Lauren E. Rico
Publication date: November 17th, 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance
Alison Armitage has more responsibility than God. At least, that’s what it feels like some days as she manages her multi-billion-dollar business. She’d give just about anything to NOT be in charge. Just for a little while. Just behind the closed doors of her incredibly expensive and incredibly lonely apartment
One night after one too many cocktails, she stumbles upon a chat room for people like her—dominant in their everyday lives, looking to be dominated. Just a little bit. Titillated, she explores further and soon finds herself with a very exclusive invitation to participate in a very unique ‘experiential’ resort. A place where people can come to live out their fantasies in an immersive environment, for a short term period. Where all guests have been carefully vetted and all “play” is consensual—and closely monitored for safety.
Too late, Alison discovers that the sexy world of her fantasies is a long way from the reality she now faces. And the only thing keeping her on the right side of safety and sanity is the dark and brooding man she’s been made to call “Master.”
The problem is, she’s not so sure which side is the “right” side anymore.
Lauren E. Rico
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance
Alison Armitage is a powerful woman at the top of her field. But just once, she’d like to give up control to someone else…control of her decisions, her body, her life. It was only a fantasy…until it wasn’t. Until the day she was abducted and brought to a remote island where she was trained to serve a man known to her only as Master. A man who promised to cherish her and keep her safe. A man who considered her to be his personal property.
What she never anticipated was developing feelings for the stranger with the dark, stormy eyes and commanding tone. Nor did she expect that his touch would ignite her body with a passion she thought only existed in movies and romance novels. Now, with each passing day, she falls harder and deeper for him and for this lifestyle as she finds a freedom and contentment she never imagined possible.
But no sooner has she come to terms with her new role and her new life than her world is up-ended once more, leaving her bereft, heartbroken and furious. This time, it’s Alison who has the upper hand and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants…as soon as she figures out what exactly that is. And until she can untangle fantasy from reality, she is destined to be a slave to both.
EXCERPT BOOK 1:
I would swear that, just for a moment, he looks as if he’s going to cry. Like he really, truly, absolutely believed I wouldn’t emerge from the fog of the last… I don’t know. How long have I been out?
“H-how…” I start to speak again, but have to stop because I’m sounding so raspy.
He puts a finger to my lips.
“Shhhh. Just give me a second,” he murmurs, getting to his feet quickly, only to return a moment later with a bottle of water with a straw inside. He uses some unseen controls on the side of the hospital bed to elevate me until I’m sitting up slightly, then holds out the water. But when I make a move to take it from him, he shakes his head. “Just sip. I’ll hold it for you.”
I feel a little silly. Despite the dull ache in my head, I feel fairly decent. Certainly well enough to hold my own bottle of water. But I already know that this doesn’t matter. He has every intention of taking every precaution where my health is concerned. I mean, I am his property, right? Only… somehow, somewhere deep down, I know that it’s more than that between us. If it weren’t—if I really, truly believed in my heart that he only considered me to be so much chattel, I don’t think I could feel the way I’ve come to feel toward him.
No, he may be an alpha male, he may enjoy a little of the BDSM lifestyle, but, at the end of the day, he cares. If I’m to believe the look in his eyes right now, then this man—whose name I will likely never know—loves me. I know it. Because I know that, against all odds, I have fallen in love with him. With the gentle way he touches me. With the smoldering way he looks at me. With the way every square inch of my body burns with desire under his touch.
Award-Winning radio host Lauren Rico is one of the top classical music broadcasters in the country. Her voice is heard nationally on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall channel, as well as on radio stations in New York City, Charlotte and Tampa. She’s even been known to accompany travelers as they fly the skies over Thailand, Oman and China as part of the in-flight entertainment on several airlines. Her love and passion for classical music have allowed her to breathe new life into the stories of the great composers.
And now Lauren is telling some stories of her own…
Beginning with her erotic thriller, Reverie (Harmony House Productions, 2016) she set out to “put the sexy back in Bach” –creating a riveting tale of passion, deception and redemption set against the backdrop of an international music competition. She rounded out the trilogy with Rhapsody (Harmony House Productions, 2016) and Requiem (Harmony House Productions, 2017).
From there, Lauren partnered with Entangled Publishing, LLC to create the first in her Symphony Hall series of romances, Solo (Entangled Publishing 2017). Her most recent release, Blame it on the Bet, is the first in the five-book Whiskey Sisters series (Entangled 2017). Upcoming projects include four more Whiskey Sisters romances, a follow-up to Solo and a super-secret, as-of-yet-unnamed thriller.
Lauren hopes to bring classical music to a new audience by showcasing it in twisty, steamy stories that grab the reader and keep them turning pages–and YouTubing the music–into the wee hours.
When she’s not on talking on the radio or typing on her laptop, Lauren enjoys time with her husband and spectacularly spoiled mini-schnauzer.