Solo by Lauren E. Rico – Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lauren will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When graduate student Katherine Brenner walked into my class, I couldn’t stand her—all perfect skin and big, blue eyes—just like the woman who broke my heart.

If it wasn’t for that blizzard, if her car hadn’t broken down outside my house, if she hadn’t looked amazing by the firelight, I never would have kissed her. No matter how hard I try, every excuse I make not to see her comes up flat.

I can’t stop thinking of her lips. Or the way her curves fit perfectly in my hands. There’s a million reasons why this won’t work. I’m her professor. It’s against university policy.

And if this gets out, I could lose everything.

Enjoy an Excerpt

I hear the creak of the bathroom door behind me and there’s a palpable shift in the room as he enters. Then I feel his hand on my shoulder. It just makes me cry harder. And then he is there, on the floor with me, pulling me up against his chest with strong arms. I shake my head no. I don’t want this. But I do. I don’t need this. But I do. And, somehow, this awful, mean, arrogant man seems to know this already.

With my face buried in his sweatshirt, I just cry and cry until the only thing left is the sound of my dry, hiccupping, heaves and sniffling nose. He’s patting my back, rubbing my arms and shushing me softly.

Oh. My. God.

This is my worst nightmare, and then some. I sit up, abruptly, trying to wipe my sodden face with my hands, not looking at him. I can’t look at him.

“I’m sorry,” I say in a hoarse whisper.

Drew Markham gets to his feet and holds out a hand for me to take. I do, still not able to meet his gaze. When I’m upright once more, he turns away from me and briefly runs the water in the sink.

“Here,” he says, cupping my chin in his hands gently, trying to direct my face to his. I stare at the floor and shake my head. “Please? Katherine?”

When he says my name, it’s so unexpected that my head jerks up. He reaches toward my face and I just close my eyes, allowing him to press the wet, cool facecloth to my skin. When I open my eyes again, he’s smiling. But not any smile I’ve ever seen in his limited repertoire of pleasant expressions. It’s shocking. And disarming. And sexy as hell.

About the Author: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.

You can hear Lauren Rico on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall Channel; on WQXR and WSHU-FM in the New York City metro; WSMR in Tampa/Sarasota, FL; WDAV in Charlotte, NC and KMFA in Austin, TX

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Bea LaRocca says:

    Happy Monday! Congrats on the new book and the tour! I HAVE to read this book! The student/teacher and snowed-in tropes are two of my absolute favorites! Thanks so much for sharing an excerpt!

  3. Astilbe says:

    Congratulations on your new book!

    What is one interesting thing that’s happened to you as a classical music radio host?

    • Hi, Astilbe! I’ve been waiting to answer this because I was hoping something really interesting would come to mind…but no luck. Short of accidentally calling Johann Sebastian Bach as Johann Sebastian c#ck on air, nothing terribly exciting has happened in my career. Maybe a stalker here and there…but since my audience is mostly men “of a certain age” I’ve never worried too much… I’m faster than they are ;^)
      Thanks for asking and for reading! All best, Lauren

  4. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  6. Tracie Cooper says:

    Congrats on your tour and I am looking forward to reading Solo very soon!

  7. Dale Wilken says:

    I really did enjoy the excerpt thank you.

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