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(Symphony Hall #1)

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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
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Published May 8th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC: Embrace
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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 the ...more
Erin Kelly
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Check out that cover! Hot guy with glasses? Ummm. I had to read this book since sexy, smart guys are totally my thing. Blurb? A music grad student SNOWED IN with her hot professor! Ok, so I minored in music in college AND love the snowed in trope. Did Lauren Rico write this book with me in mind? Couldn't wait to read it at this point...

The Story-
Katherine is a grad student who is almost finished with her masters degree in composing. She is under a ton of pressure with a politician dad that resul
Book-Bosomed  blog
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Drew Markham is a professor teaching music theory. Katherine Brenner, a politician’s daughter, is his graduate student. A look alike to someone he once knew, Katherine’s presence fills him with disdain.

Both characters are perhaps realistically flawed. Katherine is stubborn, yet determined, through and through. Drew, I honestly found nothing endearing about as a romantic hero in the opening. He put me in mind of a self-centered, big ego professor who most students have probably had at least a fe
There was so much I loved about this book, not least because the subject matter had me so captivated. Not only was it the forbidden relationship that had developed out of an initially antagonistic one that drew me in, but the fact that it was built around and based on a love for classical music that had me turning the pages and losing sleep, bringing me back to a time when it’d played a large role in my life. It felt like a reminder of (or maybe even a stunning tribute to) the power of music and ...more


Before I even start talking about what kind of marvelous things are going on between these pages, I think that we need to have a moment of silence for this cover because ... DAMN.

Moving on! There's always been something intriguing about the college student/teacher romance thing AND when you throw in how these two start off ... this book was the perfect storm of disasters for the characters. I just couldn't put this book down!!

The story was absolutely fabulous. It wasn't too heavy and weighted d

3 “Music & Doppelgangers” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled (Embrace)!

I know this was published by Embrace and not Brazen, but I was still hoping for a little more heat in this one. The story of a grad student and her hot professor ended up being a little less hot than I would've liked it to be.

Solo is a story heavily focused on music, so if you're into that, you'll probably enjoy the atmosphere here. It takes place in a university music department and it follows music professor Drew a
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book just blew me away. It's intense, emotional and the writing could not have been more perfect. The storyline was channeled from the beyond by this author. It's so incredibly different. It's not "just" a story about some taboo relationship between a professor and his student. No, this book was light years beyond that. That never even entered my mind. When you pick up the book and start reading it, you'll know what I mean. And by all means, read this book. If you don't read anything else t ...more
I acquired this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I will be doing a more in depth video review on this, but for right now I will give you a brief overview of my thoughts.

I've read the Reverie trilogy by Lauren Rico prior to reading Solo, and I completely love the writing, the characters, and the classical music aspect as well. Every element complemented the other, so it made the trilogy really enjoyable. Solo also has the classical music element, it's set in graduate school,
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.

*Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy.*
I really enjoyed this book. I am a sucker for enemies to lovers and this one had a ton of it. Katherine Brenner is a student in Dr. Drew Markham's class and he hates her and she knows it. So much so that when she goes to his house to leave an assignment and her car wont start she would rather stay in the car in bad weather rather than ask for help.I am not a big fan of student/teacher but this one worked for me since she was a graduate student and he was not much older than her. Kate and Drew wh ...more
Riding  Reviewer
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeepdiva
Brava Lauren Rico! I really enjoyed the story Rico creates in Solo. The loathsome but hot professor. The poor, broke, talented, completely misunderstood college student. A forbidden romance. The complexities surrounding Katherine and Drew are very well done. We spend much of the book trying to figure out what exactly why Drew is so awful to Katherine and then what happened with the woman Katherine reminds him of. Katherine’s situation is equally complex as the senator’s daughter living in abject ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Solo by Author Lauren E. Rico is a student-teacher romance and enemies-to-lovers story.

"Listen up you James Bond wannabe. You're going to let me out of this car and I will never see you anywhere near me again."

He's the kind of character you love to hate. Drew...number one, class-A pompous extraordinaire. Upon first meeting the professor, it was like he was screaming, "I'm Drew! Look at me! I'm about to muss up your world!" And that he did. Poor Katie. He was her thorn in the flesh, bu
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Full disclaimer: I made a vow awhile back that I was through with New Adult books for good and wasn't going to read them anymore. The characters are typically too juvenile for my taste, however I totally broke that vow after taking one look at the cover for Solo. Wow! So with that confession out of the way, I must admit that although the cover is what drew me in, I completely loved the story inside!

Unlike most books set on a college campus, the characters in Solo were a bit older (sh
Pelusa Rivera
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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 t ...more
Caroline F
4.5 stars

A great forbidden love story full of friction, angst, musical passion, and a bit of humour, too.

Katherine Brenner is the daughter of a highly unpopular Senator, who is rumoured to be running for the US presidency. She lives as low-key a life as possible, keeping her private life private, so nobody actually knows the true state of her relationship with her father. She just needs to keep dodging reporters and paparazzi during her final months of her Masters degree. In addition to all that
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know I needed to read this book until at the end of Talk British To Me, I read the other book blurbs by Entangled publishing, and next thing you know, I'm on amazon ordering it for my E-reader. Romance and New Adult are my new guilty pleasures, except I feel zero guilt, and muchos satisfaction.

