Series: Still Harbor #1
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, 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...
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, regardless it was a good read for me.
So we start the book meeting our heroine, Kate, who is out with her sisters and they are trying to get her a guy. I liked her relationship with her sisters right off the bat, I love their banter together and how supportive they seem to be with each other. After spending more time with her sisters throughout the book I have to admit I can’t imagine living with MY sisters, but for Kate it totally works, they are the support system that they all need for each other. Kate is a really good person who is overcoming a really hard past, she has some seriously demons in her past that make her more than a little skidish, but she is doing good things with her life and I like that about her.
So Matt is a really good guy, he’s sweet and patient, and even though he had an initial fierce attraction to Kate, he couldn’t see himself getting involved with a single mom. But the more he got to know her and her daughter Janie, the more you could see him just falling for both of them. I loved how open Matt was with Kate, like he knew the only way to get her to let him in and trust him would be for him to open up to her first. He is absolutely so cute when he is spending time Janie, they have such cute moments together, and I love how protective he is of her, it’s just great too read.
This book had really good build up and character building throughout. At the end there is kind of a build up of suspense that I actually really enjoyed reading. One of my biggest complaints about the book though is that when it got to the hot and steamy scene the author just totally cut to black and then they had a tiny little talk about it and it was over. I wish the scene had been longer, just showing the emotional connection, not necessarily the physical. Other than that it was a good read for me.
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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 naïve 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.