Hard Cover

Sentinels of Babylon

Book 3
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He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?

Dawn: I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse . . . except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop. 

Rory: I couldn’t care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.

Don’t miss any of Jamie K. Schmidt’s seductive novels:
LIFE’S A BEACH | STUD | HARD COVER
The Sentinels of Babylon series: NECESSARY EVIL | SENTINEL’S KISS
The Club Inferno series: HEAT | LONGING | FEVER

Praise for Hard Cover

“Sexy banter and smoldering bedroom scenes. I adore the chemistry between Rory and Dawn!”—Mia Hopkins, author of Thirsty

“For those who love when opposites attract, this is the book for you!”—Harlequin Junkie

“Such a decadent read! I’ve read this a number of times because it’s just one of those books that you wouldn’t be able to help yourself from visiting and revisiting.”—Joyous Reads (five stars)

“Jamie K. Schmidt told a nice love story with a twist. I always enjoy reading a story that has a moral to it and not just steamy, hot sex. . . . By the way, Hard Cover has both.”—Guilty Pleasures

“This is my first read by Jamie K. Schmidt and I have to say that I had fun with Hard Cover. [It’s] sweet, sassy and fun wrapped up with a hot-mouthed bedroom alpha.”—The Heathers’ Blog

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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About the author

USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt has published more than thirty short stories in small-press journals and e-zines. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.
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Reviews

3.6
5 total
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Additional Information

Publisher
Loveswept
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Published on
Nov 21, 2017
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9780399594052
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Erotica
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Book 1
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, the Sentinels of Babylon clean up the garbage. Although the SOBs 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 sworn duties . . . or lose the woman who has claimed his reckless heart.

Praise for Necessary Evil

“Calling all fans of Sons of Anarchy (and, of course, Jax)! This book is for you. Jamie K. Schmidt delivers a turbo-paced, gritty, highly sexual thrill ride with this first book in her new series.”—Jamie Beck, bestselling author of the Sterling Canyon and St. James series

“Jamie K. Schmidt’s Necessary Evil is the perfect alpha-male-MC-bad-boy-meets-vigilante-law-enforcement romance with characters that pull at your heartstrings and make you fall in love with every page.”—Sarah Robinson, author of Breaking a Legend

“I would recommend Necessary Evil by Jamie K. Schmidt, if you enjoy romantic suspense or the enemy-to-lovers trope.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Really enjoyed this book. I loved Evan.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

“You should read this book because it is an emotional roller-coaster ride of action and great tension.”—Blue Cat Reviews

“I loved this book. It had all the elements of Dark Justice just with a different spin. It was nice to reminisce while enjoying a fantastic book. Necessary Evil had a great plot and a well developed set of characters.”—Yearwood La Novela

“This is a nice read if you’re looking for something seductive and entertaining, with a nice amount of thrills.”—Books Movies Fandoms

“This was a good start for the Sentinels of Babylon series. I look forward to seeing the subplots that were present in this story in their own books.”—Once Upon an Alpha

“The mystery in the Necessary Evil was complex and gut-wrenching creating it a good read.”—Janet Reads Books 

“The chemistry was fierce and protective. The pacing was fast and exciting. . . . I look forward to reading the rest of this series.”—Alpha Book Club

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 2
A fiercely protective bad boy. An innocent reporter in serious trouble. They shouldn’t work, but after he throws her onto his bike, there’s no going back.

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 two 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.

Praise for Sentinel’s Kiss

“If you like an opposites-attract story, you will love Ashley and Josh.”—The Book Disciple

“Let’s just put this out there: this book is light-the-pages-on-fire sexy.”—RT Book Reviews (four stars)

“I loved the end of the book. Talk about the ultimate HEA!”—Life of a Crazy Mom

Look for Jamie K. Schmidt’s seductive first Sentinels of Babylon novel:
NECESSARY EVIL

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Jenna Jameson
The third and final installment of the bestselling FATE series

As the adult film sensation, SPICE, Liz Carter was known for her sultry looks, sexy curves, and natural DDs. Years ago, a surprise pregnancy prompted her to leave porn and LA for her native New York where she launched a new life as a single mom and graphic designer. Still, having to hide her past for the sake of her son takes its toll. Staying single and solo is a lonely path but it’s also easier—and safer—than risking being recognized. To fill the void, she forms FATE, an informal meet-up group for former adult entertainers who’ve left the life but find themselves in need of a supportive, safe environment where they can speak freely without fear of retaliation or rejection. The tight knit group of five, which eventually includes her bestie, Sarah (SUGAR), becomes more than friends—family.

FATE is just a few months old when Liz learns she has breast cancer. The decision to have a double mastectomy is agonizing but doing so will give her the best shot at seeing her son grow up. The multiple surgeries and chemotherapy are grueling but with the help of her fellow FATEs, she comes through. Cancer-free for more than a year, she is back from a mother-son vacation to Disney World when she runs across a Facebook message from a former male stripper seeking to join the group. A coffee meet-up to screen the potential newcomer proves to be more than Liz bargained for—a lot more.

Tall, dark, and Irish-American, Sean has her seriously rethinking her “single and solo” status. For the first time since her diagnosis, she feels sort of...sexy—so long as she keeps her clothes on and her scars hidden.
Will Liz learn to trust again only to have it—and her heart—broken?

After his sister, an adult film star, dies from an inevitable drug overdose, PhD candidate Sean O’Malley does some digging into the porn-star life and stumbles upon FATE. Curious about the correlation between drug usage and the industry, he contacts Liz—the group’s smart, sexy leader. Hoping to better understand his sister’s life and death, he poses as a former male stripper seeking guidance and support. If he can be accepted into FATE, maybe he’ll get the answers he seeks.
But infiltrating the group isn’t easy. Though Sean eventually wins over most of the members, there’s only one flaw in his plan: Liz. But he has work to do and his late sister to think about. He must continue his research. So why does he keep finding excuses to put off finishing it?

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