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FALLING FOR THE P.I.
Still Harbor #1
Victoria James
Releasing Aug 10th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss
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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…
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EXCERPT
She
turned her face up to his, her lips reaching for him. He cupped her face gently
with his hands and proceeded to kiss her thoroughly, deeply, until neither of
them had the desire to speak. The emotions she evoked in him were like nothing
he’d ever experienced. The first night he’d met her at the bar he’d wanted to
go to bed with her. He’d had an insane attraction to her, found her gorgeous
and drop-dead sexy, and now he wanted her even more, was even more
attracted.
Except now he also wanted to wake up with her, wanted to know every part of
her.
Matt
kissed her until she couldn’t stand on her own. Her knees wobbled. He picked
her up, sat her on the counter, and  stood
between her legs. Everything became hotter, fast.
Their
hands bumped into each other, competing for access, and he let her win as she
pulled his shirt off. He lifted her and walked with her legs wrapped around his
waist into his bedroom.
“You’re
not carrying me.” He didn’t feel like pointing out that she made no attempt to
disengage herself.
“I
am, because I don’t want you to let go.”
“Well,
it’s not very smart, because of your leg injury.”
“Sex
rule number one? Don’t remind a guy about any inadequacies.”
She
laughed softly and leaned forward to kiss his neck. “We both know your ego
isn’t that fragile. Maybe you should use a cane.”
He
dropped her on the bed, both of them laughing. He followed her down only to
have her wrestle him underneath her. She straddled him, out of breath. When he
made eye contact with her, the humor was gone, something changing in her
expression. His room was dark, but the faint glow of light from the hallway
streamed through, enough that he could make out every expression, every flicker
in her eyes. She leaned down, took his hands off her waist, and placed them
beside his head. She didn’t break his stare.
There
was a look in her eyes, something other than desire. The room was quiet except
for the sound of their breathing. He waited, knowing she needed to make the
next move, knowing this wasn’t going to be like anything he’d ever experienced.
God, he’d wait forever, even if it killed him. She sat there, on top of him,
and he sensed he was being evaluated, tried for some crime he had or hadn’t
committed.
He
tried to figure her out, as he’d done countless times before,  studying her unreadable expression. After
another minute he slowly lowered his hands to grasp her thighs, feeling the
heat through the soft denim. He didn’t say a word as he grasped the edge of her
sweater and she lowered her head as he lifted it off and tossed it to the
floor. His gaze roamed over her bared torso appreciatively, taking in the full
breasts, the black lace bra.
With
self-control he hadn’t known he possessed, he kept his hands on her waist, her
soft, pale skin a contrast to his. Her eyes were still on him, like she was
expecting something. He knew her guard hadn’t come down yet. He didn’t have her
trust yet. And he knew she wasn’t waiting for words. Whatever darkness Kate had,
whatever wounds, he knew they wouldn’t be healed by some compliments. He knew
that what she needed from him wasn’t words.

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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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