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 don’t hear the harp right away; it seems to come from out of nowhere. And then slowly, oh so slowly, I pull a gossamer thread of sound from my cello. It is The Swan by Saint-Saens. I don’t need to read the music for this; I know it by heart, so I turn my eyes upward, as if looking to heaven. In my right hand, the bow barely skims the strings. All the while, the fingers of my left hand slide easily up and down the fingerboard to find their pitch. They rock back and forth in place to create the slightest quivering vibrato in each note.
I shift and wrap myself around my cello, embracing it, clinging to it as if it is the only thing keeping me afloat. Actually, at this very moment, that’s exactly what it is doing. I turn my eyes to its top scroll as it rests on my shoulder, staring longingly at it as if it is my lover. Actually, at this very moment, that’s exactly what it is. When the last note comes, I draw it out, stretching and stretching and stretching, until it simply isn’t there anymore. Until I’m listening to its shadow.
This was my first Dark Romance that I have read for this year and boy let me tell you that this is a wow me story. It blew me away. I was so impressed with it. It kept me turning the pages for more I was completely hooked.
Julia and Jermery are the main characters in this book but there were other great Characters in this book as well but these two were my favorite. They were mostly the center of the plot. That kept me reading. Nicely well written. I also liked the the setting with the music and I think that is what kept this a nice dark love story.
I loved how the details were with the music it was just very well done. It felt like you could hear every bit of the music through the book. I just love that.
A wonderful story you need to read if you are into Dark Romance. I highly recommend this book. A job well done.
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