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Falling for the P.I. (Still Harbor #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  259 Ratings  ·  89 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
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
Inspired Kathy
Jun 25, 2015 Inspired Kathy 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
Aug 08, 2015 Irene 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
Aug 08, 2015 Nicola 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
Jul 05, 2015 wrecked_life 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
Eva Millien
Aug 10, 2015 Eva Millien 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
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
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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 10, 2015 Sapphyria 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
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
Aug 19, 2015 Danielle 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
Nov 10, 2015 BookSnuggle 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 31, 2015 Bette Hansen 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
Jul 01, 2015 Talking Books 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
Snigdha Prakash
It was a good book.
Pretty predictable but that does not make it any less of a book.
I have always liked this author's work.
Will also in future.
Aug 11, 2015 Jen 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
Denise Van plew
Aug 10, 2015 Denise Van plew rated it it was amazing
This was a first for me in reading this author. The characters she presents are ones that will have you attached right away and at times gnawing at the bit hoping she gives it a chance. Kate has had her share of terrors but now with her daughter she is turned around. She also has trust issues with good reason. But not all are from the same cloth and when she meets Matt things are about to get turned around some more with even some upside down from that roller coaster called love. As things progr ...more
Heather Major
Kate Abbott moved to Still Harbor with her two best friends to start a new life for her and her daughter Janie. Taking care of Janie and being with her best friends is all Kate cared about and needed in life. The last thing she needed in her life was more complications, especially the complication that came with men and a relationship.

Matt Lane had everything he thought he needed in life. He and his best friend had a successful business and he had his mother and sister to care for and look after
Donna Repsher
Aug 10, 2015 Donna Repsher rated it it was amazing
I received and read an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review, and here it is. What an amazingly good read!

This novel has it all, an absorbing and suspenseful plot relating to the long-lasting effects of domestic abuse on innocent victims, to well-drawn characters, from our heroine, Kate, a single mother hiding loads of secrets, to Matt, an ex-cop turned private investigator who Kate meets one night at a bar, to Kate's adopted daughter, who has Down's syndrome, to Kate's friends, wh
April Symes
Aug 10, 2015 April Symes rated it really liked it
***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
Teacher Kate Abbott has brought herself and her adopted daughter to Still Harbor for a fresh start, away from the demons of her past & she is going to be teaching high school in her new town. She is just planning to live a quiet life with her new adopted daughter but things do not go to plan. She meets sexy Matt Lane, who is a private investigator. Kate has never really had a relationship before and now she has one. He ma
Monica Cardoza
Aug 02, 2015 Monica Cardoza 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 30, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Once again Victoria James writes an awesome first book to a new series that makes the wait for the next book excruciating.
This book is about a women with a deep secret of a trouble past, a past with a violence that she tries to cope with in her present life. She keeps this secret to herself and only shares in with her two best friends and lets no one else in...That is until she meets Matt "Mr. Art Zibbits" in a crowded bar and her best friends coax her to approach him. Still not able to trust a
Matthew Lane is an ex-cop who had been seriously injured whilst on he’s running his own PI business with his friend Liam. When he meets Kate Abbott in a bar, the attraction is immediate, unexpected and short because something - or someone- spooks her. He has no idea who she is, what her last name is or anything else about her but he wants to know more, so some serious PI work may be necessary! Two chance encounters save him the leg work but Kate is reticent, reluctant to open up and wit ...more
Cheryl Sanders
Aug 19, 2015 Cheryl Sanders rated it it was amazing
While out with her best friends, Kate meets Matt. For him the attraction is instant. For her the attraction is there but so are the many questions. Is he an abuser? Can I trust him? And so on. Somehow, someway, Matt wiggles his way into Kate's life. She even starts to trust him until one day when he asked how she knew Derek Stinson. That was the one name she never wanted to hear again.

This is a fantastic, highly emotional story about life after emotional and physical abuse. There's no abuse taki
Aug 10, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
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
Pat Mayer
Aug 07, 2015 Pat Mayer rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Victoria James new book "Falling for the PI". I thought nothing she wrote could beat her Red River series but her new series Still Harbor is now my favorite. From the first chapter you are drawn in to the life challenges that Kate has had to overcome growing up in a abusive environment. You will fall in love with Nick from the start and Janie will steal a piece of your heart. This story will grab you from the start and you won't put it down till the last page is read. I f ...more
Melissa Mendoza
Aug 05, 2015 Melissa Mendoza rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

5 stars! A surprisingly good read!! I won’t lie I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but I really actually liked it! Great book!

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 improv
Aug 13, 2015 Deanna 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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“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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