“The cello is a wordless voice, heaving, and sighing with the weight of her sorrow.”
Author: Lauren E. Rico
Series: Book 1
Publisher: Harmony House Productions
Genre: Romance, Mystery , Thriller,
I was lucky to receive an ARC of Reverie by Lauren E. Rico from NetGalley provided by Harmony House productions for an honest book review.
The first thing that struck me about this book were the credits:
For Vanessa, who told me I could.
For Tom, who told me I should.
For Janet, who told me I would
I started reading this book at 12:00. I thought I would read a chapter to see what it was about and then I would go to sleep. I was wrong. I was very, very wrong.
It was finished by 2:44 AM.
Julia James has always been part of the background. If she passed you, you probably wouldn’t even notice her. Julia had to learn from a young age how to go unnoticed not to stand out or face the consequences. So, she became quiet, quiet like a mouse.
For Julia, the only way to escape her past and to release the cacophony in her heart is to be on stage with her hands curved around her cello.
Then somebody notices her. That somebody is no other than the handsome devil, Jeremy Corrigan. His charm is only exceeded by his talent as a french horn player. Soon he starts showing Julia a whole new world. A world of danger, desire, and lust, He helps her to grow more confident and discover the strength within herself.
The perfect set up for a Disney romance right?
This is not a fairy tale.
After finishing this book I was a mashed ball of wrecked emotions only able to repeat the words:
I don’t know how to explain my experience without giving any spoilers so I have decided to explain it metaphorically.
It starts off soft and sweet with a pinch of sadness vibrating from the violins. Dragging you into the dark despair of Julia’s past.You hear broken strings being gently plucked whispering of heartache and moaning with sorrow. Then a cheeky piano interrupts jovially and you feel the tone changing from sorrow to thrill.An explosion of instruments bursts through the pages silencing the sadness playing the melodies of wishes and seductive roses.
You become so entranced with the beauty and power of the pages you fail to notice the tempo slowing and the tone changing. The instruments turn dark and the music becomes almost mechanic. Gone is the cheekiness from the piano that whispered of promise and fun earlier. Instead, it is replaced with ominous tones screeching from an old cello. A false note escapes the piano and all havoc breaks loose. A sound so sinister and so horrifying hits you in your ears it stretches into your stomach and you can hardly comprehend how such a sound can exist. Yet it echoes through the pages and you get lost in the symphony of this absolute masterpiece.
I can’t say more without ruining it for you. All I can say is you have to read it to hear it. When you read it you will hear it.
What I liked:
I loved how the music was described. I could actually hear it when reading the words which rarely happens for me in books. I could feel the vibrations of the strings and the echoes of the horns.
What I did not like:
Brett’s character was a bit confusing. I thought I had an idea of who he was until the chapter where you get to read from his perspective. I felt as if his inner monolog did not go with how he was portrayed throughout the story.
Everyone just everyone. I want to go buy a trolley filled with copies of Reverie and just throw people with this book.
However, there are some heavy themes in this book including BDSM, abuse and sexual assault in this book so I will only recommend this to everybody over 18.
Rating for the book:
I can not, not give this book a 5.
It made me dream. It made me cry. It made me shiver. It made me remember and I will never be able to forget this story.
* * * * * / 5
5 stars. 5 snowflakes. 5 golden medals.
I salute you.