Today I come with two mini reviews for romance stories. One being the very hyped The Spanish Deception by Elena Armas. Enjoy!
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.
The Spanish Love Deception is an enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating romantic comedy. Perfect for those looking for a steamy slow-burn romance with the sweetest Happily Ever After.
Just a few words for that very hyped book!
This was a 4,5 stars
The beginning saw big eye rolls from me as the first scenes were over dramatic. I thought it was a used trope and that Elena Armas laid it on thick asI couldn’t believe someone would act like Lina, so childish in the office hall.
But I soldiered on and then at 30%, it kicked in.
I experienced my first “real emotion” at the fundraiser when Aaron showed some vulnerability. He felt less like a robot. And I loved that Lina was in a competition with the “Woman with the red dress” she was so fierce, determined to win Aaron ;-).
But I was a real a goner in Spain as Aaron was a real cinnamon roll while being very sexy and hot! He was dedicated to Lina and he had eyes for her only. That’s what I love in a romance!
And Lina was vulnerable, absolutely dazzled by Aaron.
By that point you could see these two were meant for each other!
All in all I had a good time reading that cute and smart romance.
Violet Savoie has a plan. A dream, rather. To open her own tattoo shop, which caters to supernaturals in need of permanent charms. As a powerful Seer, she has the potent magic to cast every kind of spell. Except the kind to give werewolves control over their beastly side. And her business partner Nico needs help in the worst kind of way.
Nico Cruz has a secret. A motive, rather. To subtly stalk and seduce Violet until she finally recognizes they are fated to be together. Ever since their heated encounter in Austin on New Year’s Eve two years earlier, he’s been dying to get his hands—and his tongue—back on her body. He knows a woman like Violet can’t be courted in the usual way. Luckily, Nico has no scruples about misbehaving to get what he wants.
But when his former pack roams into town, and an old friend is far too interested in Violet, his focus shifts to the threat venturing into his territory. Nico may come across as the quiet, broody one, but the intruders are about to regret stepping foot in New Orleans. And when Violet goes missing, no charm or spell can keep Nico’s wolf at bay.
Mini Audiobook Review
Just a few words about this one.
First I’d like to say that I adored Wolf gone Wild and Don’t Hex and Drive!
That series of interconnected standalones revolving around the Savoie sisters is fun, cute and very entertaining!
So why the 3 stars only here?
Because I expected another book or rather another trope and that threw me for a loop.
From the first two books, I expected an enemies to lovers story but I got a friend/business partners to lovers one!
The snark we got from Violet when she was in Nico’s presence was totally absent.
The spunky sister had a change of personality and was more cinnamon roll albeit a very sexy and sexual one, than a prickly hedgehog!
That…surprised me and unsettled me.
It also didn’t help that contrary to the other two books we didn’t have a really nefarious enemy lurking in the shadow. I didn’t have that added threat throughout the book that had my brain cells working hard to discover who was the villain!
That being said, the narrators still do an impeccable job here!
I was also very happy to get back into the Savoie family and extended supernatural family. I love the banter, the warmth, the easygoing personalities and all the potential stories in store for the other sisters!
Nico was perfect here. Sexy, domineering yet attentive and devoted to Violet. Yum!
Will I read the other books in the series? Of course as I have had much fun and this is just a blip on my personal radar!
Thanks for reading!