The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Synopsis: Lina needs a date to her sister’s wedding. There’s absolutely no way that she can attend alone, endlessly single when she’s just heard the news that her ex, and best man at the wedding, is now happily engaged. But how will she find a man willing to be her ‘fake date’ in New York, in a matter of weeks. I mean, there’s absolutely no way that she can take the one man who’s actually offered. The man who goes out of his way to irritate her with just his mere presence at work. No, there’s no way that she will ever take Aaron Blackford.
This was my second foray into contemporary romance, after how much I loved The Love Hypothesis. This book is everywhere on Instagram so I had high hopes for it and it did not disappoint. I mean, sure, it was cheesy and predictable but that’s kind of what we want from these books right? Like, The Love Hypothesis this book features the grumpy / sunshine trope, which I think is going to be a firm favourite with me, and the obvious ‘fake dating’.
I liked the main character, Lina, and found it refreshing that she was little bit geeky and ate so much dessert (hello me!). I would have liked to see her developed a little more though. Aaron, the grumpy work rival who offers to be Lina’s date for the wedding is obviously hot, like a cookie cutter grumpy hot guy. The dark hair, the abs, the thighs… I don’t mean that as a bad thing. It’s what I wanted. And I enjoyed learning more about him as the story progressed and some of his walls came down.
There were a few things that held this back from five stars for me. Occasionally the writing felt a little formal and respetitive at times too. There were a few things that Aaron says that just rubbed me the wrong way, just stretching a toe over the line of being sexily dominant to being a bit too possessive. That could just be me though. And it wasn’t enough for me to thoroughly dislike him, but it was just a few things I would maybe have worded a little differently.
I would definitely recommend this to contemporary romance fans. I’m not sure I’d read it again but I will happily discuss Aaron and some of his finer moments. *chef’s kiss*
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Grumpy/Sunshine | One Bed | Fake Dating