Falling for the P.I.

Falling for the P.I.

by Victoria James

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ISBN-13: 9781633753297
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Series: Still Harbor , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 27,944
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in interior design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor)

A Still Harbor Novel

By Victoria James

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Victoria James
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-329-7


"I'm sorry, but I can't take a man who wears white jeans seriously," Kate Abbott said, eyeing her sisters with what she hoped was a drop-it expression. Really, she hadn't given the topic much thought, but she was running out of excuses. Her sisters gave each other a knowing look and then turned in their seats, looking for another unsuspecting target. Apparently, she had missed the memo that said tonight was all about finding Kate a man.

Kate lifted her pint of beer, taking a sip of the cool beverage, and leaned back in the worn leather booth with a sigh. The Lucky Irish Pub was filled to the brim, round tables and booths packed with friends celebrating the beginning of the weekend. In a town as small as Still Harbor, there was only one decent place to go for drinks, and it had become a landmark in the community. "Besides, it's October. Isn't there a fashion rule about that sort of thing?"

Alexandra McAllister, her youngest and most loud-mouthed sister, leaned forward. "We're so onto you. Finish that beer and find someone who remotely interests you."

Kate gave the room an obligatory glance and then shrugged. "No one here interests me."

"We went to the trouble of getting a babysitter for the girls. We planned this night so you could actually have fun, not act like a ninety-year-old woman with a bad attitude. You need a man to get your mind off everything."

"No," Kate said, making eye contact with their waitress and then waving her over. "I don't need a man. What I need is a giant plate of nachos." She smacked her lips together and looked down at the menu.

Cara Hamilton, her other sister, made a sorry attempt to snatch the menu from her hands and glared at her when Kate hugged it close to her chest.

"Hi ladies, ready to order?" the young waitress asked, smiling down at them.

"Yes, I need something really bad to eat, like a dish where everything on the plate is fried," Kate said, ignoring her sisters' loud sounds of displeasure.

The waitress laughed and leaned forward, pointing to some items on the menu. "Oh, I hear ya, honey. There's double-stuffed potato skins and beer-battered onion rings, oh and you know what's so bad it's so good?"

"What, what?" Kate asked, delighted that someone was taking her needs seriously.

"The fully loaded nachos with extra cheese, beef, and guacamole," the waitress said, straightening up and tossing her blond hair over her shoulder.

Kate snapped her fingers. "Done and done. I'll take all of it."

"You got it," she said with a wink and then turned to Cara and Alexandra. "What can I get you ladies?"

"I'm sure we can feed off our sister's trough over there," Alex said, her red lips pulled into a deep frown.

The waitress laughed and gathered the remaining menus. "Okay, I'll be back as soon as your order's up."

Cara leaned forward. "The point of tonight was for you to have fun, not eat yourself into a food-induced coma."

"You make it sound like I have a complex of some sort," Kate muttered, glancing down at her iPhone display. Relief surged through her — no missed calls, which meant her daughter, Janie, was asleep. Now she could enjoy herself for a little while.

"You do. You need a life," Alex said, tucking a strand of dark hair behind her ear. The problem with the three of them sharing a house was that they knew all about her issues. Kate stared at both of them. They were trying to help. They always tried to help. When they'd first met in a group home, all of them orphans, they had connected instantly. Cara and Alex weren't her biological sisters, but their bond was real and in their hearts they were family.

Cara nodded. "Right. A life for Kate."

Kate rolled her eyes. "Okay, enough. This is starting to sound like a made-for-TV Hallmark movie. I'm a worrier, I always have been. And you'd worry too, if either of your girls were like Janie." Janie was her adopted daughter. The moment Kate had met the little girl, she knew she was destined to be her mother. But raising Janie was proving to be more emotionally challenging than she would have ever predicted.

"Janie is doing fine. It's barely the second month of school for crying out loud. Give her a chance. She will fit in. You know the staff is behind her and our girls are all in the same class together. Cassy told me that Janie had so much fun at recess today," Alex said. Cassandra was her adopted daughter.

"And Beth told me they all sat together at lunchtime," Cara said, reminding Kate of what her daughter, Beth, had said at dinner. "So, no need to keep worrying. Finish off your beer, walk over to that bar, and see if someone sticks."

"I'm not Velcro."

