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Making the Cut (Selected Sinners MC) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 3, 2015
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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.
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The above is one of my all time favorite quotes, and it is a belief that requires willingness, honesty and open mindedness, things I try to use in my life. Which leads me to personally always want to figure things out (shh, I am reading directions), to ask questions (yes I was the nerd who raised her hand in college lecture hall), and make sure everything fits together (reigning puzzle master supreme). I am saying all this because it will help you understand why I love to read Mr. Hildreth's books, plain and simple he makes me think, he makes me want to get to know the characters, and he makes want to understand their journey, even and especially if I do not agree with all of their steps. Making the Cut is the latest excellent installment of a Scott Hildreth book and it is an absolute MUST READ!
The story starts with Avery, who I LOVED. I am not sure if y'all do this but I frequently laugh out loud, throw out unwanted advice, and giggle snarky come back comments to the characters as I read. Avery got all three, which puts her at girlfriend status in my mind. I loved her, she was real, honest, and open-minded. I felt her beauty was in her strength, one of my favorite scenes involved the below picture...
In comes Axton, he is the piece of the story I needed to remember that ignorance is contempt prior to investigation. LOL- that being said I am friends with several guys who ride motorcycles, I now understand through this book that some are in an MC, (yes I now realize what a "cut" is) but I am almost certain that I have never meet an outlaw. Until Axton, I felt he was an amazing character, scary, very scary but he made the story extremely gripping because I just wanted to know him more. Mr. Hildreth's character development has always been top notch, Making the Cut I feel is some of his best work in this department. The below quote was a favorite...
"Allowing Avery to enter my life caused me to feel a sense of accomplishment in my life I had never felt. She allowed me to exhale and believe, at least in her presence, I was not only an outlaw, but an outlaw and human." ~ Axton
The amazing faceless character in this story I felt was the MC, I can not claim to know anymore of an MC, then what I learned while reading this book, but I can tell you with completely honesty that this book has taught me that there is an indescribable brotherhood that is among this community, which the author draws you to respect and admire. His auxiliary characters that make up the club are exceptional I feel some of the best he has every written, I hope to see them in future stories...
Avery and Axton in my opinion worked because they were both willing, honest and open minded which produced progress as the author brilliantly pointed out. There was so much more to this book that I could go into that had me; bursting out laughing, blushing, venting to the outlaws to be nice (thank goodness they can't hear me), and quietly reflect on life. Do not take my word for it read this amazing book but FYI there might be a brain overload time out here and there while reading, there was for me anyway but that is all good, it is why I love a great Hildreth book. Excellent Job Scott, now hurry up with next book *fist bump*!!! That is it, that is all I got....
The love story is between Axton and Avery. This two characters are complete opposites but they work well together. Their relationship slowly builds and I loved that the author made them commicate. Their relationship is based upon them learning if they are compatible emotional and intellectual before the physical part of the relationship takes over. Avery had to learn how to act around Axton and the Sinners. She had to mature into a woman that stood behind Axton but also had his back and his brothers backs. She had to learn to curve her sassy mouth.. Loved her one liners and badass remarks. They make beautiful progress together. Axton is a man of a few words but when he speaks everyone listens. Axton's character had complete control at all times in which makes his character that more appealing. Axton is all alpha, the president of the Sinners, sexy, tall and raw. He has demons but he doesnt let those demons define him. Avery is a sassy, tall, college student who wants a bad boy alpha to take charge, she wants a challenge and she finds that with Axton.
Hildreth gives us action, suspense, humor , dirty talking, some sex and some violence. Overall it was a good story and I can't wait to read more from this author. Happy Reading!!
I really enjoyed the writing style, and conversational writing style in this story. The "romance" is unconventional & is a suuuuper slow build up - we get to know Avery & Axton individually & see their interactions from initial meeting, attraction, friendship, proven loyalty & finally a physical relationship. There's other stuff going on - the MC has a deal going down & some crap goes along w/ that, and then there's Avery's friend Sloan, who I never really got a good read on. There are some graphically violent scenes & I skipped through those out of self-preservation. There's enough of a "warning" or "build up" that if you need to do that, you can, which I appreciated!
All in all, this was a different type of story & MC than I normally enjoy, but I liked the book & will continue w/ the series! : )