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Falling for the P.I.

(Still Harbor #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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
ebook, 225 pages
Published August 10th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss (first published August 6th 2015)
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Claire Robinson
4 - "Stop drooling and start walking." Stars!

Falling for the P.I. is the first book that I have read by this author, and I will certainly be coming back again and reading more of the Still Harbor Series. Victoria James managed to catch my attention with Matt and Kate’s story, and get me so invested in it that I read it in a couple of hours (I may have even extended my lunch break at work to do so!).

There is a certain charm about the authors writing, as well as the story-line, and although it is
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

I loved every minute of this book. I find myself tongue tied while trying to describe what I loved so much about this book, as seems to be the case the more I like a book. This is my first read from Victoria James and I think she will now be one of my go-to authors. I love her writing style. The story flowed really well. I was engaged with all of the characters from almost the first parag
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 fro
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I think Entangled screwed up with labeling this title... This should be a Red-Hot Bliss book based on their submission guidelines...

Clean to Medium heat level. Bliss books have lots of sexual tension, but closed-door (or no) sex scenes. Red-Hot Bliss books have 1-2 sex scenes.

The door never closes in this one. As I was reading I thought oh dang I must have mistakenly accepted a review copy of a Red Hot Bliss title. Not so this is a regular bliss title. Frustrating.

Please note my frustration wi
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional read! I enjoyed this book very much, especially because I loved both main characters. Although its different from usual Bliss titles but I didn't mind that. Kate and Matt's story was worth the read.
Matt is ex-cop and a P.I. Kate is a high school teacher. There is some mystery around Kate's early life which adds intrigue and made it even more good. She has adopted a girl with Downs syndrome. Life is not easy for her girl and her. They are happy though and she feels as if finally he
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 heartwarming stars

I really enjoyed Falling for the P.I.

This was a sweet, heartwarming and fun read.
I loved both Kate and Matt, they were lovable and very relatable characters.
Their story touched my heart, I loved seeing them get together and fall in love.
And seeing Matt with Kate's little girl, oh boy did he make my heart swoon...
He was such a sweetheart, loved him!


By the end of the book I was left with all kinds of happy feels, highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next i
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's always exciting to begin a new series by an author you love; new characters to fall in love with, new places to discover and a new storyline to immerse yourself in. Victoria James has brought all this with Falling for the P.I. and it quickly became evident that I too, was going to fall in love with the P.I.


This is a story with depth; engaging and emotive, it brings romance, angst, secrets and some drama. And despite being generally closed door, the intimacy between Matt and Kate is gently s
This was a sweet and intense romance. It's filled with family, angst, secrets and chemistry.

Our heroine, Kate is a teacher who adopted a little girl with down syndrome. Kate had something happen in her past that has kept her closed off from relationships with men. Kate lived in foster homes growing up and connected with two other women who have become her "sisters". Kate lives with her sisters and their adopted daughters.

Our hero, Matt is a P.I. who didn't have the best childhood thanks to his
Eva Millien
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate Abbot is a single parent who considers giving up her preference for nachos over men lifestyle when she meets Matt Lane until she finds out he’s a cop in this captivating contemporary romance.

Matt knows fear when he sees it and a cop clearly has Kate running scared and the reader can’t help but get drawn into this gripping romance as Matt struggles to help Kate overcome her past. The chemistry sizzles but the emotional hold that the past has on Kate cripples the relationship with lots of tur
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Cheyenne's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I hate when I am super excited about a book, one whose blurb made me have super high hopes that I would love it, only for it to end up being just an okay read for me, not anything special. Sadly this is what happened with Falling For The P.I. I admit that I haven’t read anything by this author before so it may be a case of it is just this book or that I don’t mesh well with this author.

To be honest I was bored at times and thought a lot of
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kate's sisters take her out one evening in an effort to get her to meet more people - especially of the male persuasion. She wasn't planning on really finding anyone to talk to until she sees Matt. She finds herself drawn to him, that is, until he tells her he's a former cop and currently part owner in P.I. company. She has something in her past that makes her refuse to see any law enforcement officer as a good guy/gal.

Matt can't believe he's met someone that actually has him thinking about sett
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
With all of the overly angsty books that are out these days, sometimes I need a sweet and easy read to curl up with and just get lost in the feel good emotions they evoke... And while I did get the sweetness with Falling for the P.I, it was a lot more drama filled than I was expecting.

Kate is out a bar with her sisters when they spot Matt walk in and her sisters demand that she make a move. Being a little wary, but still determined, Kate walks up to the bar only to be hit on by a belcher... Luck
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing for an honest review. As soon as I started the book I remembered the author always builds a unique characteristic or social issue around the hero/heroine into her stories. In this case, Kate's adopted daughter, Janie, has Down's syndrome.

Childhood is hard enough. Kids tend to be ignorant and hurt or bully others they find different from themselves. Even as adults we do it due to insecurities. It's more painful when the a
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes, I recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review. "Falling for the P.I." was a great story and is book one in the "Still Harbor" series. The author got my attention right away. Kate has had a rough life. It is hard for Kate to trust other people especially men and cops. Alex and Cara are like sisters to her. Together they have created their own family. Kate meets Matt who is a former cop. As the story progresses their relationship goes through a lot of ups ...more
Bette Hansen
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kate Abbott is happy! She's a teacher and mother who is living her life her way. Having a man in her life isn't a top priority. Then she meets the very sexy Matt Lane. Only one problem. He's a cop, or at least he was. If life has taught Kate anything it's that you can't trust cops. Matt is immediately attracted to Kate and her special needs daughter is so very sweet. He knows though that her fear of cops may be too much to overcome!

