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Grit (Spartan Riders MC #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
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 pi
Kindle Edition, 374 pages
Published 2016 by J.C. Valentine
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Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was my first book by J.C Valentine, and I was blown away with how much I enjoyed her writing. I'm already looking forward to getting more from this series and also the author.

The book follows Blake Mahone as he tries to settle into fatherhood, taking care of his kid at the same time he has to take care of his club. He fumbles around a bit in his responsibilities before meeting Gabby Morgan, his sons teacher. His son instantly takes a liking to her, but
Sybil aka Lala
Yassss JC Valentine, yassss! Loved, loved, LOVED this book. I loved it. A poem about my love for this frikking book:

Grit, how I love thee, let me count the ways:

How do I love Grit? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach , for the ends of being and ideal grace. – Because Bake Mahone is a very large man and he will need all of me.

I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. – Because if ever there were fictio
Carlene Inspired
Gabby is turning a new leaf, she has a new career as a teacher, she's back in her hometown, and she's swearing off romance. She's got a past she's determined to leave behind and her future certainly doesn't include a hot, bossy biker that's the father of one of her students.
Blake doesn't do relationship, he's got no desire to be stuck. He's doing what he can to keep his motorcycle club on the straight and narrow, raise his son the right way, and keep his crazy ex out of their lives. His son's te
Apr 25, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: girl-pursues-guy, mc
The prologue was gripping. The writing gritty, which is what I like about MC books. But I just don't like the "girl pursues guy" trope, particularly when the girl in question sounded like a hot mess, not even a few pages into the story. I will try another book from this author with a different trope and main characters because she does have an authentic voice in this genre.
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
I was bored. Like really bored, so bored that I started skimming after 50% -.-'

Libby Harrison

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Gabby): 4.5/5
Hero (Blake): 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: none
Cheating: none
HEA: HFN but no epilogue – I think it is the start of a series but also a standalone
Triggers: some OW drama

Average score: 4/5

Best Line: Ash: “I’m gonna marry her.”

Worst Line: “You wouldn’t be the first woman to get stupid around me.”

Personal Review:
This was a good romance between a kindergarten teacher (who is quite strong-willed!) and a hot single da
Ivy Deluca
**this review covers books 1 through 3**


Motorcycle club romances are their own animals. They give me a peek into a world far removed from my own and tend to stretch my boundaries as a reader, since the level of misogyny and general WTFery can make me twitchy, but I need to shake things up from the fluffy and funny on occasion.


I like my MCs more on the lighter side of the WTFery scale. For those who don’t know my scale, it’s 1 to 5, with 1 like Kristen Ashley’s Chaos series (they just ride, yo) a
Overall rating: 3 stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Plot: 7/10
Ending: 2/10
Writing: 5/10
Hero: 7/10
Heroine: 6/10
Humour: 6/10
Steaminess: 6/10
HEA: (view spoiler)

Recommend: Not really
Re-read: No
Read more from author: Don't think so
J.C. Valentine
Mar 25, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 -- Teach -- stars

Gabby has been on the run since something horrible happened to her, but now she has moved in with her parents. She is the new teacher at a local school, a job she has always dreamed of doing. On the first school day, one child is late. Ash acts a little odd and too mature for his age. When school is done, Ash’s dad isn’t there and Gabby waits with him for his dad. When a biker stops close to them, she wants to walk away with Ash but Ash runs to the biker. That biker is Ash’s d
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
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 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 does it with patients and grace. He never comp
Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book's blog tour promotions.

I lover biker romances. I mean, seriously. Give me a biker romance any day, and I'd gladly devour it. Really devour it. There's just something about the MC life that appeals to me. It's funny because I've always seen myself as this ice queen, prissy, always looking for comfortable things, and always choosing the easy way. But I love reading about the gritty, hard life
I was sailing along to a 5 star read until I hit about 80% and then something happened to make me dial it down a notch. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good book IMO and I enjoyed the writing style, story line and the characters greatly. With that said, along about that 80% mark the h got a little stupid. I'll be checking out the next book in the series and recommend this one if you like a good romance with a single Dad that loves his child above all else.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book enormously and the interaction between the two main characters! If your looking for a sexy alpha motorcycle father figure then come read about "Quick" well worth it
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The whole story was pretty good but i'm missing the angst,the drama,the feeling that keeps you reading no mater what .
I guess even bikers are not what are used to be.
Kerry Fletcher
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stupidly started this series on book 3. Yeah yeah i hate those people too lol I'm on catch up with this one but i'm really glad i read it now.

Blake is newly single. His ex has gone and he's left with his young son Ash to care for on his own. Being the Prez of The Spartans and a single dad is not easy but he loves his son and is trying to juggle it all. His son's first day at school and Blake turns up late to pick him up. There he meets Ash's judgemental and scowling teacher Gabby.