Alex inhaled sharply, gripping the edges of the table until her knuckles turned white. Her eyes were wide and a little crazed looking as she stared at the front door. "Oh, forget it. Our search is over. He's just walked in. That is the man," Alex said.

Kate didn't bother turning around. She'd heard that many times before.

"I'm serious. He's walking to the bar. Black hair. Dark jeans. Navy Henley that is clinging to delectable muscle. About as beautiful as a man can get."

"Oh, she's right," Cara said, turning to look at her. "You need to do all of us a favor, so get off your butt and go to the bar. Right now."

Kate frowned at both of them, curiosity getting the better of her, and she slowly turned in the direction of the bar. "Tall, dark, and handsome" didn't cut it. He was leaning against the bar, his eyes on the front door. He was obviously waiting for someone, his dark blue eyes unwavering. He was beautiful in a chiselled, masculine way that made her stomach drop, her pulse race.

"Stop drooling and start walking."

Kate ripped her gaze from the man and turned to focus on her sisters. She had to clear her throat. "I will give you that the man is" — she quickly searched for a word that wouldn't prompt them to force her to approach him. — "fascinating."

"Fascinating? He's not an art exhibit, although he could be," Alex said under her breath.

"I agree. I say we refer to the nameless wonder as Mr. Art Exhibit," Cara said.

Alex nodded in agreement.

Kate shook her head. "I'm not going to refer to him as anything, and I'm not going up to him. What would I say?"

Alex took a sip of her wine and mumbled into her glass. "Try this. Hi, my name's Kate."

"That's stupid. And then what? I'm not going home with a stranger," she said, looking away from Mr. Art Exhibit.

"Oh, I've got it," Cara whispered, clutching her arm. "Ask him to make a donation to our fundraiser. Just say 'would you like to be my date for the Still Harbor Home for Women and Children's gala because I have no life and even less of a love life?'"

Kate yanked her arm free from Cara's grasp. "I am absolutely not asking a stranger to be my date to the most important event ever."

"Then ask him for money. We really need a major sponsor," Alex whispered, looking over her shoulder at him again. "He must have money. Only a man with money can have a walk like that."

"You win. Your conversation has actually driven me to walk up to a stranger in a bar." Kate shot them what she hoped was a scathing look and then downed the rest of her drink. They were right, she had no life. She worked, she took care of her daughter, she slept. That was it and that had been it for years. None of them had had the luxury of doing the normal things young people did. There had never been room to enjoy life's ... finer pleasures.

She'd follow their advice, except for the part about asking him to the gala. She'd worry about their lack of funding tomorrow. She looked from Mr. Art Exhibit back to her sisters who were smiling. She took a deep breath and stood. "Okay. I'm going. I can do this. I can approach a random —"

"Mr. Art Exhibit is not random. Trust me," Cara said.

Kate nodded, squared her shoulders, and made her way through the crowded pub. The live band was playing a raucous melody, the crowd on the dance floor cheering. Kate's stomach tightened as she approached the bar. She quickly surveyed her seating options. She couldn't sit right beside him. Maybe one bar stool over. Her heart drummed painfully and she cursed herself for being such a wimp. She could stand in front of a room of rowdy teens and she couldn't walk up to a man at a pub? C'mon, Kate.

Kate gingerly sat on the round bar stool, careful not to overshoot and wind up on her butt, now that the effects from her second beer were beginning to swirl through her. She stared straight ahead, pretending to be interested in the vast array of bottles on display. The bartender made eye contact with her and walked over. Perfect. Another drink was exactly what she needed.

"What can I get you, sweetheart?"

"I'd love a double whiskey," she said, clutching the edge of the bar and leaning forward.

"Can I buy you that drink?"

Kate stared straight ahead, breath caught in her throat. That wasn't the voice she would have thought Mr. Art Exhibit would have. No, this voice was slurred, rough, and ... slimy. Because of the loud music, Kate couldn't really decipher which direction the voice was coming from. She turned in her barstool to look at Mr. Art Exhibit. A blond woman was currently draped around the man and he wasn't even looking in Kate's direction.

Kate swivelled in the opposite direction, dread weighing her down as she came face to face with the owner of the voice. He was grinning. No, leering. His long, curly, greasy hair was covering one eye, while the other gave her a slow once-over. Kate swallowed hard. This was why she didn't do bar pick-ups. This is exactly how the Kate Abbott bar pickup would go: hot man ignoring her, drunken man propositioning her.

