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Taking The Heat: Selected Sinners MC Romance by [Hildreth, Scott]
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After serving half a dozen tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as a US Marine, Cambio Todelli - known as Toad to his MC brothers - is left with a penchant for violence and no emotional attachment between his heart and his groin.

As the Sergeant at Arms for the Selected Sinners MC, Toad has one assignment and he takes it very seriously. Keeping his Brothers safe from harm at any cost.

Although he believes he ultimately stands for what is moral and justified, he admits sometimes the lines simply become blurred. In short, Toad is a walking contradiction. The descendant of a long line of prideful Italian American US Marines, he is now living a far cry from his upbringing in the Catholic church.

Sydney Shephard is an orphan, and has recently lost her only sibling, an older brother, to a lifelong prison sentence. After losing her job, she is now homeless, penniless, and without any form of family or friend.

As easy as it may be to do so, she refuses to lose her spirit, her spunk, or her sense of humor.

After having been in multiple abusive relationships in her past, Sydney has vowed to either live a life of solitude, or find a man who will treat her as an equal.

When a bank robbery goes awry, leaving Toad on one side of the bank, and Sydney on the other, Toad must make a decision and make it quick.

And when Toad decides to do something, heaven help anyone who tries to stop him.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Taking The Heat is a stand-alone love story. No other book is required to tell THIS tale. It does contain explicit language, sexual situations, and the intricacies of being in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club. All sexual partners in this MC Erotic Romance are over the age of 18. Stand alone love story. HEA. No cliff hanger. Taking The Heat is Book II in a series of stand-alone MC Erotic Romance novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2494 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Eralde Publishing; 1 edition (23 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V5H1MVS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The first book I read by Scott I purchased it based on the Cover.....ii was HOT! And Scott was the first Male Author that I had come across who wrote erotica..... So I thought, "ok let's give this a go!" And I can honestly say, I never looked back. Each and every book I've read, written my Scott is Amazing.

Taking the Heat is definitely just that if not more..... I loved this story..... Toad being the Alpha Male you know, a man very set in his ways.....going through life as if he knows if all bug then Bam!!! He get hit over the head with a two by four when he mets his HEA! Sydney is a woman that after all she went through still has such an amazing outlook on life. Together they save each other and you know it's true.

As a bonus it was cool to read that I shared the same birthday as one of the characters..... Thanks Scott :) Also reading about A-Train and the rear front the Boxers Series was awesome. Made me have such a laugh knowing Ripp never changes and reading Shane with his Hoodie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another breathtaking story! 26 March 2015
By Deborah - Published on
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Scott Hildreth is an immediate buy author, I don't even have to know what the story is going to be about, I know I'm going to love it! Toad was such a tortured soul and Sydney was strong enough to get him out of it. For an MC book, it has such emotion and passion in it. Loved it and please keep going, I would love to read a story about Otis.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Growth Opportunity!! 30 March 2015
By Jen Campbell - Published on
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I was a ball of mixed emotions about this story, I finished last night and feel asleep thinking about what I would rate it, last night I felt that it would have to be a 3.5 maybe a 4 star rating. There were things in this story I did not agree with and actions by the characters that did not sit well with me. As you can see I changed my mind. This change came early this morning when I woke up, thinking about my dad. My dad was one of the BEST men I have ever had the privilege to know and he had a standing rule in his house no discussions at his table about politics or religion. He felt very strongly that something’s were no one else’s business and that no one needed to defend his or her beliefs to anyone. The thoughts of my dad this morning storta right sized me to the emotions I was feeling from this book. And reminded me that most of the problems that come in front of me are of my own making.

Mr. Hildreth did an amazing job in portraying a VERY thought provoking story revolving around extremely complicated and intense characters. Right from the beginning there were clues to the depth of the characters and at the same time he challenged you to grow as a reader in stepping out of your comfort zone and not judge. Judgment was one of the things I had a hard time with in this story, for I have a different understanding of the concept of judgment. In my opinion we all judge, it is a FACT!! We judge people on whether or not they will be someone we can trust, enjoy time with, or simply stating if they are happy or bitchy. I do not see judgment as a necessarily a bad thing, it only becomes harmful when you put judgment into action and condemn someone or something. I know I make judgments daily. What I try very strongly to not do is condemn, even characters in a novel. Thanks Pop, for the reminder that everyone has s*** they have been through and they do not answer to me….

