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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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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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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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I really can’t recommend this book more

I loved Shane and Ivie from the first but omg this book. It completely has me hooked and in a complete book coma lol. I'm even going to say it is my favorite Kristen Proby book, and that is saying something.

I devoured this book and have done a couple of rereads already. This was my first audio listen and it made an already exciting story even more. Lee Samuels was an excellent Shane. I really liked his take on the mafia men. With each read, I fall a little more in love with Shane and Ivie. Shane is so alpha and my favorite type of alpha, I love a good military man/special ops man.
This story was so thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat here and holding my breath there. Such amazing twists and turns. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and couldn’t wait to find out.


Bring on Rafe and Annika!

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Suspenseful Mafia Goodness with Great Narration

I adore Ivie and Shane! I could not wait for this book! This book starts with a prologue of Ivie's past which is a heck of a shock and then the action starts right away. This book has all the suspenseful action mafia goodness, plus some military skills and knowhow that gives me major Caleb Montgomery flashbacks (iykyk).

The attraction between these two is palpable in book 1, Underboss. By the time they are in the same scene in this scene in Headhunter I thought my kindle might set fire. There was no game playing with these two and I. Am. Here. For. It. (insert claps). They both know how they feel about each other and their honest is so attractive. Shane has major protective instincts, but instead of trying to wrap Ivie in bubble wrap, he arms her to be self sufficient. The feminism in his approach is refreshing. Ivie is a take no prisoners, fierce heroine. She doesn't need a man to save her and she is powerful and strong. The crossovers that I expect and love from a With Me in Seattle story are present and like perfect Easter eggs.

Kirsten Leigh did an amazing job with the narration of Ivie, her male voice was wonderful as always and even the accent work was good! Lee Samuels was a perfect Shane, gritty and gruff and 100% alpha vibes.

I received an audio code and voluntarily give my review.

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Keeping her safe

Ivie was everything you could possibly imagine. Extremely strong and not willing to merely stand by and let life pass her by. Her life has definitely not been easy but she took her freedom and loved each day to its fullest. She thought she left her past behind but it has unfortunately caught up with her. Shane Martinelli life was filled with secrecy as an operative with ties to the President. Keeping other’s safe was just part of the job until Ivie’s life was threatened. Now, things have become personal. He would protect her with every breath in his lungs and wouldn’t bat an eyelash. Being by her side was all that mattered. I absolutely love this series and am looking forward to Rafe’s story!

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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.