Solo

Solo

by Lauren E. Rico
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Solo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
i'm not sure i have the words to explain how much i loved solo. but i will try, because i have to share how good this is. this embodies one of my favorite romantic tropes, enemies-to-lovers. i love the sexual tension and the angst and how these stories show how thin a line exists between hate and love. to start with, drew markham is a total jerk. he's a super brilliant musical theory professor and he's made a ton of assumptions about his top student, katherine brenner. he thinks she's disrespectful and entitled. and he's done his best to make her life miserable every chance he gets and still she never fails to meet his challenges head on. he's so wrong about her in every possible way. mostly he's angry because she reminds him of his dead wife. and also partly because her father is a senator who is intent on eliminating arts programs. but when katherine gets stuck at his home in the midst of a blizzard while deathly ill, the forced proximity brings down their walls and they discover a sizzling attraction and that they have more in common than they ever realized. they also realize that all those assumptions and preconceptions they had about each other were totally wrong. but he's a professor and she is his student. and they need to keep this quiet, for both their sakes. it would ruin his career. it would cast doubt on her own academic successes. but with katherine's father possibly seeking the presidency she's got increased press attention, and keeping their attraction a secret is more difficult than they could have ever imagined. things get a little crazy, but in the end they figure out what really matters. i loved so many things about this—the way music informs the narrative, the depth of emotion that builds between these two characters, just everything about this worked for me. **solo will publish on may 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (embrace) in exchange for my honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Solo by Lauren E. Rico was such a good read. I seriously couldn't put it down, so many feels. This was my first read by Lauren E. Rico and it won't be my last. I enjoyed her writing and her characters were complex, passionate, frustrating and very entertaining. I loved Solo and I highly recommend this book.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Solo is the first book in the Symphony Hall series by Lauren E. Rico. I enjoyed these characters from the start. Even if Drew was a complete jerk a lot of the time, I knew there was a reason, and there was something about him that "drew" me in. With that being said, he made me quite mad a time or two. Katherine was a very lovable character, and it was easy to empathize with her. There were some unexpected twists along the way too. Just like the Reverie series, there was a lot of drama, and though we're not dealing with a sociopath, there's still some sinister behaviors. This was a very hard book to put down. I love slow growing, intense romances and forbidden romances. This had it all! I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish it. There was no sleeping otherwise. Solo by Lauren E. Rico was kindly provided to me by the publisher/author through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
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. Review: I so loved this story! I really was hooked on the first page. I have not read this author before and she wrote a book that I loved and hated the characters and felt all their emotions with them. I mean come I know he is hurting but Drew is a world class jerk in the first part of the book. I did come to love him, but the antagonism between him and Kate is such a living breathing thing at first. Kate, that girl is strong, the crap she goes through every day and add to that she has been basically disowned and has to make her own way. When they come together, they are so good together, but of course things get in their way. I do not want to give away too much, lets just say these two have obstacles from everywhere trying to get in the way of their love. I will say have some tissues ready, there were parts were I was crying. One last thing. This Author knows her music or at least did a lot of research. The back drop of music and music schools was wonderful. I cannot think of another book off the top of my head that used music in this way, very unique. 5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Well, I hesitated over reading this one. I read book one of Lauren's music trilogy, and though there were parts I loved, such as the music, there were parts I found really hard to get along with. Its a wonderful story, perfectly written as far as my reading tastes go, mixing story, sex, drama and intrigue to make a tale I was gripped by. I've said often I hate when sex becomes the story, here its just right, sensual and erotic but fits within the book so very well.  I have to say though, that cover is just awful, really tacky and just doesn't do the novel justice IMO. I'm one who rarely looks at covers, just reads the blurb, its only the brilliant or awful ones that catch my eye....   I loved Katherine, such a hard worker, so loyal to her father even when he's acted so harshly, when she could make her life easier if she did things another way. She doesn't though, she's strongly moral, and just keeps her head down, works hard, and struggles through whatever the personal cost. I so felt for her all the awful things she had to endure. Drew's hassling of her, he really picked on her, her advisor Tessa, wasn't any help, she seemed to dislike Katherine so its no wonder she didn't go to her for help, the other students were horrible to her. She's so alone, friendless, family less and just has learned the only person she can rely on is herself. Isn't that horrible? When Drew asks her when was the last time someone gave her a present and its years, my heart cracked a bit, such a simple thing, a gift that shows someone cares about you and she'd had nothing from her father, had no freinds with whom she could exchange gifts, just this lonely, solitary life.  