"No thanks," Kate said, trying not to appear rude while at the same time being clear she wasn't interested. She turned away from him, just in time to miss the visual that went along with the belch that boomed near her ear. Charming. So instead of securing Mr. Art Exhibit, she had attracted Mr. Belcher. Kate shuddered, grateful for her whiskey's timely arrival.

The man leaned forward, his rough wool sweater brushing against her arm. Kate bristled, picking up her glass. She downed half the contents in one long swig.

"I love a woman who can drink," the man said, almost knocking her off her stool as he claimed the chair beside her. Kate clutched the edge of the bar counter, while turning to glare at her sisters. Cara's head was face down on the table, shoulders shaking. Alex was motioning wildly, but Kate had no idea what she was trying to communicate. Kate turned back in her chair, ready to take her drink and leave. This was her last pickup attempt ever.

"How's about you and I go somewhere we can talk?"

Kate clenched her teeth. "How's about no. Thank you."

His hand made contact with her arm. The heat from what felt like sweaty paws seeped through the fabric of her sweater. Kate stood abruptly and yanked her arm free with one quick motion. "No thank you. And keep your hands to yourself."

"I saw you and your friends watching me, and I know I'm the reason you sat here. You know you picked that seat to be close to me," he said, his face inches from hers, his breath smacking against her skin.

"The lady can sit wherever she damn well wants, buddy."

Kate closed her eyes briefly. The voice. She knew who that voice must belong to. It was sensual, deep, and with just enough warmth to make her toes curl. Kate turned around. Sure enough, Mr. Art Exhibit was standing there.

Mr. Belcher leaned forward. "I don't remember asking for your opinion."

"I don't care. Get your beer and leave," he said, standing. Mr. Art Exhibit towered over both of them. He kept himself in peak physical condition, and when she turned again to look at Mr. Belcher, she could tell he was thinking the exact same thing. He scowled at them, took his beer, and left.

"Uh, I guess a thank you is in order," Kate said with an awkward smile.

One corner of his mouth was turned up slightly, and Kate looked up into the deepest, darkest shade of blue eyes she'd ever seen. "Not needed. I consider it a community service," he said, his smile deepening.

"Then maybe I should buy you a drink," Kate said, smiling slightly, finding her ability to flirt. She could do this.

He shook his head. "Thanks, but I'm used to paying my own way."

"Or are you afraid my offer to buy you a drink is really a pickup in disguise?"

This time, his smiled widened, the corners of his eyes crinkled, and his mouth opened to reveal a row of perfect white teeth. "Hell, honey, if that's what you're after, you don't need to buy me a damn thing."

Kate tried to catch her breath, which apparently had been sucked right out of her by his reference to the two of them spending the night together. "Oh, no. That is totally not what I was implying. I'm sorry, this was just me trying to be nice because you saved me from the belcher."

"He belched, too?"

Kate nodded, smiling, relaxing a bit, until three giant platters of potato skins, deep-fried shrimp, French fries, and onion rings appeared in front of her. The waitress beamed down at her. "I'm so happy I spotted you over here. I know you were desperate for these so I thought I'd bring them right out. I've got wet naps and a bib for you, because it gets really messy. Oh, and just wave me over when you want dessert."

Kate gripped the smooth edge of the bar counter as waves of mortification flooded her. She stared at the waitress and didn't dare turn to look at the man beside her. First the belcher, now the food. Kate stared through burning eyes at the platters of fried food. "If you could bring that over to my sisters, since it was meant for all of us to share," she said.

The waitress frowned, clearly confused. "Uh sure. I just thought —"

Kate nodded and forced a bright smile on her face. "Thanks, they were really hungry."

What sounded like a muffled laugh emerged from the man beside her. She snapped her head over to look at him and, she had to give the man credit, he schooled his features to look as though he didn't know she was lying.

He rubbed his hand across his jaw and Kate's eyes followed his hand. It was large, tanned, and the jaw it rubbed against was firm, stubborn. Downright sexy. Alex could definitely pick 'em. "So, since spending the night with me wasn't your intention, how about a dance?"

