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Here to Stay

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Starting over is more about who you’re with than where you live…

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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 393 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Carina Press
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Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Drama.... but the ending was good.
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
Sassy. Steamy. Muy Caliente. Adriana Herrera wow what a fun and spicy story. Julia moved from NYC to Dallas TX for her boyfriend’s job. Now shortly there after said boyfriend moves back to NYC with a new girl, leaving Julia with a big apartment and a broken heart. But Julia has a great job running charitable programs for a big company, so she decides to make the best of it. Enter Rocco also from NYC his company has been hired to give the greenlight to Julia’s company to go public. And of course ...more
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bursting with vivacious personalities, enjoyable moments, and fun loving characters Adriana Herrera creates such a smile worthy read in, Here To Stay. Determined to succeed in a new town after the unexpected end of her relationship, Julia swears off men and finds happiness in her dream job. However, when a smoldering colleague is tasked with restructuring the company not only is her program in danger, but her heart as well. A lovely read!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute & steamy contemporary romance where two ex New-Yorkers fall head over heels in Dallas. I loved the cultural representation. Julia and her family are delightful. A tight-knit friendships circle and an interesting work environment make this a charming & feelgood read.
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
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This one was so good. Adriana Herrera is a new author to me and I can see that I have been missing out! The writing was really engaging, the characters were entertaining and the plot was engrossing. I really loved this book because it combined family loyalty with real community issues and a sizzling romance. Definitely one of my top reads of 2020.

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
Bree Hill
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, woc-romance
Here To Stay is the romance between Julia Del Mar Ortiz and Rocco Quinn. These two are both New Yorkers whose paths don’t cross until they both find themselves in Dallas, Texas. Julia moved from NYC to Dallas with a boyfriend who dumped her and left shortly after they arrived and Rocco is there temporarily for a job-this job entailing having to prove to a company that Julia’s job isn’t needed.

There is so much to love about this book. I love when a location feels like an added character to the st
book bruin
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
Kate (kate_reads_)
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thank you to Carina Press and Netgalley for the free review copy of Here To Stay. I loved this book so much and am feeling book hungover after turning the final page.

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
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here to Stay

📚 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
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heartfelt, playful, and enticing!

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
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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
Shelleen Toland
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Julia del Mar Ortiz moved to Dallas, with her boyfriend. He ended up ditching her for someone else and moved back to NY city.
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
Yna the Mood Reader
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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

Monica **can't read fast enough**
This was an impulse buy that paid off. My first Herrera book but definitely not my last. The dialogue felt genuine and had me laughing out loud in parts. I loved Julia and her family dynamics and the way that she warily but humorously approached her attraction to Rocco. Rocco's dedication to his sister and niece was wonderfully realistic as well, not overblown drama that will make me roll my eyes. The chemistry between them was instant but the actual sexy times do not come until far into the sto ...more
Rachel Doose
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars
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
Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it definitely won’t be the last, because I was charmed by every bit of this romance. From the heroine Julia’s loving Afro-Caribbean family she adores but can’t be around too much because she finds them smothering, to her found-family of New York expats suffering in the cultural desert of Dallas, Texas (lol), Herrera skilfully draws a picture of a successful professional woman making her own way in the world, self-sufficient despite an ex doing ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Julia moves to Dallas from New York with her boyfriend who dumps her and returns to New York shortly after. Rocco Quinn is in Dallas to help Sturm's, the company Julia works for, go public. Sturms has been mostly run by a set of elegant twins, but their younger brother is ready to take the company to the next level. If they do, Julia's job could be in jeopardy. There is very strong chemistry between Julia and Rocco, but will that change his mind about what is best for the company? Which will mat ...more
I've loved Adriana Herrera's other books, but sadly this one really didn't work for me. In a romance novel, I need to really click with the characters and be drawn in instantly, and that just never happened so I didn't feel invested in it and didn't really feel the chemistry. I found the beginning rather info-dumpy. Honestly, not much was technically wrong with this, but I just didn't feel drawn in by it. ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I just can't with the male narrator. I have difficulties understanding him ...more
Herrera is a new-to-me author, but after loving HERE TO STAY, I’m excited to check out her backlist as well! I loved reading from the multiple perspectives of Julia and Rocco, who were both New Yorkers whose works took them to Dallas. For Julia, it was her dream job to work with a social program for immigrant and refugee children, creating counseling centers and support for families. For Rocco, it was as a consultant brought in to cut Julia’s social program out of the company - success means a p ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here to Stay gave me so many feelings, my chest actually hurts because I was so invested in the storyline. Normally, I feel like the external conflict in a book is like... Whatever, you know? I'm here for it, but I don't get super invested in that OTHER plot but y'all, let me tell you how I was ready to rip this board of a high end department store I could never afford a new one if they made the wrong decision. And this Phil guy? Ooh, buddy, he was enemy #1 in my mind!! And meanwhile, I kept get ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
August was the month for breaking my reading slump. I just devoured HERE TO STAY by Adriana Herrera in one sitting. There's so much to scream about this book, but the longing and chemistry between the main characters was so expertly crafted, I just couldn't set the book down until I saw them get together. Sweet anticipation, anyone? Sweet anticipation with a knockout payoff, that is. Found and blood families, social consciousness, soft sweet Hunan moments, and hear for days. You want this book. ...more
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)
I really enjoyed this book

- 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.

Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love how Adriana Herrera combines complex family dynamics, social issues, and sex in a perfect blend.
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-2020
This romance was such a joy to read! I first sat down to start with just a few pages, which then led to almost half the book being read! It’s the type of story you can’t help falling for, and that I most definitely did.

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
LianaReads blog
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this slow burn romance book. I usually stay away from them because many times I get frustrated with the writing or the pace of the story but the author has made a great job in keeping me invested at all times and I definitely recommend it.
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USA Today bestselling author ADRIANA HERRERA was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 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.

Her debut Dreamers, has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, NPR, the TODAY Show on NBC, The New York Times, The Wash

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