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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 second in series!

Marcus and Missy's story was just as good as the first book in the series! When we left book 1 and Marcus was put in charge, I knew I couldn't wait to see what girl would bring him to his knees. There were a lot of similarities between the two stories, as these alpha men find women in trouble and make them theirs. This is an action packed story that I couldn't wait to get through. I can't wait for book 3!

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SO enjoyed!

Having picked this story up when it first released i couldn't wait to get into it again! As soon as this audiobook was announced i was so excited to listen to it! I was pulled right back into the Men of Hidden Justice world right away. I so enjoyed this audiobook!

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Dark Romance

Second In Command is the 2nd book in the Men of Hidden Justice. Melanie Moreland has a gift with words. I absolutely love Marcus & Missy! Once I started this book, I finished it in one day. I could not put it down. I love this darker side of her. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. All the twists and turns. I really liked listening to it as well.

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EPIC Romance Audiobook!!!

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This audiobook is totally EAR-GASMIC! You can't help but fall in love with Marcus. Maxine Mitchell and John Lane are the perfect narrating duo. John Lane's delivery for Marcus was so freaking good! I'm loving the Men of Hidden Justice series. Second-In-Command by Melanie Moreland is an EPIC listen that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

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  • 01-17-22

Absolutely phenomenal

Melanie has done it again . This is another masterpiece and epic story . I had loved the story when I had initially read it but loved it way more while listening to the audio version. Marcus and Missy were just phenomenal. John and Maxine have done phenomenal job narrating and bring Marcus and Missy characters to life . Definitely a must read and listen .

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A captivating & heart pounding romantic suspense!

After finishing the Boss I thought to myself there is no way this author could top Matteo and Evie’s story but oh was I proven wrong! She absolutely did. I have read many contemporary romances by Melanie Moreland and loved them all. Even though this series is a touch darker than her usual style it still has the same qualities in her characters that I have come to love and I fell so hard for Marcus and Missy. After Matteo finding love he naturally asks his Second in Command, Marcus to step in as leader of the Men of Hidden Justice Team. The book begins with Marcus recovering Missy from a horrific state. She was badly beaten and left for dead after working under cover to take down the man in charge of global sex trafficking ring. You would think after being left in the state she is in Missy would be fragile and docile but not at all. She is one heck of a fighter who will not let the circumstances she found herself in get her down or stop her from her original plan to take him down. The problem is Marcus. He just wants to keep her safe and shielded from enduring anymore pain of reliving all she went through. However, Missy is having none of it. I just loved how she and Marcus go toe for toe on everything. Their chemistry and banter was fantastic and many times lead to some pretty steamy scenes between them. The audiobook is narrated by two of my favourites, Maxine Mitchell and John Lane. They are incredible story-tellers. John Lane has a deep and sexy voice that is just perfect for a character like Marcus, and Maxine Mitchell’s emotional performance of all that her character Missy endured was just incredible.

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Holy WOW!!

Holy. Wow. This book sucked me in and didn't let go. Missy & Marcus stole my heart so easily and had me invested and obsessed with them. They bicker, argue, and respect one another. This book takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, switching from the soft tone of a love story to the adrenaline rush of a thriller. Highly recommend this series. Maxine Mitchell & John Lane do an amazing job portraying the characters, bringing them to life and humanizing them with their emotions, attitude and personality. They do more than giving their characters their voices, they fall into the roles and become the character.

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5 He’s Her Savior Stars!!!

As much as I loved this story when I read it, listening to the audiobook expertly narrated by Maxine Mitchell and John Lane brought this story to an entirely new level for me. The elements of suspense were that much greater listening to Ms. Moreland's words come to life. I felt every fear of Missy and the power of Marcus and what he would do to protect this woman that he's fallen in love with. I have a new appreciation for Missy and her determination to heal and have a life she never thought possible. Ms. Mitchell and Mr. Lane have done exactly what I love with an audiobook that I've had the pleasure of reading the printed book prior to listening... they made me fall in love with all the idiosyncrasises I missed while reading giving me an entirely new experience with a book I already loved!!

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I already loved Marcus when I met him in The Boss, but this book has made me love him even more!!

