REVIEW – THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee

SYNOPSIS

When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.

What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her.

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE PERFECT STARS*****

There are so many great things I could say about this book, and I will believe me. But I’m going to start with; SPEND THE $9.99 AND BUY THIS BOOK. TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY! In fact, I think it should cost more, it’s that good.

This book is the sexy fantasy all of us women dream about. And with the help of this author’s poignant writing style, you will be the protagonist of this story. You will forget that you are reading, you will be part of the romance, the passion, and the heartbreak, you will become Solène.

 

 

Solène Merchant is a thirty-nine year old divorced woman, she has a twelve-year-old daughter and owns an art gallery with her best friend. She married young and being a wife and a mother as much as she loved her family, stripped her of her own identity. Ever since the divorce happened she’s been looking to find herself again. She loves her job, her home and her life but she has a hard time putting her own needs first.

Her daughter had concert tickets to go see the successful boy band all girls were crazy about and Solène got roped into taking her and her friends. They also had meet and greet tickets so they could meet the dreamy members of this band. All the boys were very cute and charming but there was one that stood out from the others, Hayes Campbell.

After meeting them, Hayes offered them backstage passes, where he proceeded to make his interest in Solène very obvious. Weeks later he called her at work to invite her to lunch. She was hesitant because even though she wasn’t immune to this guy’s charm, she couldn’t possibly even fathom that she could be attracted to a twenty-year-old. But it is just lunch, he offered, and that is how this passionate and forbidden affair started. It was supposed to be, just lunch.

Solène had always been responsible and sensible to other peoples feelings, but this time around she wanted to bask in the passion this man was offering. She felt alive, she felt sexy and beautiful in the arms of this boy who could offer her everything except a future.

This story had the most beautiful settings and amazing characters. The words so vivid, made me truly believe I was inside the story. The passion and the angst made me feel euphoric, and I couldn’t get enough. I read this book in only one night; The Idea Of You was impossible to put down. Best $10 I’ve ever spent in my life.

I’ll read this book again, and again.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****
*****FIVE+++++++++ STARS*****
{Book Gifted to me by my Bestie Boo}

He leaned into me then, his mouth near my ear, his breath hot on my neck. The thought occurred that I would miss this when he moved on. When he was with someone ten years my junior, and I was somewhere invisible. I was going to miss his hands. This.

 

 

I had seen this book starting to generate a buzz on Goodreads and I have to say that my interest was piqued as I’m always in search of a good romance between an older woman and younger man. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to my Bestie Boo for gifting this book and urging me to drop everything and read it. She was right! This book was captivating! The romance was breathtaking and oh so very heartbreaking. I know this story is going to haunt me for quite some time. It felt so real! For just a little while it was wonderful to live in the world of these two beautiful characters whose love for each other was beyond magical.

Soléne Marchand is a single mother of a beautiful thirteen-year-old girl. At nearly forty, her life is pretty fulfilling and rewarding. She owns a successful art gallery with her best friend. It brings her great joy but it is one of the reasons why her marriage ended a few years back. Her husband was not supportive of her need to have a career. Her love life has been non-existent since her divorce but that’s all about to change drastically when she ends up chaperoning her daughter and a few of her friends to an “August Moon” concert in Las Vegas. The girls all had backstage passes and during a meet and greet Soléne comes face to face with the extremely beautiful lead singer, Hayes Campbell. Sparks fly right from the start between them. Soléne is just a little thrown off kilter when she learns he’s twenty—nearly half her age!

 

 

The two manage to find time here and there when Hayes is able to be in Los Angeles during breaks in their world tour. Hayes and Soléne have an undeniably intense chemistry but neither of them could have anticipated that what was building between them was like nothing else they had ever experienced before. Their passion for each other was bordering on obsession and out of that came a love that was so overwhelming and ultimately they were consumed by it.

They travel to some of the most beautiful and romantic destinations across the world during August Moon’s tour and while they’re able to spend some stolen moments enjoying each other’s bodies and getting lost in their passionate affair, things are far from perfect. Soléne is constantly reminded of their age difference and having to deal with many obsessed fans, and also the horrible backlash via social media. She’s also been keeping her relationship with Haye’s a secret from her daughter because her little girl has quite the teenaged crush on Hayes.

While Soléne has been keeping in the back of her mind the knowledge that their time together will ultimately come to an end, Hayes has been falling just as hopelessly in love with her as she has been with him. He sees Soléne as his FOREVER. At times I felt that he was so much wiser than his years and then on other occasions, he was very much a young boy with a romanticized view of life.

 

 

This story was incredible and I enjoyed the hours I spent getting swept away by this captivating romance. I wished for rainbows and unicorns. I was left in tears. The author did an outstanding job with this book. I love it when a book can make me feel so intensely and I know in my heart that this is one I will read time and time again.

 

 

EXQUISITE! I will always love Hayes but I will also always admire Soléne for her extraordinary strength of character and selflessness.

I HIGHLY recommend this one!

 

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