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A Spanish Awakening

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In the chaos of an airport strike, Madrid's most sought-after bachelor Emilio Rios stumbles across old flame Megan Armstrong. In the past, he bowed to duty and married the "right" woman—leaving the less sophisticated Megan on the sidelines.
Staying away from Megan has been the hardest thing Emilio's ever done, but now that he's free he isn't going to waste a single minute!...more
Paperback, Harlequin Presents Extra #157, 192 pages
Published July 2011 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I squeezed this on in between review reads. I needed a quick, satisfying romance, something I could read even though I wasn't feeling great. It did the trick.

My Thoughts:

Megan was a bit frustrating to me with her self-esteem issues. I understand why she had them, but I think her brain was turned off. I think that Emilio couldn't have been more clear about his feelings unless he hit her over the head with a club and drug her off to his cave. I'm glad he didn't do that. He did take her off to his...more
Kate
The action takes place all within 24 hours (with some flashbacks to the hero and heroine's last meeting two years ago). They both come into the story already knowing that they're in love with the other, although they won't admit it out loud yet. I liked both the hero and heroine, and I especially had a lot of respect for the hero because he had ended his previous marriage on convenience after he realized he was in love with the heroine, plus he waited a year or so before pursuing the heroine so...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Wow! A hero who actually honored his vows and WAITED an appropriate amount of time after the dissolution of his marriage to start a new relationship even though he was NOT the one who cheated.

What a concept...thank you!!

It was a face-paced bit of fluff that I truthfully enjoyed reading despite my wanting to whack the heroine (and members of her family) every now and then.
Saly
The whole one day premise was a bit disbelieving and the editing bad because I got jarred out of the story in few place but a good Lawrence. The heroine had a touch for the dramatic but that is nothing new in HP-land. I liked it because in this book the hero fell first for the heroine and not the other way round. A nice enough read.
Booklover
Wonderful read,loved Emilio-Megan,Emilio's determination to fight for his love and make Megan his touched my heart,he duly respects and takes his marriage vows seriously,he was never unfaithful even though he was never in love with his wife it was just for Duty he had to get married but as soon as Emilio-Rosanna are unhappy and he realised he loves Megan,he files for divorve though it was Rosanna who betrayed the vows yet he takes all the blame of it and then goes on to fight and bring his love...more
Booklover
I remember it clearly i had added my review where has it gone*angry* this time will add a brief review

Absolutely terrific read though heroine Megan's constant thoughts of always putting herself down irritates me but Megan has lots of insecurities fears and even lacks confidence its cause two men who are important for her,the way she has been treated by her father and an incident which includes the hero Emilio which made her more unsure of herself

as the story progresses we see how Emilio realise...more
Leona
There were some negative reviews written about this book because it transpires over one day, and some readers struggled with the fact that Emilio had been married when he met the heroine. Because of this, I was a bit hesitant to purchase it, but I am glad I did. It was a wonderful story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

The book is a terrific change in pace from the traditional story lines. Megan and Emilio have known each other for a long time. He is a friend and acquaintance of Megan's brot...more
Sapheron
I think this book was written weirdly. Not because the events only spanned a few hours, which I found a refreshing change of pace to the forced extensions most authors do (think of the obligatory two months a hero MUST spend unable to find the heroine ‘cause she runs away after misunderstanding some fundamental bit); nor because of the flashbacks (technically, they were a bit weirdly introduced and equally weirdly left behind at points), because I love flashbacks (sue me!); but it was perhaps th...more
RLA
The story beings with the hero Emilio going to pick his ex wife up from the airport. When he gets there he sees the heroine Megan, the sister of one of his friends and also the girl he fell in love with a few years back. At the time Emilio was stuck in a marriage of convenience and by the time he was free Megan was involved with someone else, or so he thought. Megan is stuck in Madrid to a strike and Emilio offers her a place to stay, Megan is initially reluctant to accept as she believes Emilio...more
Dalimar
No puedo decir nada mas,mas que ME ENCANTO! Jaja así es que me gustan las lecturas sencillas,una buena historia para disfrutar rápido.

