Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC Romance
Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.
Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.
# GRIT BOOK TRAILER
#RIDE OR DIE
Staring into the fire, watching the flames dance toward the sky and burning embers scatter to the wind, she found her innermost thoughts rolling from her tongue. “You’re not what I thought, Blake Mahone.”
His face tilted down and to the side, Blake slanted her a questioning look. “How’s that?”
Stretching her legs out, Gabby wiggles her bare toes, enjoying the ambient heat that warmed her soles. “You’re a pretty scary guy,” she started. “This is the first time you haven’t been all growly and mean.”
A low chuckle percolated in his chest. In his arms, Ash’s sleeping form shifted, nuzzling in closer to his father’s chest, his angelic face buried in the side of Blake’s neck. Wrapping his arms tighter around his back, Gabby watched Blake run his lips over Ash’s scraggly blond hair and thought she’d never seen a more perfect sight in her life.
She turned in the lawn chair to face him. “You know, you’re not as intimidating here either. I mean, you are intimidating, but it’s more…subdued.”
Running one of his large hands in practiced circles across Ash’s back, Blake considered this. “It’s a learned skill. My father taught me and his father taught him. It’s a trait you need to be in successful in the life.” His lips returned to his son’s hair, pressing a kiss to the top of his head. “The only time I don’t need it is when I’m with him.”
“Kids are pretty great that way,” she agreed. “They see straight through the bullshit so it’s better to leave it at the door.”
“Truer words…” Turning his head and pressing his cheek to the top of Ash’s head, he stared back at her. “You’re not what I thought either.”
Rolling her bottom lip between her teeth, Gabby felt a kind of nervous anticipation at his words before handing them back to him. “Yeah, how’s that?”
His smirk grabbed the light reflecting from the fire. With only half his face lit, the other cast in deep shadows, he represented the battle between light and dark in her mind perfectly.
“I thought you were an uptight priss with a stick shoved up her ass.”
Her face heated and Gabby’s voice grew small. “And now?”
“I still think you have a stick shoved up your ass, but I’m sure with some special attention, we can get it out.”
#RIDE A SPARTAN
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Series or Standalone: Series (Spartan Riders #1)
There’s two things that I’m a sucker for when it comes to romance.
Bikers (and the people that love them) and books that contain single parents. The darker grittier feel of the MC book easily counteracts the more angst driven ones I’m used to reading as it pertains to romance and along with the suspense that is often prevalent in them, makes me feel as though I’m watching a television show with how vivid it is brought to life and not just a book I’m reading.
J.C. Valentine nailed both of those things here and gave me a read that was equal parts raw and sweet.
What she also gave is a story with a message. One that is quite clear early on and stays important throughout. Never judge a book, no matter how torn up that book may seem, by its cover. And not only does our heroine learn that lesson, but so does the hero. Because the image that Blake has of Gabby, well it’s not real, just like hers of his isn’t either.
Now, what really drew me in right from the word go was having this book not be about a single mother the way a lot of them are, but a single father. And honestly, even with as fictional as it was, how real Blake’s struggles came across as he attempted to adapt to being that single father. His son being late to school, not being there on time to be picked up, being called away on business and not getting to spend the time I know he wanted to spend. It’s all very real and it affects a lot of parents, not just single ones, which is why, of all the things I enjoyed about this story, the realism in that department may have been the thing I loved most.
And Ash…oh gosh. I dare you not to pick this book up and want to love that kid right away. Incredible. He was a young child, but one with insight. More than we’d expect children to have, but what they often times do have in spades. I swear at times he knew what was going on more than his dad did, while at the same time staying true to his age, true to the kid that he is in a lot of the way he acted. His appearance in this story one of the exact reasons I love reading about children in fiction. He brought something to the table that had he not been there, the book definitely wouldn’t have felt the same.
This is more than just a story about a biker. It’s more than just a story about a girl who falls in love with a biker. It’s a story rich with realism that like I said before, lends to never judging a book by its cover because with the way these characters were, who they are, they were nothing like they appeared. Often times Gabby and her struggles eclipsing that of the very man she ends up having feelings for.
I felt for everyone here and even found myself intrigued by a few of the members of the Spartan’s, easily seeing stories for them and wondering just how they would all play out.
It’s no secret I’ve been a fan of this author for a very long time. Her writing style, unique characters and even the unique plots from multiple genres, always keeping me coming back for more. And Grit is no exception. I’m excited not only to see where the author goes next, but where she goes with the series next as well.
A fantastic read and a definite must have for any MC – Bike Enthusiast romance fan.
My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before release. Blake and Gabby’s (along with Ash) journey one that I’m so honored to have taken.
About the AuthorJ.C. Valentine
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry. J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors. Sign up for J.C.’s newsletter and never miss a thing! http://bit.ly/1KxXWWB