REVIEW: Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt

I’ve always been a control freak. But he makes me crave submission…

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?


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My Review
I think Follow Me Darkly is easily my favorite Helen Hardt book to date. It’s a blue collar billionaire romance that starts out with a bit of instalust, and then slowly builds in to a mystery that draws the reader in.
Skye Manning has the ultimate job, or one would think. Photographer for one of the world’s most famous influencers and heiress’s, Addison Ames. Skye’s relationship with Addison is kind of a contentious one. Addison is demanding, bratty, and self centered. Being a photographer, Skye is content with being in the background and creating the beautiful images that Addison shares to her followers. It helps hone her skills to hopefully fulfill her ultimate dream of becoming a photographer for a major magazine.
Braden Black is a man of few words. He knows what he wants and goes after it. A blue collar guy who built his business from the ground up, he isn’t used to being told no. And when he first sees Skye at Addison’s office, he set his sights on her.
Braden and Skye’s chemistry is instantaneous. From the boardroom to the bedroom, Braden craves control. The problem is, so does Skye. But when she’s with Braden, that control slips more and more and she finds herself at his mercy and craving things she could never admit to anyone.
I was so afraid this was going to turn in to an instalove kind of book but I am so glad my assumtions were wrong. I was kept wondering exactly what Braden Black’s secrets were. Was Addison telling the truth in her version of events? Did Braden have an even darker side than he lets on?
The first part of Braden and Skye’s story ends on one heck of a cliff hanger. I was hoping for some sort of clue, but nope, didn’t happen. Helen left me craving for more and wracking my brain trying to find and Easter eggs she might have left in the book. Needless to say, it’s going to be a long agonizing wait until the next book
About the Author
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family.
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