Monday, March 4, 2019

American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both… if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Oh. Wow! The food in this book made me so hungry! This is the story of Nesto and his quest to bring authentic Caribbean food to a small town in New York State. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Nesto is determined to make his food truck work as a business. Jude is a distraction Nesto can’t really afford. Jude is almost as skittish as Nesto when it comes to relationships so the connection between them is a sweet slow burn.

Nesto is both wonderful and infuriating. I love his passion but working so hard towards the success part of the American dream, he completely neglects the pursuit of happiness bit. Thankfully his mum and his friends are able to rein him in a bit. While Nesto is pretty much an open book, it takes time before readers start to understand the reasons behind Jude’s slightly odd behaviour. Jude’s story is heartbreaking, and it is impossible not to love him.

I love Nesto and Jude’s family and friends almost as much as I love the two men. Nesto has a wonderful family and a tight circle of close friends that are as entertaining as they are supportive. Jude’s circle is much smaller and his relationship with his family is very difficult. I love the way he is swept into the warmth of Nesto’s world.

This is a timely book that reflects and questions the experience of immigrants in today’s America. And while everyone seems to be talking about immigration, I’m not sure we actually hear immigrant voices tell their own stories very often. So while this is a sweet story about the relationship between two very ordinary men, I love that this story adds fresh voices to a genre that is far too white and far too privileged.

Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.

When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a social worker in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of American Dreamer (Dreamers #1) by Adriana Herrera to read and review.

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