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The Specialist

(Norcross #3)

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She’s in danger and now her personal protector is her too handsome, totally aggravating billionaire boss.

Executive assistant Harlow Carlson is having a very bad week. Firstly, she’s been temporarily reassigned to work for bossy, workaholic tyrant, Easton Norcross. He might be sex in a suit, but mostly she just wants to stab him with her stylus. Secondly, her father’s in tr
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Published March 26th 2021 by Anna Hackett
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Marlene
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

As much as I love this author’s blend of action adventure and romance, there’s always a special spot in my heart for the romance in each series where the boss of whatever the group is finally takes the fall into love. Ready or not, willing or unwilling.

Considering that being the bosses that they are, they are generally neither ready nor willing, it makes their inevitable fall all that much more delicious.

I also have a sneaking fondness in general for the sl
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Sabine Honig
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books Anna Hackett has written and I keep coming back to them because the stories are interesting, the heroes are seriously hot hunks with some rough edges and maybe some, if not a lot of ink, and the females are strong and feisty and they don’t take any crap, which leads us to book 3 in the Norcross Security series, The Specialist.

Easton Norcross is a workaholic, rich and he’s as smooth as a shot of whisky. When it comes down to it, he will protect those he loves with his
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CalReads
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing from such a great author

⭐️⭐️

I’ve been a fan of Hackett for a long time now. Her space gladiator romances are, in particular, quite lovely. One of the things I’ve admired is her ability to balance the whole alpha-male protective thing with strong female characters.

In the Norcross Security series, a contemporary as opposed to sci-fi or even hybrid contemporary/sci-fi, I think Hackett is losing sight of that goal a little bit. This series has felt a little old-fashioned to me, in ter
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Elodie
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Specialist
Norcross Security Series #3
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Release Date 03/30/2021

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She’s in danger and now her personal protector is her too handsome, totally aggravating billionaire boss.
Executive assistant Harlow Carlson is having a very bad week. Firstly, she’s been temporarily reassigned to work for bossy, workaholic tyrant, Easton Norcross. He might be sex in a suit, but mostly she just wants to stab him with her stylus. Secondly, her father’s in trou
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Marta Cox
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up pretty much where the last one ended with Harlow getting a call from her father that clearly worries her. Easton might have only been her boss a short time but he's determined to find out what is troubling the gorgeous, annoying and ever so sassy Harlow. Harlows father has serious money issues and unfortunately the man he owes money to takes a real shine to Harper. She's totally uninterested but with her father's life in danger what can Harlow do ? Whatever she decides Easton ...more
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
Series: Norcross #3
Rating: 4 stars - It was really good

Executive assistant Harlow Carlson is having a bad week. She is reassigned to work for the bossy and sexy tyrant Easton Norcross, her father is in trouble and has gone missing, and she has been attacked on her way home. While he may be a workaholic, Easton steps up to keep her safe and help her find her father.

I rarely read office romances but this one really worked for me. Easton Norcross finds his new assistant extremely sexy, organized,
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LeeAnn
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlow and Easton make an explosive pairing in Anna Hackett's latest Norcross release. Harlow is sassy and single-minded, while Easton is a tough ex-ranger with a marshmallow center. It's sexy, it's fun, & has lots of action. Come along for the ride as Harlow tries to save her dad from himself, and his gambling debts, while falling head over high heels for Easton. We've also got multiple mafia-like players in a convoluted high stakes poker game, with an additional wild card, and an adorable pick ...more
Nikki Brooks
HMOG Easton may be the hottest of the Norcross brothers so far!

Harlow was selected to become Easton's replacement assistant when his right-arm-assistant had to leave town. These two have sparks that could ignite an inferno but neither want to cross that boss/assistant divide. Well, that was until every protetive nerve in Easton's body is screaming at him that Harlow is in some kind of trouble - the way-over-her-head-kind. Now he has a reason to get all up in her face. And if that leads to some m
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Kelly
It's Easton's turn to meet his romantic match and Harlow is juuuussssst sassy enough to keep the sexy, billionaire, workaholic on his toes. Something which he desperately needs, as it turns out.

Of course, being kept on his toes comes with a heaping spoonful of danger since there are some very bad people who have Harlow in the crosshairs. And Easton (along with the rest of the Norcross clan) isn't happy about having his special someone put in danger.