He’s a man that knows bringing this fragile and shattered girl to his home is exactly what he shouldn’t do, but there’s something about Missy that makes him go against all the rules!!

Marcus is truly tested when Missy enters his life and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. But Missy is so broken and while she comes to trust him, she also has feelings for him that Marcus is reticent to explore… but he only has so much willpower and when he finally decides to be the man that heals Missy in every way possible.

Along the way, there are some revelations that were shocking and just made me that much more invested in this series. I cannot wait for Julian’s book because I think there are things that we don’t know yet and his book may answer some of my questions!

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  • Josie82
  • 01-10-22

A deliciously satisfying listen

Second-in-Command follows Marcus who we first met in the first book in the Men of Hidden Justice series, The Boss. This book does stand completely alone and in this story, Marcus himself is now the boss of the secret, vigilante type organisation.

Marcus is a deliciously grumpy, scowly hero which is even more delicious because he’s working for a good cause and is ultimately a very good man. I loved how intense he was and how focused and yet when he was with Missy he was gentle and caring. It may sound odd but I enjoyed seeing Marcus lose control around and about Missy. It was never really a control or power thing as Missy met Marcus toe to toe which was so delicious. The perfect pairing.

Marcus is brought to life by the delightful tones of John Lane - narrator for all the Melanie Moreland books I’ve listened to so far. With that said, he manages to bring a different feel to every one of the heroes he’s voiced, and as soon as he started talking, I believed him to be Marcus and enjoyed his performance immensely. Extra points for his ability to portray Missy’s voice in such a way that I genuinely forgot I was listening to a single voice and not two people have a conversation.

I liked Missy a lot even if I (thankfully) couldn’t understand exactly what she was going through. She started off quite downtrodden and scared but even then, her spark still shone through. As she grew in strength and healed, she got really feisty and I loved that she stood up to Marcus. She was still vulnerable enough that I felt she was a layered and relatable character. I was rooting for her the whole time.

Maxine Mitchell takes on the role of Missy and again, I thought she was perfect for the role. She gives us vulnerability without ever sounding weak. I also love the way Ms Mitchell really ‘acts’ the book out. For example, if the character’s voice is said to shake, she’ll read it in a shaky voice. I’ve noticed that doesn’t always happen with some audiobooks/narrators, so it’s something I’ve come to really appreciate.

As I mentioned, Marcus and Missy were really a great pairing and a great team in general. I loved that in her own way Missy managed to rile Marcus just as much as he did her. They had an effortless chemistry and I adored the seamless transition from strangers, to hero and victim, to lovers and then something more. The sex was hot (especially the grumpy sex) but the sweet and tender moments, especially where Marcus did thoughtful things for Missy, were extra sugary and made my heart happy.

There is a more difficult and disturbing storyline that helps to drive the story forward. While it’s uncomfortable to think about and some of the details are upsetting, it’s never gratuitous, never overly in-depth and things always work out in the end. In the end, this is the story of Marcus and Missy and that’s what the main focus of the book is. Anything else is just a bonus.

I hugely enjoyed this tale and was absorbed in the story from the first. Since I’ve previously read the ebook, I really like that I can sit back and just let the story take over, and that I notice little details I may have missed, or get a different perspective of certain things based on how the narrators read the lines.

Ms Moreland has an amazing gift to make you fall in love with her characters and make you feel like they are now your own, telling their story just for you, the reader; Our two narrators then bring life to these characters and bring you a great audiobook experience. Whether this will be your first audiobook of Ms Moreland’s, or you’re a devoted fan, you will not be disappointed with this love story with a little bit extra. 5 stars.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-21-21

Such a good story!

When Marcus takes over the team from Matteo, he was all business. Ready to take on whatever comes in his path, he isn't prepared to see her. A woman, locked in a cage or I should say, this woman kicks his protective instincts in and some others he didn't know he had. Missy is not a wilting flower. She is a capable, and her chemistry with Marcus is instant and sizzling! But the best part of this series is the suspenseful storylines. Marcus needs to keep Missy safe, find the people who were after her and diffuse future situations. Moreland delves into the darkness, giving us the thrills and excitement of mystery while interweaving witty banter and steamy passion. And we get to visit with Matteo and Evie, seeing where life has taken them! I am enjoying this fantastic series and look forward to book 3, The Commander.

