Review: Sentinel’s Kiss (Book #2: Sentinels of Babylon Series) by Jamie K. Schmidt

Sentinel's Kiss


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.

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Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Josh Lehman (aka Sentinel) isn’t what anyone thinks he is . . . . . as a former military sniper, Josh is skilled and capable, but most of the world thinks he’s just a bar owner.  He’s a big, tatted up scary man most people wouldn’t think twice about crossing, but to the nurses in the NICU, he’s the man who spends every free night holding and cuddling the preemies.  He’s also a stone-cold killer on a mission to right the wrongs perpetrated by the justice system.

Everything in Sentinel’s life changed the day his beloved sister was found murdered in the trunk of a car.  Though Sentinel is sure her skeevy husband is to blame for the loss of his sister, the justice system didn’t agree and for two years the rat bastard has been missing.  After two long years, Sentinel’s brother-in-law is back in town and he and the SOB’s have him on their radar for extermination.  Before the deed can be done, however, complications arise in the form of new murders that are eerily similar to that of Sentinel’s sister and a nosy reporter who is convinced the whole mess is connected. 

Ashley Carver has been following the story of Sentinel’s sister since the very beginning and she’s never lost interest in the story or the man left behind.  When she begins to connect a series of new murders together, she’s is compelled to once again reach out to Sentinel.  The combination of their information reveals a disturbing pattern indicative of a serial killer; since neither wants to find any more dead, pregnant women, Ashley and Sentinel combine forces to take down the person responsible for so much pain and sadness.  While they both expect to find a sick, twisted person behind the murders, neither expects to uncover a twisted group involved in all manner of abuse and violence.  Ashley is intent on exposing the group while Sentinel and the SOBs have a very different agenda.

Working together puts Ashley and Sentinel in close proximity (and danger!) which only enhances and highlights the sexual tension between them.  Ashley has a tragedy in her past that has made it impossible for her to connect with anyone on an emotional level, but Sentinel makes her feel safe and cared for.  With Sentinel, Ashley begins to heal and begins to see a future involving commitment and family, something she hasn’t fathomed in more than a decade.  For Sentinel, Ashley is just the woman for him: wild, uninhibited, passionate, and willing to face danger in order to bring about good.  She’s kind and compassionate and sees far beyond Sentinel’s surface to the man he really is.

The Bottom Line:  I liked this second installment of the Sentinels of Babylon series better than the first.  Ashley is feisty and awesome and so not your typical do-anything-and-screw-everyone for a story kind of reporter.  Had she been that typical reporter, I very likely would have disliked this read intensely and immensely.  Sentinel is the smokin’ hot, sexy, intelligent, badass kind of awesome.  He also spends his free time snuggling babies in the NICU!!    I find it very easy to forgive Sentinel his vigilante ways considering all that other stuff 😊  There is a great deal of awful and wretched, sick and twisted in this read and I liked every second of it!!  As with the first book, Sentinel’s Kiss wraps up lightning fast, but this particular story lends itself to that kind of pacing.  I only have two complaints about this read: 1) I’m not entirely clear on whether or not Ashley knows about Sentinel’s secret life, his vigilante actions and, 2) Ashley’s family.  Those assholes sure are judgy and there was no apparent resolution regarding their judgement about Sentinel.  With that being said, those are minor complaints about the overall read leaving me with a good feeling about the book as a whole.  I’m seeing more promise in this series and look forward to its continuation.

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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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