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Review: The Commander by Melanie Moreland

The Commander Melanie Moreland

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

My instincts had always served me well.

Listening to my gut, the warning voice in my head that told me when to walk away.

I never failed to heed the signs.

Until the day she walked into my office.

I knew she would be trouble, but I ignored the alarm bells.

And then it was too late, and I fell. Hard.

A lie tore us apart, and I thought I’d lost her forever.

But now she’s back—with a secret she’s been keeping.

This time, I’m not letting her go..

Title:The Commander
Author:Melanie Moreland
Series:Men of Hidden Justice (Book 3)
Trope(s):Insta-Love / Lust
Secret Baby
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Toronto, Canada
Release Date:1st February, 2022
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Deliciously satisfying

5 stars

If you’ve read the earlier books in the Men of Hidden Justice series then you’ll have been as eagerly awaiting this book as much as I have. And you’ll also be half in love with the enigmatic Julian, Commander of the group of covert, baddie-busting elite squad the series is named for. But, as always, fear not if this will be your first book in the series, or even of Moreland’s at all, as this book stands completely alone, follows a new couple and you don’t need to have read the other books in the series to understand and enjoy this one.

As I’ve mentioned, our hero is Julian. He’s in charge, he’s a little bit aloof and he’s used to being alone. Oh and he’s grumpy and arrogant – thinking he knows what’s best. And from the moment he meets Taliyah – Tally – he’s obsessively smitten and desperately trying not to be. Oh even now it makes me giddy thinking of how the mighty will fall!

Tally is the perfect match for Julian and has a great blend of similarities with him as well as differences. She, too, is something of a loner, a kindred spirit that Julian immediately recognises. She’s determined and a fighter and once she’s comfortable, she’s never afraid to say what’s what. And her desire for organisation was just the cherry on the top for me. A girl after my own heart!

I loved Julian and Tally together and even though their passion was evident and hot – it gave me more smouldering vibes than burn-the-house-down ones. That’s definitely not a problem and I did get those lovely jumpy butterflies in my tummy during their sex scenes. I may even have returned and re-read a few scenes just to relive that feeling! In the quieter times, I really enjoyed seeing Julian become touchy-feely, loving and tactile with Tally. It spoke to a deeper connection which I always love to see in my romances. The real feels that I really associate with Ms Moreland’s writing.

“…even now it makes me giddy thinking of how the mighty will fall!”

With regards to the writing, as I’ve come to expect, Melanie Moreland delivers. It’s so effortless to read this story which I always assume means it’s taken great skill and talent to make it appear so flawless. I was 100% absorbed in this tale and I loved every second. I also have to say that I full-on laughed out loud on occasion, too. It was unexpected but so nice to have.

While there’s no overarching ‘big bad’ in this story as there was in the first two books in the series – there’s still a small element of suspense and danger. It’s not too scary (for a card-carrying wuss like me) and it really was connected to the story and in some way affected the love story of Julian and Tally.

I’m not sure if this will be the end of the Hidden Justice books but I’ve loved every single one of them for different reasons. This book has a different angle to it what with the secret baby, capture his fleeing wife thing going on. It was written in such a way that I was desperately reading to find out more and more and more. And when I did find out, I was so delightfully satisfied, and not just because there’s an awesome epilogue at the end. Yay! All in all, I had a great time with this book and I wouldn’t happily recommend it and give it the full 5 stars.

5 stars

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

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