"Another page turner--I couldn't put it down!" - Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author
The Monroe brothers found a home in Haven, Georgia, thanks to the big-hearted couple who adopted them all. Now, grieving their late sister, these three very different men will come together to honor her memory. And with the help of some unforgettable women, each will find the chance to build a whole new future…
Zach Monroe has made mistakes--big ones. The worst left the girl he loved injured, and his own brother barely speaking to him. It was a night Zach won't let himself forget, even when the girl in question--perfect, polished Sophie Allen--walks back into his life. A realtor, Sophie's brought an offer for their sister's dilapidated Civil War era property. But Zach's determined to renovate the rambling old place himself--though he longs to rebuild Sophie's trust in him…
A business deal isn't how Sophie wanted to approach Zach after all this time, but he won't let anyone get personal. She can't deny that the accident changed her life in irreparable ways. But watching gruff, quiet Zach beat himself up year after year hurts too. The wounded boy she once adored needed love, and the man is no different. Now Sophie will need every bit of her resolve to convince Zach to let love heal them both…
Wrapped in You by Jules Bennett is a friends to lovers romance that also feels like a second chance romance. Zach and Sophie were not, technically, a couple 10 years ago…but only because fate intervened. At the beginning of the story, Zach and Sophie are what amounts to former friends, with Sophie valiantly moving forward from events in their past and Zach fighting just as hard to keep her at a distance, to continue to blame himself for those events.
Zach blames himself, validly in a way, as those events were technically his fault. He was young, he made a mistake, and he paid for the mistake. Zach has made his life into something since the events and he is the only one who still blames him…although the way he keeps people at arm’s length convinces him that others do still hold blame.
And then there was a house. And puppies. And men building a women’s only spa. And a runaway.
The story is on the sweeter side, while not being completely lacking in sex, it is lacking the explicit sex that is in some books. But what it lacked in heat, it more than made up for in heart. Authors occasionally use a lot of sex to hide that there is no story; or they use the story as a way to make the point that there is no hot sex. But in Wrapped in You, neither is true. The story unfolds in a way that feels genuine and true to the characters Jules Bennett created.
Zach will break your heart, and he will put it back together. The story is well written, the dialog is believable and the characters are true to character throughout.
The interaction of the brothers and the way it is being set to have all characters in all 3 novels (or 4, if enough time passes, we could get Brock’s story too) reminds me of Nora Roberts and the way that, by the end of the 3rd book in the trilogy, you feel like you are leaving behind family. I am looking forward to Liam and Braxton’s stories in the rest of the series. I definitely want to see what happens next.