The Spanish Love Deception Review


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.

Catalina was kind of a forgettable character. There was nothing really about her other than her culture that set her apart from every other female romance protagonist out there. She kind of got on my nerves how much she didn’t communicate her feelings to Aaron and projected her fears from her past experience onto this current one. She should of definitely called out her ex and how his inaction over her torment affected her a lot sooner and should of realised that Aaron wouldn’t of let that happen to her again.

The way Aaron was introduced into the story was very abrupt and strange. We are essentially told all about the horrible things he’s done in the past towards her but we only see the Aaron who is obviously infatuated by her. We don’t see a lot of him the the weeks leading up to Spain and then it’s like once they hit those foreign shores all his doubts fade away and he’s this ‘casanova’. It does come across a little strong yet it was very romantic and cute, in no way realistic though.

I think that’s kind of what put me off this book in the end (other than the obvious sexism that is demonstrated multiple times in her company that is never called out by any male colleagues) the development of the relationship just felt so rushed and unrealistic. The very long winded monologue of how much she loves and adores him felt very cringey to me and I couldn’t come back from that.

⭐️2/5 stars Just a no for me!