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Friday, May 15, 2015

COVER REVEAL & MY REVIEW: The Manhattan Bound Series Book 1 & 2 by Juliet Braddock




WEAKENED 
Book One, Manhattan Bound Series By Juliet Braddock  

The glittering skyline of New York City provides the perfect backdrop for romance and high drama as a young woman meanders her way through the concrete maze of Manhattan in WEAKENED, the new erotic romance novel from Juliet Braddock.

Blinded by the lights of Broadway, budding theatrical publicist Maxine Kirk stumbles into the arms of her beloved teenage crush, unleashing desires that she never imagined with one soul obliterating kiss in the rain against the dazzling backdrop of the New York skyline.

Enter Drew McKenzie, a rising star on the Great White Way with dashing looks and talent to match.  Heir to a long line of luxury department store moguls, he possesses the social prominence and charisma to land him the top slot on old Manhattan Society’s most desirable bachelor list.

Instantly, Maxine finds herself lured into Drew’s high society world only to uncover a complicated man beneath the glitz and glamour of his public persona.  As soon as the curtain falls, Drew sheds his stage costume to reveal a daring Dominant side.

When Drew challenges her to explore his unconventional sense of passion for a week—leaving her with the option to walk away after seven nights—Maxine ponders the consequences of his proposal.
Titillated by his proposition, Maxine clamors to discover a surreptitious and possibly perilous world with Drew, all the while questioning her own preconceived notions on romance.

Secrets surface, revealing haunting truths that test both Maxine and Drew of their own intentions.  But in this high-stakes game of trust, only the strongest survive.

From the neon lights of Times Square to the lush fields of Central Park, with great attention paid to the extravagances he can afford her, Drew entices Maxine with his prowess, tempting her into a brand of romance like none other.
 
However, as Maxine journeys to discover her heart’s darker desires, she wonders if Drew himself will decide to pursue their affair—all the while acquiescing to his pleasures as he leaves her weakened….

WEAKENED, the first novel in Juliet Braddock’s “Manhattan Bound” series of four books, is available on Amazon for $2.99 USD.
 
DISCLOSURE:  This book is intended for mature audiences (18+) and contains graphic depictions of consensual sexual situations.








WRAPPED 
Book Two, Manhattan Bound Series By Juliet Braddock  

Sweeping through the glitz and glamour of New York’s high society and the drama unfolding in the dressing rooms of Broadway, WRAPPED, by Juliet Braddock, continues the journey of a young theatrical publicist’s foray into submission under the tutelage of a dashingly dark star of the stage.  WRAPPED —the much anticipated sequel to Braddock’s critically acclaimed erotic romance WEAKENED—is the second book in The Manhattan Bound Series.  

When Drew McKenzie presents Maxine Kirk with an ultimatum, challenging her to engage in his wanton brand of desire, she readily embraces her awakening hunger for a lifestyle that defies her perceptions of romance.  

Entranced by Drew’s charming appeal and by his sensual assault to her senses, Maxine clamors to discover every nuance of this new relationship, ravenous to explore verboten fantasies that seem possible to fulfill only with Drew.  

Along the way, he introduces her to his glamorous world of wealth and celebrity—where lavish galas and luxurious gifts are the norm—and entices her into his realm of control with his tender mode of domination.

All the while, however, they both grapple with painful emotions brought about by the extenuating circumstances of their separate pasts.

While Drew remains both confident and conscientious in his parlay of power over Maxine, his own tragic secret lurks in every shadow upon his path in life.  Behind the fa├žade of his stage persona and the origin of old Manhattan society, he struggles to hide the unforgiving reality he faced as a child.  
Just as Maxine finds the strength to conquer her own torment with Drew’s patience and guidance leading her toward closure, terrifying truths begin to chip away at the surface of his composure.
As the nightmarish details of Drew’s unimaginable life emerge, he fears that this new world he’d begun to build with Maxine will crumble around him.  

As Maxine finds herself embroiled in the battle to save Drew’s tortured soul from the atrocities that continue to stalk his every move, two lost souls struggling to find comfort and completion converge.
However, as Drew opens his heart to Maxine’s unwavering support, he questions his own bravery, wondering if she’ll take a bow and make her exit…or if she’ll stick around for the encore?

