Review: The Spaniard’s Kiss

cover-the spaniard's kissTitle: The Spaniard’s Kiss
Author: Nina Croft
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: July 14th


One moment
will change their friendship forever…

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.

Source: ARC from Entangled Indulgence via NetGalley

Isobel wants a baby, Rafael wants her, what could possibly go wrong? Apart from her being the wife of his deceased best friend whose friendship he doesn’t want to lose, of course. Oh, and the fact that he never wants children. Yeah, that might become a problem…

This book is a short, sweet, Spanish affair that does take a while to get going, but ticks all the boxes this sort of book needs: Rich hero? Yup, he’s hard-working too, though it’s hard to know just what he actually does.

A heroine who wants a home and babies and doesn’t mind shacking up with the hero while waiting for him to change? Yup, although that last bit is a little pet hate of mine.

Exotic and luxurious locations? The Spanish countryside fits the bill for the former, while a posh hotel and Rafe’s gorgeous home deal with the latter. And we have a few tragic back stories and dark family secrets as well to round it all off.

Sure, if you’re a fan of this type of book you will definitely know what to expect and may feel like you’ve read it before, but while I got a little annoyed waiting to find out just what was wrong with Rafe that made him unable to have children (tip: don’t hold your breath on that count), I did appreciate that he didn’t wait until the very end to tell Isobel that he was never planning to have kids. True, he doesn’t tell her why, which leaves her certain she can change his mind (ick), but at least that wasn’t left hanging around like an embarrassed elephant in the room waiting to stomp on the roses of their true love happiness.

Isobel is an okay heroine, who does go with the flow a little too easily at times, before stubbornly sticking to her guns at others. I liked that she wanted to work and carve out a life for herself, with or without Rafe, but there were other times when I wanted her to push back against his bossiness. And Rafe is bossy. He’s definitely a take charge kind of alpha – and there’s not really much more to him than that. Certainly nothing memorable enough to make him stand out from all the other billionaire heroes out there.

Overall this is okay, just the sort of story I’d expect from this genre. It’s easy to read and enjoyable enough to provide a few hours of escapism. A good accompaniment for lazing about in the sun.

The Spaniard’s Kiss is out July 14th!
Visit Nina Croft for more details.


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