Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Tour & Review: Mettle - JC Valentine

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by J.C. Valentine Spartan Riders, #2 Publication Date: July 26, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, MC Romance
Synopsis: Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch. Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

4 Stars
Tucker "Country" Abrams is Sergeant at Arms in the Spartan Riders Motorcycle Club. He likes booze, women, and his brothers. As a free bird he enjoys all women equally and loves knowing he doesn't have to worry about anyone but himself and his brothers. Talia Bruce is a hot little number he'd like to keep in his bed for a little while though.
Talia McKinnon will do whatever it takes on the job to break the case, even sleeping with the handsome, slightly terrifying leather clad Country of the Spartan Riders Motorcycle Club. She may be making a deal with the devil, but it certainly feels good during it. 
Spending a lot of time together may look like a relationship, but that's not what either of them are in this for. When they both must face the truth or who they really are, they just might have to recognize it's more than just lust between them. 

From page one I was hooked, the prologue pulls you in just enough to let you know this book is going to meet every expectation set by the previous novel, Grit. We're automatically introduced to the action, though not fully immersed into it. Told in dual POV, with an occasional chapter from another character's view, Mettle steps away from Blake's story line in Grit and moves us to his Sergeant at Arms. We meet Tucker and Talia, two people who are explosive in the bedroom, but not in touch with their feelings outside of it. From the start I loved Tucker, he's no nonsense, clearly goes after what he wants, and just so happens to have a soft spot that can melt your heart in an instant. Talia is sort of hilarious, she's part tough-girl part total cliche emotional girl and their introduction to one another lays it all on the table. These two are ridiculously hot in the bedroom, but outside of it they have all the makings of a perfect couple too. While they don't exactly communicate about personal things, how they act together really shows the reader just how these two work. 

It was the man. Something about him-his charisma, his magnetism, his mettle- that drew her. Sparked her intrigue. Mae her want to get close to the fire, to feel the burn.

Then there's the action, while the book is focused on the relationship of Tucker and Talia it is not lacking in the action department. Talia's job is always on your mind, we know what she's up against, but like Talia we are in the dark of what is really motivating people to kidnap women. It's incredibly interesting to fall for the two characters, yet know there could be a sinister secret hiding behind it all. I really liked that Talia was written as such a strong character, able to be both a career driven woman and a partner to Tucker, even if it was a bit secretive. The case of the kidnapping girls really drove the plot just that much farther and kept my interest piqued, wanting to know what would happen next. The suspense was definitely there, but didn't take away from the romance at the same time. 

"I just found you. No way am I letting someone take you away from me."

Mettle is an excellent release in the Spartan Riders series and, while it can be read as a stand alone, I do suggest reading Grit first. This book was sexy, action-packed, and filled with hilarious dialogue. I loved the play on fate with this one, I think JC Valentine did such a good job with this book and I cannot wait to get to know more of the Spartan Riders...or I could just insert myself into the story and have Tuck to myself.

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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.
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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. Sign up for J.C.’s newsletter and never miss a thing!


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