American Fairytale (Dreamers #2)
Author: Adriana Herrera
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Release Date: May 2019
Genre(s): Romance, M4M
Audio Length: 7 hours, 36 minutes
Reviewed by: Will Burley
Heat Level:4 flames out of 5
Rating:5 stars out of 5
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 unforgettable hookup with turns out to be the wealthy donor behind his agency’s new, next-level funding.
Thomas Hughes built a billion-dollar business from nothing: he knows what he wants and isn’t shy about going after it. When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, Tom’s more than ready to be his Prince Charming. Showering Milo with the very best of everything is how Tom shows his affection.
Trouble is, Milo’s not interested in any of it. The only thing Milo wants is Tom.
Fairy-tale endings take work as well as love. For Milo, that means learning to let someone take care of him, for a change. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.
Oh my Jebus! You’re going to judge me, and I don’t care, but there is a new fan boy for Adriana Herrera!
Camilo Santiago, (affectionately known as “Milo”), is the tough, strong, vulnerable and sexy as hell protagonist of this story. Milo has a chip on his shoulder – not because he doesn’t care but because he’s cared and been hurt too much. Thomas Hughes is a wealthy entrepreneur who’s no-nonsense and somewhat aloof manner has been constructed as a wall to protect his heart and keep his blinders on so he can focus on what’s important to him. The narrative that the author has penned is truly excellent in my view and opinion. Normally, I can’t seem to really stomach how most romance novels seem to want to focus on all the “flowery” things in relationships and skip over the real-world struggles in getting to the pairing. I can say that this tome did not do that.
There was really good chemistry throughout. From Milo’s friends to the connection with Thomas, things came across as very natural to me. I was able to see myself in many of the characters.
Ms. Herrera did an excellent job at the pacing, too! A major complaint I normally have is how many writers leave out the little detail relating to the timing of the story. While not forcing us to count calendar days, the author was able to get us to focus on time in a natural way. It helped me think in terms of life outside the novel – which in turn helped me to really connect with what the characters were experiencing.
When I listened to the final phrase uttered by the narrator, I felt satisfied , hopeful in the idea of love and like it would eventually happen for me as well! I’ve never been touched by a book like this before.
What did you think about American Fairytale? Have you read it yet? Do you want me to convince you to read it some more? Chat me up in the comments…