A Multicultural Christmas Romance
By Adriana Herrera
Release Date: November 2, 2020
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The Storyline: American Christmas
Denpo Myint “Yin” Thuta is living the dream. His dream. A good job, higher education, supportive community and, best of all, his live-in boyfriend, Ari. Yin has his happily-ever-after…if only he and Ari could take the time to actually enjoy it. With the holidays fast approaching, Yin’s determined to change all that and surprise Ari with an over-the-top gift that will leave him in no doubt how much he’s loved—even though they agreed to keep things simple this year.
Like Yin, Aristide “Ari” Douniama worked so hard to secure his future that he may have forgotten how to enjoy his present. Despite there being plenty to be thankful for in the moment. With big plans of his own in the works to surprise Yin, Ari may or may not have gone overboard. Or forgotten to check their respective schedules.
’Tis the season of giving, and in their quest to celebrate the “perfect” American Christmas—and failing—Ari and Yin get a much-needed reminder that they already have the greatest gift of all: each other.
- Book Title: American Christmas
- Author: Adriana Herrera
- Release Date: November 2, 2020
- Genre/s: MM holiday romance
- Themes: self-discovery, sticking together, new beginnings.
- Heat Rating: 3 flames!
- Length: 92 pages
- This is part of Adriana’s Dreamer series but can be read as a stand alone book (I did!)
What I Liked
American Christmas is a well-developed romantic story that has some twists as they navigate their first Christmas together.
The characters come into the relationship with their own expectations and baggage (i.e., they were real). An opposite attraction story—one soccer fan, one theater fan; one driving into the relationship immediately, the other slowing it down…
They were both attempting to do something over the top for their lover, and tragically tripping over it. Frankly, I have had this type of thing happen to me (to a lesser extend), so I was able to feel it through the pages.
I enjoyed the way that support systems were displayed in this novel. As is common in the gay world where “family” is defined a bit more loosely to mean those they choose to have in their life, it was on display here at a multi-cultural level.
Speaking of multi-cultural…. I LOVED the fact there were arguments over whose eggnog was the best. I snickered out loud, because, I have SEEN arguments like that! PS: Eggnog is my favorite holiday drink…. I don’t really care which culture it comes from.
What I did not care for
The only thing I struggled with was keeping the ancillary characters straight. Trying to remember who the boss was, who was her husband, the family members, friends, etc by their first name caused me to stumble a few times.
With that, I found that I really did not NEED to keep them straight, ultimately, they were there to support Ari and Ying, provide advice and encouragement. So, my recommendation, don’t sweat it when you read the story!!
The Bottom Line…
I enjoyed this book. While I do not have firsthand refugee experiences, I could relate to some of the twists in this book. I even garnered a little unwritten moral from the story: In the end, fill your life with people you love and who love you back and they will be there during your lows. Of course, you get that story in a fun, sometimes silly, romantic, happily-ever-after story!
About the Author: Adriana Herrera
Adriana was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen 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 she’s not dreaming up love stories, planning logistically complex vacations with her family or hunting for discount Broadway tickets, she’s a trauma therapist in New York City, working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Her Dreamers series has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist and has been featured in The TODAY Show on NBC, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Library Journal, and The Washington Post. Adriana’s debut, American Dreamer, was selected as one of Booklist’s Best Romance Debuts of 2019, and one of the Top 10 Romances of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly. Her third novel, American Love Story, was one of the winners in the first annual Ripped Bodice Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction.
Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and has written for Remezcla and Bustle about Own Voices in the genre. She’s one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective. Represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.
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Coffee Talk with Adriana
As many of you know, I have a bit of a coffee addiction. This has developed into a little bit of a sub-theme to my site (BookGemz). I say it is being a father of three wonderful kiddos, BUT, it is more likely because I can never seem to set my book down to go to sleep once I am engrossed into it.
However, I have a small tradition of reaching out to the authors to connect on their favorite caffeinated beverages and other little tidbits. Adriana was gracious in responding!
BOOK GEMZ: Are you coffee, tea or energy drink persons?
I drink lots of coffee and tea!
With coffee I am picky about the beans but pretty boring in how it take it. I like a dark roast. Ethiopian is my favorite, and I mostly drink Americanos.
I love tea too and that I take with milk. I am a big fan of London Fogs or anything Early Grey.
BOOK GEMZ: OK, given the holidays I am going to curve ball this one to you. I was amused in the book, American Christmas, about the reference to who makes the best eggnog. Do you have an Eggnog recipe that you enjoy?
I do have a recipe. Here is the recipe for Coquito, which is the Puerto Rican version.
I have a cookbook with all the recipes in my books for my newsletter subscribers if that’s of interest!
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