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Peek Inside Solo

When graduate student Katherine Brenner walked into my music theory class, it was not love at first sight. She reminded me of the woman who broke my heart.

If it wasn’t for that blizzard and her broken down car, and how she looked by firelight, I would never have kissed her. No matter how hard I try, I can’t stop thinking of her lips.

I’m her professor. It’s against university policy. There’s a million reasons why this won’t work.

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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 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.


5 Stars: "This book just blew me away. It's intense, emotional and the writing could not have been more perfect... Lauren Rico, you rock! I bow to you. Spectacular book!" - Ayekah, review

5 Stars: "This is an intense emotional perfect story to read. The characters were written fantastically. I am completely in love with the characters, the writing and the cover." - Obsessed Book Reviews 

5 Stars: "Solo brought its "A" game. It was a bucket of emotions--sometimes sad, others angry and frustrating, and then others, amusing and bright. I can't wait to read more from this author." - Michaelene, review

4 Stars: "There was so much I loved about this book, not least because the subject matter had me so captivated...I gobbled it down hook, line and sinker, loving the complexity already written into this problematic set-up from the very start." - The Romance Reviews

5 Stars: "It's 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." - Jeannie Z., NetGalley review

5 Stars: "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." - Romance Novel Giveaways

4 Stars: "...this was a great story. I read the whole thing in one day because I couldn't put it down." - More Books Please, review

4 Stars: "I loved the slow-burn/forbidden romance at the heart of this novel, and the gorgeous tension between them as they first noticed their attraction...Solo is my kind of romance..." - The Genre Reader

5 Stars: "All the feels. Started out sexy and fun, and grew into something way deeper." - Coffee and Wine Book Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759534
Series: Symphony Hall, Book 1
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Page Count: 364
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, new adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, forbidden love/off limits

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By MoreBooksPlease! April 12, 2017

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 conf... ...more

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

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 bei...

By Irene May 19, 2017

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... ...more

By Danielle April 27, 2017

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 sta... ...more

By Jeanne April 21, 2017

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 fi... ...more

By EscapeNBooks July 27, 2019

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...n... ...more

By Michaelene April 20, 2017

When I saw this cover, I was instantly drawn to it. Man with glasses, I’m in! Then I read the blurb: forbidden college teacher/student romance and trapped together in a snow storm. Add on top of that the enemies-to-more trope, and it was an instant selection. Solo by Lauren E. Rico was everything I h...

By Erin May 08, 2017

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?... ...more

By Book-Bosomed May 11, 2017

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, throu... ...more

By Dísir April 09, 2017

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 t... ...more

By Julie June 08, 2017


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 thro... ...more

By Ayekah April 22, 2017

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... ...more

By Carol May 02, 2017

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,...

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Lauren E. Rico

About the author

Lauren E. Rico

Lauren E. 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. She has made a career of demystifying classical music for her audiences by taking it off a dusty old pedestal and putting it into a modern context. Lauren has recently discovered a passion for writing, which she's managed to combine with her love and knowledge of the classical music world. She also writes contemporary under L.E. Rico.

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