Saturday, October 22, 2016

Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt

Title:  Necessary Evil
Series:  Sentinels of Babylon #1
Author:  Jamie K. Schmidt
Publication Date:  November 1st 2016 by Loveswept
Length:  234pgs
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  Netgalley
My Rating: ★★★★
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Back Cover Blurb:

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.
My Review:

Wow!  Just wow!  Was this novel ever hot!  The main characters sizzled whenever they were near each other.  The plot was solid with some interesting twists.  The descriptions were vivid yet dark at times, changing the entire mood of the story.  Schmidt brought everything to the forefront in remarkably intriguing ways.

In this novel the vigilante justice tends to overshadow the MC aspect of the tale, yet at the same time, for this club, they appear to be one and the same.  This gives a very different feel from so many of the MC novels out there on the marked at the moment.  There are definitely some subplots left unfinished at the end of the novel that lead into the rest of the series.  This is to be expected in a series launching novel but be warned, not everything in this novel is tied up in a pretty little bow at the end.  It's like real life, only much darker.  

I also enjoyed the character development in this novel.  We got to know everyone as we me them, yet the development didn't stop there.  Little tidbits appeared throughout the novel as we got to know all the major players quite well.

As a whole this was a hot, exciting start to Schmidt's new series.  I'd definitely recommend it to others and can't wait to see what happens next.

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