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American Fairytale

(Dreamers #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.

New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes busin
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Published May 20th 2019 by Carina Press
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Shin Mon Thway
Oh my god! 🤦‍♀️ Where do I even begin??? 🙄🙄🙄 First of all, that’s the 8 hours of my life that I’m never going to get it back. 😒🙄 I’ve been trying to get into this book for like 3 months. I requested this book to review from NetGalley when it first came out because everyone was so hyped about this book. 🤷‍♀️ But even then, I couldn’t get past like 10% mark of the book. I just keep picking this up and putting it down. And the other day, I saw this book was available on Hoopla and the narrator was ...more
K.J. Charles
Very much a fairytale romance as handsome charming millionaire Thomas and charity worker Milo fall in lust at first sight. Milo works for the charity to which Thomas is donating vast sums of money. The relationship accelerates very quickly and the two are very well suited except for the financial gap between them. Milo has no despite to be a kept man and Thomas has a tendency to chuck money around, and a staggeringly obnoxious habit of ordering for Milo at restaurants. (I feel a bit culturally a ...more
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Who’s ready to hear me gush about this brilliant book? Because I sure as ever am! This new adult, m/m romance is a sequel to a book I really enjoyed. However, this one took it to another level and stole my heart.

For starters, we are definitely getting some diversity served on a platter here. And it’s the good representation that is central to the story. Camilo is a Cuban-Jamaican living in the US, and his best friend is Japanese-Jamaican. His mother is a Cubanita and we get to see a little about
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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DNF @ 16%

The first book in this series, AMERICAN DREAMER, was so good that I immediately zoomed out to grab all the other books in this series. It was a laundry list of everything I love in fiction: positive friendships, loving families (well-- for the most part), food and foodie culture, diversity(!), and a slow-burn romance where the focus is on the building of the relationship rather than a purely sexual need.

Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were many things about American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera that I enjoyed.

-Dual POVs

-The plot certainly lived up to its name. It did feel real fairytale like- successful man sweeps a younger social worker off his feet.

-Loved the relationship development, how Thomas went about courting Milo. It was sweet and romantic.

-Great cast of secondary characters.

-Just as in the previous book, American Dreamer, I enjoyed reading about the characters' heritage and backgrounds, finding what makes them
I love Adrianna Herrera's debut, American Dreamer , which shows Herrera's strong love towards her Caribbean root using the delicious foods. Unfortunately, as a follow-up to that one, American Fairytale fails to entertain me.

Duly noted, maybe I should stop reading romance that involves millionaires because it doesn't seem to end well for me. It usually involves issue of money -- especially if the love interest doesn't share the same social class. The millionaire will be baffled be
L.J. Hayward
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this! 😍😍 It was so sweet and adorable and highly recommended. 💜💜💜

But yes, I took a star off for (view spoiler)
Leigh Kramer
I’ve been anticipating this book ever since the series was announced because of the social worker hero. Herrera just graduated with her MSW and has worked in the field of intimate partner violence for a while before that. Fiction so often gets social work wrong and I was hopeful this one would get it right. And boy were my hopes exceeded!

American Fairytale is a romance between a billionaire and a social worker that really wrestles with the financial disparity between them. With that disparity co
I've given this an A- for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars

American Fairytale is the second book in new-to-me author Adriana Hererra’s Dreamers series, which features four Afro-Latinx friends who live and work in and around New York. The story – a romance between a self-made billionaire and a social worker – definitely lives up to its fairytale moniker; it’s sexy and wonderfully romantic, the protagonists are compassionate, decent men, and while there are a couple
I haven’t been this conflicted about a book for sometime but I think I wanna give this a 3.5.

I haven’t read the first book in this series but I have heard great things and really got excited when I got this ARC. I love stories with fairytale-esque themes and this book was very adorable and swoony for the most part.

Camilo is a social worker and I loved the passion he had for his work. Every time he talked about the work he did at the shelter and the ideas he had for how to help his clients, it w
Barb ~rede-2-read~
The minute I saw this book was available I grabbed it. Book one, American Dreamer, was so outstanding I knew I’d be in for a treat with more. Could the author top her debut book? Oh yes. Milo’s story is highly entertaining and fulfilled my fantasy of having everyone find Mr. Right to make them happy.

Am I sappy? Yes, I am. But the story made me feel so very good, I simply want to share the experience with others.

Four young men grew up together in New York City. All sons of Caribbean immigrants,
Rafa Brewster
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoops I am failing at this review thing. I had definitely meant to review this before it came out, as I nabbed this one off of NG (thank you, NetGalley!).

This was actually my first book by the author, after I had hemmed and hawed at checking out the first book, American Dreamer. Let's just say that I one-clicked Book 1 before I had even finished, and I CANNOT WAIT for the rest of the series. There's an authenticity to Herrera's writing, specifically her portrayal of the POC and immigrant exper
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Things I loved in American Fairytale:

- Men of color getting an HEA
- Thoughtful discussions of social justice, white-passing privilege, and mental health stigma
- Thomas having an adorable daughter
- Strong friendships and family ties
- Camilo enforcing his boundaries in a relationship, even when it might be easier not to

Things I was not such a fan of:
- Hookup to lovers is one of my least favorite tropes. I'm a slow-burn fan so this almost immediate graphic sex scene felt jarring to me.
- Insta-lov
Feb 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am a control freak. I do not like asking for help. I understand Milo's issues with both. THAT SAID, loving someone who has money means accepting they have money. I genuinely do not believe that Milo is capable of this.

