Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt Release Date: November 1, 2016 Publisher: Loveswept Book #1 in the Sentinels of Babylon series Number of pages: 224 Kindle Edition Source: Net Galley ARC Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 10/13/16 to 10/14/16
HO-LEE-COW! That was so good! I absolutely loved this book and read it pretty much straight through. That’s not to say there weren’t a few little things that were off (I’m a stickler for timelines being correct and there was just one little thing that was off for me), but for the most part the story was just what I needed/wanted right now.
The heroine, Lucy, was so admirable. Usually when a public defender is featured in this type of story they are portrayed as a bit slimy. And there was a public defender in this story that fit the bill. But Lucy was truly trying to help keep innocent people out of jail while making sure the police force did their jobs correctly so they could convict those that are truly guilty. She took a lot of crap from the cops and prosecutors who were trying to put the bad guys behind bars, but she stuck to her principals.
Our hero, Evan aka Evil, saw too many bad guys go free when he was on the job as a police detective. So he retired and decided to do something about those that got away. While doing that, he could have gotten swept up in vigilante justice and gone rogue; yet he always seemed to have a level head and a good moral compass…even when it’s not convenient for him to do so.
The slow build smoldering fire between Lucy and Evan is off the charts! I couldn’t decide if I wanted them to finally consummate their relationship or if I was enjoying the tease too much. Happily, the actual joining of the two was just as hot as the flirting and dancing around each other was. Once that Pandora’s Box was open they sure couldn’t put the lid back on. It was great!
I haven’t really read a lot of motorcycle club books, and from what I gather this isn’t a typical MC story. I mean, their “club” is really only 4 people from what I can gather. But some of the language was startling for me. I cuss like a sailor, so the swearing isn’t quite what I mean. More the vernacular as it was jarring to me when Evil said Lucy was his “old lady”. I know that’s silly for it to stick out to me, but I’m just not used to it and honestly don’t know if that would be accurate or a stereotype. It didn’t bother me, just was something for me to get used to.
Jamie K. Schmidt is a new-to-me author. I’m so excited to discover someone who has a bit of a library I can dive into. I only hope I enjoy the rest of her books as much as I enjoyed this one.
***I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**