Gabby is tryi
Big Joe Rossi
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 MC stars!

Gabby Morgan is starting over, a school teacher. On the 1st day a students parent is late, very late, enter Blake Mahone, president of the Spartan Riders MC. He is total alpha and everything she needs to shy away from. Her ex was in an MC and he left her broken and burned. Still on the run and fearful, looking over her should.

Blake does women, he has no desire to date one or more, till he sees his sons hot as sin teacher and as they see more and more of each other their preconceived
Oct 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Mignon Mykel
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Get this book.

I'd like to end this with "That is all" but maybe I should give you a few reasons as to why you should get this book.

If you like a gritty (no pun, promise) MC romance... this one might not be for you. I found it held more contemporary themes with slight suspense than a full-out, bunch of bastards on the back of hogs, MC romance type of story. But if you like a romance with a gritty (intended that time) man who has harsh, sharp edges, who has been done wrong, who loves his son abov
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Spartan is now a Biker's Club as opposed to an MC. They are striving to stay on the straight and narrow, keeping their line of business legitimate but with the rivalry of another MC, this can soon change.

Blake is the prez of the Spartan Riders. He is a lone parent since his ex, Jodi walked out. She is a terrible character! No wonder that Blake is no longer interested in any relationships. He dedicates his time to the club and his son, Ash who is adorable.

Gabby is alive by the skin of her t
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love J.C. Valentine books even all her MC series. Each one of her stories leaves you coming back for more.

Gabby is a young lady that has just recently graduated with her teaching degree and is looking forward to starting her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher. Gabby is on the run from her previous life but we don't learn about that until a little later in the story. Gabby's enthusiasm about starting her new job is refreshing! On the first day of school, one of her students is late and she
Lita Thomas
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grit (Spartan Riders, # 1) by J.C. Valentine is a sweet story of Gabby a kindergarten school teacher of the son of the president of the town’s local MC. Blake has found himself the sole parent of his son. His girlfriend who he had hoped to married has decided that he is dull, boring and she is sick of him. She decided she is leaving him and she wants to take her son but because of her condition Blake refuses to let him go. Now Blake, not only has to deal with being a single dad but a crazy ex wh ...more
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Gabby has moved into her parent's basement after a bad break-up from her boyfriend that could have had them both killed. She is very aware that danger is still lurking and could come knocking on her door at anytime. That is not what she fears the most, it's that she has now put her family in danger too. You can't live your life in constant fear though so she is determined to move forward with a new life, albeit cautiously.

Blake Mahone is the sort of man that Gabby needs to steer clear of but whe
Mary Mooney
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gabby Morgan is back home, trying to hide in plain sight. She hasn’t told anyone why she has come back home; they think it was because of a bad breakup. She will let them think that for now. She is doing what she wants, teaching kindergarten kids. On the first day one is late and he looks older than he is. At the end of the day, she is left when the same child that was last. His parents are late picking him up and all calls she has made have gone unanswered. When a man shows up on a motorcycles, ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Gabby Morgan is a new kindergarten teacher who isn't looking for a man or to fall in love. Trying to put a rocky padt behind her all she wants is to move forward.

Blake Mahone is a tough as nails MC president who is a single father of his son Ash. Determined not to get involved with another woman he can't trust he makes a point of staying away from Ash's prim and proper kindergarten teacher. But you know what they say about good intentions.

I really wanted to love this story but for some reason I
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy freaking hotness. Ahhhh, I want to take a moment to just think about how much I loved Blake in Grit.

So here's the deal. Gabby Morgan has some pretty serious secrets that she's running from - way more dangerous than anything Blake throws her way as being an MC President. You have no clue what troubles her as a reader, all you know is that she's stressed and trying to rebuild her life. Starting with her dream career as a teacher.

Which is how Blake came into her world. His son, Ash is one of h
Arec Rain
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, bad-boy
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third novel I have read from J.C. Valentine, and probably my last. For me to like a contemporary romance novel, there has to be something special about it. Of the three I have read from Valentine, I genuinely enjoyed the first one I read. After not enjoying the second, even a little, I decided to give her one more shot.

Unfortunately, Grit just didn’t do anything for me. There was nothing about it that I enjoyed. I didn
Maria Lazarou--Obsessed by Books Blog
This was a fantastically good read.

Gabby is back home, after running away from a situation that was horrific, hiding away in her parents basement she feels that maybe after time she can then get on with her life. Training to become a school teacher she secures a job as a kindergarten teacher. Working in a job she loves, she then meets a father of a little boy that she becomes close to. Indecision follows as she never knows when her past is going to catch up with her, but falling in love with fa
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