Drew, he was a real piece of work the way he singled her out, the way he picked on her for every imagined infraction. I did wonder how he got away with it, and I guess its only because Katherine avoided anything that might throw controversy on her father that she didn't complain. Then they get thrown together and he sees that he's projected his anger at Cassie onto her. There are some really emotional moments when the penny drops as to just how awful he's been to her over the last five years. We see a different side to him too. Of course as student and professor anything between them is forbidden and they're risking so much, and they do try to stay on the right side. There's drama with the press, in particular one sleazy guy, sneaking round for a story, trailing her for months, asking everyone about her, trying to find dirt, especially now her father may announce his bid for presidency. With their actions and they way they don't see just how much they're giving away its not long before it all goes wrong. When it does,  well - boy - is Drew a first class jerk!  I kind of understood where he was coming from, understood that he hadn't really let go of the past, and I'd guessed who was behind things and why - well, part of the why ;-) I loved the way it wasn't all hate on one page all love again on the next. I like my drama dragged out, I like to wallow and Katherine really hit the depths.  I did find the way they fell headlong into romance despite the risks a little bit, teeny bit hard to take, both had much to lose, but I put that to one side as it made such a great read for me. See, I like some realism in my novels, but this wasn't too far off course, people do act in stupid ways when in love  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Well, I hesitated over reading this one. I read book one of Lauren's music trilogy, and though there were parts I loved, such as the music, there were parts I found really hard to get along with. Its a wonderful story, perfectly written as far as my reading tastes go, mixing story, sex, drama and intrigue to make a tale I was gripped by. I've said often I hate when sex becomes the story, here its just right, sensual and erotic but fits within the book so very well.  I have to say though, that cover is just awful, really tacky and just doesn't do the novel justice IMO. I'm one who rarely looks at covers, just reads the blurb, its only the brilliant or awful ones that catch my eye....   I loved Katherine, such a hard worker, so loyal to her father even when he's acted so harshly, when she could make her life easier if she did things another way. She doesn't though, she's strongly moral, and just keeps her head down, works hard, and struggles through whatever the personal cost. I so felt for her all the awful things she had to endure. Drew's hassling of her, he really picked on her, her advisor Tessa, wasn't any help, she seemed to dislike Katherine so its no wonder she didn't go to her for help, the other students were horrible to her. She's so alone, friendless, family less and just has learned the only person she can rely on is herself. Isn't that horrible? When Drew asks her when was the last time someone gave her a present and its years, my heart cracked a bit, such a simple thing, a gift that shows someone cares about you and she'd had nothing from her father, had no freinds with whom she could exchange gifts, just this lonely, solitary life.  Drew, he was a real piece of work the way he singled her out, the way he picked on her for every imagined infraction. I did wonder how he got away with it, and I guess its only because Katherine avoided anything that might throw controversy on her father that she didn't complain. Then they get thrown together and he sees that he's projected his anger at Cassie onto her. There are some really emotional moments when the penny drops as to just how awful he's been to her over the last five years. We see a different side to him too. Of course as student and professor anything between them is forbidden and they're risking so much, and they do try to stay on the right side. There's drama with the press, in particular one sleazy guy, sneaking round for a story, trailing her for months, asking everyone about her, trying to find dirt, especially now her father may announce his bid for presidency. With their actions and they way they don't see just how much they're giving away its not long before it all goes wrong. When it does,  well - boy - is Drew a first class jerk!  I kind of understood where he was coming from, understood that he hadn't really let go of the past, and I'd guessed who was behind things and why - well, part of the why ;-) I loved the way it wasn't all hate on one page all love again on the next. I like my drama dragged out, I like to wallow and Katherine really hit the depths.  I did find the way they fell headlong into romance despite the risks a little bit, teeny bit hard to take, both had much to lose, but I put that to one side as it made such a great read for me. See, I like some realism in my novels, but this wasn't too far off course, people do act in stupid ways when in love  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Judieju More than 1 year ago
