Author: Nina Croft
Release Date: 14th July 2015
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
The Spaniard's Kiss is one of those books that you can pick up knowing it will have a feel good vibe to it. Before starting you know that things will end well, and that it ultimately is a trope book. But sometimes that is exactly what you need as a reader, something easy and fun.
There was good chemistry between Bella and Rafe, even when they were trying to deny themselves of what was between them. Very early in the book they both accepted that they were attracted to one another, but there was more at play than that.
Bella's dead husband did throw a slight complication in there. Bella loved him, but didn't have the same connection as she did with Rafe (again this plays into the trope). On the other hand he was Rafe's best friend until he died, making him feel slightly guilty. However Gary's father was a character in the book, which I think helped with how Gary could have felt about the new relationship.
From the off, Rafe seemed very hesitant about the baby thing, and it is clear from the beginning that there is more to it than that. However it does take time for the truth to come out, and it wasn't quite what I was expecting but it really added to the story.
This was a great easy read, I enjoyed diving into Bella and Rafe's relationship.