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Follow Me Under (Follow Me #2) by Helen Hardt


She gave him control in the bedroom. But is she losing control of her identity?

Dating Boston’s billionaire bachelor has opened up a new world for Skye Manning. Opportunities are suddenly everywhere, her new career is flourishing, and she experiences luxury she’s only seen in the pages of magazines. So why does she feel like she’s losing herself?

Braden Black never meant to fall for Skye, and he still tries to resist a relationship he knows he’s not wired for. But not only has Skye awoken something inside him—he’s stirring something dark and forbidden inside his Cinderella. Something even he can’t control…


In book 2 of the Follow Me series, Skye’s life is changing and she feels like a fraud. Her billionaire boyfriend, Braden Black, has opened the door for her as a social media influencer and a new businesswoman, but at what cost to her own identity and self-confidence? Braden controls her in the bedroom, but who has control over her life? She doesn’t know who she is anymore.

I am a big fan of dark romances with alpha males, but Braden has rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning in Follow Me Darkly. His selfishness and demands of trust in and out of the bedroom are not okay and I feel for Skye when she feels lost. I can understand her feelings of inadequacy when everyone around her only sees her as the billionaire’s girlfriend and then her bestfriend Tessa wants to take a break from her because of who she is perceived to be now. How can anyone not get lost in the penthouses, the private jets, and the social media influencing frenzy?

Braden has dark secrets that he won’t tell her and though Skye opens up to him, shouldn’t he do the same if he wants her to trust him? I have to admit it is good to meet Braden’s brother and father, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are some things not being said about his mother that seem ominous. In addition, Braden won’t say what happened with Skye’s former boss, Addison Adams.

Though Skye wants to be worthy of the man she loves with all her heart, I think Braden should take a long look and consider if he is worthy of her. But first Skye has to deal with something dark that is taking her over.

I recommend this sensual erotic romance that challenges what one sees as normal and what opens the dark side of the psyche that ends in loss and a stunning cliffhanger.  I’m desperate to read book 3 which doesn’t come out until May. Sob!

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


Follow Me Under

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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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