WRAPPED, the second novel in Juliet Braddock’s “Manhattan Bound” series of four books, is available on Amazon for $2.99 USD.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR   

Juliet Braddock Biography  


Juliet Braddock’s first efforts in creative writing came long before she learned to put crayon to paper.  In fact, she began spinning stories in her head nearly as soon as she could form complete sentences.  As long as she can remember, she’d always created sagas about imaginary friends, family members and pop culture icons, and kept everyone around her entertained with her witty—but often very tall—tales.

For her sixth Christmas, Juliet’s mother got her a child’s typewriter to preserve all of those creative thoughts filling her head, but she quickly switched to ball point pens and notebooks when the ribbon ran dry.  

Most of Juliet’s early attempts at writing romance focused on members of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet or young leading men on Broadway.  However, as she matured as a writer, she decided that it was just as much fun to create her own romantic heroes and heroines.

At an early age, she also developed a love for big cities, and the tallest of skyscrapers were never high enough for her.  Juliet’s wanderlust would eventually lure her to New York, a city she often visited during her formative years, and her love affair with Manhattan began.  She’d promised herself that one day she would return for good.  

Juliet’s passion for writing and for big cities converged, and after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she decided to set out on a journey to find her heart…just where she’d left it.  
A week after her college graduation, Juliet made the big move from a small town to New York City, where she has made her home ever since.

In between building a career in communications and writing on the side, she’s indulged in international travel, theater and art.  A wine and food buff, she’s by no means a connoisseur, but she can give a few good restaurant recommendations if you’re in the city.

“There’s something so inspiring about living in a city like New York that’s so rich in culture and so very vibrant. Every neighborhood has its own story to tell,” Juliet says.  “I often do my best plotting on the subway, just observing the lives unfolding around me.  New York truly has a billion stories nestled between the skyscrapers.”

A proud Manhattanite, Juliet couldn’t live anywhere else—except for Paris, perhaps—and is a gushing cat-mom to a Russian Blue mix who was rescued as a kitten from the streets of Brooklyn.
 
Find Juliet on the web, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.   

 
PRAISE For WEAKENED from around the web  

“Juliet pulled me into this story right from the word ‘go.’ She wove a tale that's
both believable and inventive, leaving you in love and weak in the knees. There is
so much passion in her words, and care taken with the characters and story
descriptions.  I cannot say enough good things about this book.”

“Love, love, LOVED this book and can't wait for the next one!  Drew couldn't be a
more perfect Dom, he's patient, kind…but so dominant Alpha you can't help but
drool over him.”

“These characters are so well suited for each other you can't help but cheer for
them, because the author leaves you craving and wanting more.  The glitz and the
glam of New York is the perfect setting for this beautiful well written story.

“In love with Maxine and Drew already, two characters silently suffering but
putting on a brave face for the world. They are both flawed and beautiful, these
characters have the makings of a wonderful love story. I couldn't stop reading
this and can't wait for the next installment.”

“The words are so well written and the budding relationship between Maxine and
Drew is beautiful.   I can't wait until the next book to see where she takes them.”
“The chemistry between Max and Drew is off the charts!”






Weakened by Juliet Braddock 4 stars

I haven’t read anything by Juliet Braddock before, but I certainly will be reading more after this. The emotion from the characters pulls you into the story and leads you through page after page. It took me a bit to get into the story but once I did it was worth the slow-ish start. The descriptions are good even though some are a bit long.

I am giving this book a 4 despite the above because the story is good as well as fresh. I think the social issues that come up are addressed in a classy way. You might want to give a warning about them, even though it’s a twist.  

Maxine bumps into Drew, literally and the two begin a relationship the ups and downs are some of those of normal people which gives it feelings.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wrapped by Juliet Braddock 4 stars

Maxine and Drew continue their relationship getting in deeper with each other. Drew is a Dom and Max is coming along great in her submission, even though she is a “virgin” to BDSM. I found the BDSM bits to be neatly handled.

Some of the voice changes get confusing. They were much better in this second book versus the first one. Great job Juliet.


I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.




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