Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog tour: Falling For The P.I. by Victoria James

Still Harbor #1
Victoria James
Releasing Aug 10th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss

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…



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.

A sweet and cute romance with a bit of angst to keep you holding your breath until you reach a beautiful happy ending. 

Falling For The P.I. is a clean romance (yay!) about two people who aren’t looking for love but have a bad case of insta-love for each other the first time they meet.

Kate had a troubled past, one that left her longing for a quiet life, away from cops and men in general. The sole recipient of her love is her adorable daughter Janie, a six-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome she adopted and is raising as a single mother together with her two best friends, whom she considers her sisters – and who also adopted two little girls of their own.

Matt is a former cop turned private investigator after being badly injured while at work. His marriage imploded after the accident and when his wife cheated on him and walked out of his life, she took away with him every bit of trust he had in him.

When Matt and Kate meet in a bar, the last thing either of them wants is to think of a future together. Matt isn’t planning on committing any time soon, after his first attempt went south, and Kate doesn’t need a man in her life right now.

The attraction they feel for each other is immediate and strong, but once Kate discover Matt is a cop, or actually was, she runs away and doesn’t want to ever have anything to do with him. Too bad fate doesn’t agree with her decision.

What follows after their first encounter is a beautiful tale of learning to trust and love, to open up and share the darkest secrets with the person you love. It’s a story filled with heart-warming family moments, with tear-jerking scenes involving adorable little Janie and Matt, and a bit of humor, too.

Both the hero and the heroine had a tough childhood and adolescence, and they both had to toughen up and grow up faster than their friends. With this major hard experience in common, they both pull down their walls a little, just enough to let the other peep in. It will take a while for the walls to crumble down completely and for them to surrender to love, but every step of the way to their happily-ever-after is full of lovely scenes and a bit of tension toward the end, when Kate’s big secret is just about to be revealed.

Like I said, this is a clean romance, but the chemistry isn’t missing. Even without any sex scenes, you will enjoy every minute and feel the strong attraction the hero and heroine feel for each other.
I would recommend this book to fans of clean romance and sweet stories about making the most of life even after a tough past.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, because the final chapter with Matt’s innuendo to some unpleasant news he had to share with one of Kate’s sisters intrigued me to no end.

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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