John Lane and Maxine Mitchell continue to team up and bring us a narration that is stunning. Lane has the perfect voice for these alpha males. He dives into Marcus and brings out his protectiveness and warmth all while still being in command. Mitchell has the best voices, and she comes in with a spunky Missy, edgy and anxious to help. I am loving these two narrating together and look forward to more.

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  • Michelle
  • 12-21-21

Amazing

Ahh, this book was everything I wanted and more. It was filled with love, passion, danger and drama. I loved Marcus from the previous book and I knew I had to listen to this audiobook!! It did not disappoint.

Missy is incredible, trying not to give away spoilers is hard but basically, Marcus meets Missy under not so nice circumstances and soon these two become inseparable. Missy is fierce, passionate and determined. If I was going into battle (or up against a very large spider) I would call Missy haha!!
These two are the best power couple I have ever read and I loved every second of it.

This book is the second book within the "Men in Hidden Justice" series. That being said it can be read as a standalone however I would recommend reading the previous book just to get an insight into the work Marcus and his team do, also the fact that it is amazing haha! This is a dual POV and switching between POVs is perfectly timed as it deliveries the right amount of drama and suspense.

Overall I highly recommend this book

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  • Kat Y
  • 12-21-21

Another fantastic narration of a great book!

After smashing through THE BOSS I literally went straight into this one. Again Maxine killed the narration. She gave me both Missy’s vulnerability and her strength. She had a great range of voices and I just felt like I was there with her in this book. John is now Marcus, the guy who took over from Matteo from Book 1. He is grumpy, bull-headed and tries really hard to resist Missy. When he gives in, it’s all on, on like donkey kong baby! These two push and pull and you really see the characters develop throughout the book.

Melanie does a great job of giving us a different storyline with the same great elements. Plot and pacing. Yes, I am here for it. Give me the suspense and give me a knife wielding woman, who can throw a blade. A must read/listen to series that will keep you captivated from the first to the last page.

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 12-20-21

A fabulous romantic suspense!

Second in Command is book two in the Men of Hidden Justice series. In this contemporary age-gap romance Melanie has the perfect balance of action, suspense and spice all wrapped up in a HEA.
Marcus is part of a vigilante team so is a rescuer and naturally a protector. This job becomes personal when he rescues Missy and is totally captivated by her. He takes the role of protector to a whole new level by smothering her, but his heart is in the right place as he is falling for her the more time he spends with her.
Missy having been sold out by a colleague ends up being kidnapped and held hostage. Marcus and his team rescue her, and she becomes dependent on Marcus. He is her talisman; he keeps the nightmares at bay and the demons away.
Narrated by the amazingly talented John Lane and Maxine Mitchell who are the perfect Marcus and Missy. I love this duo; they complement each other perfectly. John portrays the super protective, extremely masculine, tower of strength that is Marcus incredibly well. Maxine showcases not only Missy’s emotional turmoil and vulnerabilities but also her seductive goddess side who experiences a sexual awakening with Marcus!
I loved everything about this audiobook, and I’m pee my pants excited to hear Julian’s story in The Commander.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 12-18-21

exciting!

Wow, from the beginning, this book made me sweat in anticipation of what was happening next. Marcus finds Missy hidden behind a wall, obviously tortured. There's a bit of mystical aspect- he felt like he needed to go on the raid early; he didn't want to blow up the building because he felt like there was something he was missing, etc, and then they found Missy. And there is a bit of the insta-love aspect. And there is a lot of action- finding the awful men who are trying to sell and torture women as well as finding out why Missy is being targeted.

I'm fully invested in the characters and the world, where these men and women are vigilantes who are trying to create a better world even though they work independent of the any governmental agency. This story, and The Boss, book 1 of this series, were well rounded, well thought out and full of suspense and action. I can't wait for Julian's story!

I first read the ebook and then listened to the audiobook and the second time was just as exciting as the first, but with the added excellent narration by Maxine Mitchell and John Lane. I thought John Lane's female voice was a little older sounding than would be expected for a 24 year old but overall, they did a fantastic job and I loved John's gravelly voice!

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  • Gillek2
  • 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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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 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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