Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Falling for the P.I. (a Still Harbor novel) by Victoria James

About the Book:

She could never trust a cop…

Teacher Kate Abbott’s fresh start in Still Harbor was the beginning of the life that she and her two best friends always imagined for themselves. Still, being a working single parent of a special needs daughter hasn’t exactly improved Kate’s love life. But Kate’s preference for nachos over men quickly disappears when she meets the oh-so-sexy Matt Lane.

Until she finds out he’s a cop...

Matt is a former cop-turned-private investigator, and he knows fear when he sees it. A cop clearly spooked Kate…or hurt her. Still, something about the gorgeous professor catches his attention, and despite his “no settling down” policy, he can’t resist her. But all of the attraction in the world won’t be enough to overcome Kate’s past…

Book Details:

Title: Falling for the P.I.
Series: Still Harbor, #1
Author: Victoria James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 150 pgs.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-329-7
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Imprint: Bliss

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My Review:

Kate's sisters take her out one evening in an effort to get her to meet more people - especially of the male persuasion.  She wasn't planning on really finding anyone to talk to until she sees Matt.  She finds herself drawn to him, that is, until he tells her he's a former cop and currently part owner in P.I. company.  She has something in her past that makes her refuse to see any law enforcement officer as a good guy/gal.

Matt can't believe he's met someone that actually has him thinking about settling down.  He has a clear "No Commitment" policy going on and she's testing his limits.  Kate clearly has issues, however, and not wanting to upset her, Matt sit idly by, biding his time waiting her for her to feel comfortable enough to open up to him.

When a link to Kate's past shows up in Matt's present, will their relationship strengthen or fall apart completely?

Kate and Matt both have pretty sketchy pasts - Loss, suicide, foster systems, alcoholic parents.  Kate is starting over in a new city with 2 of her sisters that she lived with in foster homes.  Kate and her sisters have each adopted a child, saving them from the life bouncing from foster home to foster home.  Matt grew up in a home with an alcoholic father.  He was shot in the line of duty, unable to recover enough to be a street cop, so he opened up a P.I. business.

There is a reason that Victoria James is one of my all-time favorite authors - she writes impassioned and realistic contemporary romances.  To date, I've read all but 2 of her books (I have them and they will get read) and each one manages to evoke emotional responses from me.  At the very least, I tear up during some part of the novel.  Her characters are believable and realistically written.  She touches on topics that are sensitive but she writes them with class and respect.

Victoria's writing is phenomenal.  Her characters, the plot, themes, drama, and passion pull the reader in and keeps them engaged. There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read.  I am able to get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them. I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me. If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book - or in the case of Victoria...books, for me.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts about this book are my own.


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