Here to Stay
Julia del Mar Ortiz is not having the best year.
She moved to Dallas with her boyfriend, who ended up ditching her and running back to New York after only a few weeks. Left with a massive—by NYC standards, anyway—apartment and a car lease in the scorching Texas heat, Julia is struggling…except that’s not co ...more
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There isn't much I love more in books than the found family troupe, and Adriana Hererra brought it with this book. Here to Stay is my first book by this author, but I'm excited to read more of her back list because I really enjoyed it!
Julia is a born and bred New Yorker who has been living in Texas for the last year or so. She loves her job, but she feels a little out of sorts there. She puts together a little club of ex-New Yorkers to feel more at home and it works better than she c ...more
I know that an author has done a great job if I am enjoying myself while reading, I have been moved by something one way or another, and/or I have fallen for the swoony guy, just like Julia did.
This lighthearted read is a perfect diversion with Julia and her crazy, but loving family. She is stressed but loves her new job! And when she meets the guy she needs to impress, she is impressed by more than his work ethic.
Rocco is not only gorgeous, bu ...more
HERE TO STAY by Adriana Herrera is a contemporary romance that brings the heat. This is a standalone which could easily become a fun series with ethnic New Yorkers coming together for support and fun in their new surroundings of Dallas.
Julia del Mar’s year did not start out well, but she loves her new job running a charitable foundation and she is making her life in Dallas work. The foundation is run by one of the most iconic high ...more
I had a feeling Julia and Rocco met before. They acted like it, but that wasn't ever cleared out. A perfect workplace romance with low drama and angst.
I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Thanks to NetGalley & the p ...more
Julia del Mar moved from New York to Dallas to follow a boyfriend who dumped her soon after she arrived. He also stiffed her with the apartment that ne ...more
There is so much to love about this book. I love when a location feels like an added character to the st ...more
This was an entertaining work place/taboo slow burn romance. I really loved how the author showcased families - those made by blood and those that we find/choose. All the characters were likeable and my heart hurt for Rocco and Julia at different times in the book. I wanted to give Rocco a big hug so many times. The secondary characters were equally wonderful (Julia's family! The twins! Jose!) and added so much humor and fun to the story. There was a lot of push and pull in this one and ...more
Julia left NYC and moved to Dallas, TX for her boyfriend Matt only to break up shortly after arriving. She’s determined to still make it on her own. She takes a job at a department store’s corporate office running programs in their foundation to help local kids and their families. Sturm’s department store is considering going public ...more
📚 Hello Book Friends! HERE TO STAY by Adriana Herrera was a fun, emotional, and sexy read. The tension between Julia and Rocco was tangible and so hot! I love their relationship back and forth and how they can keep their hands away from each other. The ending is sweet and noble as it should be in a great romance story. If you are looking for a light romance book with lots of sexual tension, this one is for you. What am I saying? Just pick up a copy and start reading and dazzled by this wonderful ...more
Here to Stay is a heartwarming, humorous tale that transports you to Dallas, Texas and into the lives of both Julia del Mar Ortiz, a kind, compassionate, Dominican-Puerto Rican woman who after being dumped shortly after relocating to Texas from Queens is more than happy putting all her time and effort into her dream job, running the charitable foundation for Sturm’s, and Rocco Quinn, an Italian-Irish, handsome, young man tasked with helping Sturm’s get ready to g ...more
Adriana Herrera is one of the best modern romance writers. As romance readers, we're incredibly blessed to experience her stunning stories that feature some of the most diverse casts. Here to Stay is easily one of my favorite contemporary romance novels of the year. It was a treat to read and I hope you have the book on your radar.
Adriana Herrera is a pro at penning characters that possess layers and layers of depth. Julia as a protagonist is endearing and easy to fall for. I loved her voice and ...more
Julia is running the charitable foundation of one of the most iconic high fashion department stores in the world. She loves her job and feels she is making a difference.
Rocco Quinn is also from NY and his job is to take away Julia's job.
They both are very attracted to each other and have a lot of sexual fantasies about each other.
She is out to prove to him that her job a ...more
Much thanks to Carina Press for sending me a copy for review and for inviting me to be a part of this tour. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
The Workplace Enemies-To-Lovers I Need
My romance-loving heart is definitely rejoicing with this new release from Carina Press. Here To Stay tells the story of Julia del Mar Ortiz and her life struggles after moving to Dallas from the...more
I have a harder time suspending my disbelief with contemporaries, so it took me a little while to get into this one, but it was very sweet and I ultimately found it immersive, which is what I'm looking for when I'm reading romance.
It was nice to see Dominican culture represented, and I think the author did a great job of integrating it into the story. She pretty seamlessly translates the few moments of Spanish, though if you made it through a couple years of high school Spanish you don ...more
This is the story of two transplanted New Yorkers who find themselves working together at a company in Texas. Their jobs make them natural opponents but they quickly find they have more in common than they ever expected.
I’m a huge Adriana Herrera fangirl and this story definitely doesn't disappoint. Julia is a likeable and relatable heroine. Her work is inspirational and I love her relationship with her family - and with her ch ...more
- The chemistry between the main characters was out of this world!
- The sex scenes were so hot
- the friend group was amazing
- I loved Julia's family
- Rocco is adorable and I really enjoyed his storyline revolving around his family
The issue I had with this book is that the will they won't they part of this book dragged a bit.
Told in alternating voices, both Julia & Rocco find themselves in Texas working in the same business field. They’re both former New York natives that begin on opposite sides professionally, but quickly become personally wrapped up in one another. Trying to keep their professional ...more
Her debut Dreamers, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, the TODAY Show on NBC, The New York Times, The Wash ...more