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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.

About the Author

In life, Scott Hildreth fears clowns, flying, and amusement park rides. In reading Scott's writing, it appears he is fearless; subject matter avoided by most is commonplace in his work. Scott has gone as long as a month without as much as a sip of water, and rarely sleeps more than a few hours a night. He is of the opinion coffee is the lifeblood of his writing. Scott believes he is broken, and his writing generally includes a protagonist who is also much in need of repair. Often discussing suicide, bulimia, homosexuality, domestic abuse, divorce, PTSD, cancer, alcoholism, drug abuse, religion, and lack thereof, Scott's writing has been described as "bold, in your face, and fearless." Born in San Diego, California, Scott now calls Wichita, Kansas his home. He is a proud father, and lives devoted to the love of his life, Jessica. When he isn't writing, he may be found on his motorcycle or in a local coffee house. Scott's novels include Broken People, Undefeated, Unstoppable, Unleashed, Unbroken, Baby Girl - Ruined, Baby Girl - Owned, Baby Girl - Loved, To the Depths of Hell, The Alpha-Bet, Finding Parker, Karter, Confessions of a Smut Author, Selected Sinners MC Romance books "Making the Cut" and "Taking the Heat" and his newest series, including a female CIA agent, Jessie Jayne.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Eralde Publishing; 1 edition (March 23 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V5H1MVS
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I feel terrible that I have to even give this a 1 star! What a horrible book. I gave up at 30%. For some guy that is suppose to be broken he sure seems to be spending more time bragging about himself. I really doubted about taking a chance with this MC romance written by a guy......I was right! Don't waste your time!
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This story made me cry at the end and gave me goosebumps! A wonderful story of burgeoning love beginning with a bank robbery ! Sydney, homeless and alone, caught the eye of Toad. He opened his heart for her and gave her a home and a job. Toad is the sargeant-at-arms of his MC; Sydney has a brother in the pen who is also in an MC. Although Toad is a tough man and has been in the war, he is really a kind man but a killer all the same. He saves his MC President's life and almost dies. There are many touching parts to this story and I recommend it as a must-read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Growth Opportunity!! March 29 2015
By Jen Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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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….
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge What You Don't Know April 6 2015
By Anonymous Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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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! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars L O V E this one Jan. 19 2016
By Carrie Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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Cambio, aka Toad, and Sydney have quite the unconventional meeting! Their stories pulled me in right from the start & I very much enjoyed getting to see the friendship Toad & Otis have going on, as well. As far as the romance, it's a slow build up (which sometimes can annoy me - it annoyed me in book 1 only because Avery REALLY annoyed me. I did not like her so much.) but I liked both characters, so I didn't mind getting to know them individually. : ) There's less focus on vengence-y violence (although there is still a bit of that, the justification is always very clear, story-wise). And I actually liked Avery as a friend in this one, so that was also a plus!

Again, I loved the writing style & this story was unputdownable! I had to finish it before going to sleep last night. And it seems this author has done one of my FAVORITE things - woven characters from other series into this series, making them "connected but still standalone." LOVE IT! Looking forward to reading more. : )
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read. March 16 2017
By Emily Heisler - Published on Amazon.com
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Cambio "Toad" Todelli is still dealing with the aftermath of his time as a Marine. It effects him in all ways, but mostly sexually, making his tastes fall to the dark side of sex. When he happens upon a bank being robbed, he meets Sydney Shephard who is homeless and trying to find somewhere to call home. Toad gets Sydney a job and a place to stay. He knows his taste in women would corrupt Sydney but he also cant seem to stay away. The more Toad gets to know Sydney, the more he begins to see himself as the man who can protect her and that Sydney could give him something he has long wanted, peace.

In the beginning of this story, I did not know if I would be able to finish it. It was a bit too taboo for me, however it is short lived, once Sydney is introduced you are hooked. I iked this couple together, both have pasts they struggle with and I thought Sydney was sassy in her own way but had a knowledge of MC's that fit with who Toad is. Great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone turns their palms upwards every other page but I enjoyed the story Dec 28 2015
By betweenthecovers - Published on Amazon.com
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The author is really stuck on that particular gesture, so much so that it became comical for me. This is the 2nd book I've read by Hildreath and I thought it to be an improvement from the first in the series because I grew to like the main characters a great deal more in this story. There is a twisted sex scene (both parties consensual) early in the book but if you keep reading, it has a purpose in the character development describing problems associated with the the hero's PTSD and some sexual dysfunction from his experiences as a Marine. The book isn't filled with gratuitous sex by any means, there won't be any more until the last fifth of the book.

Although this story uses the expected rough language and actions of an MC club and it's members, I found it to be a very sweet and touching look at two broken and damaged people finding a second chance when they fall in love. Cambrio or Toad as he's known in the club, is a war hero who finds the same sense of brotherhood in his MC as he did in the Marines. His guilt at surviving 6 tours of duty while seeing so many of his friends die has left major scars and he's developed his own somewhat distorted sense of right and wrong as a way to cope. Sydney is an orphan with a scarred past of her own. A rape victim of foster care who's grown up expecting little love from anyone around her, she hopes to find the family she's always wanted in a rough group of bikers with good hearts. Being married to a nomad who owns a bike shop, I spend a lot of time listening to the way bikers talk to each other and Hildreath writes the BS banter between the guys to perfection. Scenes such as the one at the convenience store where the men discuss the supposed cleanliness and hygiene of Sydney were funny and true to life.

HIldreath's writing style has some flow issues. Sometimes I have to backtrack because chunks of time disappear but I support newer authors and I think as he continues to publish these problems will improve. Sydney would of been seen by bank cameras in the parking lot and other such unbelievable details are scattered here and there. I can't help thinking that a good editor should notice that and aspects like micro chipping a young puppy meant for fighting. Really? Just because your fan base reads romance, don't think that we're not well educated or intelligent. The characters are dealing with heavy issues but the book is not depressing. It was humorous in parts and had a predominantly hopeful mood. I came across this series when they were going for 99 cents each and for the price, especially for a full length book that's not a cliffhanger, I'm pleased. I'll be moving on to Otis' story, ready to see his palms turning upwards.