Les cuento que me pareció tierno que Emilio se hubiera enamorado de Megan desde hace años.Lo único que le impide acercarse a su amor es el hecho que el esta casado,por conveniencia o por un ridículo mandato de su padre con una mujer a la que no ama y encima ella le fue infiel.Pero el colmo de los colmos es que ella ahora se enamoro del amigo de Emilio que es medio...more
Bukola
Sweet sweet oh so sweet. These two have been secretly In love with each other for years. But it took Emilio sometime to finally acknowledge his feelings, but it was already too late as he was married to a woman he doesn't love. After his divorce came through, he accidentally ran into Megan at the airport. The attraction was instantaneous and Emilio vowed then and there to make her his forever. But he only had 24hrs to win her. Megan on the other hand feels betrayed that he never loved her and ch...more
Clint Griffon
Ah, Kim Lawrence. What is there to say?

The author’s tenuous grip on reality is exposed in the second sentence of the book, when Emilio ties his silk tie one-handed. Now, I’m not going to assert flat-out that such a thing is impossible—I’ve seen TV conjurers do some very impressive tricks—but it’s a curious party piece for a practical businessman to devote extraordinary effort into developing, given that it doesn’t really lead anywhere. There is (spoiler alert) some undressing going on later in t...more
Diane
this book really just about bored me to death and was a waste of $4.00. the story seem disjointed to me
Marina Andreou
Ειναι το 3 βιβλιο που δεν βρηκα καλο!!!!Αν και στο οπισθωφυλλο η ιστορια φαινεται ενδιαφερουσα..αποκλεισμενοι και οι δυο στο αεροδρομειο και να προσπαθει να κερδισει την καρδια της.Η συγραφεας εχει ορεξη απο την αρχη και για 2ο και βαλε σελιδες να μαθουμε ολη την ιστορια για το παρελθον του Εμιλιο Ριος και τι εκανε,τι πατερα ειχε,η τιν συζυγο του,σαν και επρεπε να μαθουμε ολα αυτα και να τον λυπηθουμε απο πανω.Κουραστηκα να αφομοιωνω ονοματα και καταστασεις...και το ασχημο μολις βλεπει την Μεγκα...more
Missy
Man! what a hot charming man....too bad the girl was so slow on how much he digs her that it takes 2 years for them to get it together.....(and those kisses are hot enough to knock your socks off!).....women dream of a man that into them but sometimes you just need the words.
Miriam
I finished reading this book a week ago, and I already have forgotten most of my reactions to it. I consider this to be a bad sign. It's not painful, but it's not good, and it's certainly not memorable. If you have a strong aversion to cheaply-made and mass-produced romantic fiction, this isn't the novel to change your mind. If you want something simple and easy to numb the brain for a few hours, you might give this a workaday whirl.
bombay_sapphire
I think one of the things I really loved about this book was just how in love the hero was with the heroine and just how determined he was to make sure she was going to be come a permanent fixture in his life (I am going to conveniently ignore that he fell in love with her while he was stuck in a marriage of convenience). The 24 hour strike happening at the airport I thought was plausible.

I was annoyed about how insecure and how much of a doormat Meghan was. I wanted Emilio at times to shake som...more
Sammy
Good God! That was a two hour headache. There was a frustrating amount of internal thoughts and too many half-finished sentences. No wonder they didn't get together until the very end.
Alison
This story really did not get going at all and I found myself getting bored at times. The flashbacks to previous meetings between the hero and heroine were also quite confusing.
RebeccaL
Aug 28, 2012 RebeccaL rated it 3 of 5 stars
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A bit hard to understand how the characters fall in love when their encounter in the past was purely based on physical attraction. They met in the airport and within that day they talk (though nothing in substance in my opinion)then fall in bed together..... For that 24 hours time span, they know they love each other. I somehow am not convinced. I understand there is strong physical attraction but apart from that, what do they love each other about?
PNR
Formerly chubby heroine who is ridiculously insecure. I prefer actual chubby heroines but at least she didn't "become beautiful" after losing weight or something. I really like the angst, even if it was overall rather cheesy. (view spoiler)
Fabiola Chenet
Concernant "L'amant de Madrid" de Kim Lawrence: J'ai beaucoup aimé ces deux héros qui s'aiment depuis longtemps mais qui n'arrivent pas à se l'avouer surtout parce qu'ils perdent la tête et n'arrivent plus à aligner deux mots cohérents quand ils sont ensemble lol
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