ROMANCE

Here To Stay

Carina: Harlequin. Aug. 2020. ebk. ISBN 9780369700926. $3.99.. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Queens native Julia Ortiz is left stranded in Dallas after a humiliating breakup but is now back on her feet and working a dream job as the program coordinator for a nonprofit, funded by a famous department store. Her position is threatened when the company hires a firm to help them go public, led by the infuriatingly hot Rocco Quinn. Rocco needs to follow company orders, which could mean recommending Julia’s organization to be axed, but he’s infatuated with Julia and drawn to her warm, Puerto Rican/Dominican family. He’s also becoming attached to her new circle of friends, made up of ex–New Yorkers living in Dallas. Readers will be charmed by Rocco, who rescues abandoned kittens and doesn’t need to be schooled about racism or why Julia’s work is important, while Julia is a mature, down-to-earth heroine whom readers will relate to.
VERDICT Herrera (“Dreamers” series) hits the mark again with a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance that deftly charts the struggles of finding love and friendship in unexpected places.

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