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    Excellent

    Excellent read! This is the second book in the Dreamers series but it is easily read as a standalone. It's a great M/M contemporary romance. It's set in NYC but the characters are proud of their ethnicity and it plays a huge role in who they are. Camilo (Milo) and Thomas are an intriguing pair. Milo comes from a single parent middle class home and works as a social worker. Tom is a billionaire with all the high society trappings around him. Their attraction is intense but when it turns out Tom is the new benefactor for one of Milo's projects they need to put their attraction aside. Can they accomplish that? Read their story and find out. I highly recommend it.
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    Great read but was hoping for more

    I was more conflicted about this book than I think I've ever been about a book before. Up until about 85%, it was a solid 5 star read, but the resolution of the major conflict dragged it down to a 3.5 The good: I haven't read the first book in the series (this author is new to me), but I absolutely LOVED the writing style and the way culture and language were worked into the story so seamlessly. There were a lot of terms and ideas specific to the cultures of the characters I wasn't familiar with but rather than feeling confused, the inclusion made the whole story and the characters really come to life. The conflict between their socio-economic backgrounds made for an interesting dynamic that I enjoyed but it was also what led to my disappointment in the overall story. The conflicted: I really liked both Milo and Tom as people, but Milo's "never accept help from anyone even if it means pushing them away, but I'm going to harp on my mother about not accepting help" attitude really put me off. While his attitude is understandable, especially given his family's history with an abusive man, it was really abrasive. Yes, Tom screws up sometimes by thinking money can solve everything, but Tom being vilified by Milo and everyone in their lives for helping was over the top. Give that Milo REFUSED to even talk about the problems, I don't blame Tom for doing what he did to try to fix things. Yes, money isn't always the answer, but sometimes money can be a tool to help. Yes, power inequality exists due to wealth, but money is not the enemy and making it so black and white was really irritating. Tom has both money and time. Using his money to help is a crime but using his time (which only exists BECAUSE HE HAS MONEY) is okay? That's a seriously unhealthy relationship to money. Tom needing to grovel and take the entire blame for the big falling-out really sat wrong with me. Yes, he messed up by going behind Milo's back, but where was Milo's admitting that he contributed to it? I would have loved to see a conversation where Milo acknowledges that just as much as it hurts him for his mom to not accept his help with her depression, his refusal to allow Tom to help even a little bit hurt Tom. If Milo had bent even a little, maybe Tom wouldn't have felt pressured to swoop in and fix things behind his back. Even toward the end, Milo's "rolling with it" when Tom spends money came across as very immature, like Tom spending his own money was wrong but was something Milo was grudgingly allowing. The story was missing the exploration of Milo's very messed-up relationship with money and wealth that it needed for the ending to be satisfying.
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    Great Read

    American Fairytale is book 2 in the Dreamers Series but it can certainly be read as a stand-alone, I know this because this is the first book I have read by this author and I can tell you now it won’t be the last, I really enjoyed this fairytale and I will be going back to read book 1 which I believe is Adriana Herrera’s debut novel. American Fairytale is a romance between a billionaire and a social worker and it covers all the reasons they shouldn’t fall in love after all they believe in different values or do they....... This story is a sweet romance with a great cast of characters, every person in this book has a tale to tell and it’s a book that will captivate you so please make sure you have time to finish what you start. Looking forward to going back to read book 1 and reading the rest of the Dreamers Series as soon as time permits. Highly recommended.
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    Contemporary LGBTQIA Romance

    American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera Dreamers #2 Great meet-cute when Tom and Camilo meet at the fundraiser...I knew they would end up together since the blurb f or the book SAYS they will so what could have been a hot one time thing did end up more...still...great meet-cute. From there the romance progressed slowly through work involvement, hit a few bumps in the road and eventually overcame the main issue to achieve a HEA for the couple. The book dealt with LGBTQIA issues, workplace ethics and romance, money in relationships, family, depression, intercultural issues and more. What I liked: * The honesty, caring and sharing of Tom and Camilo in the relationship they were building * Tom – great book boyfriend * That both men felt they could be themselves when together * supportive friends of both Tom and Camilo * Libe – Tom’s daughter * The backstories of the parents of Tom and Camilo * Work ethics of both men * multicultural aspects of relationships * more What I didn’t like: * Camilo’s need for control over issues I sometimes felt he should have loosened up a bit overcame * Feeling that there must have been more backstory to the secondary characters supporting of both Tom and Camilo that we were not privy to...and why had those friends not made Tom and Camilo aware of character issues they could have worked on before this book came along * Not always knowing what the foreign phrases meant and some of the slang that I have not heard before Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Carina for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    3.95 > more angsty nuance than fairytale romance

    POV ~> Dual first-person The cover shows a single male wearing a long-sleeve t-shirt with a fiery sunset sky in the background. Nothing truly noteworthy. The white font is almost lost against the shirt. The only reason it caught my attention was that I was browsing upcoming releases by Carina Press and read the synopsis. This story is more angsty nuance than fairytale romance, in my opinion. Throughout the book, the bilingual dialogue is repeated in English (which is beneficial to those that do not know enough Spanish but feels somewhat redundant after a while). Camilo and Tom met at a charity gala, where Camilo dragged Tom into a Powder Room for a quickie. Then, Camilo’s agency is selected to receive a HUGE donation… courtesy of Tom, though Tom does not know that Camilo is the point of contact for the agency he’s donating to. They can’t keep away from one another regardless of how they try or what they tell themselves. It doesn’t help that their friends are encouraging this relationship. Both men have some hangups and issues. A preschooler from a previous marriage and parents are included in the cast of secondary characters. Libe cracked me up and I think she was my favorite… sadly, I think I enjoyed her rant post-Lemur best. I really wanted to love this story but it just felt heavy and seemed to drag on forever. The writing was clean and the plot moved well, but the content and interactions were just too much angsty drama for me to truly enjoy. Predictability was low. The conclusion was satisfying, living up to the Carina Press Romance Promise of an HEA/HFN ending. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.95 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from @Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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