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Men of Hidden Justice
Because love can bleed into the darkest heart

I found her when I least expected.

I should have let her go, but I couldn't.

My world is too dangerous for her.

But she needs the protection only I can give her.

And without her life has no meaning.

For the first time in my life, I'm taking what I want.

Consequences be damned.

©2021 Moreland Books Inc (P)2021 Moreland Books Inc

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Missy and Marcus

This book was so good I am sorry it was not longer. There was plenty of suspense and romance. The book had a great ending. I am looking forward to Julian's story. Maxine Mitchell and John Lane did a great job with the narration.

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Thrilling and Wonderful

What a thrilling and beautiful story! Second in Command was as captivating, steamy, and entertaining as the first book in the series. Marcus and Missy were perfect for each other. Marcus was over protective, possessive and sexy. He took care of Missy and made sure she felt safe around him. He was so swoon worthy. Missy was incredible; she was strong, brave but with a vulnerability only Marcus saw. She went through something traumatic and horrific but still wanted to help bring down the ring leader of the sex trafficking ring. The narration was spot on. Maxine Mitchell and John Lane did a wonderful job bringing Marcus and Missy to life. They have become a favorite duo to listen to. I’m excited to find out what happens next with Julian. If you like romantic suspense with a hot possessive OTT protective alpha, then this is the book for you!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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Great Story and great narration

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did a wonderful job bringing the characters and the story to life. They were spot on with the emotions and the tension featured throughout Marcus and Missy’s story.

Second In Command is Marcus and Missy’s story and it’s the perfect second book in the Men of Hidden Justice Series. I have been open and honest when I say I’m not into dark romance but Melanie Moreland has taken me to the dark side and I now want more!!!!!
I was captivated from the first page to the last line, I made the mistake of starting this story at night and a sleepless night followed so please make sure you have time to finish what you start because I’m sure like me you will want to finish this roller coaster of a ride in one sitting.
Marcus Gallo was second in command under Matteo but when Matteo retired he stepped up to run his own team. He is determined to carry on eliminating the men who harm innocent people and when his team rescues a group of woman he finds Missy battered and caged and that’s when his protective nature goes into overdrive. What follows is a couple forming a bond as they work on finding the man responsible but this book is also a very tender love story as Missy becomes the light in Marcus’s dark.
I’m loving Ms Moreland’s dark world and I’m so happy I decided to jump into this world because it may be dark but there’s also light and I’m so excited for book 3.

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Great story.

I had no idea I read for 6 hours until my husband asked me if I was planning on doing anything else today. The Boss was great, like vanilla ice cream great, Second In Command is like the chocolate sauce with a cherry on top great. I’m waiting anxiously to read the next book. This series is definitely addictive, the men are hot, strong, protective of their loved ones especially their better half and they’re fighting to protect women. I mean. They don’t get to be any perfect in my eyes than that. The heroines are strong but soft and feminine. The stories are interesting and memorable. Do yourself a favor and get on this series.

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Incredible storytelling

I was riveted. John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did an incredible job with performance of this story.
Suspense, tension both in the rescue and in the bedroom.
And as always a HEA!
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Awesomely good

Although this may be the second book in the series - I think it was even better than the first. From the very instant Marcus took hold of Missy the connection was made and the two were placed on a roller coaster of a journey. Filled with the perfect combination of love and mayhem this has quickly become one of my favorite couples. Melanie Moreland is known for her sweet romance but seriously she has gone far beyond her norm but has established herself as an epic storyteller of thrilling drama. 5 stars are not enough!! Maxine Mitchell and John Lane were simply brilliant narrators. And I cannot wait for Julian's story.

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A must listen to

Second-In-Command is the second in the Hidden Justice series.
I kind of fell in love with Marcus in the first, strong, tough but you can see a gentle side
Missy though when you meet her she’s almost a shell but as she grows stronger she becomes the woman who can hold her own, if not more.
When I love a book I find it hard to write a review because I just want to spill the whole book!
So here’s a little run down….this books has more omg I didn’t see that coming….tender moments….very hot moments….and you go girl ones.
I’m so happy Melanie Moreland took the different road of her norm…I’m obsessed with these guys.
You’ll love the narrators and enjoy the story

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Extraordinary!!

I am a big fan of John Lane and his narrating. He has a way of taking the character and bringing them to life. Marcus is a larger than life character; John performed him in such a way that had me mesmerized. His deep, rich baritone sent shivers down my spine. It was pure perfection. And Maxine Mitchell… she was just wow. I could feel Missy’s emotions through Maxine’s dulcet voice which is pleasing to the ear. Marcus and Missy’s story is captivating right from the opening pages. Everything about the plot and character development is extraordinary. This series is a must listen to. I highly recommend it!

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Amazing Romantic Suspense!