This book fails as a romance because there's no way this couple will last, which is a shame, because I actually liked them together. So very grateful I did not buy this book.
FYI – “American Fairytale” is the second in Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series, but it can easily be read as a standalone.

“American Fairytale” draws together two strong characters into a romance that definitely holds your interest. I like the flow of the plot and especially enjoy how the author portrays the characters’ rich Latinx culture and background – Camilo’s Cuban heritage as well as Tom’s Dominican heritage. And as the author notes, this book is a love story to strong Latinx women.

Camilo a
4.5 Stars! Adriana Herrera pens a marvelous between social worker Milo Santiago and tech millionaire Tom Hughes. It is fully of sexy chemistry, charm, and heart.

I love the world Herrera creates with Milo's circle of friends who represent the Afro Caribbean diaspora. Milo's mother is Cuban refugee and his father who who is not around is Jamaican. Tom is white passing Dominican whose father is white but moved to DR and met and married Tom's mom. His parents are amazing. Milo's mom is pretty amazi
Sam (AMNReader)

There's still too much tell/exposition for me. It did take some feels out for me.

Interestingly, the big "choice" conflicts I understand with the ordering and what not. Silly though to make the second time at the chef's table w/ a pre-planned menu because that's part of the experience and... Like .. Usually amazing?

I like what Herrera's doing, and appreciated that there was no real villain here. Two sweet, idealistic, evolved heroes that talk.
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a fairytale romance for urban millennials. When Milo meets his Prince Charming at a party, he is immediately swept off his feet. But Milo kinda likes standing on his own two feet and he’s perfectly capable of sorting out his own problems. Milo can’t ride into the sunset with Tom until he is certain the power imbalance between them won’t crush his identity. The connection between Milo and Tom is electric, but the two mus
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED! American Dreamer is still my fave of the series, but I really loved American Fairytale as well. So many good feels. So many great characters. Some real issues and real talk in between all the hot action. And the elementary set is well represented by a fierce daughter of one of the main characters. Love this book.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was all about the first book in the Dreamers series, and I loved this follow-up just as much. Milo, a social worker, has a sexy encounter with a stranger at a fancy fundraising gala. At work the next day, his boss introduces him to Tom, the new donor who’s bankrolling their latest project AND (you guessed it) the same guy Milo just got up close and personal with. Although they vow to keep things professional, sometimes chemistry is too strong to ignore (!!). I just love this series. The charac ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I may have loved this book more than American Dreamer. There was a lot about this that spoke to me, especially when Camilo talks with Tom about reconciling how he looks and a person's immediate perception of him with who he is, where he grew up and how he was raised. I totally relate to that!

This book reads very different from book 1. Camilo's personality is so different from Herrera's previous characters and she does a great job of showcasing that. I was a little worried that each book would fe
Sera Taíno
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing


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Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.

New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until the mysterious man he had an un
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was good but not great. Milo's dramallama crap and the preachy feeling of a lot of this wasn't my cuppa.
Camilo Santiago Briggs doesn't believe in fairy tales. He believes in working hard and making things happen for yourself, a lesson he's learned from his mother and from his career as a New York City social worker.

So when Milo finds out the mystery man he shared the hottest hookup of his life with is in fact billionaire Thomas Hughes, and is in fact going to be funding the project Milo's in charge of at his non-profit job, he is completely skeptical. Knights in shining armor don't exist, and hot
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(free review copy) I mean, REALLY. I didn’t think anything could top American Dreamers but now I have to think way too hard about which of these I loved more! Herrera is a master of romantic relationships with real, deep, and thoughtful issues that couples have to deal with. Just the right amount of drama/angst and grab-the-fan HEAT. So so steamy! Loved it and can’t wait for book 3!
4.5 Stars

I just adore the cultural elements of these stories. There's such a flavor of the Caribbean Islands in the cultural of all these guys. The little pieces of Spanish that flow through the story really bring about the energy and vibrancy of those areas of New York City. It's not a world or culture I have much familiarity with, but it just radiates off the page.

I really liked Milo and Thomas. Both guys are immigrants or the child of an immigrant. Their backgrounds maybe different, but they
2.5 stars. This starts out with a steamy scene right away, which I loved, and I continued to enjoy reading this book for a while, but before the halfway point I was bored and I can't say that I liked it overall. There's a lot of great stuff here, but it didn't come together into a great book for me. The plot is thin and just not enough really happens for large parts of the book. I liked reading about each character's background and seeing how they connected over their shared stories, however I a ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. Had it not been for Milo and his 'I don't need anyone's help' attitude and some of the author's writing, I'd probably have given this a 5 star review because I enjoyed the romance. Seriously, Milo's attitude was enough to almost make me put the book down and not finish, but I did of course.

Milo is a social worker of Cuban ancestry and is doing a lot of good in Harlem. He's at a fundraiser when he meets this really cute and sexy man, who turns out to be ub

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Book synopsis: Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.

New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until t
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Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 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.

Her debut Dreamers, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, the TODAY Show on NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Oprah Magazin

Other books in the series

Dreamers (4 books)
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