13 August 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor #1) by Victoria James

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Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor #1)
by Victoria James.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: August 10th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss.
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...

Reviewed by Kelly.

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!

Matt’s mind was spinning. What the hell had he gotten himself into? Kate was a mother. Well, one date wasn’t going to hurt him. He could sign up for the donation and then never see her again. He paused before getting into the SUV and pretended to glance down at his phone. He hadn’t made any commitments. It was a working date, nothing more.
He opened the door for her and he could read the surprise on her face when he did. “Uh, thanks,” she said, but then paused, not stepping into his SUV. Instead, she turned to look at him, crossing her arms in front of her.
“I just want to be clear,” she began softly. “I’m not looking for anything other than a donation. I can tell you’re surprised that I have a daughter.” Her head was tilted back so that she could look at him squarely in the eye.
He cleared his throat. “So only one is yours?”
Kate surprised him by smiling, and he found himself smiling in return, then looking at her mouth. She was not what he’d expected, and his attraction to her was only increasing instead of diminishing. That should have sent off some warning bells.
“Yes. The little girl with glasses, Janie, is my daughter. She has Down’s syndrome. I adopted her. There is no father, no husband, no anyone,” she said softly, but in a voice that was filled with conviction, slightly defensive.
He stared at her, speechless, impressed. She made him think of all the good women in his life, the ones who had sacrificed and loved him. She made him think all the na├»ve thoughts he’d once had about people when he was little, before he learned how horrible they could really be. Her expression reminded him of himself when he’d defiantly look up to his father, hoping for acceptance, but bracing himself for the worst.
He swallowed, hard. “Why didn’t you introduce me to your daughter?”
Her eyes narrowed. “I read the expression on your face. I saw the shock and I have no intention of introducing my daughter to someone who won’t be around tomorrow. Don’t worry, I’ve gotten used to it. I also know that I’ve had to choose my…friends wisely. I don’t put up with crap from people, so if you want to donate, it will be greatly appreciated. If you were after something else and now want out, that’s fine too. Just don’t waste my time and don’t bother acting all charming if you’re after a quick screw. I don’t work that way,” she said, backing up abruptly.
Matt grabbed her hand, finding his voice. “Don’t do that, don’t assume I’m like everyone else.” He didn’t know what the hell he was doing, or what he was promising, but he didn’t want to be that guy she was describing, and he didn’t want to say good-bye to Kate.

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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria 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 her 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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