Series: Still Harbor #1
Published by: Entangled Bliss on August 11, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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...
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: Such a sweet and different take on what makes a family, complete with a nice love story.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
It’s been awhile since I’ve read one of Victoria’s books, but I really like the first book of hers I read, so I had to give this one a try. For the most part, I liked it. My favorite aspects of this book are of Matt and Kate’s family. First off, Matt was such a great guy. He was initially hesitant to the idea of a family and kids in general, but given his past, it was understandable. I’ve seen it before. He warmed up to the idea with good pacing and I genuinely liked him overall. Kate is pretty jaded and guarded, so she needed someone like Matt. It’s in his nature to protect those he loves, he doesn’t take crap from closed-minded people, and he has charm.
Kate’s family is anything but traditional, but I loved it. She lives with her two foster sisters and all three of them adopted girls, with Kate’s being one with Downs Syndrome and I praise Victoria for this. IKate is fiercely protective of her daughter and it was sweet to see her family dynamic. I thought it was so cool how these women managed to grow up into sane, motivated women and how they formed such a unique and loving family.
My biggest gripe with this book had to do with Kate. It took way too long for her truth to come out and she was way too resistant and closed off for my liking. Yes, her past was tragic, but I’ve seen worse, and with the way Matt opened up to her and how easily it was to see that he was a good guy, I didn’t like how she kept him at bay for so long. Sometimes I can put up with it, but sometimes when characters or people in general purposely try to find reasons not to be with someone, misconstruing even the slightest of faults, it bothers me to no end. Granted, it wasn’t as annoying here because for the most part the book is light-hearted, it still bothered me.
Aside from that, I enjoyed the book. The family aspect was sweet and I’m a sucker for stories of strong moms and daughters. I’d love to read a story about each of Kate’s sisters and I hope we see that in the future with this series.