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American Sweethearts

(Dreamers #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  138 reviews
“A fresh and vital new voice in romance.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Adriana Herrera is writing some of my favorite Afro-Latinx characters and giving us beautiful love stories along the way.” —Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award Winner for
The Poet X

Juan Pablo Campos doesn’t do regrets. He’s living the dream as a physical therapist with his beloved New York Yankees.
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2020 by Carina Press
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mina reads™️
Juan Pablo is perhaps the only man that deserves rights
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
American Sweethearts is the conclusion to a series I have come to love from start to finish. I was so excited to read the conclusion and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I started the book and had it done in 24 hours because it gave me everything I could want and more.

We know these books for their diversity, and this one doesn’t disappoint either. While the romance is m/f for the first time, JuanPa is bisexual and there is mention of it in this book! We also get side characters who contrib
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: talk and allusions to child abuse, talk of the corruption of cops, on page sex

This book gave me everything that I love in one single story and I DON'T KNOW HOW TO COPE. So, quick bullet points again:

- Second chance childhood best friends to lovers to ??? to lovers again.
- Forced proximity.
- Everyone but them knows they'll inevitably end up together.
- FIRE sex scenes, including but not limited to pegging and use of a variety of sex toys.
- The chemistry is palpable and the banter is top notc
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I really love this series, but I had a hard time connecting to Priscilla and Juan Pablo. I do think we missed that initial connection between them since this is a second chance romance. We're told what they once were, but I feel like I didn't get that connection between them in the present. I really did love their characters and the journey that they individually went on. Juan Pablo openly talks about being in therapy and Priscilla is reevaluating her life and what she wants to do with the press ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This might be closer to a 3.5. Sadly, it's my least favorite of the series, but still worth the read! I just had a hard time connecting with this couple. ...more
Elizabeth Kahn
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did I come straight home from work and read this straight through? Yes. Yes, I did. Should you preorder it? Yes. Yes, you should.

🧡 Second (tenth?) chance romance
🧡 Reformed fuckboi
🧡 Sex toys for social justice
🧡 Afro-Latinx joy
🧡 🥕🥕🥕

Adriana is doing important social justice work with her books while also delivering on romance. She delivers a message about the importance of pleasure for marginalized folx. She also depicts how first-generation Americans navigate honoring the sacrifices their parents
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth Herrera book I’ve read and as I knew from the first I read, American Dreamer, I’ll want to read anything the author puts out. So far I’ve only read that first book in the Dreamers series and this one. This didn’t hurt my enjoyment of American Sweethearts, even though it is the fourth in the series. Though, I do feel recommending reading the series in order or close together wouldn’t hurt. It’s a good series, so why not?

American Sweethearts is the story of Priscilla and Juan Pa
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Progressive, timely, and downright steamy!

American Sweethearts is a passionate, second-chance romance between the intelligent, delectable Juan Pablo and the spirited, unfulfilled Priscilla as they discover that even though they’ve been stubborn and let each other go multiple times in the past, the heart wants who the heart wants, and a love like theirs is definitely worth fighting for.

The writing is titillating and light. The characters are kind, supportive, genuine, and open-minded. And the plo
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you for the gift, Tropical Jingle MiracleWrap!
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mutual pining and a legacy of failed relationship attempts don't stop the sparks flying between two former best friends and lovers who reconnect at the destination wedding of their mutual friends. But can Pris, a NYC detective growing weary of her job, and JuanPa, a physical therapist for the NY Yankees, get over their past to have a future together?

Herrera closes out her Dreamers series with a delicious second-chance romance that reconnects fans with the other beloved couples and closes out wit
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Rated 3.5 Stars

American Sweethearts was a hot and sexy read. It's a childhood sweethearts and second chance romance that I enjoyed. It was a bit slow in parts but I liked the dynamic between the main characters, Juan Pablo and Priscilla. I loved how caring and attentive Juan Pablo was. However this book just didn't fully work for me but I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
I jumped on American Sweethearts the day it was released. I was a big fan of the previous three books in Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series, and I knew reading this one would be like reconnecting with old friends. Juan Pablo and Priscilla have dated on and off for years but can’t make it work long-term. When they’re forced together for mutual friend Milo’s idyllic island wedding, sparks fly once again, but they still don’t quite know how to relate to each other. Juan Pablo has been working on him ...more
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

This was my most anticipated release of 2020 and I got an earc of it, so obviously I read it the same day I got it and I loved it.

