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Review: The Specialist by Melanie Moreland

Egan Vulpe

Trained explosives expert. Gun for hire. Loner.
Until the day he falls in love.
He leaves the dangerous world he knows behind. He paints, owns a gym, and co-runs Elite Security.
In the past, he has worked with his friends at Hidden Justice, always staying behind the scenes.
But not far enough behind.
When the woman he loves is taken, his only recourse is to step back into a world of crime—this time on the wrong side of the law.
He knows he has only one choice.
Save her.
Or die trying.

Title:The Specialist
Author:Melanie Moreland
Series:Men of Hidden Justice (Book 5)
Trope(s):Friends to Lovers
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:Toronto, Canada
Release Date:19th January, 2023
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Sigh-worthy, sexy and suspenseful

5 stars

So we’ve come to the end of the Men of Hidden Justice series and somehow Ms Moreland still manages to make this last book just as entertaining and gripping as the first. We finally get our Romanian Romeo Egan’s story with the woman of his dreams – independent, stubborn Doctor, Sofia. We first learnt about Egan’s infatuation with Sofia in the last book in the series (The Watcher) – while Sofia has been in the series almost from the start. Do you have to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy and understand this one? Probably not, but I really would suggest you read at least The Watcher before this one to fully appreciate the underlying story. Hell, just go ahead and read the whole series – you won’t be disappointed.

From the first I was giddy clapping at this pairing. Egan is, what Ms Moreland calls, an alpha-mellow also known as an alpha-roll. Basically a mixture between an alpha hero and a cinnamon roll hero. He’s super sweet, kind, loving, warm and supportive – while also being 100% alpha caveman and gone for his woman. And that is exactly what we get with Romanian born Egan. He’s been patiently waiting for Sofia to realise they’re perfect for each other and when it’s on – it’s on! Le sigh.

Sofia is the perfect partner for Egan – and it’s not just because Egan says she is. She’s the type of strong woman character that I love to read about in that she’s quietly fierce and independent rather than being off-puttingly ballsy. She’s got high walls – understandably so – and I really understood and resonated with her.

“Together, Sofia and Egan are adorable. But also hotter than Hades.”

Together, Sofia and Egan are adorable. But also hotter than Hades. They connect as friends and soulmates – and as lovers, too. This is a Melanie Moreland book so of course we’re getting the fun and frisky shenanigans between our couple. And due to their established relationship from the start of the book, we get there nice and early. I have noticed that Ms Moreland is adding more and more bum stuff in her novels of late. Not full-on but I’m not a fan. Great if you’re into it but there’s plenty without it so I’m not too grumpy.

This is an Hidden Justice (HJ) book so of course we’ve got an element of suspense interwoven with our romance. Our baddie is sinister and threatening but not so scary that it freaked out a wimp like me. But there was enough tension to make the story interesting and give us the peril we need before the payoff of our lovely HEA. And epilogue. Yay!

I have really enjoyed the Men of Hidden Justice series and while I’m sorry to see it come to an end, I’d rather it end on this lovely high than keep going and lose some of its magic. Melanie Moreland masterfully manages to weave romance and intrigue in a way that never fails to capture my attention and tug at my heart strings. There’s a reason why Ms Moreland is one of my favourite authors and this book shows it to perfection. Definitely 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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