I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Falling for the P. I. by Victoria James
Series: Still Harbor #1
Published by Entangled: Bliss on August 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Savor the sweetness of new love with Bliss's new romance...
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...
High school teacher Kate Abbott is living her dream. With her two sisters and their adopted daughters, she finally has created a whole new family and doesn’t need a man in her life. That’s until she meets Matt Lane, a sexy but sensitive former police detective now private investigator. But, it’s the police connection that spooks her and he’s determined to find out why.
I liked the story, the characters and the romance for the most part but felt like Matt did all the work with minimal returns from Kate. It also didn’t work for me that her underlying issues weren’t revealed until nearly 80% into the book. It was too drawn out without any hint of what may have happened to her, which really impacted the romance. I was really pleased, however, that the storyline included a special needs child, which presented some of the challenges faced by not only the children but the parents raising them.
This was a feel-good romance that didn’t have the same appeal for me as the Red River series, primarily because of the protracted issues that took too long to unfold. Matt was certainly a highlight and I adored how he embraced Kate’s daughter. I’m hoping that the next stories have that spark and charm I’ve come to expect.
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