Review: Necessary Evil (Book #1: Sentinels of Babylon) by Jamie K. Schmidt

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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.

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Review:

Lucy Simmons has dedicated her life to helping those without hope.  She’s a public defender intent on seeing justice done even if it means pissing people off.  Unfortunately, pissing people off for a living also means you’re a target which is precisely what she is the night some jacka$$ decides to mug her as she’s making her way to her car late one night.

Evan “Evil” Villiers is a retired cop turned bar owner who has no tolerance for crime.  In fact, Evan retired from the force once he realized how little headway he was making, working within the confines of the law.  With the help of three like-minded friends, Evan has been slowly making a difference in the world, one criminal at a time.  Thankfully, Evan and his crew, the Sentinels of Babylon were “on duty” the night of Lucy’s mugging.  Evan would have helped any woman in the same situation, but helping Lucy is a fine coincidence Evan fully appreciates.  For two years, there has been an attraction between Lucy and Evan but neither has ever seriously acted on the attraction.

With Evan no longer working for the police force, dating him wouldn’t be a conflict of interest for Lucy.  But, as Lucy quickly discovers, Evan now lives an even more dangerous life than he did as a cop.  Though he and his friends aren’t a gang, per se, they do share a common goal of eradicating evil outside the parameters of the law.  Evan and his friends are constantly on guard, often called to eliminate a target (there’s a process!), and generally investigating criminals of all sorts.  Lucy knows life with Evan won’t be easy, but Evan makes her feel safe, loved, sexy, and claimed.  For a time, things between Evan and Lucy are smokin’ hot, but it all changes when the bodies begin to pile up.  Both Lucy and Evan must make some tremendous decisions that may end their budding relationship. 

The Bottom Line:  Right up until the very end, I was prepared to award this read a 4-star or higher review.  This is a bit different sub-genre for me as I don’t normally throw down with MC club reads.  I was pleasantly surprised, right up to the very end.  I like Evan’s roughness, his course manner, his raw sexuality, and his dirty mouth.  He has principles, and a moral compass that is always in line with his personal beliefs.  He may be acting outside the law, but Evan truly believes he is bettering the world by eliminating one criminal at a time.  Lucy is certainly a woman capable of taking on Evan and his crew.  She’s mouthy, intelligent, and never afraid to stand up for what she believes in even if it means jeopardizing her personal safety.  A perfect partner for the rough-around-edges bar owner!  Though I like how everything ultimately played out for Lucy and Evan, I feel like the story was tied up way too quickly.  Throughout, the pacing was quick, but not too fast with the plot unfolding in a pleasing manner, and then WHAM! the whole thing wraps up in what feels like too few pages.  It’s almost as if the author had a page limit she wasn’t allowed to violate, so she tied up the entire story in the quickest way possible.  This really did negatively impact the overall read and left me a bit perturbed.  With that being said, I am willing to give this series a second chance and hope the kinks will be worked out in round two.

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About the author and where to find her:

jamie-k-schmidtUSA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.  Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.

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