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I loved Weakened, the first book in this talented authors Manhattan Bound series and I've been looking forward to Wrapped. I was not disappointed. Weakened introduced Drew, the rising Broadway star and Maxine, recent college graduate and ambitious theatrical publicist and their fledgling romance.
This second book immerses the reader in their fast paced New York life and develops both the romantic side of their relationship and their journey into Dominance and submission. There is light and dark in this book, it's full of stylish humour but as Maxine learns about the traumatic event in Drew's early childhood that still casts a long shadow, the troubled man behind the charming, Dominant facade is revealed. It takes guts and strength of character to offer unconditional support in these circumstances, qualities that Maxine has in abundance.
Far from diminishing Maxine, her journey into submission increases her confidence and self belief. Erotica fans are going to find much to enjoy in this book, it's very sexy and the BDSM scenes are realistic and exciting as Drew gradually introduces Maxine to his lifestyle. No Dominant ever had a more eager submissive.
This is a confidently written, immersive read with a strong cast of supporting characters, which moved me both to laughter and tears. The next book in the series can't come soon enough.
Wrapped is book 2 in the Manhattan Bound Series and is just as awesome as book 1!!!! Juliet seems to surprise you at every turn of the page. Max and Drew have been seeing each other for a few weeks now and both seem to be falling for each. Now that Drew and Maxie are together she learns about his BDSM lifestyle. Maxine finds that not only is the man that took her virginity intro the lifestyle, she finds herself loving it. Maxine gets to meet the rest of the McKenzie family. Maggie, Declan, and who could forget Adam, the funny wild brother. They all love her like she is one of their own. They welcome her with open arms. Drew gets introduced to Maxine dad, Tom Kirk, who loves his daughter more than anything. Drew is very nervous to meet him since Maxine told Drew her dad has guns. Once Drew meets him he learns a lot from Papa Kirk and his love for his daughter. This is one great love story with plenty of kinky sex and BDSM play. Drew is not like some Doms . He is a sweet guy even when he is teaching Max how to play. I don't want to give anything away but if you need a really good read please read THE MANHATTAN BOUND SERIES!! Juliet is an amazing author who knows how to pull you in and not let you go. She has a way of describing details so that it seems you are there seeing what they see!!! Juliet thank you again for this great read!!!!
I read book one in this series, Weakened, and I couldn’t wait until Wrapped came out. Juliet takes you on a whirlwind journey in Wrapped that will have you laughing until you have tears in your eyes and then crying like a baby two minutes later.
This book is all about the build. Slowly, as their relationship grows, you see Maxine emerge herself into her submission. And Drew couldn’t be a better Dom. He’s calm and careful with her, but still gives her just what she wants.
And the kink scenes are smoking! She takes them from playing in a luxury department store to an old rotting treehouse and one scene is just as hot as the last!
You also get Drew’s backstory in this book, which is absolutely gut-wrenching. And Maxine remains unwavering, and their love does blossom with their trust in each other.
I also have to say, Juliet does a fine job with two other facets of the series in addition to building a believable relationship between Maxine and Drew. The devil is always in the details and Juliet gives you plenty. No one has in recent fiction history brought New York City to life as she has. As a New Yorker, that’s one of the things I love most about these books. I feel right at home.
Additionally, the supporting characters in this series are just wonderful. I adored Ben, Maxine’s best friend, in book one, and his wicked sense of humor rings true in this book, too. What I like, too, is that you quietly see his own story evolve. Maxine’s dad is tough and tender. However, Drew’s brother Adam steals the show. A serial entrepreneur, Adam is known for wearing white socks with sandals, and even though he loves to pull off a good prank, he never wavers in his underlying love for his older brother.
If you haven’t done so yet, read Weakened. And then you’ll want to head right over and one-click Wrapped. Juliet is one the most talented new voices on the scene. Her settings and her characters are fresh – no billionaires or bikers here. And you will be thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
I read book one of the series and could not wait for this book... now I can't wait for book three. The biggest thing I wanted out of this book was Drew's back story and I was not disappointed. Juliet started into it in chapter 2 of the book and I was jumping for joy. This story has you meeting more of all three of the main characters' families. Yes I said three main characters, because I think of the best friend character as a main character as much as the couple in love. There are some truly funny parts in this book, like the fact that a best friend will do just about anything to stand up for a friend. There are also some very sad parts, like the male character's background. There are also some nicely done sex scences. ;)
I absolutely loved the second installment of the series. Drew and Maxine continue with their romance. The second in the series has some sweet surprises and hilarious moments with Adam and Ben. I can't get enough of those two! You really feel as tho your in the book with the characters. I love how diverse this book is. It's not just your average bdsm or romance novel. It has something for everyone. Looking forward to book3! 4.5/5 stars
If anyone is interesting in reading a story of love, romance and sexy, safe kink, this is the story for you. In Juliet's first book, 'Weakened', we were introduced to Maxine, Drew and Ben.....three interesting characters that you develop an affection for. In 'Wrapped', you follow the characters' development through the author's clear, sharp writing and feel the love blossom among the main characters and others as well. I laughed, I cried, I had butterflies in my stomach at times too! I wanted to take my time and savor it, but I couldn't put it down!!
Very good BDSM romance. Really love all the characters and how they grew and connect. Great drama,humor,story,characters and angst. Very interesting and emotional hard to put down In all a very good story and the BDSM was written well. Really enjoyed reading.
Book 2 is just as amazing as first....what I really enjoyed was the back story, but don't get me wrong this book was a page turner you, you could not wait to the next page that's how good it is.....steamy parts at its best if you haven't done it yet please read weakened and I'm telling you your gonna love it can't wait for the next book....Juliet Braddock is the best...
I have said it once and I will say it again, Juliet Braddock is an amazing author. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the second book to come out! Finally after being able to sit down and read it I was anything but disappointed, I couldn't put it down. I love how their relationship has grown and at a realistic pace. I cannot get enough of this series and the characters or this author. I can't wait for the next book! I need my Drew fix lol. This is definitely a must read!!!