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Here to Stay

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Due to various concerns, I am unable to fairly review this book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review Here to Stay.
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I loved the Dreamers series, but I couldn't get into this one. Maybe because there was less slow burn. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.
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Fantastic book!
Really enjoyed the main characters as well as the secondary ones. The feelings I got throughout reading were so good. The whole "found family" aspect really got me. 
The food? Yes! Julia's family? Adored them all!
I hope there will more from the side characters in this book. I want them all to get their HEA's.
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I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this, but Julia and Rocco's inability (or refusal) to communicate fully with each other got on my ever loving nerves! But their romance and chemistry felt real and intense, the friend group in the book is phenomenal (I sort of want a book for each and every one of them), and the issues discussed are so real and relevant. Rocco is the perfect combination of sensitive and strong and Julia is the kind of woman I want as a bestie IRL. While this is not my first Adriana Herrera book, it did solidify her as a must read author for me and I can't wait to see what she gives us next! 4 out of 5 wine glasses.
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A workplace romance with enticing characters with real chemistry, this book was a fast but enjoyable read.
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This is a difficult one for me because I love Adriana's books, but even an OK book from her is wonderful. As always, she creates wonderful found families.
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Overall I really enjoyed this book.  The language was a little much at times and had me feeling like abandoning it a few times.  But once I got past that it was good.  Not a book I would have picked up on my own.
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I absolutely loved this book. The chemistry between the main characters  was perfection. Adriana Herrera wrote and wonderful romance.
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3.5 stars Fun, quick to read. But I could not get into the overall story. It was cute of course, as contemporaries are, but eh.
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Here to Stay is a fun, sexy contemporary romance About starting over. I love stories with found families and this book had a great one.!
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FULL REVIEW ON FRESH FICTION

HERE TO STAY by Adriana Herrera is an emotional, heartfelt, and fun contemporary romance. Having two hardworking people admit their attraction to the other early on, fight it for a while, and then finally, deliciously give in to their desires was refreshing--it was easy to see from the start that Julia and Rocco wanted to be together. The Gotham Exiles is a delightful group of great friends who know exactly when Julia and Rocco need to be teased about their growing relationship as well as when they need to be supported through hardships. Hopefully, they all get their own love stories! Julia’s loud and loving family was wonderful; it was clear they wanted the best for Julia and welcomed Rocco with open arms, knowing he was right for her. Rocco’s family story was more fraught and his strained relationship with his parents and his need to make sure his sister and niece were all right was heartbreaking because it hindered his ability to fully open up to Julia and see his own self-worth. The details about the department store’s IPO started to muddle a bit, but the scenes where Julia was at work with students and families in need were great and gave insight to her character. Adriana Herrera’s love of New York City is clear and added an authentic voice to the Gotham Exiles, but anyone who has felt homesick will relate to missing home. HERE TO STAY is an entertaining and heartwarming romance!
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I have to say that I liked the friend group (though they felt underdeveloped a little) and the family dynamics (though Rocco's was a little tragedy porn-ish) but the actual sex scenes....no. We follow two people from New York relocated for work to Dallas, Texas. Which is fine. The cultural representation of both places was good. The MC, Julia's family was great and I enjoyed their interactions. The work Julia did was important and the messages contained in her story arc were good. I liked the couple outside the bedroom for the most part. 

But if that man SUCKED HIS TEETH one more time I was gonna be sick. I dry heaved, a lot. And what's with a confident woman actually asking a man who was clearly enjoying performing oral sex on her "doesn't the smell gross you out"? Because, what!? What grown man is saying yes to that? I can't. Their out of bedroom relationship was very cute pre sex and then turned into aggressive dirty talk out of nowhere. It was jarring and unsettling, to be honest. Again, the themes of loyalty, family, and friendships were good but the actual sexual side of the romance...hard pass. The romance itself--that was fine. But who hates the sex scenes in a book? That's not the way it should go.
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Julia, a Latina Queens native who has recently relocated to Dallas, is a social worker at a foundation for a family-run, luxury clothing store that is soon to go public. Her job is dependent on the report of consultant NY-based Rocco, who has been charged with deciding the best way to make the company look good in potential stockholders' eyes. But while Julia is determined to not like Rocco, the physical attraction between them can't be denied. Can they keep it professional? Is it fair to ask either of them to uproot their their (finally) stable lives for one another? 

I heard about this book in a book buzz preview (Library Journal Day of Dialog maybe??) late last summer, and I was excited when I saw it on NetGalley. Took me awhile to get to it, but I'm glad I continued to remember it as a TBR. I really enjoyed the conundrum of being professional at work/relationship issues, and I'm SO glad that wasn't what caused the Miscommunication. And then when Julia's dad gives here some really great advice, I thought, "Great! The Miscommunication also won't be from lack of talking-- MAYBE the final climax (no pun intended) won't be about miscommunication at all!" Unfortunately, it was, so the four stars. Overall, it was good; I was just excited that it wasn't going to be a "typical" romance ending, and then it was, so it was a bit of a let down.
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She had it all figured out. New dream job, move, and boyfriend. Only the boyfriend end up dumping her and moving back. And her dream job doesn't come without a bump. A consultant was hired to help the story, and his first order of business, fire her. 

It's up to her to show him, that her work matters. It would be easier if he wasn't so hot. :) 
 
It's such a cute enemy to loves romance. It's was very quick to read and very fun too. :)
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This author cannot fail. I love everything she writes, and this certainly wasn’t an exception. 

