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Peek Inside Follow Me Darkly

#1 NY Times bestselling author Helen Hardt’s scintillating new series is a deliciously sexy, modern erotic romance about public personas and the secrets we keep buried beneath the surface.

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She’s a take-charge woman. But he’s a master of control.

Skye Manning knows what she wants. Her job as assistant and photographer for a major social media influencer isn’t perfect, but it’s a rung on the ladder to bigger and better things. She’s confident she’ll one day take feature photos for National Geographic.

Self-made billionaire Braden Black didn’t get where he is by taking no for an answer. When a chance encounter with the refreshingly innocent and beautiful Skye piques his interest in more ways than one, he’s determined to make her submit.

Dating a billionaire soon has Skye in the middle of a Cinderella story…until the clock strikes midnight and Braden reveals his dark side. Heat sizzles between them, and Skye finds herself falling hard.

But Braden Black is no Prince Charming, and his dark desires are far from his only secret.

The Follow Me series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Follow Me Darkly
Book #2 Follow Me Under
Book #3 Follow Me Always


"Hardt spins erotic gold..." --Publishers Weekly
"22 Best Erotic Novels to Read" --Marie Claire magazine
"With an edgy, enigmatic hero and loads of sexual tension, Helen Hardt's fast-paced Follow Me Darkly had me turning pages late into the night!"  --New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
"This book is off the charts hot, very near scalding." --Books Best
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more about Braden and Skye ...Their relationship was all-consuming and passionate. Braden was such a mystifying character and there is definitely a darkness to him that we haven't begun to even scratch the surface to." --Kiss Me Books
"I was so entranced that I did not put it down until I finished it..." --Gabriela, Goodreads
"Compelling, fabulous character development and connection, a plot that keeps you wondering what is coming, and those sexy times that bring a bit of sweat to your brow!" -- A Midwife Life
"So gripping, so intriguing, so remarkably written - you really just can't help yourself - you have to know what happens next!! Compelling! Consuming! I'm literally just blown away!" --Corinne, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815007
Series: Follow Me, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 29, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, erotic romance
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ October 08, 2020

It’s all about control!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚💙💜❤️🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📘📗📕📙
World building: 🌏🌎🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤

The setting: Boston

The Hero: Braden Black – a self made billionaire playboy. Braden came up from blue collar roots. He and his brother Ben worke ...more

By TheSassyNerdBlog August 21, 2020

Woah... Alright, so where do I start? Follow Me Darkly has been on my radar since it was announced that Helen Hardt was coming out with a new series. The blurb and cover lured me from the beginning and it became one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. I went in not sure what to expect. It's a bit ...more

By Diana~ (Kiss Me Books) August 17, 2020

This was my first book by Helen Hardt and it made me an instant fan of hers because of how well-written and sexy it was. I have always been curious about her books and will now be interested in reading more from her. Follow Me Darkly was an incredibly sensual, sometimes mysterious, and erotic st ...more

By Chris August 28, 2020

Mmmm bit by bit give up the control. Yummm
I love billionaire stories. I don’t know why. I think it’s just the fact that they get what they want which as a woman we should run from. LOL

There’s also that control aspect and business knowledge. The sales and negotiation acumen comes ...more

By Catherine August 21, 2020

I'm not sure where to begin with the love I have for this book. It will pull you in form the very first page and not let you go until the end, but even then you are left wanting. I had a hard time putting this book down. The romance was secondary to the sexual chemistry between Braden and Skye. I ca ...more

By Kelly August 14, 2020

Follow Me Darkly is a beautifully written story about infatuation and possession. Helen Hardt creates her characters and lets them tell their stories in the best way possible.
Braden and Skye come together in an unusual way and they both struggle with their relationship, both trying to hold on to th ...more

By Jessica September 29, 2020

I mean .... WOW

You know what I never get tired of reading? Billionaire alpha heroes that could literally have grown up next door to me. That’s the kind of uber rich alpha male I like to read about. It’s on my level. It’s not out of touch for my realm of possibility so it makes the fiction romance re ...more

By Lilith September 29, 2020


MY RATING: 5 hot BDSM Stars...

