Monday, August 1, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ METTLE (Spartan Riders MC #2) by J.C. Valentine

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METTLE by J.C. Valentine Spartan Riders, #2
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, MC Romance

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Synopsis:

Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch.

Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

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It didn’t take long for Tucker to hunt down what he needed. All the hallmarks were there in the investigator’s report: abnormal heat markers present at multiple points, evidence of tampering with the electrical box, and the presence of an accelerant. Add that to the windows and doors all having been left open when the crew’s statements claimed they were always kept closed, and it was the fucking trifecta.
Unfortunately, there was nothing to point to a possible motive or the person or persons involved in setting the fire, but all Tucker had to do was look at what was used to make a connection: a combination of acetone and lighter fluid, two main ingredients in your common meth lab.
So the answer to their little mystery had to be Ricky fucking Cruiz. He was the only person who had motive and means, which made him guilty as sin in Tucker’s book.
“The bastard is going to pay.”
Standing on Blake’s front porch, picking his teeth with a toothpick, he stared out over the lawn and nodded. “That he is, my friend. That he is.”
“No one messes with my property and gets away with it.”
“No, they don’t.”
“You do realize this means Cruiz is in town, right?”
“Either that or he has his lackeys doing his dirty work while he sits off someplace cushy eating Bon-Bons and watching Married with Children reruns.”
“I love that show,” Blake commented. “They never should have canceled it.”
“Fucking crime,” Tucker agreed, shaking his head.
They stood in comfortable silence for a minute before getting back to business. “You think Jodi has anything to do with it?”
Tucker paused in his picking and looked up at his president. Eyes shot through with worry and tension stared back at him. “She’d be fucking stupid if she was.”
Blake’s head bobbed slowly on his shoulders in agreement. “So that’s a yes.”
“Likely, yeah.”
“Stupid bitch. I should have listened when everyone said to stay away from her.”
“You were a kid,” Tucker offered, hoping to ease his guilty conscience somewhat. “None of us thought with the big brain back then.”
“That’s some truth right there.”
“How’s Gabby taking all this?”
“I haven’t told her.”
Tucker shot him a look that clearly conveyed he thought his friend was crazy for leaving her in the dark. It was always better to be prepared than to find yourself in the middle of the jungle without a weapon and one hand tied behind your back.
“Can you blame me? She’s a runner. One word about this, and she’d freak out. She’d start blaming herself again and then making excuses why she should leave and save us all the trouble.”
“Hmm, yeah, woman logic. Gotta love it.” Tucker pitched the frayed toothpick into the lawn. “Have you reminded her that Cruiz is coming whether she’s here or not? That this beef goes back to when we were all just a twinkle in our father’s eyes? He’s just using her and that money as an excuse to ignite a war between the clubs.”
“I’ve told her a thousand times. Trust me, she’s got a knack for twisting everything around in her head and believing it’s her fault. Shit, Ash got his finger slammed in the trunk while helping put away groceries the other day and she was convinced it was a sign that she wasn’t meant to be a mother.”
Tucker’s eyes widened. “Seriously?”
One of Blake’s dark brows winged up. “Seriously.”
And he thought something was wrong with him for avoiding relationships? “Tell me you set her straight.”
A sly grin crept across his president’s face. “Several times.”
“That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” They laughed and pounded fists. “You still workin’ on that new addition, man?”
“Like it’s my job.”
“Man, if you’re comparing sex with a job, then you’re not doing it right,” Tucker chided. “Sex with a woman is a privilege. Anyone who skims the details and doesn’t fully appreciate what she’s givin’ them doesn’t deserve the invite.”
“Spoken like a man in love,” Blake muttered, but Tucker had exceptional hearing, and he caught every word. The bastard.
“Fuck you very much. You know where I stand on this topic, and I’m done repeating myself. One of these days, you’re going to see how wrong you are, and then we’ll see who’s laughing.”
“It’ll be me.” Blake lifted his chin, a clear challenge. “Anyway, I should get inside before Gabby decides to come lookin’ for me. She hates when I leave a job unfinished.”
Tucker chuckled and shook his head. “Yeah, you definitely don’t want to get fired from that job.”
“A wise man once told me that it’s not a job if you do it right.”
With a wink and a wave, Blake turned to head back inside. “And hey, Gabby said to remind you about dinner. You’re supposed to bring your girlfriend. Guess they hit it off at the party.”
Tucker’s head dropped back on his shoulders, and he groaned. Again with the girlfriend bullshit. It was starting to feel like a losing battle, always correcting everyone. Whatever, it didn’t affect his personal life in any way. Let them think what they wanted. It had absolutely no bearing on whether or not he’d settle down. Which, for the record, would never happen.
“Text me the time and we’ll be there.”
“You got it, bro.” Blake disappeared inside, leaving Tucker to stand there and wonder what the hell his life was turning into, and more importantly, how he was going to stop it from happening.

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Title: METTLE
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Spartan Riders MC #2)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

If there’s one thing when reading a story by J.C. Valentine, no matter what walk of life her characters are from, it’s this. She’s going to bring the heat. In all its many forms.

So what we’ve got here is an edge of your seat suspense MC driven novel, that packs a heat all its own. One where you never quite now when the big bad is going to hit or who is going to be effected most when it does. And then you’ve got a couple bringing the heat in a whole other way. The steam level in this book bordering on kindle burning.

I enjoyed this story much like the first one because it pit two unlikely people together in a circumstance neither one of them were really truly prepared for. The first book, GRIT, did this as well, the whole polar opposite’s thing, but this one took that formula and put it on blast. Tucker and Talia, similar in a lot of ways, but oh-so-different in the ways that at the end of the day, could cause the biggest divide, were perfect for each other. Headstrong, stubborn and hot. Very, very hot.

Now, these stories can be read as complete standalones as there is enough information given throughout this one to fill in a lot of blanks in terms of what took place apart from the romance in the first story GRIT, but I do believe if you want the full experience of these books, you’re gonna wanna go back to where it all began and fall in love with these bikers and their women, family and friends the same way I did. It definitely does make even more an impact knowing it all going in.

This story was action packed, steamy, filled with love (both the familial kind and the romantic kind) and gave us even more of a look into the couple from the previous book. Which for this reader, having enjoyed that one so much was a definite plus. It was everything I’ve come to expect from a book by this author and for anyone that’s a fan of MC stories, or even suspense mixed with the right amount of steam, I think you’ll enjoy this.

What set this book apart from the first story though, where it kind of fell short of that five star mark was in the ending. How quickly it all seemed to wrap up. I guess with the way everything felt drawn out throughout, I kind of went in expecting the same from the end and it left me wanting more. At the end of the day though, it wasn’t enough to take away from the enjoyment of the story overall, and I can’t wait to see where the author takes the series next.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read an ARC of this story. It was a wild ride I’m glad I got to be a part of.

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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.


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About J.C. Valentine

JC 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


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