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American Sweethearts

(Dreamers #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  47 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 doesnt do regrets. Hes living the dream as a physical therapist with his beloved New York Yankees. He has the
Published March 30th 2020 by Carina Press
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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 theyve 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 plot
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
Em Wittmann
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
mindful.librarian ☀️
(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.
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 Herreras American Dreamer series, and the only m/f romance of them - I was looking forward to it because I love this series, but I didnt feel like I really knew Priscilla and Juan Pablo very well and honestly, I was nervous I wouldnt like it as much as I did the others.

So heres 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 now
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. Its painful to both of them the way they love each other but cant live with each other. The second chance at romance is a well loved trope. What Herrera is
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from Netgalley provided by HARLEQUIN in exchange for an honest review

RELEASE DATE: March 30, 2020

4th book. M/F. Queer MC. Mostly queer cast. Afro-Caribbean cast. Adult Contemporary Romance | Dominican author

What is it? The 4th book in the Dreamers series. Priscilla and Juan Pablo have been childhood sweethearts in an on-and-off relationship for the past 13 years. Two years after their last break-up where it looked like it really was the last time, they find themselves reconnecting during the
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 theyre trying to be on their best behavior for Tom and Milos wedding in the Dominican Republic, although snark and skepticism still slip through, especially on
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the blurb and what I knew about Juan Pablo and Priscilla's relationship, I knew this wouldn't be the book for me. That said, for the sort of romance it was, it was well done and I'm not mad I read it.

I definitely look forward to whatever Adriana Herrera writes next.
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
In the end, we were all dreamers too.

(Thank you for blessing us with such complex characters, Adriana, and helping us cynics of color in realizing that.... perhaps..... we deserve love and romance and sex as well)
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5* rounded up.
Review to come later.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding Dreamers book!

Coming together had always been easy. It was staying that way that never seemed to work out for us.

Whew, did these two work hard for their HEA. Juan Pablo grew up a ton in the time they were apart. He became someone who shared his feelings easily and actually shut up and listened. Priscilla had to make some major life decisions, one being whether or not she wanted to be with Juanpa again. There was a lot of talking and a ton of fun on the way to their HEA.

Sharon Tyler
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
American Sweethearts is the fourth book in the Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera, and is currently scheduled for release on March 30 2020. I have not read the previous books in the series, but it stood well on its own.

Juan Pablo Campos doesnt do regrets. Hes 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 couldve been. Except when it comes to Priscilla, the childhood friend hes loved
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A steamy second chance romance involving childhood sweethearts and a bisexual Afro-Latinx hero, American Sweethearts has a lot going for it. We follow Priscilla (a NYPD officer with a big heart and a side-gig in sex ed) and Juan Pablo (an athletic trainer with complicated feelings about the police force) who were childhood best friends, high school sweethearts, and have been on and off over the years. Their sexual chemistry has never been the issue, but maybe now things are different enough they ...more
I received an advance copy from Carina Press via Netgalley for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

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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 ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been anticipating this book since the 1st book in the series, when we met Juan P and Pris :D And i enjoyed it! The crew reunites for Camilo and tom's wedding and it was just so beautifully done. the entire ceremony :D

Now to our MCs...

1st off: I DID NOT KNOW JUAN P WAS QUEER!!! I picked up a vibe and then it was pretty much confirmed when he mentioned a guy he was with.
2nd off: He loves being pegged by Pris! Yes helloooo. We get a pegging scene my friends! I loved that.

so this one is a
Cathy Geha
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera
Dreamers #4

JuanPa and Pris have known and loved one another for years. Their relationship has been plagued with on again off again love-hate periods that have made them both feel it just wasnt worth it to be together only to be drawn to one another again without seeming to avoid the magnetic pull they feel. I have to say I dont remember much about the two of them from previous books and didnt see what the two saw in one another except history and intense
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 Ive ever wanted in a girl crush. Shes funny, shes clever, shes fierce, shes independent and she has a kick ass job. Pris also has an impressive side hustle. Ive swooned over the men in this series from the beginning but this time, it was definitely Pris who won my heart.

Theres nothing wrong with
This book is perfection, definitely a favorite of the year. JuanPa and Pris have known each other since childhood and have a long history of explosive chemistry and love followed by fights and heartbreak. This story is about them finally coming to a place where they can finally make their relationship work and wow... theres so many things right with this book and how this relationship is handled I dont even know where to start.

The chemistry is undeniable between them, you can feel the
American Sweethearts is the story of Priscilla and Juan Pablo who have the most complicated history when it comes to their hearts and chemistry. Except that now, things are changing since Juan Pablo has taken it into his hands to mature as a man and has started seeing a therapist. This change happens off-page and there is the result of Juan Pablo's effort in how he grows as a friend to Priscilla. What I liked so much about this book was how it focused on their relationship not only as lovers, ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

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.

JuanP - I do believe that these characters have more nicknames and short forms than in any other book I have ever
Quick Synopsis: Priscilla and Juan Pablo have been on again/off again for years, but the last time was the last time, unless... So now they're at Milo and Tom's wedding (the best!!) and Juan Pablo's grown up and gone to therapy and wants this next shot to be the real thing. Priscilla doesn't know if she can trust it. When they get back home to their real life, Priscilla has a lot of real world stress pressing into her and she doesn't know if she can trust those problems to Juan Pablo.

Lindsay S
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thirteen years earlier Pricilla finally takes the plunge and applies to the police academy now Juan Pablo will will have to stop dragging his heals on the the future they had planned to make together. Sadly, Juan Pablo has changed his mind on what the future holds for him; hes going to grad school.

Over the next thirteen years, JP and Pricilla are on and off, hot and heavy, then not talking to each other. But now things are different. JP has been in therapy working on being a better version of
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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 novel, American Dreamer, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, the TODAY Show on NBC and was selected as one ALA Booklist's Top

Other books in the series

Dreamers (4 books)
  • American Dreamer (Dreamers #1)
  • American Fairytale (Dreamers, #2)
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