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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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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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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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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, 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.
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.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Sex on the beach has never been so much fun! Jamie K. Schmidt delivers an irresistible tale of second chances, secret identities—and a connection that’s too sweet to miss.
 
When Amelia Parker arrives in Maui, newly single and unemployed, she’s shocked to discover the resort she booked is actually a ramshackle little beachside hotel. At least the scenery is easy on the eyes—as is the toned, laid-back snorkel instructor, “Dude.” After two weeks of sun, serenity, and mind-blowing sex, she even accepts a job as the hotel’s concierge. But what Amelia really wants is to relaunch the place completely. And that means convincing the absentee Wall Street billionaire owner, Samuel Kincaide, to take a chance on her.
 
Samuel has a plan, too: selling off every last reminder of his former life and chilling all day, every day as his slacker altar ego . . . Dude. He loves his romps in the ocean, and under the sheets, with the feisty Amelia. If she discovers his true identity, her boundless enthusiasm and innovative business plan will seriously diminish his hammock time. But when Amelia runs into real trouble on the island, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her safe. He just hopes that the woman who’s falling for Dude will feel the same about Samuel.

Praise for Life’s a Beach
 
“Life’s a Beach will sweep you away on a fun and sassy romance you’ll want to last forever.”—New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor

“An unputdownable, laugh-out-loud read, Life’s a Beach is filled with humor and heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair
 
“I can’t remember the last book that made me smile this much. Jamie Schmidt is ridiculously talented—she does fun and flirty every bit as well as she does hot and sexy, with just the right amount of emotional punch.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
“Life’s a Beach is the perfect sand-between-your-toes, sun-on-your-face, sexy, island escape. Such a great read!”—USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly

“I highly recommend this hilarious and exciting read. Jamie K. Schmidt is a master at creating the perfect romantic scenes and believable characters. Readers will fall in love with this beautiful Hawaii beach tale.”—Romancing the Book
 
“I really didn’t want to put it down. If you’re looking for a beach read this winter, check this book out.”—Obsessive Book Nerd
 
“Exactly what I needed for a quick weekend read.”—The Romance Factor
 
“[Life’s a Beach] ended on a perfect note for this reader.”—Books of Love
 
“[A] great, sexy novel sure to get your mind off the snow outside your window!”—It’s About the Book
 
“A cute read with some yummy steamy moments along the way.”—Oh My Growing TBR
 
“Filled with enjoyable characters and smexy moments with a happy ending. It can be read as a standalone.”—TJ Loves to Read
 
“Life’s a Beach kept me entertained and I enjoyed the story.”—Little Miss Bookmark

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Large. Hot. With a pump of sexual tension.

RITA AWARD FINALIST • When the barista next door teams up with a slick ad executive in this steamy standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt, they both get a taste of unexpected love.

Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out.

After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around.

Praise for Stud

“Stud is outrageous, sexy, heartwarming, and angst-fueled.”—Harlequin Junkie
 
“[Stud is] my first book by Jamie K. Schmidt and it was pretty awesome. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. It’s also a bit of a gamer romance. So if you are into games this is definitely up your alley.”—Island of Reading
 
“Let’s start with the book title—it definitely suits the hero. . . . Stud is just a drool-worthy and steamy read.”—Self-Professed Book Hoarders
 
“I loved the sexual tension that Mick and Terri had. Right from the first page, it was there and it kept building.”—Life of a Crazy Mom
 
“This is a super cute and creative story. . . . There are twists and turns . . . but the way it’s written and brought together is seamless. If you’re a gamer, you’ll especially enjoy this book.”—The Jeep Diva

“[Jamie K.] Schmidt works their conflicting emotions to ratchet up the sexual tension before liberating it in steamy interludes. Plot twists and tender moments enhance the sexiness of this enticing story.”—Publishers Weekly

“I loved Jamie [K. Schmidt’s] writing style, as a gamer I fit right in with the lingo, but any noob off the street would find this story charming. I give it five stars.”—Books & Boys Book Blog

Don’t miss any of Jamie K. Schmidt’s seductive novels:

The Sentinels of Babylon series
NECESSARY EVIL | SENTINEL’S KISS

The Club Inferno series
HEAT | LONGING | FEVER

LIFE’S A BEACH

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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.
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.
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