Book Review | Follow Me Darkly

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

Publication Date: September 29th 2020

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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?

This book reminded me of  Fifty Shades Of Grey. If you don’t know by now you should know that I am NOT a fan of FSOG. I hated the books. I truly did. I really don’t want to compare this book to that one but, here we are. Braden Black reminds me so much of Christian Grey and I HATED Christian. So I really hope for the sake of the rest of these books we see some change in our hero. Braden Black is, I am sorry to say this but, he’s a complete douche. He is a cocky jerk and will take everything from you if you give him but a sliver of something he is after. I hope I grow to love his character more in the next two books. Hopefully, we will see LOTS of growth with him. On the other hand, we have the lovely Skye Manning. Skye is a humble, beautiful woman looking to make it big with photography. She’s somewhat naive when it comes to Braden, but a smart cookie otherwise. They are both interesting and I can’t wait to learn more about them. There wasn’t much of a focus on their romance between the two, but more on their sexual encounters. I didn’t mind that at all and I can’t wait to see where these two end up.

This book was such a great read. It kept me on my toes and was much different than I thought it was going to be at first. This book was filled with secrets and it keeps you guessing until the end. If you are looking for something dark, steamy, with an asshole alpha and the sweetest heroine you will ever meet, this is a great book to pick up. Overall, this book was really good, though Braden is the reason why I gave it  4 stars…This was a great opening to learning about these charters and I am so excited to see where Helen takes us!


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 romantic fiction, 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. Helen loves to hear from readers.

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