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Born from money, Levi was destined to take over the family business. Emmy has always had a crush on her bestie’s big brother, but she hadn’t planned on shaking things up. When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Readers will fall in love with this best friend sibling romance from Lauren Helms. The 425 Madison series is back with season two and FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS is now live!



It’s no secret I was born from money. And I’m destined to take over the family business, King Cosmetics when my father retires.

At least that was the plan. 

Until my father decided to impose some stupid rule about being married before I take the reigns. Everything I’ve worked for hangs in the balance and the future of the company is in jeopardy without a King behind the controls.  

I never considered Becca part of the plan for taking over, but when one kiss leads to so much more, I can’t help but wonder if she’s the answer to my problem.


There are two things I love – my beauty blog and Levi King. 

Coming from the same social circle has given me ample opportunity to crush on the next generation of King Cosmetics, but he made it clear a long time ago that I would never be anything more than “like family” to him.

Feeling the need for some serious changes in my life, I start shaking things up. 

It wasn’t part of my plan to kiss Levi, but one kiss could never be enough. When that kiss turns into a relationship and I find out that Levi’s been keeping a secret, I begin to question if our love affair was too good to be true.

Looks like we’re about to find out if we can truly build flawless foundations for the rest of our lives. After all 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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“Em, is there anything at Envirogal open? I don’t know, maybe in research and development?

Or even the finance department? Maybe it’s time to put my degrees to use?”

She pops out her bottom lip. “I really don’t think we have any openings that would fit what you’re looking for or would enjoy. But I will definitely talk to HR on Monday.” I deflate a little at her response. Damn it. She was a great resource in the field I would want to work in since I clearly have to work.

“Oh, you should talk to Levi. King Cos is always hiring. They are just so much bigger than Envirogal. I’m sure he’d be able to find you a great job!” She’s all excited about the prospect, she’s also completely unaware of my distaste for her brother, Levi King.

Well, if she is aware, she does a great job of ignoring it. Just the thought of her tall, slender, dark-haired, brown-eyed brother makes me twitchy. Then, of course, my next thought goes to the fact that he now lives just down the hall. Which means at any time, he could just show up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Emmy’s relationship with her brother is stronger than ever. She deserves it since she has some of the worst parents, but I was as happy as a clam not seeing Levi on a regular basis.

I’ve known Levi King since I was a freckle-faced, braces-wearing preteen. We’ve always gotten along but were never friends. With him being two years older than us and seeing him being a nice big brother to Emmy, instead of an asshole like a lot of the other brothers in our social circle, I had it bad. My crush on him grew pretty quickly way back then. Unfortunately for me, that crush never really faded, but instead grew as the years went by. That is, until college.

It all ended one night in my Sophomore year. Emmy and I visited him at Harvard one weekend. He was a senior and surprisingly welcomed a visit from his sister. He took us out with a few of his friends to their local hang out and, well, let’s just say I had a lot to drink. I decided with my liquid courage that I’d flirt a little. He flirted back, to my surprise and extreme excitement. Toward the end of the night, I thought I was actually getting somewhere. So, when I finally kissed him, I was in heaven. Until he pushed me away and told me I was drunk, and he’d never take advantage of a woman under the influence. Okay, so I can commend that. But drunk me just kept pushing until he delivered his final blow. “Becca, you’re like a sister to me, nothing can ever happen between us.”

Ouch. You know what’s worse than being friend-zoned? Sister-zoned.

FlawlessFoundations-StoleMyBreathAway - CopyBlueSeal’s Review of Flawless Foundations by Lauren Helms

Lauren Helms has been very involved in the 425 Madison Series both as a contributing author, Boyfriend Maintenance in Season One and Flawless Foundations in Season Two, but also co-founder of Forever Write PR, the publishing company promoting the series. Boyfriend Maintenance was a 5/5 propeller hit for me so I was very excited to read Flawless Foundations.  Grab your after-work glass of wine and let’s chat about Flawless Foundations by Lauren Helms.  


Levi King was once considered the heir apparent to King Cosmetics.  After deciding that a marriage should be based on something more than a business decision, Levi called off his engagement to a perpetual cheater.  His father’s disappointment has left Levi’s position in the company precarious at best. Retirement is coming but in order to prove that Levi is capable of running King Cosmetics, he must get married to a woman worthy of the King name.  


Becca has her own padded bank account thanks to her parents who worked very hard to earn their first million and every one after that.  In order to instill a strong work ethic in Becca, her parents expect her to work and not live off her trust fund. Right now, bartending is checking that box but Becca would really like to turn her blog, Glitz & Gloss, into a full-time job.  Her best friend, Emmy, suggests contacting her brother, Levi, about a job at King Cosmetics. That would be great except for the crush that Becca has harbored for many years.


An utterly uncomfortable business dinner followed by a tense ride home end with an unexpected yet inevitable kiss in the elevator…that ladies and gentlemen is the beginning of Levi and Becca the couple.  I like their characters individually but I LOVE them as a couple! There is no relationship without problems but the fact that they were in love with each other long before the very first kiss goes a long way. Y’all, Lauren Helms hit it out of the park with Flawless Foundations!  My rating….5 out of 5 propellers!


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Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft. 

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Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway! 

Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC. 

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