Catalina Martinez is used to being alone. Only seventeen when her mother died, Lina has since built her life around a single purpose: honoring her mother’s legacy by seizing every opportunity her mother worked herself to the bone to provide.
Now a college student, Lina is ambivalent when she lands a part-time job that sounds too good to be true. The hours are flexible and won’t interfere with her studies, allowing her to maintain her grades and keep her scholarships, and the pay is generous. However, she’ll be helping restore an old mansion, doing the kind of physical labor her mother was determined to prevent her daughter from having to do.
When she meets Byron Eaton, her new boss, he opens up a whole new world of additional complications—and possibilities. Not only is he young, rich, and gorgeous, he’s the first person Lina has felt a connection with since losing her mother. Her growing attraction to him threatens to overrule her misgivings, but even so she can’t shake her discomfort over the contrasts between his privileged upbringing and her hardscrabble life, not to mention how reluctant he is to talk about his family.
Just as she’s finally on the verge of reaping the rewards of her years of hard work, she finds herself on shaky ground. Does Byron trust her enough to tell her the truth about his past, or will his secrets prove too great an obstacle for their love to overcome?
Xaran Ridgeford is on the cusp of a discovery that could have cataclysmic repercussions for the realm. Concerned about how deeply beholden to the trade Houses his House has become, he’s determined to go to extreme lengths to protect the secrecy of his research.
Unable to shake the conviction that there was more to her brother’s death than she was told, Aderyn Silverin left their mercenary company and has spent years wandering aimlessly, trying to erase her past.
A chance meeting in the city leads Xaran to hire Aderyn to help him get his research into secure hands. But her help comes with a price: information about her brother’s mission for Xaran’s House, the mission that got him killed.
As Xaran and Aderyn work to untangle the web and reveal the truth, they start to realize that their only hope may rest in one another.
Two years ago, Jaris Harron fled a revelation too monstrous to face. Eager to escape his old life, he joined The Taskmasters, a small mercenary company operating in a remote region, and the secretive crew has proven an ideal fit. He’s made peace with his decision to reject all human connections rather than risk involving anyone in his dangerous past—or so he thinks, until Livienne Darby joins the crew.
Desperate to get away from the memory of her beloved mother, Liv ran. After months spent wandering, she hopes the mercenary life will offer her some stability, allowing her to earn a living while also providing her with the solitude she craves. Her plans to keep her distance from the others go awry when a crew member is injured, leaving Jaris without a training partner, a position Liv reluctantly agrees to fill.
Despite their best efforts, neither can deny their attraction to the other, but Jaris doesn’t want to risk endangering Liv by exposing her to his past, and his refusal to share details about his background fuels her concern that being with him is a mistake.
When circumstances force Jaris to reveal the truth, Liv finds herself questioning who she is. Can she turn her back on him and his secret, returning to a normal life, or can she find the courage within herself to join him, and, together, fight for the future of their realm?
"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words
"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens
"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews
Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…
Eraly’s trust in the Seventh Sisters is beginning to waver. Despite abundant proof that Astoran’s stability is deteriorating, the cloister’s leaders have resolved to adhere to their strict policy of non-interference. Eraly isn’t alone in her frustration, but before she can enact her plan to try to make the leaders see reason, she’s sent back into the field with instructions to infiltrate the nobility of Vyramas. Her covert mission: collect evidence the cloister leaders will be unable to disregard.
An Obscurist, Amir Sharaff was born to deceive. His House has long provided the nobility with reliable and trustworthy spies, and the ambitious Amir’s star is on the rise. What both his House and his noble patron don’t know is he’s also a double agent, gathering proof of the parts the nobles played in the royal massacre. When one of the nobles hints that there may be more to the death of Amir’s noble patron’s son than meets the eye, he can’t ignore the implications, even if they’re meant only to mislead him.
It’s the very opportunity Eraly needs. Amir has connections she lacks, and she possesses multiple skills that will make it easier to uncover the information he needs. Unwilling to fully place his trust in her, Amir nevertheless agrees to an uneasy alliance. What they find shakes the foundation of everything they hold true and sets them on a course that could irrevocably alter the realm.