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    So excellent!

    I adored Nesto and Jude and their romance — and their dedication to friends and family. The librarian in me loved Jude’s passion for libraries, and Nesto’s food sounds amazing. Definitely read, once you start you won’t want to stop!
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    Fantastic

    I was already impressed by this great read from this new to me author. Now I realize this is her debut novel and I am blown away. Her characters are memorable, real, and deep while the storyline is unique, fresh, and fun. Her writing style is very descriptive and since this story is about Nesto, the owner/operator of a food truck, you will walk away from this book hungry and craving Caribbean fare. I really enjoyed the nice slow build romance between Nesto and Jude. Overall this is a fantastic M/M contemporary romance that will have you smiling and cheering for all these incredible characters. I highly recommend this one.
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    Contemporary Romance

    American Dreamer By Adriana Herrera Dreamers #1 Nesto has a dream. He already has one successful food truck in New York city but feels it is time to branch out and try his luck building his business so off he heads to Ithaca to give it his all. He is focused on his goals and really has no time for romance. But, what’s a guy to do when the perfect guy appears in his life...not once...but again and again? Jude works hard and has dreams of his own. His dream is to provide those not near enough to lending libraries mobile libraries that will come to their neighborhoods. He is fighting hard to get his proposal passed and doesn’t have time, energy or trust enough for romance. But, what’s a guy to do when the man who seems to fill all of his dreams practically drops in his lap? This feels like it will appeal to the New Adult reader. It has the friends of the men to support them, a family that does and one that does not support them, religious drama from one family, the nasty person causing problems for both of them, someone dying and feelings to deal with, a situation that keeps them apart for awhile and eventually a happily ever after for both of them. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes I will say that I believe this author will grow as she writes and gets feedback. This is her first novel and she has tackled some very big issues. There were times I thought – Really? - but then I thought – Maybe? I did like both men and really would like to get to know more about Nesto’s friends and the men he hired to work for him. In some ways this is more of a fairy tale with the wicked witch and the fairy godfather but it is one that I am sure many would like to have come true. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Excellent Debut

    There were parts of American Dreamer that I loved and parts that I struggled with and I debated on my rating for a while before finally settling on 4 stars. What I truly enjoyed was the writing and all the representation included as well as the delicious food descriptions. Adriana Herrera doesn't pull any punches when it comes to representing the struggles and unfair treatment that people of color experience in this country and I admire her unflinching portrayal. While the bigoted Misty felt a little over the top at times, I imagine she was probably closer to reality then most people realize. Both Nesto and Jude were enjoyable characters and I loved seeing each one on page. Nesto is vibrant, confident, and sexy while Jude is much more quiet and low key. Together Nesto and Jude were really great and I loved how sweet and caring they were. Where I struggled was in the last third of the book. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that Jude is going through so much pain and heartbreak and he needs Nesto to act as the rock he's been up to that point. I'm also not sure that the events that lead to the problems in Nesto and Jude's relationship were really needed in the story. The situation was already fraught with painful emotion and it didn't need anymore added. Nesto's behavior wasn't lining up with what we'd seen so far and I'm not sure that Jude really had time to process his pain. I had a few problems while reading but overall, American Dreamer was a great debut novel and I'll be curious to see what else Adriana Herrera has to offer in this series.
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    Review: American Dreamer, by Adriana Herrera

    American Dreamer was my return to New York. And no, not the part in the beginning that takes place in The Bronx. No, this book returned me to Upstate New York, even if it was in Central NY a few hours west of where I grew up. That’s just one of the things that grabbed me with this book, the setting. Setting description wasn’t a huge part of the book, but there was a still an atmosphere of familiarity throughout. It also helped that Herrera can write characters that you can’t help but want to befriend. Nesto, along with his friends and family, made me want to join in with them, eat their food, and help out when things got hard. And they’re fictional characters. But I still wanted to jump in and help out. And Jude was amazing too. A small-town librarian who just wants to make sure kids had access to books. Who can’t get behind that? (This small-town library worker definitely felt for this character and his struggles to get a project off the ground.) While there definitely wasn’t an easy romance between the characters, I also felt that the level of angst was just right. Meaning there really wasn’t any. After reading through the whole thing and understanding where the characters came from in their respective pasts, I think that other authors may have taken these details and focused on them more. Made the book darker than necessary. But Herrera put just the right amount of it all in there to build her characters and drive the tensions. And now I’m going to go back to the food for a second. Where can I find a food truck like Nesto’s OuNYe? I was craving the food from the descriptions the entire time I was reading. So remember, don’t go into this one hungry. Not that it’ll matter. I think anyone would find room in their stomach to get hungry no matter what. I devoured this book in a day, barely hitting pause on my audiobook app once. I could not put this down. There are major struggles with bigots and the things life generally throws at us. But also great food, great characters, and two characters who need something right to happen to them. It’s all in here and I can’t recommend this book enough.
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