Series: Sentinels of Babylon #1
Published by Loveswept on August 23rd 2016
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In this steamy series opener from bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt—whose writing has been called “hot and sexy, with just the right amount of emotional punch,” by Lauren Layne—a vigilante biker takes the power of love into his own hands. Lucy Simmons comes from a rough family, but she’s a damn good public defender. Even though she hates to see criminals walk due to sloppy police work, the law’s there to make sure everyone gets a fair trial, and Lucy certainly doesn’t believe in the kind of justice meted out by the leather-clad ex-cop they call “Evil.” He’s stubborn, cynical, and out of control—but he plays her body like no man ever has. For once, both Lucy’s boss and her brother agree: The biker is trouble. Evan Villiers took a sacred vow to let no killer, rapist, or pedophile go unpunished. When scumbags fall through the system, his motorcycle club cleans up the garbage. Although the Sons of Babylon and their methods may not be to Lucy’s liking, the beautiful lawyer has become Evan’s light in the dark. But his next hit is Lucy’s own brother—a murderer who got off on a technicality. Now, with his loyalties split, Evan must turn his back on his brothers . . . or lose the woman who has claimed his reckless heart. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
‘Necessary Evil’ delves into vigilante justice in the shadowy world apparently made up of a bar, a motorcycle club consisting of former government workers/agents/soldiers and rival gangs but it isn’t entirely clear by the end of the story where it’s all going.
Jamie K. Schmidt’s portrayal of the violence inherent in this world comes through and her rabble-rousing characters do exhibit that lack of civility that perhaps are a turn-on for some. But with the multiple subplots and loose threads that started and ended abruptly with a writing tone that sometimes goes off key, all I really could assimilate was Lucy’s and Evan’s burning lust for each other—sometimes to the point where alpha animal rutting is the whole point of their encounters—that Schmidt lays out with great detail.
There are parts that sound awkwardly out of place where desirous wants reduce intellect to rubble and I thought both lead characters did sort of act a little too shallowly out of their depth for what they are as they blew hot and cold at every instant. Evan keeps saying Lucy shouldn’t be with someone like him, but would want her as far as his own parameters for a ‘relationship’ goes, with a possessive streak that’s more appalling than protective. Lucy’s own juvenile thoughts makes me wonder if she’s merely a public defender in disguise when it came to playing games with Evan and with the rest of his friends who are less accepting of her. There are secrets neither are willing to open up to with each other, and love apparently, where both are concerned, can be defined by many orgasms and good sex. Apart from extensive sessions in bed, Lucy/Evan didn’t seem to have anything in common that cemented them as a pairing I could connect with, let alone with the rest of the secondary characters who at times were like caricatures than actual fictional people about to have their stories told.
Unfortunately, it isn’t my type of read, sad to say.