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Follow Me Darkly (Follow Me #1) by Helen Hardt


I’ve been a control freak all my life. Yet he makes me want to give up control…

Working for a hotel heiress and social media influencer may not be my dream job, but at least it allows me time to do what I really love—take photographs. Pretty good for a wholesome farm girl from Kansas trying to make it in Boston. Life may not be easy working for a diva, but at least I know what to expect.

Until blue-collar billionaire Braden Black strides into the office. He’s beyond handsome and sexy, but also domineering with a definite hard edge. I’m not sure why he’s interested in me, but within a few weeks, he’s showing me a world I never knew existed.

He’s opened up a side of me I can only face in the dark, and it’s quickly becoming an obsession. How can I give up something this addictive—even if his secrets could ultimately destroy me?


When a farm girl from Kansas meets a self-made billionaire from Boston, the attraction is swift and the rules are made to be broken.

Skye Manning is a strong woman in control and lives by her own code. She is biding her time as a social media influencer and personal assistant to a vapid and self-important heiress until she can work full time on her photography. In walks the commanding and seductive Braden Black, self-made billionaire, and Skye’s control starts to crumble along with her heart. But Braden has a secret past and people are warning her to be careful. Will his past destroy her?

Skye and Braden have a very provocative and carnal relationship with lots of erotic sex, but little else. I felt that Skye needs to stick to her guns and not totally lose herself in his demanding broody darkness. He’s hiding something important enough that others have warned her about him. As for Braden, he definitely has some issues, but I see bits of compassion and kindness in him.  Though the book ends with hope for their relationship, a lot of things need to get resolved and I get a sinking feeling that they are heading for heartache as the series continues.

Overall, this is an alluring & sensual billionaire erotic romance with angst, lots of hot sex, and dark secrets. If you enjoy the jealous and possessive hero type, with a strong heroine who constantly challenges him in and outside the bedroom, give this book a try. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

Thank you to Ms. Hardt and Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Helen Hardt

#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt published her first story in 2008, after studying abroad in France, practicing law for a short time, and spending fifteen years as a stay-at-home mom. She has currently written sixteen novels, five novellas, and two collections of shorter works. Her novel Craving, first in the Steel Brothers Saga, released to critical acclaim in May of 2016 and became a bestseller.

Helen is equally at home wielding her red pen as an editor. She’s a true grammar geek who is constantly annoyed that she can’t spot her own typos. Helen believes there is always something new to learn in this business, so she regularly takes writing classes and attends workshops and conferences.

When she’s not pounding away at her laptop, Helen can be found surfing Facebook with a glass of red wine in one hand and a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the other. She holds a blackbelt in taekwondo but is a hopeless romantic at heart. She lives in Colorado and is the proud mother of two incredibly handsome and gifted young men.

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