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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Flirt With Me (The O'Callaghans, #4; With Me in Seattle, #17) by Kristen Proby

A Review by Wendy
4 What I Wanted Stars
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 Spoiler Free

There is something to be said for authors who really know their readers. They understand what is wanted and still make every story fresh and engaging. Kristen Proby has figured out just that. She started with her With Me Series and then incorporated or you could say, expanded the connections to include a new group, The O'Callaghans. It has worked perfectly and Flirt With Me has all the players interacting.

Our main focus is on Maeve and Hunter.

Maeve is an O'Callaghan and loves her family to bits.
They have a pub that is the hub of this story, all of the kids work there even if they do other things. Maeve has developed her reputation as the real estate broker of the island just across Puget Sound from Seattle. She does the showings of properties and then also works the bar. She has been saving up to purchase her dream house off the water but still is short for the down payment.

Hunter Myers is a world-renowned MMA fighter who recently retired. He has a teenage daughter who is going through that stage...the one where everything she does is either against his rules or flat out defiant. He has been raising her on his own with the help of his parents since she was a baby. She is a good kid but has been hanging with others who have been a horrible influence. After her last action, Hunter has decided to move to the island off Puget Sound. He is going to see what is out there and if this would be a better place for his daughter.

Maeve is working the bar when Hunter comes in for something to eat. These two hit it off from the start. Maeve is easy on the eyes and so is Hunter. Maeve's brother is bartending and is a huge fan of Hunter but never mentions to Maeve who he is.

Maeve flirts with Hunter like she usually does with all the regulars, innocent, and fun but nothing too risque. Neither of them knows who started it first but as the night goes on, there seems to be more interest than just flirting. Maeve decides to give Hunter her number and that is that.

The next day, Maeve is in her real estate mode, professional attire, focus on the homes she is showing, and hoping to close the deal so the commission will get her closer to buying her dream home. She is at the first home and is setting up the house to be seen when Hunter arrives. Both are surprised and now Maeve is feeling a bit off because if she had had any idea Hunter was her client for these homes, she would never have been flirting as she did.

For Hunter, he is thrilled to see Maeve. He had been thinking of her and was going to call after his business with these homes. Now he can see her in person. Maeve addresses the situation and Hunter is straightforward in telling her there is no reason to feel uncomfortable. The flirting was mutual and he is ready to continue it and see more of her.

Everything is going well until Hunter mentions there is another house he wishes to see...Her house, the one she has been hoping to buy! Maeve doesn't say anything and makes arrangements for the next day. As she shows more and more homes to Hunter, the chemistry between them grows.

This is the premise; moving to the island, pursuing Maeve, having his daughter be in a better environment, and Hunter adjusting to his retirement. There also is the interaction of the O'Callaghans with the daughter, how positive it is, the budding relationship between Maeve, Hunter, and his daughter, and some other situations.

Overall it was engaging, fun, heartwarming, and everything I wanted.

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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