by Lauren Rico
GENRE: Dark Romance / Thriller
Reverie (Book 1)
Julia James has spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. For her, the cello was a way to get past a hellish childhood. Even now that she is one of the top cellists in the country, and a contender in the most prestigious, high-stakes music competition in the world, she hopes no one will notice her.
But then someone does.
A chance (or is it?) encounter brings her to the attention of the distractingly sexy, charismatic French horn player, Jeremy Corrigan. As he helps her to embrace her talent, her sexuality and her past, Julia thinks she might finally be headed toward her ‘happily-ever-after.’
Unfortunately, happily isn’t so much ‘ever-after’ for Julia.
The lines between love and obsession are blurred in REVERIE.
Rhapsody (Book 2)
Top cellist Julia James has begun a whole new life- happily married and expecting her first child. She is finally poised to have the life she’s always dreamed of and she is finally able to put the past behind her.
Unfortunately, the past isn’t quite done with Julia yet.
Riding high on his gold medal win at the Kreisler International Music Competition, Jeremy Corrigan is stunned to find his reputation in tatters, along with his plans for fame and fortune. But Jeremy isn’t one to tolerate failure.
Once he has determined that Julia and her husband are to blame for his troubles, there’s nothing he won’t do to regain control over his fate… and theirs.
Love, redemption and betrayal collide in the dark romance, RHAPSODY.
Requiem (Book 3)
Matthew and Julia Ayers are happy at last, settled in their new home with their son and flourishing musical careers. And with Jeremy Corrigan playing in an orchestra halfway across the country, they finally feel a sense of peace and security.
That is exactly what Jeremy is counting on.
Enraged when he is caught in a compromising situation, he refocuses his energies on the people he holds responsible for his languishing career. Believing that “There is an art to destroying a life,” he sets out with cool determination to destroy those who have betrayed him.
No one is safe from his wrath
The eternal struggle between good and evil play out with horrifying consequences in REQUIEM.
I inhale every phrase, and my entire body moves in a circular pattern, cello lovingly embraced between my knees. It takes me to places I don’t usually allow myself to go, places buried deep in the back of my mind.
My mother lives here, in this place where the music brings me. She’s a young woman, not much older than I am now. I can see her pretty, fair face. She has freckles like me, and a head full of coppery curls. I imagine her leaning over me and tucking me in. She brushes the hair from my forehead and tells me to have sweet dreams. But they are not sweet at all. As my bow slices across the strings, I hear her and my father yelling through the night. I dig into the Bach harder, recalling the crash of objects hurled and the smack of a hand on someone’s face. Whose? I don’t know.
My fingers move frantically now, recklessly. The music could break apart and shatter in an instant. But it doesn’t. It slows and begins the lament. The crying. Her tears. There it is. He slapped her, this time. The cello is a wordless voice, heaving and sighing with the weight of her sorrow. The bow carries my fear with it as it swings to each string in turn. My parents are so volatile. They cannot hold our fragile life together. It just spirals out of control, picking up speed again, until it reaches a fever pitch.
Without warning, my hand slips across the D string, lurching forward and sending my bow flying across the room. It hits the floor with a sickening ‘thwack,’ returning me instantly to the tiny, pitch-black room in which I have lost myself once again.
What powerful writing. First off, this book sucks you right in with the great descriptions. The descriptions of characters playing the instruments leads me to believe that the author either plays or did a lot of research because I don’t play, but I could visualize it. The main character is lovable and just awkward enough to be real. Julia thinks she is no one. Her troubled past haunts her and she feels unseen except by her best friend Matthew who is in love with her, but Julia can’t make the leap beyond friendship with him. Then Jeremy enters the picture. He is an enigma – cocky and handsome, but caring too. I couldn’t decide whether to love him or hate him, but I was still rooting for Matthew. If you are a romance lover, I think you will love this book. I give it 5/5 stars.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lauren Rico was going to be principal French horn of the New York Philharmonic. That was HER plan, anyway. The New York Philharmonic had no idea of her intentions, and that’s probably a good thing, since she wasn’t an especially good French horn player!
Lauren was, however, an exceptionally good classical music radio host. Calling herself a “Classical Music Reanimator,” she has made a career of demystify classical music for her audiences by taking it off a dusty old pedestal and putting it into a modern context.
It’s only been over the last couple of years that Lauren has discovered a passion for writing, which she’s managed to combine with her love and knowledge of the classical music world. That’s when she had the realization that she had something special with this story of love and obsession and music.
You can hear Lauren Rico on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall Channel; on WSHU-FM in the New York metro; WSMR in Tampa/Sarasota, FL; WDAV in Charlotte, NC and KMFA in Austin, TX
More at www.LaurenRico.com
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