Title: American Fairytale (Dreamers #2)
Author: Adriana Herrera
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 20, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.
New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until the mysterious man he had an unforgettable hookup with turns out to be the wealthy donor behind his agency’s new, next-level funding.
Thomas Hughes built a billion-dollar business from nothing: he knows what he wants and isn’t shy about going after it. When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, Tom’s more than ready to be his Prince Charming. Showering Milo with the very best of everything is how Tom shows his affection.
Trouble is, Milo’s not interested in any of it. The only thing Milo wants is Tom.
Fairy-tale endings take work as well as love. For Milo, that means learning to let someone take care of him, for a change. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.
FYI – “American Fairytale” is the second in Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.
“American Fairytale” draws together two strong characters into a romance that definitely holds your interest. I like the flow of the plot and especially enjoy how the author portrays the characters’ rich Latinx culture and background – Camilo’s Cuban heritage as well as Tom’s Dominican heritage. And as the author notes, this book is a love story to strong Latinx women.
Camilo and Tom meet hot n’ steamy (can you say smokin’ bathroom blow job with a sizzle of dominance) in the midst of a black-tie gala, and then meet again – to their horror – when Tom turns out to be the wealth White Knight who has donated buckets of money to build a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse to the agency that employs Camilo. Camilo worries that his boss will learn of their prior involvement, but then again, Camilo worries about everything.
Camilo is a porcupine of emotion – prickly, irate, pissed off, worried, upset, mad, pouty – basically anything life-related bumps into Camillo’s thick pelt of spiky emotions and it sets him off. IMHO, Camillo is one of those people who starts with the absolute worse-case scenario in any given situation, and hangs onto that with all they’ve got. Simply put, Camillo is exhausting.
Millionaire Tom is incredibly wealthy and extremely generous in using his money to help people, but he has a tendency to throw money at a problem. And one of the central issues of this story is how Tom uses his money to “help” Camilo, only to have Camilo rail against having control taken away from him. And Tom also has some real tone deafness when it comes to keying into the feelings of others.
Tom and Camilo have a deeply satisfying sexual relationship; their problems begin when they leave the bedroom. But eventually, slowly and at times with lots of aggravation (I think this is the sort of book where either Tom will drive you crazy, or Camilo will drive you up a wall because of their dynamic), they eventually work it all out. I could have done without about 50% of the drama, but overall, this was a very satisfying read. 4 stars.