Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for JuanPa’s book. Okay, it’s only been a year since American Dreamer, the first book in the Dreamers series, but needless to say, current events have made the twelve months between March 2019 and March 2020 feel like a decade. Anyway, when I saw the excerpt for this book at the end of American Love Story, it made me even more excited for this book.
JuanPa and Pris have been on-again-off-again for YEARS, like since they were teens. They have a lot of history, and now they’re both headed to a super posh wedding in the Dominican Republic. Both of them are determined to be cordial to each other while keeping their distance, but neither of them factored in that their scorching chemistry never waned.
So OF COURSE they hook up in the DR, and now they have to go back to NYC and figure out where they stand with each other.
I should point out that the other books in the Dreamers series are m/m, but this book is m/f. However, JuanPa is bi and there’s a super hot pegging scene at one point. Oh, I should also point out that Pris’ side hustle is holding sex positive workshops where she teaches abuelitas about sex toys.
Because this is a second-chance romance, there’s a different dynamic. There’s a sense of familiarity because JuanPa and Pris already know everything about each other, but their relationship has failed before and so they have to work twice as hard to make sure they avoid dealbreakers from the past.
JuanPa and Pris are supported by an awesome cast of secondary characters: there’s the six guys who make up the three couples from the previous books, but JuanPa and Pris’ parents also make appearances. This plays into the second-chance dynamic because they’re all secretly rooting for JuanPa and Pris to get back together.
I would absolutely recommend American Sweethearts. This book can be read as a standalone, but whether you start with this book or read the series in order, you are in for a treat—the Dreamers books are among some of my favorite contemporary queer romance novels. I am looking forward to reading more from Adriana Herrera in the future.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.