This is the second book in the excellent Men of Hidden Justice Series, a Romantic Suspense. I read it, and I loved it! The audiobook version is amazing! This story is interconnected with The Boss, the amazing first book in the Series. Marcus and Missy's story is well written, suspenseful, and captivating. Missy is such a strong, smart, and capable character. Marcus is handsome, alpha, protective, and supportive. I liked the intense opening scene! The side characters are amazing. The storyline is fast-paced, and enthralling. The world building is intricate, and gripping. I loved the beautiful ending, and the introduction to the next book in the Series. Impossible to put it down. Looking forward to listening The Commander, the next book in the Series. I HIGHLY recommend this Series!

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Outstanding story and narration

I’m not a huge fan of Mafia romance stories but as it was written by Melanie Moreland, an author whose writing I admire, I decided to take a chance on the first book in the series, The Boss and absolutely devoured it, I loved it. So much so that I could not wait to read Marcus and Melissa (Missy) ‘s story.

Second In Command was suspenseful, romantic, riveting and I was hooked from the first to the last chapter. It was extremely well written with characters who you quickly fall for and who will leave an impression on you.

Their journey was rocky and explosive at times I feared they would not get through the darkness to the light. The chemistry and heat that sizzles between Marcus and Missy was intense. My heart broke for Missy and everything that she has endured. Marcus was such a protective man who proves Missy can depend on him to be her strength as she recovers. For me this book was darker than the first one but just as good and I was totally consumed by the story.

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell did an outstanding job with their narration. The emotions and their performance really brought Marcus and Missy to life for me. The voices are easy to listen too and they brought depth to the story.

I loved this book, perhaps even more than Matteo and Evie’s story and was on the edge of my seat whilst reading this book and anxiously await the next release in the series.

You, Ms.Moreland have changed my mind on darker romances.

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  • 11-28-21

Matteo and Missy!

When Matteo decided to pursue his dreams outside the organization it was Marcus who assumed control. His latest assignment has brought Missy into his life and once he sees her he knows that there is nothing he won’t do to keep her in his life and protect her but the biggest challenge may be protecting her from herself.

Missy wasn’t sure how she was going to escape the predicament she found herself until Marcus came to her rescue. Even though she doesn’t know him he makes her feel safe, but she isn’t prepared to stand on the sidelines while he and his team try to capture the man responsible which causes some fiery interactions between them as they try to come to a compromise.

The chemistry between them is explosive and the intrigue keeps you on edge but it the emotional connection between these two strong and independent characters that makes their relationship so memorable. The narrators were a great choice for the characters as they brought out the strength of Matteo and emotional turmoil that Missy was experiencing.

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  • 11-12-21

Truly captivating, and oh so enjoyable

Two books in and I’m loving this series. A vigilante team (of sorts), rescuing the vulnerable and weak, and eliminating the scumbags that profit from them. When Marcus took over from Matteo as team leader, he wasn’t expecting to follow in his footsteps so completely, but he also wasn’t planning on Missy. Missy who pushed all his buttons. Got to say, Marcus was far from perfect, his temper regularly got the better of him, he was alpha controlling and extremely stubborn. I loved him. Let me stress he was never hurtful or physical (except in the bedroom). The story had everything I love. Action, suspense, and lots of sexy time. I loved the story, I was captivated throughout. What a truly entertaining audio. Maxine Mitchell is one of my favourite narrators and she really brought Missy to life, between her and John Lane I was actually living their story.

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  • Marta
  • 11-12-21

Entertaining and a good easy lecture for a rainy day

It is short, predictable and a little silly but in a good way. This novel is not trying to be super smart or deep, it’s just the right dose of romance and bit of an action that will make you forget about cold gloomy weather outside. It’s far from being my favourite, but even farther from being the worst, and recently I have read so many bad books that this is definitely a bonus. Sex is sexy. Man is manly. Girl is not too girly. There is no time to get bored because story is rather short. Choice of two narrators is interesting and I have to admit the male one is evidently sexy, his super deep voice mesmerising, but when he reads Melissa’s dialogues I cannot help but laugh and giggle. Don’t take it too seriously and you will enjoy it.

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  • Diane S.
  • 11-11-21

A joy to listen to

Love this series on audiobook! With a swoony hero voiced by John Lane and a spunky, strong heroine voiced by Maxine Mitchell, Second in Command is a joy to listen to.

Marcus Gallo is a protector and rescuer by nature and also profession as a member of Hidden Justice. But never before has a job become so personal.
Missy Evans find it hard to trust after the ultimate betrayal that lands her as a victim.

“No one can protect her the way I can. Nothing or no one is going to touch her while I’m around.”

Second in Command is Book two in the Men of Hidden Justice series. It can be read as a standalone but The Boss is so good you really don’t want to skip that. And I definitely can’t wait for Julian’s story!!!
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