Braden was the billionaire hot guy who relishes control in Bed.
Syke is a small-town girl in a big city with her dre ...more

By Corinne August 22, 2020

When this cover was first revealed, I knew instantly that I wanted to read this book! It just had that instant pull for me that said yes in so many ways! Now that I read the book, I know my gut instincts about this book were right on the money!! Mind blowing is one of the first things to come to my ...more

By Nadine Bookaholic October 09, 2020

There was a lot going on in this book but you know I won't spoil anything for you so I will keep this review short and sweet. I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next in the trilogy, FOLLOW ME UNDER, to be released in January. This has a Fifty Shades of Grey feel to it but it's different as ...more

By Sue August 15, 2020

Sexy, edgy, a little bit dark. Follow Me Darkly was a well written book that kept me engaged right from the start. Throw in some drama for good measure and you won’t be sorry you picked up this book. I loved it. ...more

By Angela August 21, 2020

Skye Manning
Braden Black

Skye and Braden met in a rather unconventional way.

Working for hotel heiress, and social media influncer, Addison Ames. Skye "takes" selfies of Addison, to post, reply too and remove comments on Addison's Instagram. A comment gets passed by. One from Braden Black.

Braden, show ...more

By Gabriela August 17, 2020

4.5 stars
A mysteriously erotic page-turner!
I was so entranced that I did not put it down until I finished it, which is surprising, considering its around 400 pages. Now, beware it is part of a series and ends on a cliffhanger. But it just was so much fun!
I did not expect to enjoy Follow me Darkly as ...more

By Nadine Bookaholic September 29, 2020

If you are looking for a story that will set your kindle on fire look no further because FOLLOW ME DARKLY was SCORCHING! This is a Contemporary Romance that has a Dark feel to it, I loved it so much I devoured it in one day.

Braden and Skye have a connection that was instantaneous and nothing was go ...more

By Debbie September 08, 2020

I've been doing a happy dance since Helen Hardt announced a new series was in the making. And she didn't disappoint. Sexy cover, sexy characters, and plenty of sex. Follow Me Darkly would make 50 Shades fans blush, I know I did. I couldn't put the book down. I took it with me to the gym. If it weren ...more

By Linda August 20, 2020

Letting go...

Intoxicating and provocative best describes the story of Skye Manning and Braden Black in Follow Me Darkly. Country born Skye works in the City of Boston for a prima donna social media influencer. Skye is willing to take her boss's berating on a daily basis as it gives her the opportuni ...more

By Living My Best August 03, 2020

Follow Me Darkly is an edgy and provocative adult romance that will leave you blushing, begging for more, and craving the truth to secrets in the book. Helen Hardt is one of my favorite authors and did not disappoint.

The story follows Skye Manning, a photographer, and assistant to social media infl ...more

By Martha September 10, 2020

When Helen Hardt comes out with a new series you read it. Follow Me Darkly did not disappoint. Wow!

If you love a dominant billionaire then you will love Braden. He is cocky, sexy and possessive. He has had to work for everything he has, so we would definitely expect him to pull all the stops to win ...more

By KeelyReadsRomance September 06, 2020

This book is steamy, sexy, mysterious, dark, and wholly entertaining! I loved Skye and Braden! Their chemistry, attraction and Braden’s no nonsense banter was refreshing. This is a bit of an age gap, she’s 24 and he’s 35 but they’re both (I’m 35 for comparison) equally mature in my opinion. There ar ...more

By Reading August 14, 2020

This is book one in the Follow me Series. Skye is a Kansas girl who loves photography and is working as a assistant. She works for a hotel arises Named Addison who is a social media influencer. Brandan is a billionaire and someone from Addisons past. Brandan meets Skye and wants her instantly. The c ...more

By Emily July 10, 2020

**ARC provided by the publisher for review consideration. All thoughts are my own**

WELL, this had some well written sexy-times and a heroine who was genuinely pretty honest about what she wanted and what she wouldn't accept. If you're looking for *well-written* BDSM (not like a certain series that h ...more

By Shel September 20, 2020

Dark is the perfect description of Braden Black! He is a brooding self-made Billionaire who goes after what he wants. What he wants is Skye. She is an unassuming photographer working for a hotel heiress / Instagram influencer. She has a simple life and then meets Braden. Worlds collide, passions exp ...more

By Nonieღserenity2bliss August 31, 2020

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the advanced-reading copy. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Helen Hardt is one of those authors whose name I come across quite frequently but never got around to read one of her books. Craving has be ...more

By Nursebookie October 06, 2020

This book is simply amazing I really enjoyed this one!! Full review to come. ...more

By Becky September 09, 2020

I love billionaire stories. I love that with in these stories the struggle is that the one thing they can’t get or control is a relationship. It is something that is free to all but these billionaires seems to lack the skill to make it work while most other aspects of their lives seem achievable. No ...more

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Helen Hardt

About the author

Award Winning, NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Helen Hardt

#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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