This brings me to Toad, Cambio Todelli, ummm, yeah, he and I had quite a few one sided debates, while I read this story. He challenged me as a reader; at the same time he was the character that reminded me that I have no right to push my beliefs or opinions on anyone. I cannot possible understand Toad’s journey, what he has experienced and I must remember that he is not mine to fix!
Mr. Hildreth did brilliant job in combining growth in his characters at the same time letting them stay true to themselves as individuals. One of the first growth moments in Toad that truly touched me was when Sydney read the below note…

And find her he did…. Sydney is my new favorite female lead character that Mr. Hildreth has created; I can truthfully say I would like to be Sydney when I grow up…
“As much as I wanted to tell him what I suspected
he wanted to hear, I refused to do so.
The complications of my past relationships needed
to stay where they were, in my past.
In my future, I needed to make sure whatever
I decided to do, and whomever I decided to do it with was for all the right reasons and
with all of the best of expectations.” ~ Sydney
The above quote is one of the many things I admired about this character. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I loved how open-minded and compassionate she was and how even though she had opinions on Toad she did not let those thoughts rule how she treated him or anyone that she came in contact with.

As with any Hildreth novel I love the outstanding auxiliary characters and two of my favorite where Junior and his mother Shirley… They reminded me of the caring and welcoming people that came before me when I first moved to TN almost 16 years ago… Below is something that Junior’s mother taught him and he shares with Sydney. This quote was profound for me; it reminded me that my back is covered at all times, even if I can’t feel it.
“God uses our deepest pain as the first stepping stone to our greatest reward.”

I cannot forget to mention my favorite faceless character, the Selective Sinners MC. The author did magnificently at informing us of new intricacies in the life of a 1%er. Mr. Hildreth did it in such a way that we are seeing them as more then just outlaws but humans. Humans that live by their own code, who trust few but when that trust is given there is nothing they won’t do for each other. At this time I need to mention the wonderful humor that was added to the story… read the book you will understand. A side note---Biscuit LMAO – I shouted to him as I read “NOOOOOO, do not get sucked in!!!!”

Whenever I write a review I end up revisiting the notes and highlighting that I did while I read. This book had so much that got me to take note of and highlight that I could not possible mention everything in this already long winded review, please take my word for it, you will not only enjoy another Hildreth novel, you will be thinking about for days afterwards, at least I will be. Excellent job, Mr. Hildreth!! This one reminded me that everyone you meet is fighting a battle you nothing about. Be kind. Always. That’s it, that’s all I got….
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge What You Don't Know 6 April 2015
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I struggle with writing this review, not because the book is bad, because it is so good. It touched so deep. So, here I go trying to write a review to do this book justice and not let this book down.

Toad, is a complex character. To say he is complicated would be putting it mildly. He is hard or soft and not much in-between, he is either one or the other. He is misunderstood by those that don't know him, but those that do, see both sides and understand him, love and care for him, and don't want to see him fall into the hard side of despair from his military past, of which some feel he could.

Sydney, puppy and a shooting. Those are turning points in his life. With him fighting PTSD, going to counseling and still having a hard time dealing, when Sydney walks into his life, he is beginning to realize he wants more, then a tragedy happens and it was like something finally, FINALLY CLICKED!

Normally, I would go on and say a lot about Sydney. What I will say here is with her background, she fit Toad. It worked. They are two broken people coming together to make a whole.

A story, teaching us something about never judging what we don't know. About compassion, about love, on more than one level. Friendship, family, blood or not, and how knowing when someone has your back and you have their's can make so much difference whether they are living or passed...