As for Harlow, she tries her level best to igno
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Sherill
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THRILLING-SUSPENSE-DANGER & FIERY PASSIONATE ROMANCE

An inferno of emotions run high in this Norcross read. Spine-chilling suspense, dynamic action and life-threatening moments fill the pages as does fiery, passionate romance. Character interaction and vivid scene descriptions are fabulous. 

Work-addicted billionaire ex-Army Ranger Easton Norcross hasn’t found a woman who can stand up to him. Most women see what he can provide for them. He protects those he loves and needs to control all that surr
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Katy
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 stars
What I Liked: Of the three books in this series so far, I think I enjoyed this one the most. The suspense plot was very similar to the other books, possibly not quite as exciting given it was more of a domestic dispute, but I found the central romance more entertaining and interesting. They had really good chemistry, their sex scenes were hot, and I liked (view spoiler)
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Jennifer
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good story for Easton...

I really wish there was an option for 4.5 stars. However, I always round up. Truly. I do like this story. Compared to many other authors, Ms. Hackett writes books that 'hit the spot' almost every time.
Brief synopsis: Easton is the 3rd Norcross sibling in this series. He is a former army ranger running a business empire. Harlow is his temporary executive assistant. After Harlow's dad puts her in danger from 2 different factions, Easton, his brothers, and their team of s
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Dawn Dohey
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Norcross series , I loved this book even more.
Harlow Carlson is temporally assigned by her boss to work for Easton Norcross. Harlow is well organized... and loves to take care of everything and everyone, however this time things don't go well and her live is about to change. Easton Norcross had work hard to get where he is , he done good from himself, he knows what he wants and goes after it. He wants Harlow but she ain't having it, she just ain't type of sleep with my sexy billionai
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Manon
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read nearly all of Anna Hackett's books and really like her writing style. The books are a lot shorter than some of similar authors but she always manages to pack a good storyline and lots of interesting characters into it. You never feel the book is missing something.
The Specialist is - for me - unfortunately a bit too much contemporary "Boy employs girl, discovers she has a problem and goes on to solve it". Harper is a problem solver and this lands her into trouble when her father has proble
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Lena Wells
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Specialist is the 3rd book in the Norcross Security series; and although it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the previous books where the characters are introduced first. Especially book two where we get to first see Harlow become Easton's assistant; and they start driving each other crazy.

This book picks up where the last book ended with Harlow in trouble, and Easton trying to figure out what's wrong. Harlow is the one in her family that everyone goes to to organize and fix
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Linda Whitacre
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Efficient, organized and a real overall problem solver is Harper Carlson. Her well-ordered life runs s-m-o-o-t-h until Daddy makes an H-U-G-E mistake and pulls Harper into his deep dodo. Now Harper is being kidnapped, punched, and propositioned by multiple bad people. Easton Norcross is NOT HAPPY that his lovely Assistant is now in major danger. He likes and respects Harper; her sass has him H-O-T. I love this Norcross story. All the Norcross (former military, macho, hotness) guys, Gia, and the ...more
Dora
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harlow Carlson didn’t trust easily. Too many responsibilities upon her shoulders and bad experiences, had showed her that she was going to be left alone with no one to take care of her. But the Norcross were something out this world. When her father got into serious trouble her boss Easton Norcross was all for helping and owning her heart even with her struggling to don't let him in her life. The Norcross are dominant, protective and imposing with lot of charm and resources. Harlow was a strong ...more
Rosemarie Grainer
Blazingly fast and sassy!

Easton is a tough former Army Ranger turned billionaire. But he has met his match in Harlow. She is his sassy temporary executive assistant and she is in trouble. Fortunately Easton is ready and willing to take on that trouble with the help of his brother's security company. Too bad she doesn't want any help! The whole story is a rollercoaster ride from that starting point!

The pace is breakneck and the tone is uncertain yet hopeful with an action and character oriented s
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Lynnie
I have always enjoyed Mrs. Hackett's writing, and this story was amazing. I am glad that in this Series she focused on the fact that not everyone is fully home after being in a Warzone (I am Military War Veteran). She also shows that trauma is trauma, no matter where or how it happens (Harlow's fear of hospitals). I was drawn to the Norcross series, like the Hell Squad series, because of the military background of the crew and their powerful love of family. I also love the sexy scenes 🙂 and the ...more
Spinneretta
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

This is the third book in the series, and though it is a standalone, it works best when read in order, as many of the characters are introduced in previous books.