A flash of heat bolted through her. She glanced over at the small dance floor which had been packed all night. Right now the live music was fast and loud. That was safe. She looked back at Mr. Art Exhibit, taking in the broad shoulders, the wide chest, the clearly defined biceps. No, no, she couldn't dance with a man like this. Flirting was one thing. Dancing ...

"It was a dance I was offering. Nothing more," he said, amusement and something that looked like sincerity lighting his eyes.

"Right," Kate said with a nod. "What about your blond friend?"

He shook his head. "Not a friend, just a random woman."

Kate swallowed hard. He was making it clear that he wanted her. She eyed her whiskey. "Excuse me for a second," she said, taking a long drink and squeezing her eyes shut. She shouldn't have agreed to this. This guy just turned down a gorgeous woman who had draped herself on him, and was now here, with her. The only reason Kate was agreeing to this was ... because of pride? To prove that she could do this? Or was it him, something about this guy that had propelled her to cross the floor and sit at the bar?

"I'll try not to take that personally," he said.

"Belcher liked that I could down a whiskey," she said into her glass.

He laughed, low and throaty, and Kate found herself smiling along with him. "Well, maybe we should call Belcher back here?"

"Don't you dare," Kate said, placing her empty glass on the counter and meeting his gaze. "But maybe you should reconsider all this. I mean, I still see your friend over there. She's staring at us. I'm sure if you walked up to her and —"

"What if I told you that there's something about you, besides you being unbelievably gorgeous? What if I told you I never dance? Ever. But for some reason, I feel compelled to dance with you." Gone was any trace of laughter, teasing.

Kate took a deep breath and took in the masculine beauty of the first man who truly made her want to forget everything and act like someone who could enjoy the moment, enjoy the affection of a man who commanded the attention of every woman in the room, someone who could revel in another's strength.


