that I want to be best friends with and an extended family that I want to adopt me, I honestly found myself having a hard time putting this book down. (I definitely stayed up until 1 am one morning reading and was EXHAUSTED the next day!)

As a book lover who is obsessed with reading and also writing a novel myself, I was so happy to support a bookstagramer turned author and Elena Armas did a great job with this book. Read on for my full review and for a link to buy this one for on your bookshelf!

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Title: The Spanish Love Deception

Author: Elena Armas

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Spicy Level: 🌶🌶🌶🌶 (4 out of 5)

Summary from Amazon: Catalina Martín desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. Especially since her little white lie about her American boyfriend has spiraled 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.

My Thoughts: There were two things that I absolutely adored about this book – the slow, slow burn and *that* spicy scene.

As someone who loves reading romance books, when the characters finally get together after chapters of a beautiful build up is one of the most satisfying feelings. And this was definitely one of the books!

When we were introduced to Lina, I felt an immediate connection with her and couldn’t wait to get to know her better. She comes from a large family, moved to NYC by herself and works in a male dominated engineering firm.

And although she has had some issues in the past and went through a lot before moving to the U.S, she learns along the way that it’s okay to try again.

Enter Aaron Blackford, tall, dark, handsome and very closed off, he offers to accompany Lina to her sister’s wedding because she told her family she had a boyfriend… and she doesn’t.

As we continue to be pulled into Aaron’s world, you find that he is actually very sweet, has a tough family past and has been interested in Lina since the day he met her.

The way he stood by her with her family, was her rock when it was hard to go home and the softness with which he handled her made me smile!

Oh, and I love a good office romance!

The cons of the book? I wasn’t a fan of the blatant misogynistic behavior at their job and I would have liked more spicy scenes throughout the book.

But, overall, I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait for her next book to come out this September.

Have you read The Spanish Love Deception? I’d love to hear your thoughts!