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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Underboss (With Me in Seattle Mafia #1) by Kristen Proby

 A Review by Wendy

 3.5 Who Is Playing Whom Stars
* * * 1/2  

Spoiler Free

Oh, I love when the best-laid plans get flipped on the one who is planning. In the new series, Underboss (With Me in Seattle Mafia #1), we have two main planners, and each thinks they know exactly what is happening and THEY have the upper hand.

Surprise...both are in for a huge surprise because they never factored in the pull, the desire, and the need to be there for each other.

This is a story about revenge for the deaths of family members for Carmine and the plan for Nadia to assert herself and become what she felt she should, breaking the long-held traditions of only the eldest male and no woman ever being the head of the family.

Carmine and Nadia have a long history together, even though their families are usually against each other.
Meeting when Nadia was thirteen and Carmine sixteen, there wasn't any hesitation in Nadia's mind. Carmine had something Nadia wanted and she took it. Nadia's behavior then and as she became the beauty she was...never changed, just got more cunning and sharper. She had her goal and would go for it no matter what. If it meant letting those around her underestimate her...all the better.

Carmine was no slouch either. He grew into a dominating, handsome man who was respected by those who knew what he could do. Carmine never let the deaths of his beloved aunt and uncle fade away. He had a plan to get the necessary information leading to who did what...and it was foolproof.

He had people knowing where Nadia was at all times and it was now time to make his move.

He would woo her, capture her in his bed, making her vulnerable and easy to get the information he needed. There wasn't a woman alive who could resist Carmine's attention and skills. He was determined to get what he needed and too bad if Nadia was the one used for his revenge.

But as I always say...Nothing is as it seems. Nadia knows there are motives for this surprise interest by Carmine and it becomes a Cat and Mouse game as to who is manipulating who and then more importantly, who is coming for the both of them.

Kristen Proby understands how to start a series, how to tease us for more, and keep our interest. She has laid all the groundwork for the next entry, Headhunter.


Kristen Proby has published more than fifty 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, The Big Sky Series, as well as others.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two cats and dog.

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