Review: Falling for the P.I.

cover-falling for the piTitle: Falling for the P.I.
Author: Victoria James
Series: Still Harbor #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: August 10th


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…

Source: ARC from Entangled Bliss via NetGalley

For such a short read this book sure manages to pack an emotional punch. Right from the start this tale weaves the mystery of Kate’s past in with her current life and her relationship with Matt. It’s sweet at times, intense at others, and always enjoyable.

I liked Kate. She’s a woman who has clearly been through a lot, but she’s also built a great life for herself – living with her two (chosen) sisters and their three adopted daughters, she works at the local high school and is busy building up her own charity. She’s busy and content with the way things are, until her sisters encourage her to approach Matt and everything in her life seems to change.

I have to admit I found the idea that they’d lived near each other for a while but never met, a bit far-fetched considering how often they then bump into each other afterwards. But if you can put your cynicism aside, this is a lovely tale with a really sweet romance. Matt is an all-round great guy and I loved how he was with Janie, Kate’s daughter, even if I do think he changed his never-going-to-marry/stay-away-from-single-mothers tune a bit quick.

Part of that is no doubt due to the short length. Although on the whole this story manages to spin out Kate’s history and their developing relationship without messing with the pacing, I think it would have been nice if it had been a little longer. The emotional depth is cleverly done, but the aftermath did feel a little restricted.

On the whole this is really good. If you’re looking for something that’s short yet deep, that looks at the after effects of domestic abuse and paints a positive future for survivors, then this book does a good job. The read might be quick but it’s by no means forgettable. I look forward to seeing what happens next in Still Harbor.

Falling for the P.I. is out August 10th!
Visit Victoria James for more details.


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