The Hildreth writing style was there to always give us a chuckle along the way as well as a tear at the end. Yeah, I cried...5 teary stars on this one! :)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 27 March 2015
By Sam Jo - Published on
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We got to know a little about Toad in book 1 Making The Cut and I really liked him in it. In this book I absolutely loved him. From the very first page I was sucked in and I didn't put it down till the end. Both Toad and Sydney have been through so much in life, Toad being a marine and dealing with the after effects of war and Sydney struggling with the unfortunate circumstances life has dealt her since she was a baby. This book shows that no matter how broken you feel you are there is always hope. Their story is beautifully written, you still have your typical biker content but you also get to see the sweet romantic side of these bikers and the love they have for everyone in their MC family. I loved the secondary character and how they add so much to the book. I can't wait to read Otis's book I think he will become my favorite Sinner yet.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Preachy For This Reader............Spoilers Ahead!!!!!! 1 April 2015
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This is the second installment in the Selected Sinners MC. The story begins with Toad(H) going to the bank to make a deposit for his restaurant. While Toad is walking to the bank entrance he notices a man and a woman get out of a car and head towards the entrance as well. Toad wants to get a better look at the woman so he waits and holds the door for them. As Toad and the woman, whose name is Sydney(h), are still standing near the entrance the man she came with pulls out a gun and attempts to hold up the bank. Toad thwarts the would be bank robber and while waiting for the police to arrive he asks Sydney if she is a part of the robbery. She states she is not so he tells her to leave before the cops get there. Otis is outside and he will take her somewhere safe. Up to this point I was actually enjoying the book. I like Axton the MC Prez. It is a joy to listen to his dialogue. Toad is suffering with PTSD. He is a Marine Vet and he has survivors guilt. Apparently, as a consequence of his PTSD, he cannot perform sexually unless the sex is hardcore. There is a Saran Wrap sex scene at the beginning of the book that was quite disturbing as well as entertaining. This guy appears to have issues. There is a wonderful scene at the beginning of the book that involves Toad at his grandfather's grave site. The writing was good. Junoir, an employee in Toad's restaurant, was hilarious. That's it. That was all I liked about this book. Suddenly it went in a totally different direction than I had anticipated and I began to get bored and infuriated.

This, in a nut shell, is a preachy, boring, sappy, and suspends belief MC story. Let me start with Toad. How does an unemployed man have the money to buy a restaurant, a couple of houses, and a lawn service? Where did he get the money? Hardcore sex guy suddenly becomes normal sex guy. Hardazz 1%er MC guy suddenly becomes sappy and sweet. I actually liked Saran Wrap Toad better. Then we have Sydney. I did not like one thing about her. Not one. She was homeless when she went to that bank with the bank robber. She was living out of her car. She had met the robber guy the night before outside a bar. He takes her home in his car lets her eat, sleep, and shower at his house. They do not have sex. Before he takes her back to her car he states he has to make a stop first. He drives to the bank and she goes in with him. What? None of that makes sense. He takes her home but does not expect sex from her? Why didn't she follow him to his house in her own car? Why did she go in the bank with him? And by the way, banks have cameras on the outside. The police would have checked those cameras and seen that she drove in with the bank robber. They would have been looking for her. I did not like anything this character said or thought. I simply could not stand her. She makes statements like "I like sex more than most women". Really? Says who? She also tells the reader that she has a tiny puzzy. Who cares? Why is this important? Her dialogue and inner monologue about her thoughts and philosophy of life were mind numbing. She prattles on about people who judge. Yeah, I heard this before in another book. Listen people. Everyone judges. It can actually be a survival skill. Especially for women. It's a big bad world out there. It is not the judging that is necessarily bad but what you do with that judgement that determines who you are. Just my opinion. And her attitude about handouts? Well maybe we should just close down all those shelters for the homeless and battered women. Let's close down the free clinics. If you cannot afford to get vaccinations for your kids, well tough luck. Whatever Sydney. I guess we all need a big bad biker to save us. That sure isn't a handout. The chick is a hypocrite.

I had a real problem with the shooting scene. You are going to tell me that a badazz 1%er MC Prez is going to be more concerned about a shaving booboo than his surroundings? He is so concerned about his little booboo that he ignores, not only his surroundings, but the warnings of his SAA. But so do all the other badazz dudes on the scene. I was not buying that scene. It was a convoluted and contrived set up for the sappiness to come.

I know nothing about illegal dog fighting. But could someone please explain to me why a person would put a micro chip in the dogs he uses for illegal dog fighting. Illegal implies it is a crime. Which also implies a legal punishment if caught in a crime. So why would you want that dog to be tracked right back to you? That's like leaving the murder weapon behind with your name and address written on it. How this plot point was introduced, how it developed, and how it was resolved was purely ridiculous. How it was resolved was especially upsetting. It was very wrong.

I liked the first installment in this series. This one I did not. A book has to make sense to me. This one did not. I need to like the female protagonist in my books. I did not like Sydney. This book is sappy. I do not like sappy. I do not like preachy books that scream of sanctimonious self righteousness. That is this book. This is a well written book with some good moments. It is just not my cup of tea when it comes to MC books. There was barely any action and what little action there was was nonsensical. To this reader anyway. I cannot recommend nor can I not recommend.

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