So let's start with that opening. I was like, holly shit, is this the thing that was blurbed about in the description of the novel. I can't believe we're opening with that, it feels really sudden
Evelyn Gray
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set within a university music department, Solo follows a growing, forbidden romance between a postgraduate student and her professor.

There is something about Kate Brenner that rubs Drew Markham up the wrong way. And it is nothing to do with her resemblance to his ex-fiance. Kate is constantly late to class, probably hungover, and yet primed to challenge him at every turn. It's not that she isn't smart: she seems to have an answer for everything, but she's just so...entitled. Well, what else woul
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Note: A free e-copy of this book was provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Lauren introduces the two protagonists Katherine "Kate" Brenner and Dr. Drew Markham by letting the story be told by their perspectives.
Kate is a conducting student while Drew is her professor, good looking but not one of the nice ones, well at least at first.
Kate is popular as her father is a politician, but she is not popular in the "students and teachers like me way" which is mo
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, and it came for me at a perfect time when the weather is lovely and I got to read it sitting outside soaking up the sun!

I love these types of Contemporary romance, and this one was so so good! Katherine and Drew were so good (I kept repeating that!!), I was not able to put my iPad down until I finished Solo.

It was an easy read, really well written and great steady pace, not a dull moment my friends and exactly what the doctor ordered for me after a crazy busy week at work. It w
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I saw this book I knew Instantly I just had to read it . The Synopsis just drew me in and made me want to know more , so when I got the chance I dived into this story and It was fantastic. When we meet Katherine and Drew , It is quite clear that they do not like each other and then the fact she is his student and He is her professor in away makes it worse . Katherine is always perceived as this person she is not mainly because she is a senators daughter and the senator is not well liked by ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Solo was my first encounter with Lauren E. Rico's novels. As a former musician (who also has a geeky habit of conducting wherever I go if the music is good enough), I had high hopes for this novel for that alone. To say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel is an understatement (in fact, this is my first ever review, so that is saying something).

I expected to get a romance story with musical elements intertwined, but what I got was so much deeper. Lauren's writing was excellent and the story
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW! A realistic, smart, well thought out, deliciously taboo romance, Solo was an amazingly intense read. It features two characters who are extremely damaged and don't really like each other that much, at first...

This book was put together so well. It was very well researched, and the author clearly knows what she was writing about. Solo was unique,while a typical trope, it's done incredibly well and different from what you normally read. It had a very mature vibe, with characters who are very
United Indie Book Blog
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start with the delectable speciMAN on the cover ....damn girl you're lucky and I can't say I blame you!

Dr. Drew Markham ....delectable professor, he's dark and bloody with a chip on his shoulder, filled with a burning desire and need for one of his students .

Katherine , daughter of a politician, is having a rough time finding her place and fitting in and her surly and difficult professor doesn't help matters either .

Look ,I'll be honest it's not fair taking out his resentment on her
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Surprisingly good!

I'm used to the old school, trashy romance novels...lots of swooning and over the top sex scenes...not a fan. I read this based on a recommendation from The Reading Wallflower on YouTube and I'm glad I did. Such a nice balance of hate-to-love, sex and actual storyline. I want to give this book five stars but I can't. When I think about the books that I gave five stars last year and so far this year its close but not a book that I loved so much that I want to recommend to friend
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me. I was expecting a very fluff kind of romance, and this book offers much more. (Personly I think the cover doesn't do the story justice). I like the both the Hero and Heroine very much. I think the author did a fantastic job creating the background for their love affair, I love all the music extensive details and I just love her writing. It's smart and emotional and feels well rounded.
I did have a bit of a problem like previous commenters wrote with the premise of t
Elizabeth Neal
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Kate, aka the daughter of Senator Satan, has no idea what she's expecting to find while looking under her car's hood. It's not as if a sign will point the way, telling her what's wrong. When the unexpected voice startles her, she turns and can't help the "wow" that goes through her brain when she sees who that voice belongs to. She can tell he's definitely older than her, but can't resist sliding a little flirting in to the conversation. Upon finding out where she's headed, the hot
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars was not enough to give this book. I found this story a breath of fresh air. It was so much more than a teacher/student romance. Kate is such a strong female lead, but I didn't find her to be annoying. Drew's anger along with the walls he has constructed made for an interesting twist. I would recommend this story and am interested in reading other books from this author.

Note, I did receive an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest revi
Eva Scalzo
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 disrespectf
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, series, 1st-pov
A very quick read! Sweet and funny. Within the first few pages, I was hooked. For someone who has very little knowledge of classical music and sadly lacks any musical ability, I just LOVED the classical music element. I found it fascinating. The author made it easy to understand and appreciate.
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Katherine is working her butt off to get her degree and finally be able to start living her life away from her unpopular Senator father and show everyone what she’s really made of. Just one more semester and she’ll be free. Free of the assumptions, jokes, and especially the disdain from Dr. Markham. She just has to stick to the plan, pass her finals and keep her head down.

Drew Markham knows his harsh knee jerk reaction to Katherine isn’t her fault. It’s not even about her. She’s just a constant
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