No one ever said big dreams come easy.
For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen - the last thing he needs is a distraction.
Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough - of Nesto’s food or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.
An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both...if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.
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This book is approximately 94,000 words.
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loved it 🥰 Love the narrator.
this is an excellent introduction to the series, I love the way this author captured essence of her character and emotions. highly recommended.
Nesto was amazing; Jude was just aight
I've been waiting for this book for a while. As a Black Cuban, there are only small handfuls of published stories that I know about(maybe plenty that I don't) where the synopsis describes the main character as Afro-Latinx. Some of the books I've read have been a hit or miss, but I'm pleased to say Nesto was a win for me.
I didn't love everything in the book. Jude, his love interest didn't excite me. It felt like he expected comfort for his privilege and ability to be in spaces no one gave him permission to be in, and I just didn't connect to him based on that in our 2019 climate. Without putting so much emphasis on it, it felt like a lot of the brown characters went out their way to comfort and help white characters, and that was a real drag and I felt this author was capable of more than what we're used to in romance already.
But now that I got what I didn't disconnected to most out the way, I liked that Nesto and all his friends reminded me of people from Nueva York, especially hood kats. They were all queer and Latinx, but even though afro-caribbean was thrown around a lot, I didn't get the sense they were Black passing, as they were never described as such, as we all know having a Black grandmother is enough to use the term Afro-Latinx in this atmosphere of drowning out the voices for many of us who've always had to embrace being Black.
I know Dominican culture is very Black, and not in an American way, so I just want to be clear that I don't read all Black narratives the same, and don't expect one story to tell the right one. But I don't recall any of them ever using the term Black to describe themselves, and that hurt a little bit, but I still thought the DR representation, especially the family narrative was on point.
It's super hard to find DR rep with food and language(both code switching and DR Spanish) done right. Even though I have a handful of reservations, even great books have things a reader won't connect to, and I shouldn't fault every detail I didn't enjoy when I enjoy nearly everything else.
I'll say this with conviction, as I always do with a book featuring an Afro-Latinx main character; this wasn't my Afro-Latinx story. But it was someone else's and I'm glad I got to read it. I look forward to future stories from this author.