Friday, April 29, 2016

Blog Tour & ARC Review GRIT (Spartan Riders #1) by J.C. Valentine

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Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

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Synopsis: 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 (Spartan Riders #1) by J.C. Valentine 

Gabby Morgan is on the run from her past she is certainly not looking for love or romance of any kind. All she wants to do is live quietly in her hometown and teach the sweet little children in her class. She never expected to get caught up in one of her student’s lives much less his muscled, tough talking biker dad. 

Blake Mahone is done with relationships, the only thing important to him is raising his young son alone and his club. When Gabby Morgan crosses his path things start to change. She has the classy teacher look down, refined and proper so totally not for him. As his kid’s teacher she should be off limits but Blake finds himself more than willing to break the rules for her. He knows she has secrets but can he get her to trust him and convince her what they started is worth a shot. 

This is J.C. Valentines first try at the MC genre and she knocked it out of the park. I loved Blake and the concept of a motorcycle club president being a single father. The moments of Blake and his son’s nightly routines were heartwarming. I also felt having Blake be dyslexic was a great story twist being as he is a big bad biker and all. I think J.C. handled the issues of dyslexia very well. Blake was a tough guy with a lot of responsibility and had been burned by love in the past. He was tentative to start anything with Gabby but their attraction was too strong. 

Gabby definitely had secrets she was a woman lost, running from her past and trying to build herself a new future. She didn’t except anyone else to become such a big part of her future, but a little boy quickly wormed his way into her heart and his big totally hot biker dad wasn’t too far behind. I liked Gabby a lot she was determined to fix the mess she made of her life on her own terms. Some of her decision where a little off but it happens we all make mistakes in life. When these three characters start to become a little family I was overwhelmed with emotion. This is what I love about JC’s writing her stories are real with characters that always touch your heart. 

There is definitely some great chemistry and hot as hell sex scenes in this book as well as a nice dose of danger and angst. Another awesome book by J.C. Valentine, I look forward to more in the series.


Sensing movement, Gabby opened her eyes and found herself staring at a wall of male chest. Leather creaked as Blake drew even closer, closing out what little space was left between them. Body heat licked her breasts sending goosebumps scattering down her arms and across her chest that teased her nipples into stiff, sensitive points.
When he leaned down, placing his face so close to hers she could practically taste the beer on his breath, Gabby shivered. It became painfully clear that the time for fighting this attraction had come to an end. The sheer torture of trying to resist was something she could no longer abide, and so Gabby gave in.
“You want something, teach?”
The low rumble of his voice reached down deep, sending a flood of heat rushing between her thighs. “I—”
“Because the way you’ve been watching me all night tells me you see something you like. Or maybe it’s not so much a like as it is a need,” he growled, one hand reaching up to curl a lock of her hair around his finger.
The way she bloomed for him told her that he was right. He was beautiful, he was edgy, and in the rare moments that he opened his mouth to speak, he was devastating.
She needed him in the worst way. To ease the growing ache inside of her. To temper the need she’d felt from the moment she laid eyes on him. But she didn’t know him. And what she knew of him, she didn’t necessarily like.
“I don’t know if I…like you,” she whispered into the narrow space dividing them.
Bending farther down, the rough hairs dusting Blake’s jaw scratched deliciously against her cheek as he placed his lips beside her ear and whispered back, “I don’t know if I like you either, teach.” She felt the heavy weight of his hand curl around her hip and give her a possessive tug, pressing them together, chest to chest. “Is that a problem for you?”




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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.

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