Things have never been more intense in New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle Mafia series…
As the son of one of the States’ most prominent mob bosses, Shane Martinelli’s always been immersed in society’s shady underbelly. Learning to navigate it and keep to the edges was working just fine until an acquaintance turns up missing, and he fears the worst. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he hasn’t stopped thinking about her. Luckily, as an ex-special operative, he’s uniquely qualified to track her down and keep her safe. Unfortunately, nobody’s making that easy–not the people who took her nor the woman herself. Ivie Jordan has led a pretty uneventful life, and that’s just how she likes it. Especially since she’ll be the first to admit that she doesn’t do so well in social situations. She’s a proud business owner, and while she doesn’t have family, she does have a network of people who look out for her. Little did she know that being accepted into that fold came with a laundry list of issues. When the worst happens, and she’s forced to rely on the ruggedly handsome alpha hero who comes to her rescue, she discovers her inner badass–and the sultry vixen on her other shoulder. Too bad the two of them are literally running for their lives and trying to ensure the safety of those they love. There is way more at stake than meets the eye. It’s time for the hunted to become the hunters.
NICUnurse’s Review of Headhunter by Kristen Proby
I’m a long-time Kristen Proby fan. Her With Me in Seattle series hooked me from book one way back in late 2012, and I’ve devoured each book since. So when we got a small taste of what she could do with a mafia spinoff in Archer’s story (You Belong With Me), I was quite intrigued. Being a long-time mafia romance fan, as well, seeing her dip her toes into that genre made me fairly giddy. Underboss (book 1 in this new mafia series) was a huge hit with me, so it was a given that I was going to dive into Headhunter as soon as possible. It can be read as a standalone title, but Underboss was fabulous, too, so I highly recommend starting there. I’m a series junkie, though, so you can take that advice with a grain of salt, per se.
Shane and Ivie have a friendship on the verge of more. However, both have pasts (and presents) that they aren’t willing to share with each other. Yet. When Ivie disappears, they are forced to confide in each other as Shane and his family and friends work to keep her safe while they unravel and neutralize the newest threat. Working through all the challenges, personal and otherwise, might be more than these two can take.
This storyline intrigued me even more because who would have thought to make a mafia hero a war hero (and still involved in super-secret work for the US president) as well? Shane is the perfect mix of anti-hero and hero all rolled into one. And Ivie is no shrinking violet. She’s taken care of herself for too long to let anyone push her around. But she’s also smart enough to (mostly) listen to Shane and live by his “rules.” As usual, Kristen Proby has written amazing chemistry between these two main characters, and some scenes were so steamy, I was sure my iPad would simply incinerate!
I love that Kristen Proby isn’t pigeonholing her characters or her plots into your traditional mafia romance stories. As mafia romance has garnered a lot of attention in recent months, this author has done a fabulous job of writing books that will stand out from the rest. In true fiction writing style, she explores the what-ifs and pushes the boundaries of mafia romance. And the twist at the end was…just whoa! Definitely did not see that one coming.
If you’re looking for a more traditional mafia romance plot and characters, this book may not be for you. But if you’re looking for something that will stretch your imagination and lead you to explore more unconventional possibilities, this book will be right up your alley. For those of you debating whether you want to take the plunge and explore something different in mafia romance, I highly encourage you to give this new series a shot. I think you’ll find it a true breath of fresh air.
NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Headhunter by Kristen Proby 5 out of 5 propellers!
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Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self-publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats.
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