Thursday, March 26, 2020

American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera

Juan Pablo Campos doesn’t do regrets. He’s living the dream as a physical therapist for his beloved New York Yankees. He has the best friends and family in the world and simply no time to dwell on what could’ve been.

Except when it comes to Priscilla, the childhood friend he’s loved for what seems like forever.

New York City police detective Priscilla Gutierrez has never been afraid to go after what she wants. Second-guessing herself isn’t a thing she does. But lately, the once-clear vision she had for herself—her career, her relationships, her life—is no longer what she wants.

What she especially doesn’t want is to be stuck on a private jet to the Dominican Republic with JuanPa, the one person who knows her better than anyone else.

By the end of a single week in paradise, the love/hate thing JuanPa and Pris have been doing for sixteen years has risen to epic proportions. No one can argue their connection is still there. And they can both finally admit—if only to themselves—they’ve always been a perfect match. The future they dreamed of together is still within reach… if they can just accept each other as they are.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

If all women in m/f romance were as fabulous as Pris in this book, I would read a whole lot more m/f romance. Pris is everything I’ve ever wanted in a girl crush. She’s funny, she’s clever, she’s fierce, she’s independent, and she has a kick ass job. Pris also has an impressive side hustle. I’ve swooned over the men in this series from the beginning but this time, it was definitely Pris who won my heart.

There’s nothing wrong with JuanPa, but like too many men, he’s only just starting to become an adult in his mid-30s and he has a whole lot of growing up to do before he can meet Pris as an actual partner. I love his growth in the book, but I loved Pris more. I love the lifetime of relationship that continues to pull JuanPa and Pris back into each other’s and I love their shared history and culture.

I also really love that neither of these characters are perfect. Pris is prickly and unforgiving and she likes to pick fights. JuanPa is trying hard to make up for years of broken trust. There is something raw and real about the two characters as they fight for the relationship they know they can have.

I usually hate the sex in m/f romance but I really loved that the sex in this book manages to be crazy hot while also feeling realistic and woman centred. Even the kink feels organic rather than sensational. Previously, I’ve really only read this kind of sex in lesbian writing and I absolutely loved it here.

I’ve been a massive fan of this series since the beginning and I love that the author has written a female character as compelling as the men in her previous books. It sounds trite and reductionist to praise this series as ‘Woke Romance’ but I absolutely love the fresh voices and the characters who actually reflect the people I know and love in my own life.

This is the fourth book in the series, and is an interesting addition to the series. As we get to catch up with all the previous couples in the early stages of the book, I think it would be wise to read them in order – it would also make more sense of the level of closeness of these friends and families.

JuanPa – I do believe that these characters have more nicknames and short forms than in any other book I have ever read – and Priscilla have been close since they were little, and they have had an on and now off relationship for years, and their families remain convinced that they should be together. In actual fact, so do they, but too many upsets and disappointments litter their past, and JuanPa's arrogant attitude has just made Pris too cautious to contemplate it ever working.

As he works at building trust, and she recognises how much he has grown, the hope that they will perhaps find a way forward grows. There are some very moving touches, like how he's decorated his home. I really liked Pris and her strength as a person. The pressure that they live under due to their families hopes and dreams for them is beautifully written. It is not something which can be easy to have lived with, and becomes even stronger as their friends couple up, and their careers take off.

Such a sweet, hot, and carefully written story – all the richer for having read the earlier ones, and absorbed the values that this community live by.

Also Available in the Dreamers Series

Book 1
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our American Dreamer post.

Book 2
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Carina Press – Harlequin

Audiobook Buy Links

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For reviews & more info, check out our American Fairytale Dual Media Review post.

Book 3
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our American Love Story post.

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 Sweethearts (Dreamers #4) by Adriana Herrera to read and review.

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