Read it. Fall in love with it. I know I did.
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Wanting something different with a "found family" trope?  Try new-to-me author, Ms. Herrera's Here to Stay.  When it comes to characters, I am used to basically seeing everyone in my mind as a white person.  Not because I prefer to "white wash" characters, but because I am surrounded by white people and that is what I visualize for the most part, even if I am 100% Asian ethic ancestry.  There have been arguments that there are not enough authors who write People of Colour (POC).  Rather than go into the whining and griping of POC authors who think they aren't getting their books published because of their skin tone, I'm going to highlight all the wonderful things I see in Ms. Herrera's book and why I recommend it.

I know very little about people from a Latinx culture as I reside in the Midwest of the States.  I have worked with several but we don't really share our cultures as much during work.  Seeing a point of view in the business world from two characters that are of Latinx backgrounds is enlightening.  I loved how Ms. Herrera peppers the dialog with Spanish.  I don't know much Spanish but I understand enough to follow the words she used.  Plus she does translate here and there.  

But any author can pull in a few Google translates to add in the Spanish flair.  What Ms. Herrera does, is create characters who live and experience what it is like to be a POC in a field that may not have that many POC in the States.  The subtle difference of how people are treated and how they respond to others is educational and written in a very tasteful way.  I also really liked the "putting the money at the mouth" culture in the business that was featured in the story.  From the hard conflicts, feeling of isolation to finding the right "tribe", all the character building, world building and plots worked for me.  Ms. Herrera did a lovely job, down to the ending where it wasn't exactly magically happily ever after, it is more true to the real world.

So why did I rate it a 3.5 star?  This is 100% due to the miscommunications between the two main characters, Julia and  Rocco.  It frustrated me to no end with their mixed signals and inability to communicate.  I say this because Julia's profession should have placed her in the position where she was able to use her words.  She wasn't which surprised me because several times, she behaved in an empathic way and used her profession to respond accordingly to Rocco.  The second reason why I rated it a bit lower is because the romance was too slow for me.  Maybe I'm too straightforward or maybe I'm too old to play the texting games and "she loves me; she loves me not" games.  This could have been left out or edited.  

Overall, this book holds a bigger impact in shining a light to how to help those who need help.  It is more than just food and shelter.  In addition, the building of a "found family" is heartwarming and I loved it.  This contemporary romance is recommended to readers who enjoy learning about other cultures and seeing example of what a true social justice warrior means.  Because both Rocco and Julia are #rolemodels.
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Here to Stay is a contemporary romance about starting over, learning to trust and value yourself, and found families. Julia and Rocco both grew up in the same part of New York City, but didn't meet until they'd moved to Dallas--her for a new hopefully permanent job, him for a temporary one. The problem? His job might mean the end of hers. So they probably shouldn't start hanging out together, right?

Easier said than done, it turns out. First, their jobs require they work closely together. Second, their brand new friend group keeps throwing them together. And of course they have some pretty solid chemistry complicating the heck out of things...

Ms Herrera did a nice job of balancing humor and angst in this story, giving us a slow burn romance that might have been frustrating at times (just have a conversation about your relationship, already!) but kept me turning the pages, hoping that Julia and Rocco would be able to pull together an HEA in the end.

Spoiler alert: they do! And OMG, it's delicious...

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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3.5 Stars. This book took me a while to get into, which may have just been the state of the world or it could be because I have such high expectations for Adriana Herrera and this is a new series. Rocco ended up being such a delight. He was so sweet and really got me when he rescued the kitten. This book also ended up being incredibly hot!

I do wish that there had been a little more happening in the beginning/middle because it feels like there was a lot of action towards the end, but I look forward to reading more about the Gotham Exiles.

Thanks to Carina Press for my copy to review.
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Herrera does it again! I felt Julia’s simultaneous love for her Afro-Caribbean family and the frustration she feels at their constant hovering over her. Julia is determined to make a life for herself in Texas, despite a breakup with her faithless ex that nearly brings her life grinding to a halt.⁠
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Rocco, Julia's love interest, has his own struggles with his family, and a problem whose only solution might require him to crush Julia's dreams. ⁠
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The chemistry is fantastic, the element of family, community, and doing good in the world is always a trademark of Herrera's stories. It's a gorgeous romance where the HEA is well-earned and believable. There is are so many Easter eggs for the Latinx reader, it was so much fun to see those aspects reflected in the narrative.⁠
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Another five-star read!⁠
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I've heard such good things about this author as a human being that, after not being incredibly drawn into American Dreamer, I wanted to give the author another go with this book.

And I'm super glad I did. My favourite was definitely Rocco, who is a white boy from New York who has a consultant job in Dallas where he ends up meeting Julia. From the very first time we meet Rocco, we see his vulnerabilities, his worries, his love of his sister and niece and how he will do anything he can do see that they are both okay.

When he comes to see what doing this job will entail, his vulnerability turns into something a lot more like desperation as he attempts to hold onto both his conscience and his job.

Julia is one of the ones who run a division within a company that it may become Rocco's job to shut down. From the first time these two meet each other, they are drawn to one another and that doesn't decrease just because they don't spend a lot of time together. Or because they work together. Or any other reasons that Julia puts up between them.

One of the things I absolutely adored about this was the found family we got to watch Julia and Rocco create with 4 other New York Exiles currently living and working in Dallas. Jose and Tariq--part of the Exiles group--are a cute gay side couple who also get together through the course of this novel, but don't be fooled, the majority of the drama happens right on top of Julia and Rocco.

I thought the pacing of this one was absolutely stellar. The contrast between Julia and Rocco's parents was moving and heartbreaking by degrees. Yeah I just really enjoyed this one.
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