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Falling for the P.I. (Entangled Bliss) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book! I love eveything Victoria James writes!
ObsessedwithBooks More than 1 year ago
Falling For the P.I. is about Kate, a woman who had a really, really difficult childhood that has left her very jaded about police, men, and any type of relationship. As far as she’s concerned, raising her special needs daughter, Janie, and being a working, single parent is all she needs to deal with. While at the pub with her sisters (actually her two best friends), they were encouraging her to go talk to any male, but especially Matt when he walked in, as they felt it was time for her to find someone. Cue intense attraction that leads to a near kiss on the dance floor until seeing someone who looks an awful like someone from her past scared her and she fled from the pub without telling her sisters. Kate is not an easy character to like. She is so closed off, so afraid of everything – especially when she finds out that Matt is an ex police officer – that the only time she shows any real emotion beyond being scared is when she’s with her daughter. Matt, however, is such a sweet guy and easily likable. Though he doesn’t want to get involved with anyone (due to being burned), he finds himself just as confusingly attracted to Kate as she feels about him. Neither want a relationship, but Kate definitely doesn’t want to be a one night stand no matter how attracted she is to him. Janie! Oh my goodness, she is just so adorable. Throughout the book we find that Janie is special and “not like the others”. Again, we find out near the end of the book as to why kids and their parents are so “scared” of her and more importantly, why Kate adopted her. Janie is well loved and protected by Kate, Cara, Alex, their kids, and of course Matt and his mother and sister when they meet her. I spent most of my time trying to decipher little clues, which Ms. James is very good at weaving into the storyline. Was it distracting? Yes, but I also enjoy trying to put everything together before the ending. I knew that Derek must’ve abused her in some way, but at one point I wondered if they’d been in an abusive relationship as he tells Matt to take what he wants from her and leave. He was so incredibly dislikeable that there were a few times when I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue as there were triggers that reminded me so much of my own past. I did find the initial storyline to be a bit far-fetched. Three single women who spent part of their teenage years in a group home for whatever reasons each able to adopt a child? They didn’t seem to have too tough of a time with it, or at least Kate didn’t. I assume there will be at least a third book, that one about Cara, as I know the second book in the series, Falling For Her Enemy deals with Alex’s story. Overall, this is a good book with great writing that keeps you turning the pages to find out what it is exactly that Kate is running from. I can’t wait to read Alex’s story next. Note: To familiarize myself with the Entangled Bliss line of books, I went and read the guidelines. I have to say, I was a bit confused as to how this book falls into that category when there is language {mostly tame, but there is an eff bomb towards the end}, lots of innuendo, and there’s one sex scene towards the middle-ish end. However, this didn’t affect how I felt about the book as a whole and I did not base my rating whatsoever on this.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Stop drooling and start walking." Stars! Falling for the P.I. is the first book that I have read by this author, and I will certainly be coming back again and reading more of the Still Harbor Series. Victoria James managed to catch my attention with Matt and Kate’s story, and get me so invested in it that I read it in a couple of hours (I may have even extended my lunch break at work to do so!). There is a certain charm about the authors writing, as well as the story-line, and although it is carrying a little drama in its themes, Falling for the P.I. was for the most part a heart-warming and easy to get along with read. ”Whatever it is you’re running from, you’re safe with me.” Kate struggles with trust, having spent her life being rejected and let-down by those that are supposed to love and look out for her, she has now made a life for herself with her Foster-Sisters Cara and Alex, as well as their adoptive daughters. So it is an extreme struggle for her to let Matt in, especially as she has her own adopted daughter and her needs to take into account as well. ”Don’t assume I’m like everyone else.”. Matt gave me the warm fuzzies; sweet at the right time, dominant when it was necessary, but an absolute darling throughout the whole book. ”I’ll always believe you.” As a start to a series this book really does well in giving you enough background of the secondary characters without detracting from the story building between the main couple. I liked my introduction to the town and people of Still Harbor and will be looking to visit again soon. Luckily the wait isn’t too long, as Falling for Her Enemy is due for release in early November, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Matt is one of those heroes that you pretty much fall for instantly. From the way he stands up for Kate's daughter Janie to the way he opens up to Kate, you can't help but love him. Kate wasn't as easy to love, as she keeps so much from Matt, and her past is not clear until almost the end. Overall it is a good story and their romance is sweet. Can't wait to see what's in store for Kate's sisters in the upcoming books. