Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Sentinels of Babylon #1
Published by Loveswept on August 23rd 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was intrigued by the blurb of Necessary Evil. I mean, a motorcycle club of vigilantes who take care of the criminals who get off on technicalities? Right on! Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for me.
Lucy is a public defender, and an extremely good one at that, which means every cop and their mother hates her work. Evan was a cop, but after seeing so many criminals walk free he retired and with his MC buddies carry out their own brand of justice.
My first issue with the story was Lucy and Evil/Evan already know each other when the book begins. Later, we have a flashback to their first interactions, but by then I felt like I entered into an already started story (like catching a movie 20 minutes after it started) which is a total pet peeve of mine. If the flashback was given as a prologue I think it would have been fine, but as it is, let’s just say I started the book with the left foot.
Lucy and Evan/Evil’s is more of a hot-and-cold, yes-and-then-no, I’m not good for her/he’s not good for me kind of relationship. Enter pet peeve number two which meant things were not looking good for me. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no problem with the story, I believe this totally goes under the “It’s not the book, it’s me” category.
On the other hand, Lucy and Evan’s chemistry was really hot, when they allowed it to happen that is. Evan was as alpha as they come, rough, mouthy and unapologetic. Lucy was tough as nails, had an incredible work ethic and had a backbone made of steel.
As if their relationship didn’t have enough obstacles, Evan’s MC’s next mark is none other than Lucy’s brother who claims to be innocent of the double murder he’s being charged with.
There certainly wasn’t a shortage of action and suspense which was an aspect of the story I enjoyed. I am quite intrigued by the other members of the MC and I might be persuaded into giving the next story of the series a try.
I do want to add that the name Sons of Babylon, which they kept shortening to SoBs had me rolling my eyes time and time again.
Rating: 3 “Evil is as evil does” Stars
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