American Love Story is the third book in Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series of contemporary m/m romance novels. I was so excited about the opportunity to read this book because I absolutely loved the first two books in the series about a group of guys from NYC who all have Caribbean heritage; they’ve been friends since middle/high school, and now one by one, they’re finding their happily ever afters. I’ve been waiting to see how Patrice and Easton’s story was going to play out ever since Herrera dropped hints about them in American Dreamer. So, needless to say, I was ridiculously excited to finally get to read their story.
Patrice has just started a job as a professor at Cornell economics professor, and returning to Ithaca brings him back in contact with Easton, a local lawyer. Patrice and Easton had a short-term attachment about a year ago, when Patrice was helping his friend Nesto get his food truck up and running in Ithaca. Patrice and Easton’s chemistry was off the charts hot, but things dissolved when Patrice returned to the City.
So can they just pick up where they left off?
Ideally, yes, but it’s not that simple. Patrice, who is Haitian-American, finds himself having to justify his Twitter activism when he speaks out against a variety of social issues, including the alarmingly high number of African-American men being pulled over by local police for no reason.
And Easton, who works as a DA, comes from a completely different background: he’s white, his family is moneyed, and he owns the apartment building Patrice moves into. He acknowledges the problems with the police, and wants to do something to help, but it’s different when considering the issue in an abstract sense.
At times, the issues they face seem insurmountable, and Patrice and Easton have to work through need if they’re going to fight for their love.
This book has so much to say about race, politics, immigration, activism, and finding one’s place in the world. Patrice’s outrage at the injustices he sees is visceral, making this the most emotionally evocative entry in the series.
As a fan of the series, I appreciated the chance to see some of the characters from previous books, and as much as I loved the secondary romance, I really hope those two get their own book eventually.
I would absolutely recommend American Love Story. Readers should start at the beginning of the series in order to fully appreciate the character arcs. But really- an Ivy League economics professor as a romantic lead? Yes please! And I’ve gotta say- there’s a small preview for the fourth book, American Sweethearts, and I can’t wait for it to come out!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.