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Kate and her two best friends each adopted daughters and moved to a safe town called Still Harbor. While out with the girls, Kate meets Matt. For him the attraction is instant. For her the attraction is there but so are the many questions. Is he an abuser? Can I trust him? And so on. Somehow, someway, Matt wiggles his way into Kate's life. She even starts to trust him until one day when he asked how she knew Derek Stinson. That was the one name she never wanted to hear again. This is a fantastic, highly emotional story about life after emotional and physical abuse. There's no abuse taking place in the story except for glimpses of the past. Keep the tissues handy because there are some moments that you just can't hold back the tears. I fully understand Kate's reluctance to let Matt into her life. He's almost too good to be true. No one has ever taken her side, which is why she feels she has to fight tooth and nail for every advancement in hers and Janie's lives. Janie has Downs Syndrome, which is another reason Kate has to be extra careful who she lets into her life. I love this author's writing style and I can't wait for the next book in this fabulous series. Review copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Falling for the PI is a sweet small town romance with a great storyline and wonderful characters. Matt is a former cop who traded his badge for a private investigator job while Kate is a sweet and wholesome teacher raising her adoptive daughter. Kate moves to Still Harbor with her two best friends who are more like her sisters along with her daughter, Janie. While none of them are related by blood, they are a family and the only one they've ever had. The romance between Kate Matt is sweet, genuine, and quite enjoyable. I fell in love with this couple, the town of Still Harbor, and the family Kate has created by choice. Victoria James has written a utterly delightful and surprising book filled with romance that made me swoon and a small-town that made me want to pack my bags and move there immediately. It was a pleasure to dive into Jame's world of Still Harbor and I honestly cannot wait for the rest of the books in this series.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
I have read mostly good reviews about Ms. James’s Red River series and I was really excited about FALLING FOR THE P.I. Kate Abbott is on a night out with her sisters, under protest and the plan is to find her a man for the night. Luckily for Matt Lane, he is the pick of the night. Matt and Kate get along very well until she realizes that he’s an ex-cop and she shuts down on him. Kate’s past experiences with law enforcement left her very afraid and distrustful of police officers and Matt can’t seem to convince her that he’s trustworthy. Kate and Matt’s initial meeting lived up to my expectations. In fact, I laughed so hard at that opening scene and I expected the story to be more of that. Unfortunately, my frustration with Kate affected my enjoyment of this story. I’m all for being independent and I can understand her reluctance to talk about her past. What I can’t understand is why she was still unwilling to speak up when the person responsible for her past hurts was right there and could potentially do damage to her. My issues with Kate aside, I enjoyed Matt, how patient and gentle he was with Kate and her daughter and how he was quick to come to their defense. The family she created with her ‘sisters’ and their daughters is very unique and intriguing enough that I am interested in what Ms. James has planned as a follow-up to FALLING FOR THE P.I. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Victoria James can do no wrong. A wonderful start to a new series. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews When it comes to storytelling, for me, Victoria James can do no wrong. Her characters are people you want to know. She combines romance with just enough past tragedy to make you feel for the main characters. She also gives you just enough of a glimpse into the secondary characters to beg for their stories to be told. Victoria is also in my opinion, one of the best authors I know who has the ability to put children into a romance book and truly make them a part of the story. I will admit to loving Victoria’s other books, so I was a little wary about starting a new series. I mean, my thought was there was no way she could keep giving me what I’ve come to expect. I was wrong. She can and she does. At its core, Falling for the P.I. deals with the difficult subject of domestic violence and shows the ramifications to the victims. Matt Lane is a man who is done with serious, committed relationships. But he can’t manage to stay away from Kate Abbott and her daughter, Janie. Being their friend and protector is at the top of his list. Kate is a true survivor. She has this amazing strength and determination. She has a dark past that shapes her and will forever be with her. But with Matt’s help, she’s able to see that not every man chooses to look the other way and thinks it’s okay to dismiss a child because they’re different and belittle and/or physically put his hands on a woman or his kids. Falling for the P.I. is the first book in the Still Harbor series, focusing on three foster sisters who reconnect in adulthood to create their own family, by adopting children of their own. Next up is the story of Alex, which guarantees to rock her world and that of her daughter and her sisters. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars! Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! Well, I definitely wasn't expecting this to be as heavy as it was. There's just so much of Falling for the P.I. that tugs at the heartstrings. As I read I felt my heart tumbling over and over, sometimes for the achingly sweet moments and others for the completely and utterly heart wrenching ones. This was a really great start to the Still Harbor series and already I'm wondering how on earth my heart is going to survive through Cara and Alex's stories when Kate's has already put me through the wringer! I love when a story has a really good mysterious character. It's so much fun for me trying to figure out their backstory and the reasons for whatever issues they may have before it gets revealed. Though parts of Kate's story were hinted at and easy to figure out the rest not so much. Her story ended up being more sad and tragic than I had imagined. I did have a bit of difficulty in the beginning, though. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the characters I had thrown at me. I mean, you had Kate, Cara and Alex who are basically sisters and they all live together. But you add to their little makeshift family Kate's adopted daughter Janie and the two girls that Cara and Alex adopted Cassy and Beth. My head was just a mess. And if I'm being honest, without going back to the very beginning of the book and double checking...I can't really remember, besides Janie obviously, which kid belongs to which sister. It just felt kind of chaotic and overwhelming to me at first since all 6 of them were living under the same roof. Regardless of all of that though they were all some very deep and complex characters with interesting stories. Both Kate and Matt had a similar traumatic childhood so it was more realistic to see her very slowly let down her walls for him. And I do mean slowly. It took a long time for her to build up any kind of trust in him and allow herself to feel safe in sharing what she'd been through. At times, not gonna lie, it could be frustrating how often Kate would push Matt away and not trust her instincts with him. I understood. Her reasons were valid. It still was frustrating. In the end, frustrations aside, I still found it hard to want to put this book down. The storyline was really good. It was just the right mix of tragedy, sweetness, humor and romance. And I'm really looking forward to continuing on with the Still Harbor series! