By Elena Armas | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars)
I have a Goodreads profile and am a member of the Kindle Philippines Group on Facebook and that was where I have seen this book. There were so many people recommending it and saying that it was a good read. It did not disappoint. However, if you are not a fan of the rom-com stuff, I am not sure if you will enjoy this because the book is typical but it wasn’t that boring no less.
I am sure that I have a lot of books in my library or To-Be-Read list with the same plot as the Spanish Love Deception. I have seen some in my e-Book library that share that same story flow as this one. It was just that I’ve read this first among those that I have on my list.
Catalina Martin is not your ordinary damsel in distress because she wasn’t. Coming from a Spanish family, as a Filipina, I can also relate to some of her qualms regarding how close-knit or chismosa her family is just like mine. As the Spaniards were a huge influence in our Filipino culture due to being colonized by them in the past, we have adopted more than a thing or two in terms of everything, I suppose–from food, language, family dynamics, good and bad, a lot. So, the pressure that Catalina felt when she was bound to attend her sister’s wedding back in Spain was relatable.
I knew upfront that Aaron Blackford, her love interest, was into her from the very beginning and that he also has his own story of how his life has been. Like I said, the book was your typical rom-com-hating-each-other-first-but-loving-each-other-in-the-end. But it was so good, you just have to be patient because there was a lot of bickering-like flow in the very beginning. The most kilig part comes at about 85 to 90% of the book–almost the end of the story and yes, it also has some steamy parts right here and then that will make you blush–better read it inside your home. Hehe
A lot of us struggle to find love, the right one at that. I know a lot and I, myself, included have regrets when it comes to choosing partners in the past. But I think, it gets better as long as we choose to grow and be enamored in the desire to build ourselves first and foremost before being in a relationship with other people. One thing that I have also reflected in Catalina and Aaron’s relationship is that any of those wouldn’t work without a full-blown trust with one another. It might be difficult to do so, but love and life are gambles we need to play. Whether we get hurt or be happy, we always have the choice.