Review | You Belong With Me by Kristen Proby

Review | You Belong With Me by Kristen ProbyYou Belong With Me by Kristen Proby
Series | With Me in Seattle #14
Release Date | May 26, 2020
Genres | Contemporary Romance
Tropes | Mafia Romance, Second Chance Romance
Format | ARC, eBook
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From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes an all new stand alone novel in her beloved With Me In Seattle series!
Elena Watkins is used to getting what she wants. She grew up the daughter of one of the most powerful mafia bosses on the west coast, an indulged, rich girl who got away with everything.
Except the love of her life.
Archer was the king of their high school. His charming grin swept her off her feet. Days after graduation, they ran away together and eloped. Elated to spend the rest of their lives together, Archer and Elena were on cloud nine.
Until Elena’s father discovered what they’d done.
He swore to keep them apart, even if it meant taking Archer’s life. Knowing what her father was capable of, Elena left Archer, and never looked back. The pain of leaving him would pale to the pain of losing him.That’s what she’s told herself every day for twelve years. But now her father is dead, and Archer is back. Finally, they should be able to piece the broken pieces of their love back together.
But the mafia has a long memory.


It has been so long since I’ve read from this series and there’s definitely a few I’ve missed in the With Me in Seattle series. Once I saw that Kristen was going to write a mafia romance of sorts, I couldn’t wait to read especially since I’ve been leaning towards grittier reads. You Belong With Me is still very much a contemporary romance, but it has light mafia tones that I absolutely enjoyed.

My gosh, Elena is such a tough heroine, being the daughter of a mafia boss, it’s not a life you can run away from. I was always on edge when it came to her and everything she had to endure. Having to go in hiding to her protect herself, she ran and cut everyone out of her life especially the boy she fell in love with when she was a teenager.

Archer gets all the points for never giving up. I kind of had an issue connecting with him since I do enjoy mafia romances, so I kind of have an idea of what happens when you cross them. But when it came to Elena there was nothing stopping him.

I was kind of hoping for a bit more time before Elena and Archer got together again after so many years. It kind of happened a bit too quickly for me.

Other than, definitely a read I truly enjoyed. The mafia tones were light in this, which I totally understand. But I’m excited for more grittier reads by Kristen!

major thank you to the pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty 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 Series.

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