by: J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders #1
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.
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This was my first novel by Ms. Valentine, and I really enjoyed her style. She painted such an amazing world of real everyday life women, sexy bikers and how the two intertwine.
Blake was pure perfection. He was rough, dirty, sexy, and so damn sweet. You fall In Love with Blake rather quickly. He is a single father and just trying to make it with his head above water most nights. He struggles with his own issues and challenges like everyone else, however he does it with patience and grace. He never complains. Never makes excuses. And makes sure to keep those he loves and cares for protected at all cost. Especially Gabby.
Gabby is Asher’s (Blake’s son) school teacher. She sees him on the first day of school and has some preconceived notions about the young, slightly dirty and disheveled 5-year old. The push and pull between Gabby and Blake was so hot that I was yelling at my kindle to just “do her already!” And boy was it smoking when they did!!
This was was a ton of fun and I was on the edge of my seat for that last few pages. If you are looking for a milder ride into the world of MC’s then this is your kinda book. The men are still hot and dirty. The women still sweet and in need of an alpha hero. There are villains, and BBQ, and booze a plenty. I recommend this book to anyone who ever dreamed of being an old lady.
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.”
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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