When Easton Norcross’s assistant finds herself in trouble not of her own making, he feels compelled to help her.

Action, adventure, romance, danger, and deception abound in this riveting story by Anna Hackett.
It’s a fast paced read, a perfect James Bond style story, with larger-than-life characters and situations.
If you’re looking
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Lynne
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easton Norcross is a workaholic, rich and confident. Harlow Carlson has been assigned to work with Easton while his usual assistant is on leave. Harlow and Easton have a semi-professional relationship and are attracted to each other. However, neither wants to act on it because he’s her boss.

Harlow’s father finds himself in some serious financial difficulties and the two then have to work more closely together. Harlow is controlling and likes to be a fixer but just she continues to act on impuls
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Agnieszka Pyra
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
It was really good. The story of Harlow and Easton was probably so interesting beacuse, apart from the romance, there was a lot of action in it. There was a lot of testosterone in the novel, but luckily not much machicism. Besides, I like "family" stories, in which subsequent volumes in the series revolve around one family, which usually has a lot of handsome brothers. The only drawback was irritating from time to time, Harlow, who repeatedly emphasized how rich Easton is or that she wants nothi ...more
Linda
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots,of action

Harlow is the organized assistant who takes care of everything and everyone, taking no guff. Easton is the billionaire who is completely knocked off his feet by her and her take no prisoners attitude. Suddenly she’s in danger and Easton calls in the cavalry. There’s lots of action, shootings and kidnappings (it is Anna Hackett after all). I loved all the comments about a gunshot wound versus a nick. The injury changed depending on who was telling it or who was being told. It’s a fa
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Cc
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, ku, ebook
Harlow and Easton

She’s the temporary Administrative Assistant to a Billionaire Boss. They’re all business until Harlow is attacked, then Billionaire Boss turns into super Protective ex-Ranger Easton.

Harlow tries to handle things by herself but after she’s nearly abducted for the second time he makes it his business to figure out how to keep her safe. The fact they have feels for each other only makes him even more over protective.

As always Ms Hackett has written a fast paced, hit the first pag
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Arlene M
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easton and Harlow

Harlow is temporarily assigned as Easton’s Administrative Assistant.
She is ( organized, smart, sassy, and sexy).

Easton usher boss as well as a billionaire.

Harlow loves to help all her family.
Her father contacts her and tells her he is in bad trouble with some nasty people. Harlow is in danger because of her father’s irresponsible actions.

Easton spots that something is wrong with Harlow and steps in to help
( he is an alpha , bossy, an overprotective male).

Great Book. Anna Hackett
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Kerry
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, romantic-suspence
Another winner! I just adored Harlow and Easton together. This author always does the prefect mix of romance and suspense. There is so much action but the romance is also center stage. I have only one complaint. It is mentioned several times that Easton is a billionaire - and I'm not one to let logic get in the way of a good story - but why didn't he just pay off her father's debts from the beginning? Wouldn't that have saved everyone a lot of danger, effort, and bullets? Oh well, I'm definitely ...more
Christine
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is part of a series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. The main characters are well-developed and fascinating. The secondary characters enrich the story and make the Norcross world come alive. The story is full of action, suspense, humor, and romance. Each story features a different couple and provides a very satisfying ending. I am loving this series and have become a total fan of all the author's books! ...more
Lisa
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much! Easton is a fantastic, growly alpha who avoids Harlow at all costs, until he cannot anymore. Harlow is a strong woman who tries to handle her own issues, until she cannot anymore. And when those circumstances line up, boy watch out. Such a great combination and wonderful story.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and cannot wait for my next Anna Hackett book!
Dicentra
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit

Can't get enough of the Norcross "boys"....and was excited to see a few new characters being added in so that means the series will go on for a while. Loved Harlow even though she got a little hardheaded for a bit there. Loved Easton so much, definition of book boyfriend material. Can't wait for the next installment, though the book I'm really looking forward to is Vander.
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Pat Elliott
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DESERVING

Easton has finally met his match....Harlow is a woman who isn’t afraid to stand toe to toe with him. Trouble descends quickly bringing lots of fast paced action, multiple twists and turns, and a quickly building connection with some very hot, sizzling romance.
The Specialist is a could not put it down fantastic read, definitely not to be missed book/story. Totally recommend.
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