I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading m
Talking Books
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another hit read from Victoria James! An emotion packed read that had a bit of everything - hearts and flowers, secrets, emotional dramas and tense scenes that keep readers glued to the story.
4 Stars
*Review copy received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review
I loved this book! It was my first read by this author and it won't be the last for sure. The writing is gripping and entertaining.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Falling for the P.I. is the first novel in the new contemporary romance series entitled Still Harbor from bestselling author Victoria James and is set in the fictional province of Still Harbor, Canada. Kate Abbott doesn't want to keep looking over her shoulder and living in fear that the man who wreaked such havoc on her life as a child and teenager had found
Marsha Spohn
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Still Harbor is a new beginning, a place to set down roots and grow for Kate, her daughter Janie – as well as for her created family of two other sisters and their children. Kate has discovered that blood does not make a family, but friendship bonds certainly can develop a new kind of family based on more than simply a shared gene pool. A professor who really doesn’t want, need or expect anything in life beyond her family, Kate is about to find out that what you
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
If more first dates featured the world's best poutine, surely the world would be a better place? ;)

I had so much fun reading this book! As always, Ms. James's sense of humor shines through in her writing. There were so many giggle-worthy scenes (and more than a few snort-worthy as well), that I couldn't possibly have kept track of them all. The ongoing joke of "Mr. Art Zibbits" was especially entertaining. (I could explain it here, but really it'll be funnier if you read it yourself straight fro
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Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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So I do love the whole private idea profession, just sounds like so much fun to me, plus it lends itself to a lot of great plot ideas to go with. So I picked up this book because I thought this book was going to focus more on the job profession of the guy, well mainly because of the title. But I was totally wrong, yes the guy is a P.I., but his job really doesn't come into play all this much in this book, regardles
Monica Cardoza
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A woman with a horrible past but she has been able to become a woman with a career and a loving mother. Now she has a man that can shelter her if only she could open up to him.

This is the first story in this new series for Ms. James and I totally loved it. I love a story where I can connect with the characters and where the story seems so real. When Kate Abbott is introduced I couldn’t help but admire her for making a good life for herself but that was not the only thing, she adopted a beautiful
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Ms. James never ceases to impress me with her books, and this one was absolutely delightful to read. The plot was compelling, well-written and I loved how it started with Kate meeting Matt, and then running scared when she learns certain things about him.

As for the dialogue, there are so many aspects to it. It's a combination of sweet, intense, playful and emotional. The sweet moments are between Kate and her daughter, Janie. As well as between Matt and his sister. Those moments were t
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review* Thank You!


I think that by now it’s obvious that I love Victoria James. She can write some of the cutest love stories ever. I loved Red River series and her Tall Pines Ranch series. After reading those series, she’s on my auto buy list.
Falling for the PI is a cute book (I wouldn’t expect anything less at this point from her). I loved how she done the family dynamic in this series. Kate, the MC, you learn was placed in a group home afte
Romance Between The Sheets
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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 tol
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, aug-2015
I’ve missed this type of novels. That particular style within the contemporary genre is so much fun to read, while still emotionally engaging, that I always find myself surprised when I enjoy it.

Victoria James wrote this book for me. I dare you guys to argue or claim otherwise.

Kate and her pseudo sisters live together each with her daughter. Cara and Alex are determined to find a man for Kate, and boy do they find one.

Kate stays away from cops like they’re wildfire and she’s about to get burned.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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, sur
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

When it comes to storytelling, for me, Victoria James can do no wrong. Her characters are people you want to know. She combines romance with just enough past tragedy to make you feel for the main characters. She also gives you just enough of a glimpse into the secondary characters to beg for their stories to be told. Victoria is also in my opinion, one of the best authors I know who has the ability to put children into a romance book and truly make them
Book Gannet
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 h
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

Falling for the P.I. by Victoria James is a well-written, fast-paced contemporary romance, with a compelling heroine that pulled me right into her story and made me pay attention to her. I loved Kate right from the start, and I loved her interactions with her sisters, even when they irritated the hell out of her. Of course, Kate knows they both mean well. They want her to have a full life, more than she’s allowed herself to hav
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Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She 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

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Still Harbor (3 books)
  • Falling for Her Enemy
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“I saw you the second I walked into the bar that night. I saw you and felt you were different.”
His lips had moved so close to hers that if she edged forward a bit, his mouth would be on hers. “I’m actually not different,” she said, hating that her voice sounded all breathy and nervous. “I’m similar to lots of people. I can even list off a bunch of people who look like me. And these boots aren’t really kick-ass boots. I bought them because they were on the clearance rack.”
A smile tugged at the corner of his mouth before his lips touched hers, and all her carefully constructed reasons as to why she’d never get involved with a man like Matt burned to ashes.”
“You drive me crazy in all the damn good ways that keep me up at night,” he whispered. He cupped her jaw, his eyes going to her mouth. He could see her pulse racing at the base of her neck and she didn’t move away when he bent his head. “The best ways, Kate,” he said and then kissed her like he’d wanted to since the moment she’d ran into him that afternoon, since the moment she’d left him the other night. He kissed her, tasted her, wrapped her up in his arms, and tangled his hands in her hair until he couldn’t think.” 0 likes
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