BOOK REVIEW: The Spanish Love Deception – Elena Armas ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½

Title: The Spanish Love Deception
Author: Elena Armas
Rating: ★★★★½

The Spanish Love Deception had me smiling like a fool while reading. Smart, funny, incredibly well-written and full of engaging characters, this book is a rom-com lover’s dream. There are so many fantastic tropes included here–fake relationship, office romance, there’s only one bed, slow-burn feelings–that it was impossible not to find this book absolutely delightful.

First and foremost; this is not a hate-to-love story! I keep seeing this book marketed as such and expected to go into this with a romance plot similar to The Hating Game, when in fact it was pretty obvious from the beginning that there is no actual hate between Lina and Aaron. Any of Lina’s animosity towards Aaron was due to a misunderstanding. It’s completely obvious to everyone (including readers) that he was into her from the get-go and sometimes her character seemed a little too dense.

“Had I been that bind?”

Yes, Lina. Yes, you have. Her complete lack of awareness in regards to Aaron’s words/actions/behaviors was so frustrating as a reader, but it made her realization at the end even sweeter.

The romance was perfection. From the writing, to the angst, to the sexual tension that was built so perfectly I thought my pages were going to spark and catch fire. There’s nothing I love more than some well written banter and dirty talk and Elena Armas delivered.

“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.”

I’m not sure why I didn’t see this book on many upcoming releases lists, or why it’s not plastered across every Barnes and Nobles rom-com/summer reading display as it rightly should be. I honestly only knew about this book because I had seen some other people reading it on Goodreads when it was released. The Spanish Love Deception is nothing short of a perfect contemporary romance and deserves all the hype and then some.

WWW Wednesday #38

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?


The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas


The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino


The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

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WWW Wednesday #37

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?


For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten


Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle


The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

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BOOK REVIEW: Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Title: Life’s Too Short
Author: Abby Jimenez
Rating: ★★★★★

I have never been more thankfully for accidentally happening upon Abby Jimenez’ signing at BookCon a few years than after finishing this book. Life’s Too Short took my breath away. As with her other two books, this is more than simply a romance book: it has depth, emotional complexity, and touches on heavy issues. This is my absolute favorite of her books and I cannot recommend it enough.

Life’s Too Short centers around Vanessa, a travel blogger focused on living life to the fullest before her 30th birthday, all the while struggling to balance her family’s many problems. She’s trying her best to keep it all together and reluctantly begins to accept help from her neighbor; hot-shot lawyer and very eligible bachelor, Adrian.

If you are a reader that enjoys an excellently written slow-burn, Life’s Too Short is the book of your dreams. The chemistry between Vanessa and Adrian was off the charts. The yearning and sexual tension was palpable through the pages. And yet, a good portion of the story is focused on the developing friendship and trust between them. Friendship is such an important pillar for any romantic relationships and it shines through in this book.

As with her other books, Abby Jimenez also touches on some heavier emotional topics in Life’s Too Short. Vanessa struggles with her possible diagnosis of a terminal disease. Her younger sister struggles with addiction. Her father struggles with healthy coping mechanisms years after the death of her mother and other sister. Vanessa’s family’s struggles were realistically written and added another layer of depth to the story and characters.

Life’s Too Short is a heartwarming, poignant story full of exceptionally written characters and a beautiful slow-burn romance. I couldn’t have hoped for a better book and Abby Jimenez has definitely become an auto-add author. Add this contemporary romance to your summer TBR!

ARC REVIEW: In a Holidaze – Christina Lauren ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½

Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: ★★★★½

ARC provided by Gallery Books through NetGalley.

I haven’t been this in love with a Christina Lauren book in a long time. In a Holidaze is the perfect holiday romance story and had everything I could have wanted and more: family, Christmas magic, romance, angst, childhood friends-to-lovers, mistletoe kisses. This book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings!

In a Holidaze differs from other CLo (and most contemporary romance) books in that it asks readers to suspend belief regarding the time travel aspect. The Groundhog Day-esque plotline is excellently utilized, in my opinion, and the best way to enjoy the book is to just go with it and accept the holiday magic at work.

This has to be one of my favorite books by this amazing writing duo. CLo write what they do best: playful banter, a charming romance, the classic childhood friends-to-lovers trope, and a cozy setting. The setting was one of the best aspects of the book and an instant mood booster. I wanted nothing more than to be with these characters in a cabin in the snowy woods during the Christmas holidays, with those I love most.

I don’t want to spoil too much about the romance, but I will say that it was beautifully written and absolutely melted my heart. My two favorite Christina Lauren books are also childhood-to-lover stories so I’m beginning to believe that this is where they really excel with their romances. The romantic lead is such a wonderful dream boat and I’m really hoping for some holiday magic for myself this year and for a real-life version of him to appear (I’m speaking this into existence!!).

My one and only issue was the ending, which I found to be…unexpected. I wouldn’t necessary label it as bad, it just wasn’t really where I thought the direction of the ending of the book would take us. It clearly didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book, however.

I read this book in about three hours so that should really say something about how much I loved it. In a Holidaze is the perfect heartwarming, romantic story for the holidays. Pick this up and let yourself believe in holiday magic and love.