By Victoria James
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…
FALLING FOR THE P.I. was a really nice read that I devoured in pretty much one sitting. Kate and Matt meet at a bar, but Kate flees when she sees a reminder from her past. But after they bump into each other a few more times by pure coincidence, Kate finds it harder to resist the man, despite him being an ex-cop. Matt knows Kate’s afraid of something and is determined to break down her walls, to get her to trust and confide in him.
Matt: “What if I told you I never dance? Ever. But for some reason, I feel compelled to dance with you.”
I liked Kate. She is strong, loyal and has so much love to give. Her bond with her two “sisters” can never be broken, and their selflessness is amazing and truly inspiring. But she’s been badly hurt in the past and has an ingrained mistrust of law enforcement. Even though her intuition is telling her that she can trust Matt, that he’s a good guy, she just can’t bring herself to tell him what he wants to know and it puts a strain on their relationship.
Now Matt I loved. I mean, loved. With one failed marriage under his belt, he’s not keen on getting married again and his dreams of having kids, of having a family, dissolved a long time ago. When he discovers that Kate has a daughter, you think he’d run away as fast as possible, but he stays put. The more he learns about her, the harder he falls, until he realises that with Kate and her daughter Janie, he has the family he forgot he once wanted. With Kate, he took his time, which is exactly what she needed. And he was absolutely charming when it came to Janie.
Matt: Kate wasn’t just a woman to go home with. She was a woman you built a home with.
FALLING FOR THE P.I. was very enjoyable even without a sex scene. That’s right, there’s not a single sex scene in the entire book. Matt and Kate made a great couple and deserved their HEA at the end. Kate’s interactions with her sisters was funny and heartwarming, and I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the following books in the series.
Falling For The P.I. (Still Harbor # 1)
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