Series: Sentinels of Babylon #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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.
First in series books set the tone for the rest of the series and determine whether readers will love or hate the series. I’m becoming pickier in my choices because for me, starting a series means I’m invested in it all the way to the end and the synopsis of this book drew me in. A public defender and a cop-turned biker/vigilante and what could happen were too good to pass up.
Lucy Simmons’ job as a public defender hasn’t endeared her to the police department but that doesn’t faze her much. She takes her job very seriously and is very good at it, hence the dislike from the men in blue. But for ex-cop and biker Evan Villiers, she is more than a bother. He’s attracted to her, respects her abilities and she brings much needed lightness to his dark soul, but how long will that last when she discovers the extent of his extracurricular activities, especially when her brother becomes his target? The risks of getting involved with Lucy are many but Evan finds it increasingly difficult to stay away from her. Can he choose between the woman he’s falling for and the oath he took with his crew?
The idea behind this book is a solid one, even though I’ll confess to being uneasy about the subject matter and the career conflicts this would pose in real life. I liked the relationship between Evan and Lucy as well as his friendship with his crew. One of the better parts of this book for me was the lack of drama between Evan and Lucy. They acknowledged their chemistry and took things to the next level without any issues or people interfering. However, the scenes did not flow smoothly for me. They felt disjointed and choppy, and there was a little too much stuff going on for me with both the main characters as well as the secondary characters, which made me feel overloaded.
I have enjoyed previous books by Ms. Schmidt so, even though I have some reservations about this book, I’ll check out the next one and see where the series takes us.