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American Fairytale

(Dreamers #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  101 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
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 20th 2019 by Carina Press
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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
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
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)
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
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
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,
Leigh Kramer
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 because it's
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
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.
Sera Taíno
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
American Fairytale is the second installment of Adriana Herrera's American Dreamer series. I read the first book, American Dreamer, and fell in total love with Nesto and Jude. This book is a perfect followup to the brilliance of her debut novel.

American Fairytale centers on the relationship between Camilo (Milo) Santiago Briggs, a Cuban/Jamaican social worker, and Thomas Hughes, a wealthy, Dominican/American tech ceo who, together with his two friends and co-owners, sells their company for an ob
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
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
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
4.5 stars

Review to follow at AudioGals.
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.

Listen 25/5/19 | 3.5 stars

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
Mar 31, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, lgbtq
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

DNF at 48%

Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me, I seem to be in the minority with this so please read other reviews! There wasn't anything wrong with the novel, I was just a bit bored. The story and characters didn't wow me or hook me at all and the romance wasn't for me.

Saying that, I absolutely loved all the discussions on culture, immigration and ethnicity. The focus on creating and building something you are passiona
Mel González
"Then he took my hand and kissed my palm... because my life was a Jane Austen Novel now."

The world Adriana Herrera is painting in her books is one of warmth, heart, chemistry and love. It's the story of a group of friends who are sons of Caribbean immigrants who are finding their way in life and also finding people who they're sharing it with. After the first one, I adored this world. After this one, I'm completely sold. In American Fairytale we have Milo Santiago, who is a Cuban/Jamaican socia
I LOVED this book.

It had so many elements I like. A couple who are a perfect match, but just need to figure things out. Tom and Camilo were great characters together and apart. Their friends and family added to the story. Just perfect, And no villainous characters like book 1.

Looking forward to book #3.
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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!
Received an ARC via Netgalley

I liked this even more than American Dreamer. I liked Camilo and Thomas together overall just a tad bit more I think. They worked together so well. I also liked the setup and how the potential problems of the power dynamic were addressed and confronted. It also didn't feel preachy. I really only have one thing that bugged me and that was towards the end. Like always. There's always that one last grasp for drama and conflict and it always irks me. I totally understand
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
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
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good... really good. I honestly didn't like it as much as the first, I think because there was a definite lack of "the gang". I missed having more of that wonderful group of friends from American Dreamer. They are here, just not as much as I hoped. Also, Camilo is hard to love... he was harder for me to connect with because he is very ridged in his beliefs and never asks for help and won't accept it when it's offered. Really ridged. Whereas Thomas just wants to help because he love ...more
Roberta Blablanski
Audiobook 5 stars

Another great read from Adriana Herrera. I just love the tight group of NYC friends Herrera has created.. Milo is devoted to his job helping abuse victims get back on their feet. He's also devoted to his mother, who is coping with depression.

Thomas lives the life of luxury, but he's had his own battles. His way of treating his dating partners doesn't mesh well with Milo's independent nature. Milo is proud, too proud at times, and Thomas is used to getting his way.

I liked the c
2.5 Stars

Whew. This is unexpected considering the enjoyment I had reading the first book; but I just don’t like this second entry as much as “American Dreamer.” AMERICAN FAIRYTALE started of “fun” with strangers met and hooked up; and they thought that’s it then - of course! - proven wrong.

The blurb pretty much said it all, Milo grew up in tough life and learned never to lean on anyone. Tom always had the love of his extensive family, even when his (first) marriage failed. He shared custody of
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really did not like the main character which is what drives down the rating on this otherwise fine romance. (Also: precocious child alert for those who like to avoid)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
It really is the modern fairytale.
Two men with different backgrounds who have to navigate their lives so they can walk together.

What I really loved was the collection of diverse characters. And it didn't seem forced or gimmicky like some some POC and LGBT characters are used for. They were all thoughtful, smart, beautiful and flawed. Real.

Both Milo and Tom are very true to themselves and their adoration for each other is clear. There are hiccups as they try to integrate their lives together, a
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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. When’s she not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a ...more

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