Review: Making the Cut (Selected Sinners MC #1) by Scott Hildreth

Thursday, September 1
My rating:

3 Stars…

What I loved:

Determined to remove herself from the rules and regulations of her overbearing religious parents, Avery escapes to college and is determined to make it on her own. Working as a bartender, and mere weeks before her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with thirty members of an Outlaw Motorcycle Club. 

She had no idea when the President of the club walked in she'd go weak in the knees for the gorgeous tattooed biker.

Axton (aka Slice) is the President of the Selected Sinners MC. At the onset of a huge gun deal with a notorious prison gang, he has no time or desire to have a woman in his life.   Abused by his Hell's Angel father as a child, and wronged by every woman in his past, Axton has one devotion - the MC.

After finding out he needs Avery's Criminal Justice education and her linguistic skills to assist in making the gun deal a success, Axton reluctantly approaches her to act as his interpreter.

Hoping to win Axton over, Avery attempts to turn off her smart mouth, turn on her charm, and become his woman of interest; even if it means sacrificing a level of independence she's grown accustomed to.

But when the gun deal goes to hell in an hand basket, both Avery and Axton are left wondering what their next move may be. 

What I loved:

- Axton was the best kind of asshole. Blunt, demanding, inflexible, independent, and sexy as all fuckery. He's fussy, he hates women, he trusts no one, and I couldn’t love him more.
Quote…”You just don’t get it, do you? I am making progress with you. More than I’ve made with anyone in the last fifteen God damned years. It’ll probably come as no fucking secret, but I fucking hate women.”
And the part where he sews... cute! He’s also really smart. Except for the superglue thing… that can’t be good for you.
- This deserves it’s own bullet point. I love, love, love the way he keeps calling Avery a little fucker. Something may be seriously demented inside me.
Quote…”You’re a cute little fucker,” I said as her gaze met mine.
And
Quote…”I swear, you went from fuck me hard and be adventurous doing it to a complete scared ass little fucker in a matter of hours, didn’t you? If you’re scared, go to fucking church.”
And
Quote…"Tight pussied little fucker.
Axton makes me smile.

- The way Axton and his brothers talk was fantastic. SH does an amazing job of building his families and friendships for us, and I always enjoy the banter in his stories.
- So, there’s this one scene where they measure their dicks. Yeah. I don’t know if this reflects badly on me, but I didn’t even think it was weird - I just felt a little bad for the choad-having prospect. When Toad did it, though, I thought it was hot as balls.
- Otis. He’s going to get a story, right? OMG I haven’t even checked that yet. I so hope Otis and Toad get stories. *Checked now. And yes. Yes, they do.*
- The writing, as always, was excellent. I like the tempo of SH’s writing, the way his stories unfold, and the way his characters speak like individuals.
- Hollywood! I actually liked him. I was sad when he did a bad thing, but loved the way it all went down.
- The care SH takes to explain the value of a Property of cut. I've never paid much attention to that part of other stories, but I did in this one. The explanation was actually quite wonderful.

What I didn’t love:

- I'm not going to lie - this is a rant. ***AND A SPOILER***
That fucking Avery. Avery is that toxic friend you dump when you get into your 20s and realise she’s not actually your friend at all.
I get that Sloan (Avery’s BFF, by the way) was probably going to be into a gangbang. More power to her if that’s what she wants. If that’s what she wants. But give your so-called BFF a God damned choice, bitch. Avery and Axton set that up behind her back. Swear to God. Swear. To. God. If this woman was real.
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And then, Sloan is talking to Avery in their apartment, and says she was going to offer Axton the couch because he looked tired. Avery’s response (in her head, because she’s a backstabbing mole):
Quote…You overweight fucking bitch. You couldn’t even fit that fat ass of yours on his bike.
This bodyshaming shit, after she spends the first part of the book envying everything about Sloan’s body. Mole.
And then, there’s the way she goes from a feisty, chatty, swallow-her-insecurities-and-go-after-life character that I thought I was going to love, to this… this… zero.
Quote…”Fuck me,” escaped my lips.I should really have him wear a condom.
“Fuck me,” I screamed.
Twice – the number of times in 10 seconds she thinks to sort out protection. Zero – the number of times she actually speaks up about it.
Stop with the naïve schoolgirl twisting your hips routine. Stop with the duck face. Stop biting your tongue when you have an opinion. Stop asking his permission to talk. No, really, she does that.
Quote…”… When it’s you and me, just us, can I like speak a little more freely? Not be disrespectful, but like say what I want without you getting mad?





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Gahhhh – I hate her so much.

Overall…

I’m way harder on the heroine than I am on the hero. Chances are high that if the hero is a wanker, I’m gonna love him hard. If the heroine is a wanker, I pitch a bitch fit like the one above. If you are meh, either way when it comes to your heroines – everything else about this book is Scott Hildreth goodness. If you are fussy about your heroines, like me, start with something like Hard or Dick so you can see a true Scott Hildreth heroine in action.

I don’t always read a whole series. I will read books out of a series if they look like my thing, and I’ll read out of series order, and I’ll read the last book first if I feel the need. My best friend loses her shit when I do that. But even though I do that, and even though this is the lowest I’ve rated a Scott Hildreth book, I’m still going to read the rest of the Selected Sinners MC series. One hideous Avery isn’t going to put me off – I have faith!
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