Sentinel’s Kiss by Jamie K. Schmidt

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 13th January 2017
Sentinel’s Kiss by Jamie K. SchmidtSentinel's Kiss by Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Sentinels of Babylon, #2
Published by Loveswept on March 7th 2017
Pages: 224
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two-stars

If Josh Lehman learned one thing as a Green Beret, it’s patience. Josh founded the Sentinels of Babylon because he was sick and tired of watching scumbags cheat the system—scumbags like the man who murdered his sister. Of course, if Josh’s sniper rifle was linked to the death of his ex-brother-in-law, that might be a problem. The bigger problem is the nosy reporter who’s this close to exposing the club. Josh has to find a way to keep her hot mouth from talking . . . but he’ll be damned if he lets someone take her from him. Not on his watch.
Ashley Carver thought she’d do anything for a scoop. That was before her latest story leads to multiple attempts on her life. Ashley’s been investigating a homicide that has gone unsolved for five years when she uncovers evidence tying the vigilantes of the Sentinels of Babylon to a revenge killing. Now she’s in their crosshairs. But after Josh defies all notions of club loyalty to come to Ashley’s aid, soon they’re burning up the sheets—and taking on the world.

“Sentinel’s Kiss” brings the shady business of vigilante justice into the spotlight, combining it with an MC storyline—which I think is meant to give a harder, dirtier edge to the bad boys many readers love to see falling on their knees.

But it’s unfortunately not one for me, even though I liked the idea that vigilante justice spills way out of the legal boundaries and how it can be used as an excuse to fulfil personal vendettas that’s been kind of implied here, or in this case, fuel a man’s need for revenge. But while this isn’t quite heart-pounding action of black ops, I’d expected to see more cloak-and-dagger meetings with the mysterious boss who doles out their orders yet didn’t.

Above all, I couldn’t quite connect with Sentinel and Ashley, who seemed to be using each other for sex and as bandages for their own issues that have clearly been laid out in the story. There’re no shortage of sex scenes as a result, which simply seems to prove my point—but sex, obviously, never been a problem for either of them—but it didn’t change what I felt was a shallow relationship that didn’t go beyond both characters’ inability to function without their bits bumping and humping. In fact, their supposed important conversations couldn’t take place without it and the good sex also seemed to be a reason for why they should go beyond casual fuckmates…it’s what both Sentinel and Ashley fall back on, which makes me think this will function better as erotica than romantic suspense. The rushed ending felt instead, like a hurried need to give an unlikely couple a HEA but as someone who couldn’t really buy into the pairing, I found myself rather indifferent to it all.

two-stars

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