American Dreamer (Dreamers #1) (Lili’s Quickie Review)

Title: American Dreamer (Dreamers #1)
Author: Adriana Herrera
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 4th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 352 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both…if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.

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This book is approximately 94,000 words

As an immigrant, American Dream by Adriana Herrera made me inexplicably happy. I don’t have the words even to convey my feelings, as they would be a jumbled mess but with the state of the country- the whole world, really- in regards to immigration it made happy to see the topic handled- and handled well. Anyhoo, on to the book.

So much to love; here are some highlights:

-Nesto and Jude. They both dealt with so many prejudices but rose above them. They didn’t allow others ignorance, and hate get in their way.

-The romance. It wasn’t rushed, it took place over months. I loved their interactions. It was so romantic when Nesto would be unable to hold back his PDA, and then Jude emotionally opening up to him. ♥

-The secondary cast of characters.

-Dual POVs

-Latinx rep

-Interracial romance

-The groveling at the end was all kinds of heartwarming.

I did deduct a half a star for the villain. It was over the top and could’ve been turned down a notch and still have the same effect in the narrative of the story.

All in all, American Dream is a solid debut from Adriana Herrera- it’s relevant and full of heart.

In short: LOVED it, HIGHLY recommend it.

4.5 Stars


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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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