This read was so good! It was a bit forbidden with the professor/student relationship but it was also such a real read! We don't normally get a read that brings out the battles that couples have to deal with. So this was def a breath of fresh air.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I did like the book, however I did have some issues with it. Drew, is Kate's professor, and he treats her like crap, and hates her because, one he is attracted to her, and two because she reminds him of his fiance, who committed suicide years ago, the same year he meet Kate in class, so all of his anger is placed towards her. Kate is a senator's daughter, and that senator is hated, and poor Kate gets the brunt of it. Her classmates are horrible to her, then she is stalked by a jerk of a journalist. Kate ends up in Drew's drive after dropping off her paper, and her car stalls and she has a fever, so he helps her, since there is a bad snow storm. Since they are stuck together, they end up talking about everything, and Drew can't believe he has treated her so badly and that she is not how he perceived her. They work thru their animosity, and act on there attraction, but know they cant let anyone know about it, because there will be serious complications. Drew starts seeing how the students treat Kate, and cant believe it, but he can't act differently toward her, or people will notice. It all comes out, of course, and he is led to believe that it was Kate who did this as revenge,and treats her horribly, and poor Kate is heartbroken. This is where my issue comes in. How could Drew believe this journalist, when he himself knew that the jerk of a journalist had attacked Kate previously, and had hurt twice and she had pressed charges on him. The things Drew said to her, and the way he treated her, he needed to seriously beg for forgiveness, but she gave in to fast, and that is one of the parts that bother me, she should have made him work for it. Kate was a great person, but she let those around her bully her, I felt she needed to stick up for herself more, but regardless, I liked her. Another thing that irked me was that Drew was quick to accept that Kate betrayed him, yet he gave Tessa, the benefit of the doubt, knowing that she was in love with him, and she gets an apology, because he should have told her he was not interested. The woman was horrible.
ADonovan More than 1 year ago
Kate and Drew start out mutually hating each other, and it's made worse that he's her professor in the last class she needs for her graduate degree. They get stuck together during a major snowstorm, and all sorts of reasons for their mutual dislike start revealing themselves and getting chipped away. Lots of complexity with her relationship with her father, and his feelings toward his ex-fiancee. I enjoyed reading this, seeing how they both changed their minds about each other. And lots of good reminders not to make assumptions about people. This review is of an ARC provided by Entangled Publishing.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
As the daughter of a senator who will be running for president, Kate struggles to fit in. Her professor Dr. Drew Markham doesn’t help, at all. He is rude and surly, always demanding more from her than his other students. Their animosity has been going on for almost six years and Kate isn’t really sure what she has done to cause him to dislike her so. When circumstances arise that force them to spend time together their secrets are revealed and they make the change from enemies to lovers. Now they just have to keep it on the down low for a few weeks until Kate’s graduation. This is a pretty typical professor/student romance without much in the way as a surprise. I didn’t like the reason for Drew’s attitude toward Kate. However, I felt the author moved the characters away from that initial obstacle in a believable manner. Their relationship was relatively smooth considering they were hiding it. When the ending arrives and everything is turned on its head the angst definitely kicked in. This is a well-paced book with angst at the beginning and end, written in dual POV and included some but not much in the way of steam. If you are a fan of classical music or the musical arts, you will definitely enjoy this. ARC provided for honest review
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit going into this one I was a little leery. I'm not usually a fan of the student/teach stories however I also have to admit I truly enjoyed this one. The story is very well written and the age difference in the characters isn't that big. Katherine is a grad student and Drew is a young professor. Drew is known for being hard and demanding but when it comes to Katherine he really kicks it up a few notches. Katherine has no idea what she has done to make him hate her so much but she's not going to worry about it. She just needs to finish this semester and try to stay under the radar. Everything changes one fateful night when Katherine finds herself in trouble and the only one who can help her is Dr. Drew Markham. I highly recommend this one.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
This book is SO FREAKING GOOD!!! I was ENTHRALLED by this book. I fell absolutely in love with page 1 and loved it until the very last word. Lauren's writing style is excellent. The story flows and a steady pace, the dialogue is realistic and I totally got Kate's brand of humor. The synopsis didn't really prepare me for exactly what was at play between Kate and Drew. Between Kate and Drew and a lot of other characters, for that matter. No spoilers, but there be lots of twists in this book! I loved Kate. She definitely got the short end of the "stick of life," but she made the best of it and was a really beautiful person. I could not wait to see how this story ended for her! And Drew. My gosh. The snowstorm, the reporter, the teachers, the students...he certainly had one heck of a gauntlet to survive, and I was so happy with his ending. The final conflict of the story was absolutely heartbreaking and yet, I COULDN'T WAIT to see how it got resolved. Lauren gave me a villain to hate, which I did and I LOVED it, and all of the loose ends were neatly tied up. I am a FOREVER FAN of Lauren Rico and I CANNOT WAIT for her next book!!!!! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)