Follow Me Darkly by Helen Hardt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I cannot believe how quickly I finished this book; I wasn’t able to put it down for very long and just flew this one! Braden and Skye are a very unique couple and their contrasting dynamics make them riveting to read about.

Skye is the assistant to a top Instagram influencer. She does all her photos, post copy and keeps Addison Ames looking like the super star everyone thinks she is. Skye comes from a rural farm town and wants to be a photographer, so this job is supposed to be her chance to get her foot in the door. She thrives on having utter control over her own life and making decisions that limit the risk she takes. But when she meets the billionaire Braden Black who wants to own all of her self control, she really has to take stock of what’s more important to her.

Women in today’s society can probably relate a lot with Skye in the manner that she protects herself by weaponizing her self control. It’s how she keeps people at a distance and ultimately keeps herself from getting hurt. But this also means that she’s been missing out on some really exciting things in her. Which, bring Braden into the picture, and she starts to experience and realize that giving her control over to a man who ultimately protects her control and helps them both, may be worth the risk.

The trick with all of the plot is that it’s entirely told from Sky’e perspective and muddled with her own perceptions, concerns and insecurities. Which was perfectly fine but does lead the reader down a very specific path of only being able to see things from her perspective. I love Braden’s dark and mysterious ways as his personality is very difficult to read from Skye’s point of view, but all of his actions speak louder than his words do. He’s a man of very few words and keeps what he has to say to the point. 

All of the things they experience together show a development in the BDSM world without the normal contractual layouts that one would normally have in this setting. I think that’s the only part that doesn’t sit well with me about Braden. Rather than having open dialogue with Skye about his interests and evaluating her own interest, then laying out their arrangements, he kind of walks her down that path and lets her decide for herself. This works very well for the story and the characters but leaves out some important elements of this lifestyle regarding safety of participants with safe words, contracts, etc. 

Looking forward to reading the next installment in this series and learning more about Skye and Braden and where their relationship goes from here!

About The Book

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.

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