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Things have never been more intense than in New York Times best-selling 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. 

©2021 Kristen Proby (P)2021 Kristen Proby

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Blown away

I am obsessed!! Headhunter is now one of my top 5 Proby books! The suspense is absolutely amazing.

This series has absolutely captivated me.

Narrators did a fabulous job being Ivie and Shane to life!

I can not wait for more.

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Fast paced story and action scenes

This is book two in the With Me in Seattle Mafia series and it is fast paced, action packed, and a “get to the point” sort of romantic suspense. There's not a lot of build up to the relationship or even the first initial scene, so get ready to rumble! While it is light on the mafia, the action scenes were high octane and some of my favorites of the book.

While Headhunter is book two, it can totally be read as a standalone. If you've read Underboss (book 1), this book picks up right where the epilogue left off in that one. It was a seamless transition from that book to the beginning of this one. We get a little background who Ivie is and perhaps why she has been taken. We also finally learn a little bit of who Shane Martinelli is and what he is doing on his huge property with a fortress that no one should be able to breach.

Shane leads a life where part of it is kept secret, but when you see him fight and do his job? Dang hot! What he does and how he protects his family and loved ones is legit. The more I got from him, the more I liked him. Ivie was a character that I wasn't sure about. But judging from her past, I knew she had to have some killer instincts in her and I could appreciate that. It took a little bit to get there, but when she trained with Shane with weapons and combat in addition to the computer knowledge, that's when she really sold me.

This isn't a slow build, but a fast paced book that gets right to the point and we get to see Shane and Ivie work together on why she was taken and who it was. I always hope for more build up and tension and it was definitely lacking here, but I still enjoyed their story and the action scenes. I also had the chance to read AND listen to the audio. The narrators were perfect for the characters and I couldn't help but like Ivie just a little bit more when listening to the book. She is more than what you see.

For a fast paced book and a fast paced relationship that is high on action and light on the actual mafia world, you've got the book. The characters are enjoyable, but I may have liked a few side characters even more and I hope we get to see them in the future. The last couple chapters were fun to see the girls together and their relationship. Bring on book 3! I can't wait to see what Rafe and Annika have in store for us.

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Suspenseful Action

Headhunter is the second book in the new mafia series from Kristen Proby and centers on Shane and Ivie who were introduced in book one. The story is fast-paced, and the action begins right away with Ivie being kidnapped. Ivie at first comes across as being very timid, but it quickly becomes evident that she is much stronger than she appears.

Shane is not the person he seems to be on the surface either. He has been working as a government assassin for years and hiding that side of himself from his brothers. He keeps his home separate from the rest of the family and maintains it as a fortress. This puts him in a good position to keep Ivie safe from those who wish her harm. I like that he wanted her to learn to handle firearms and how to defend herself so she would not be so vulnerable again. The two also clash over what they each consider to be safety precautions and the sparks soon fly.

The things I like best about Kristen Proby’s books are the strong family ties and the fierce female friendships. Those themes are both very evident here and although I consider this to be more mafia lite, the family dynamic comes over as the most important thing to the brothers. Family first, always, and family is not necessarily bound just by blood. The female characters are strong, smart and extremely loyal to one another. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Next!!

Can't wait for the next book but why is it not sold as a complete series. It was not easy to find!!!

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Fantastic

Kristen Proby has a thing with Mafia Romance!

Hang on tight, because Headhunter will keep you on the edge from beginning to end! Also if you read Underboss you know this one is set up for intensity.

I am not sure who was carrying more secrets. The wickedly sexy Shane Martinelli or beautifully sweet Ivie Johnson. One ran away from a past that is now catching up with her and the other holds so many secrets that the average man would break. Shane and Ivie have mastered the dance of flirting with one another. Now at that life or death situation Shane steps in to protect Ivie. As the danger brews so does the attraction. The passion becomes as intense as the danger.


Headhunter is a fast paced, intense yet intimate story of danger and romance. There’s something Maria stories that intrigue me. To find out there is a sub genre in romance, excitement is an understatement. Kristen Proby hits it out of the park on so many levels. The danger is on point. The family ties and rivalries are intense and intriguing. The romance is as dangerous as the danger. The narration of this story gave me chills in all the right way. Ms. Probly’s story very much walked off the pages with narrators Lee Samuels and Kristen Leigh.

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Wow… Talk about spontaneously scorching CHEMISTRY! I expected some serious magnetism after reading the teasing in Underboss, but Headhunter surpassed all my mafia loving heart’s expectations. Pure unadulterated ATTRACTION!
The narrators were flawless, raising the audio’s sexiness and intrigue to the top! Already dying for Rafe and Annika!<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Great Story!

This is then second book in the Mafia series about the Martinellis and it’s Shane and Ivie’s book. The story picks up right where the first book ended.
Shane is a bad ass and has secrets he can’t share. Ivie has gotten under his skin but he can’t see a future with her because of his lifestyle.
When Ivie is kidnapped Shane becomes her protector and vows to keep her safe.
Ivie is an adorable clutz who has secrets of her own. But make no mistake she is no damsel is distress she is a fighter.
I loved these two and the rest of the family. Kristen Leigh and Lee Samuels were terrific narrating this.

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Quick and Hot Mafia Family

This is an ARC review. All opinions are solely my own.

Headhunter by Kristen Proby is the second book of the With Me In Seattle Mafia series. This series needs to be read in order.

Shane Martinelli is a son of a powerful mafia family. He keeps his activity for his family and the government hidden. He has always had an attraction to family friend Ivie Jordan. Now that he has to save her life and keep her safe he finds out the attraction is mutual.

This is a quick listen by Kirsten Leigh and Lee Samuels. They make these characters leap off the page.

Kristen Proby's series are nothing short of masterful. She creates families and friends that I love getting lost in and attached to.

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Top love story and mystery.

Very interesting, held me captivated. Want to read more about Ivy and other characters.
I enjoy the Mafia books.


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Great book

This is the second book in this series. I think it's almost better than the first one. Shane and Ivie make a wonderful couple. Ivie is stubborn and doesn't think she needs Shane's protection. He understands but makes sure she knows self-defense. This is action-packed and a fast paced story. I can't wait for Rafe and Annika's story next. Kirsten Leigh and Lee Samuels are great narrators.

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  • 04-15-21

loving this series

I wasn't sure what to expect after book 1 but holy cow bring on book 3. These Martinelli boys are hot!!!

Shane is no exemption in this book and to see this brother and his secrets come 2nd to Ivy is just amazing. Also I love how our dear secretive person from O’Callaghan's clan makes an appearance.

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  • 04-09-21

Captivating

Wow, just...wow! This is a brilliant book. I’m absolutely loving this news series and so far Shane and Ivie are my favourites. This book has excitement, kidnapping, fighting and retribution. I absolutely loved it and I’m so looking forward to reading the next instalment. I enjoyed reading the book and I absolutely loved listening to it.

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  • 04-08-21

Love love love!!!

Such a great love story, with an action packed plot.
Would recommend. The narration was perfect, an amazing listen.