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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Reverie by Lauren Rico - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Lauren Rico and her new book, “Reverie” – plus the other two books in this book series!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!  Also, come back daily to interact with Lauren and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

by Lauren Rico


GENRE: Dark Romance / Thriller



(Reverie Series – Book One)

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.

(Reverie Series – Book Two)

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.

(Reverie Series – Book Three)

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.



(Reverie Series – Book One)

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.



(Reverie Series – Book One)

Wow!  This book was such an exciting and thrilling read!  This book took off from page one and kept you fully entertained to the very last page!

This book is book one of a three part book series.

This book is not your typical romance/love story.  There is no cotton candy fluff and rainbows.  This love story focuses not just on love, but on obsession, seduction, addiction, compulsion, instability, and fascination.  This is more of a dark romance with stalker tendencies and psychological imbalances.

I had a very hard time putting this book down as I was completely enthralled in the storyline and had to know what was going to happen next. 

The main character, Julia James, is a well accomplished cellist.  She is intelligent, but somewhat naive.  She is the quieter, reserved, keeps to herself type that hopes to hide in the background.  However, with her level of talent and beauty she is left in the spotlight and it isn’t long before the girl who wants to be unnoticed becomes well – noticed.

Julia is very likeable and genuine.  I’m not the quiet type, but I think many readers will be able to relate and identify with her.

Jeremy Corrigan is sexy, alluring, and charismatic.  Julia thinks she has finally met the “one,” but Jeremey may not be the perfect guy she thinks he is.

There are lots of twists and turns in this book that you may not see coming.  The pace of the book is fast as so much happens, but it’s at the right speed for a suspenseful, thriller book.

The storyline is truly captivating!  Love can make you do you crazy things!  This book is well written and researched.  It is clear Miss. Rico comes from a music background as the writing is sound!

This book shows you another side of romance.  The dark, intense, scary, and creepy side.  You can just feel the fear, suspense, and torment leap off the pages!  Total goosebumps!

I would absolutely recommend this book as it was highly entertaining, engaging, exciting, and suspenseful!  This book will take you on quite the adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat!  I am happy to have found a fascinating new author and am eager to check out the other two books in this series!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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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.






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Lauren will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Lauren ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Hey Ally! Thanks for host and for the beautiful review!!

  4. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. I'm looking forward to reading this one (and the other books in the series), it sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Thank you for the sharing the excerpt and the opportunity to win