The descriptive bit: Camilo is a Cuban-American social worker in NYC. His boss has given him a thousand dollar ticket to a gala and he’s planning to have a good time at the complimentary bar. What he isn’t expecting is to meet Tom and end up having a sizzling one-night encounter with him.
When Camilo returns to work, he finds out that a local philanthropist wants to donate a couple of million dollars to the organization so that they can renovate the shelter they run. When Camilo meets the millionaire in question … it’s Tom … Thomas Hughes, to be exact.
The spark that drew them together the night they met only grows as they work together. But, Camilo is fiercely independent and Tom is used to being able to fix things with money.
My thoughts bit: Oh these two men and the way they make the same mistakes over and over! Camilo is stubborn. He’s made mistakes with men in the past and he is determined not to tangle himself up in another man’s life. He doesn’t want to lose himself in love. That all makes sense, but the way Camilo feels about Tom is overwhelmingly right and he can’t help wanting happily ever after with the man.
Tom has built himself and his business from the ground up. He was born in the DR and has made it his goal to embrace his culture and be the best person he can be. He’s wealthy as hell and feels that money should be something that enables him to do the good that he wants to do. When he tries to make Camilo’s life better by using his money… things start to go a little off the rails.
This is a fast-paced romance with some well-written, steamy love scenes. It really is a fairy tale, sometimes a little over-the-top romantic, although the realities of two men coming together from different backgrounds adds the reality of relationship struggles to this novel. This was a fun read – oh! and I really enjoyed that there was so much Spanish in the book, that really gave me a feel for the background of both men.
The warnings bit: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: Emotional angst
I received an ARC of American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera from HARLEQUIN – Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.