American Dreamer

American Dreamer : An LGBTQ Romance

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"A fresh and vital new voice in romance."--Entertainment Weekly

From award-winning author Adriana Herrera comes a novel hailed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Romance Novels of 2019 and a TODAY Show Hot Summer Read.

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.

Book 1: American Dreamer
Book 2: American Fairytale
Book 3: American Love Story
Book 4: American Sweethearts
Book 5: American Christmas
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 104 x 168 x 30mm | 181g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335006877
  • 9781335006875
  • 1,129,248

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"[Adriana Herrera] is writing some of my favorite Afro-Latinx characters and giving us beautiful love stories along the way." --New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo "A delicious debut." --Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times bestselling author "Herrera not only dishes up plenty of muy caliente same-sex love scenes in her impressive, not-to-be-missed debut, which beautifully celebrates the rich diversity of life in the U.S., but she also excels at creating the kind of emotional connections between her protagonists that romance readers will find irresistible." --Booklist, starred review "Herrera's entertaining first Dreamers romance is fueled by love, community and plenty of Afro-Caribbean food... An adorable delicious foray into hapless romance." --Publishers Weekly "A fresh and vital new voice in romance."--Entertainment Weekly "A really impressive debut with heart, brain, and vibrant characters. I'm looking forward to the next story." --KJ Charles, bestselling author of The Magpie Lord "For a debut, Adriana Herrera has absolutely smashed it out of the park with American Dreamer. [...] What I was really impressed with though, was the depth of emotion from both characters. It's not always easy to engage with characters' issues or fears without it becoming a heavier read - even in romance - but Herrera manages this skilfully, making me laugh and cry by turns." --The Pink Heart Society " WILL want to the first in your book group to know about this rising new talent." --Nicole Kimberling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author
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1,208 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 33% (404)
4 44% (534)
3 18% (215)
2 4% (46)
1 1% (9)
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