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Falling for..was a delighful read, one a reader could enjoy on a lazy afternoon or weekend Teacher Kate Abbott has brought herself and her adopted daughter to Still Harbor for a fresh start, away from the demons of her past & she is going to be teaching high school in her new town. She is just planning to live a quiet life with her new adopted daughter but things do not go to plan. She meets sexy Matt Lane, who is a private investigator. Kate has never really had a relationship before and now she has one. He makes her feel cherished and treats her oh so good. For the first time in her life, she feels free and loved. She and Mat are happy and she is able to do things she never really wasn’t able to do in her previous life but when you least expect it, her demons come up to rear their ugly heads and when she finds out that Matt was a cop, her trust in him takes hit . Matt loves her and he is very protective. Those demons from the past come to take her back and Matt will do everything he can to keep his ladies safe. Will he be able to or will the demons win. I loved this story because it had a lovely woman who had been hurt so bad in the past with a sweet daughter and a ex cop turned PI who had been burned in the past by love who meets his future in one glance. They are perfect for each other. They will have to fight for each other and will have to stand tall if they will make it thru what’s coming. Will they make it, will they have an HEA-what I can say is, I loved this story and I hope that the other writes more stories in this series. Matt and Kate had a great story and there are more to be told. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** My rating: 4.0 stars ****
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
If more first dates featured the world's best poutine, surely the world would be a better place? ;) I had so much fun reading this book! As always, Ms. James's sense of humor shines through in her writing. There were so many giggle-worthy scenes (and more than a few snort-worthy as well), that I couldn't possibly have kept track of them all. The ongoing joke of "Mr. Art Zibbits" was especially entertaining. (I could explain it here, but really it'll be funnier if you read it yourself straight from the source.) Once again Ms. James has created characters it's easy to fall for quickly. Matt is an all-around great guy; he's almost too perfect, except for his "no single mothers / no long-term relationship" rule. (Which he actually turns around on pretty quickly--but it's hard to find fault with it, given his aforementioned awesomeness and the fact that you just want him to be with Kate. So. Much.) Kate has been through a lot--she lost her entire family as a teen and was put into the foster system; before that she and her mother were victims of domestic violence--but she's turned her life around. She's adopted a beautiful little girl and is opening a home for women and children escaping domestic violence in her new home town. Trust isn't something that comes easy to her, however, and though she doesn't want anyone to fight her battles for her, she has a hard time dealing with people who are rude to or about Janie, her special needs daughter. Matt learned at an early age to stand up to bullies and defend those who cannot defend themselves; together the two of them will come to see that their differences will make them stronger together. Falling for the P.I. is a fairly short novel; but there's so much there! There's just something about starting a new series from an author you enjoy--so many infinite possibilities--it's kind of like starting a new school year, but without the anticipatory homework dread ;) Ms. James gives us a lot to look forward to in her newest series, Still Harbor--three sisters-of-the-heart (each of whom has adopted a little girl, and they're raising them all together) two of whom are decidedly single at the novel's end; solid supporting characters in Matt's mother, sister, and business partner; the thrill of a new fictional location to explore--this book has all that and more. A mystery with Kate's sister Alex and her daughter is suggested in the epilogue--hopefully we won't have to wait too long to find out what it is! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 heartwarming stars I really enjoyed Falling for the P.I. This was a sweet, heartwarming and fun read. I loved both Kate and Matt, they were lovable and very relatable characters. Their story touched my heart, I loved seeing them get together and fall in love. And seeing Matt with Kate's little girl, oh boy did he make my heart swoon... He was such a sweetheart, loved him! By the end of the book I was left with all kinds of happy feels, highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next installment of the Still Harbor series.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
How I loved this book! Matt was a beautiful person all the way through. He was absolutely a perfect fit for Kate, from his strength down to his vulnerability. I adored his instant affection with Janie. Oh my word, the tears in my eyes from how he treated her. Beautiful! And Kate, bless her, was so vulnerably strong. The way she handled her life and bonded with sisters and their girls - just a heartwarming story all around. I loved this story from start to finish. This was a quick paced read which flowed easily and touched on a couple of hard subjects, but was not too dark. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
