Julia hasn’t been living in Dallas very long, but she’s getting used to it. She loves her job, and she has a whole crew of NYC-to-Dallas exiles to hang out with.

And then Rocco shows up. He’s also from NYC, and he’s been hired as a consultant to advise on Julia’s job going from a privately owned corporation to publicly traded. Julia wants to hate him, since his opinion might mean her position (and the entire charitable foundation) being eliminated, but as they start hanging out, it gets harder for her to resist his charming ways.

Given that I love everything that Adriana Herrera writes, it’s no surprise that I loved this book. The banter between Julia and Rocco is top-notch, and there’s a lot of banter because it takes them a long time to finally hook up. So, attention all fans of the slow burn trope: we’ve got a winner here. But yeah, the banter is hilarious, and I was grinning throughout the entire book.

I loved the emphasis on family; even though Julia is living 1500 miles away from her family, they’re still a big part of her life. Julia’s amicable situation is a stark contrast from Rocco’s dysfunctional family, which makes his achievements more significant when the odds were against him.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Adriana Herrera book is there weren’t over the top descriptions of food. Once again, reading about all that food made me hungry, and Herrera really needs to start putting recipes at the end of the books.

I mentioned the slow burn, but I didn’t get a chance to share that Julia and Rocco’s chemistry is H-O-T. Like off the charts scorching. Wow, do those two work well together. It was definitely work the wait.   

I would absolutely recommend Here To Stay. This is a standalone romance, so there’s no backstory or previous books that need to be read in order to understand this one. It’s super charming and cute as hell, and you’re going to love it.

I received a copy of this book from Carina Press/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.    

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