Juan Pablo is the most swoonworthy hero in a romance book that I have read in a long time. He is absolutely the kind of guy I'll date in real life, which I don't find often in romance books. He is constantly working on being more open and honest and listening more and I was honestly fangirling over him the entire book. Priscilla is badass, smart and fun and I loved se
Carole Bell
Full review at @The_Book_Queen blog:

American Sweethearts is the soul-stirring and deeply satisfying fourth and final installment in Adriana Herrera’s award-winning Dreamers series, which centers on a tight group of Afro-Caribbean friends finding love and living their own version of the American dream in New York. All the protagonists of these books are Caribbean immigrants or the children of immigrants. All are striving and hustling to forge their own path. Though these characters
Kate Olson
(free review copy) Just when I thought the series couldn't possibly get any better, Herrera drops THIS on us. An absolute steamy, "lifelong loves find each other again" wonder. It's the first book in the series with a m/f romance, but don't fret ~ there is 100% nothing typical about this story. All of the characters from the previous books feature prominently and new characters add so much richness to the Dreamers world. All in all, a masterpiece. ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember thinking this was very well done, but this has sort of been the week from hell and I no longer remember anything I would have put in a review of the book. Which is unfortunate.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of the eARC from Net Galley.

This is the fourth book in Herrera’s American Dreamer series, and the only m/f romance of them - I was looking forward to it because I love this series, but I didn’t feel like I really knew Priscilla and Juan Pablo very well and honestly, I was nervous I wouldn’t like it as much as I did the others.

So here’s the biggest lesson I took away from this book: never doubt the writing of Adriana Herrera. (See also: we are not worthy). This one might n
I love the Dreamers series. I'm not enjoying this book.

At the 50% mark, I'm still so curious about both of these characters and who they are. There's so much 'other' happening here, however, their love story is lost.

I like all the things the author is talking about in this novel, unfortunately, the dialogue and dialect/diversity/queer representation/body positivity/race relations/misogyny/...and so much more - instead of enhancing this story, distract and overwhelm it. The characters feel like
This was off to a bit of a rocky start for me. Especially because the writing style didn't work particularly well for me. But I did end up enjoying this one, although I do think I preferred the previous book in this series.

It took a while for me to start connecting to the main characters, and my favourite parts of the book were the parts where the side characters featured prominently. I felt like they stole the show sometimes. But in the end, I did like these characters, and I thought there was
I am an Adriana Herrera fan for life! I don't care what she writes next, I'm buying it! Her ability to root you in her characters' world and life in such a vibrant way is one of the many reasons, her books are so popular. AMERICAN SWEETHEARTS not only delivers on the Happily Ever After promise, it vividly shows what life is like for Latinx and POC in America. The fact that the main characters find love and happiness despite the challenges and obstacles life puts in the way, is the delicious icin ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rafa Brewster
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm super late reviewing this considering I received an ARC courtesy of NG a while back, but... this book did not disappoint!

Hot AFFFF M/F pairing aside, American Sweethearts differed from the rest of the series, in the sense that JuanPa and Pris have always been together, in some shape of another, since they were teenagers. Unlike the other heroes in the series, they did not come together against all odds, despite the prejudices or injustices they faced. The only thing JP and Pris was fighting
Eva Scalzo
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the dreamers series comes to a close with american sweethearts, and it's long-time, on-and-off again lovers, priscilla and juan pablo getting all the attention now. so you all know how i feel about second-chance romances, but it's not that i hate them all. it's just that there are so many done wrong. adriana herrera gets it right. yeah, some of their past is there, but it never overwhelms what happens in the here and now, and it's not that the characters make the same mistakes with a miraculousl ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I was reading American Dreamers and American Love Story I requested and was granted an arc of the final book in the series, American Sweethearts. This is an honest review in exchange for an arc from NetGalley.

Juan Pablo and Priscilla have been on again off again since they were sixteen. Through the Dreamers series they have been off. It’s painful to both of them the way they love each other but can’t live with each other. The second chance at romance is a well loved trope. What Herrera is
Robin Mandell
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a delight. I love these characters and wish this book could have been a wee bit longer to give us more time with them.
There’s so much sweetness here, so much tenderness and humor, so many different kinds of love.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Ahhhh!! Adriana Herrera finished our the Dreamers series SO strong. I loved the story of Juan Pablo and Priscilla, high school sweethearts with nearly 20 years of Will-they-won’t-they love, finally trying to get their shit together and make it work. So good!!
Natasha Niezgoda
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Leigh Kramer
What a bittersweet end to an impressive series. Adriana Herrera has given us an immeasurable gift with each installment of the Dreamers series and I am sad to see it come to a close but also delighted Juan Pablo and Priscilla finally got their HEA.

J and Pris have had a fairly antagonistic relationship in the previous three books but here they’re trying to be on their best behavior for Tom and Milo’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, although snark and skepticism still slip through, especially o
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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 wit
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USA Today bestselling author 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 Wash

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