Grit by J.C. Valentine
Series: Spartan Riders MC #1
on March 23, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
Grit is exactly what I needed: not too dark, not too sweet, but just right. It is the story of Gabby, a woman trying to get her life back together and Grit, a man not looking to complicate his life by getting into a relationship. He is the president of his club who has recently become the sole parent to his kindergarten aged son. Cupid strikes when Grit is late picking up his son from school on the first day. In fact, what draws Grit and Gabby together is his son, who in my opinion is the star of this story and why I enjoyed reading it.
The story was a predictable and easy read and it contained enough grit (pardon the pun) to keep me entertained. What I enjoyed most of all was the relaxed and at times witty banter between two adults brought together by a child. The child was a master manipulator who had inherited all his father’s confidence and plus behaviour traits he picked up by spending time with his biker uncles.
Gabby trod carefully, knowing the risks involved with acting on her attraction to Grit. Her hesitation was taken with affront by Grit and she found herself backpedaling on more than one occasion to justify her stance. She was quick to admit when she was wrong, having to do this on a number of occasions. Her naivety surrounding a biker world seemed strange. Had this woman never watched SoA or read a biker romance? LOL. I just ended up accepting that was who Gabby was and read on.
She did make one or two bad calls which had her walking right into trouble. While it caused my eyes to roll, I was expecting it to happen. I was after an easy read and that’s what I got. What saved Gabby for me was she was a likable heroine despite her having a couple of frustrating traits.
As the first book in the series, a drama begins to emerge which creates the catalyst for the riders club to revert back to an MC. It goes against everything Grit and his brothers have worked towards but they are left with no choice. While the situation is resolved by the end of the book, the threat still remains and I imagine will continue as the overarching plot between books. My plan is to revisit the Spartan Riders again soon!
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