Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Review: Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt

(from Goodreads)

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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

 This is my first novel by this author and Necessary Evil is a great start for what promises to be a fabulous series.

Even Villiers is ex-cop who runs a bar after taking early retirement on a full pension. He is a member of The sentinels Of Babylon MC but that's a convenient cover for their rumoured vigilante activities. Their methods for seeking justice on behalf of victims are questionable however their targets 'leads' are only passed to them when traditional justice hasn't worked.

Defence Attorney Lucy Simmons is passionate about her work believing everyone is entitled to a fair trial but is disillusioned when guilty suspects walk free because of incompetent police work. She's heard that former cop Evil and is associates take the law into their own hands but that not enough to say away from the dangerous man.

I love Evil and Lucy together as they finally come together after skirting around each other for a couple of years. I like the twist in this novel because it throws the protagonists into an unprecedented situation, making Evil question what he does apart from tend a bar. There is an interesting batch of secondary characters which I'm presuming will form the basis for the remainder of the series.

To sum up, this is fast paced romance, which a little different from other MC books I have read but that makes it even more appealing. The author is new to me and I looking forward reading more of her contemporary romance novels

*** generously received courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley