ARC REVIEW: The Spaniard’s Kiss by Nina Croft

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The Spaniard’s Kiss
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 9781622667017

★ SYNOPSIS ★

Widow Isobel Sinclair knows it’s time to move on, and she believes the next chapter in her life involves a baby. All she needs is a man to help her with the finer details. Unfortunately, right now the only man in her life is her husband’s best friend, Rafael Sanchez. And an incredibly wealthy, super-hot player is not exactly family material.

That’s okay since she wants a baby sans the husband part.

Billionaire playboy Rafael has carefully hidden his longing for Isobel over the years. He’s wanted her from the moment they met. When desire sparks between them, Rafael faces a choice beyond imagining: give Isobel what she wants…or lose her forever. He has a good reason why a child can’t be in his future, but telling Isobel the truth could destroy everything.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

The Spaniard’s Kiss is another of those middle of the road reads for me. I absolutely enjoyed the book, it just didn’t overwhelm or underwhelm me. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s more going off of how engaging I found the story. What I did notice most is that the writing is very well done. I liked that the author took a different sort of spin an a somewhat normal trope.

Rafe has been in love with Bella for years, but has done such a good job of hiding it (from her) that she is genuinely oblivious to it. As much as he wants her, he doesn’t think she looks at him that way either, she’s also newly widowed and was married to his best friend. Those would seemingly be his main reasons, save for the one huge secret one that he never talks about.

Bella is trying to move on with her life, not only did she lose a husband, but her child too. So now, she’s determined to jump this hurdle in her life and she wants a baby to love. She hasn’t exactly planned out how to go about getting it though and who better to father the baby than her husband’s best friend. One problem though, she doesn’t take into account that she might actually need to sleep with him. The thought of artificial insemination is abhorrent to her and lets face it, she really -is- attracted to Rafe.

These two clash together with a kiss that sets Bella on her head, and sends Rafe running for the hills (London). Rafe feels as if he’s betraying his best friend, but also there are things he cannot let Bella know. He can’t give her a baby like she’s asking. He wants her, and makes no qualms about that, but a baby? No, not even on the table. Bella is confused when Rafe runs off, and when he finally does come back, oh she’s saucy. She pushes all his buttons in any which way she can. I found that part amusing, because sometimes she does it and you know it’s not intentional. Open mouth, insert foot, Bella… you just bite off more than you can handle (or that you thought about handling.). 😀

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone. Again, I enjoyed it. I sat in my living room, curled up next to the window with a cup of coffee, the rain outside and fell into it. To quote Goldilocks, this book is, “Just right.”.

MY RATING:

★★★

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