Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC RomanceSynopsis: 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 - EXCERPTSensing 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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3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time Review Copy provided by Author
I enjoyed Grit, but at the same time have slightly mixed feeling about it.
The interactions between Blake and Gabby were sweet and steamy and I loved seeing both of them with Blake's little boy, Ash. But, there were times I struggled with how back and forth Gabby went. Some of the quirks in Gabby's personality made more sense once we got to know her more and it was awesome how Blake and his friends went to bat for her.
Ms. Valentine did an excellent job of blending in the suspense element into Blake and Gabby's romantic relationship.
My one big complaint, the thing that kept this from being a 4 star read for me, was the editing. There were several times early on when the wrong names were used for characters. I realize I had an early copy, so it may have been something corrected after files were sent out, but it was something that I found troubling.