I bought American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera on its release day because all my friends were talking about it. I didn’t get a chance to read it right away, but then I received the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the second book, so I bumped American Dreamer to the top of my reading queue.
Nesto Vasquez has lived in NYC for his whole life, but he’s leaving the city to move upstate with his food truck. He doesn’t know how Ithaca is going to respond to his Caribbean fusion cuisine, but he’s got to shoot his shot. He’s here to focus on building his business, so he certainly not looking for romance.
And then Nesto meets Jude Fuller, a shy librarian. Jude’s not looking for romance either, because it hasn’t worked out so well in the past. Nesto and Jude hit it off right away, and everything seems to be going well, but can their happiness last?
The first thing I have to say is that this book made me so hungry. Herrera goes into great detail describing the food on Nesto’s truck, and it made me wish that there was a Caribbean fusion food truck in my town! The truck provides a nice segue into the dynamic with Nesto and his friends. They come from different parts of the Caribbean, but they are as close as brothers because they’ve found common ground. This strong bond is reflected in the cuisine on the truck- selections are incorporated from their different heritages.
Both Nesto and Jude have issues that they need to contend with. As I’ve mentioned, Nesto has sacrificed almost everything to try to make the food truck his full time job. If he isn’t successful, he’ll have to move back to the city and get a job again. Jude has stability, but he’s insulated himself to avoid getting hurt again. When elements of his past come back, he’s forced to confront feelings that he’s tried to avoid for years.
I would absolutely recommend American Dreamer. I read a lot of historical m/m romance, and I’m slightly picky with to contemporary m/m. I can say without a doubt that Adriana Herrera is my favorite author when it comes to contemporary m/m. Nesto and Jude are so sweet together, and I loved the inclusion of Spanish. American Fairytale will be released on May 20th, and readers should definitely check it out as well.
In the meantime, I’m trying to be patient- I’ve been waiting for the third book in the Dreamers series ever since Herrera dropped hints about it in American Dreamer.