This story is so sweet. The characters are worthy and honest and not drama filled; or in other words, mature. I loved how the mystery and suspense built up and how you were given clues here and there but it wasn’t till the end was everything revealed. Tiny clues are much better than revealing too much too early or figuring everything out. The clues kept the suspense without killing me! I really wanted to know the story behind Kate as well as Matt. Matt had an open heart when it came to Kate, surprising him. He had already had a failed marriage and didn’t believe in happy ever afters or children in his life. So Matt told his story piece by piece to Kate. Kate, on the other hand, kept her story to herself. It drove me crazy. I wanted to shout at her to trust him not just for him, but for me as well cause I wanted to know what happened to her. But Matt knew she had trust issues and that trust had to do with police officers. He would wait for her to open up! That’s a good man right there!! He knows when not to push a woman! Hehe! Kate adopted a special needs child named Janie. She has Down’s syndrome. My light bulb on this didn’t go off until the end of the book. Nope, not gonna say any more on that! Kate adores Janie and has worked hard to give her everything she needs to thrive. Their love for each other was tender. Kate and her two friends turned sisters since connecting as teens in foster care all live together in a house with their adopted daughters as well. They all are hard workers and professionals. They care for each other and help each other like family does. I was hoping to get their stories next and it looks like that may happen! There was open door sex. Not normally seen in Bliss books. I did see from another blogger that the final print would be changed to reflect Bliss guidelines. So, if you like a little mystery and suspense, overcoming your fears, learning to trust, special needs kids, Detectives, becoming a family, nick names like Mr. Zibbits ( I guarantee you will like that one, I still chuckle over it), charity events, and a sweet love story than look no further. This is it!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Matthew Lane is an ex-cop who had been seriously injured whilst on duty.now he’s running his own PI business with his friend Liam. When he meets Kate Abbott in a bar, the attraction is immediate, unexpected and short because something - or someone- spooks her. He has no idea who she is, what her last name is or anything else about her but he wants to know more, so some serious PI work may be necessary! Two chance encounters save him the leg work but Kate is reticent, reluctant to open up and with good reasons. She lives in a house with her two friends and each of them has a daughter. Kate’s adopted daughter is adorable and so special! You’ll have to read it yourself to find out about Kate’s secret past, the serious threats to her future and to see if she dare share and learn to trust Matt. Abusive males during childhood have seriously impacted on the two main characters in this story. This is a great read and shows again how past encounters can seriously impact on future relationships, demonstrating that finding someone you really can trust and learning to do so is the key to future happiness. An emotive read packed with drama, secrets, angst and turmoil, well written with great characters and a page turner plot. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
Kate Abbott moved to Still Harbor with her two best friends to start a new life for her and her daughter Janie. Taking care of Janie and being with her best friends is all Kate cared about and needed in life. The last thing she needed in her life was more complications, especially the complication that came with men and a relationship. Matt Lane had everything he thought he needed in life. He and his best friend had a successful business and he had his mother and sister to care for and look after. While he enjoyed the company of a good-looking woman occasionally he wasn't looking for anything serious. Both Matt and Kate had their lives headed in the right direction, or so they thought, until the one night Kate's white knight came riding in to save her. Falling for the P.I. was such a beautiful story. Matt and Kate's characters were very likeable and I couldn't help but to fall in love with them both. This story will open your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. I highly recommend this book, I cannot express how just much I loved this book. I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher and Tasty Book Tours via NetGalley for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Kate Abbott is happy! She's a teacher and mother who is living her life her way. Having a man in her life isn't a top priority. Then she meets the very sexy Matt Lane. Only one problem. He's a cop, or at least he was. If life has taught Kate anything it's that you can't trust cops. Matt is immediately attracted to Kate and her special needs daughter is so very sweet. He knows though that her fear of cops may be too much to overcome! I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more in this series. I do think this is more of a "Red Hot Bliss" title, so take that into consideration but the overall story is wonderful. This is one I highly recommend.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the way Matt stood up for Kate and Janie. That right there won me over in a heartbeat. Kate had a hard childhood filled with loss and betrayal, but with the love of her little girl she's slowly filling the pieces of her heart. She never counted meeting a man like Matt. Matt had a rough patch in his childhood too and Kate's cause is near and dear to his heart. He's a man who proudly stands up for those he cares about without a second thought. Kate decides to give Matt a chance something she's never done for a man before, but the one man who ruined her family all those years ago rears his ugly head. Can Matt protect Kate and her family before history repeats itself. I'm very intrigued with what info Matt has at the end. Can't wait for more from this series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Falling for the P.I. was a delightful surprise. I was expecting a fluffy small town romance and what I got was a small town romance with meat. This is a terrific story with wonderful characters we can care about. Matt is a former cop-turned-private investigator who has been burnt by love but hasn’t quite gotten the hang of not caring, which is a great thing for Kate Abbott who has never felt safe enough to love. This book is filled with small surprises and sweet moments. I heartily recommend this feel good romance and am truly looking forward to the next book. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago