The Idea of You
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.

The Idea of You Details

TitleThe Idea of You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
ISBN-139781250125903
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

The Idea of You Review

  • Robinne Lee
    January 1, 1970
    So, it appears this is indeed really happening. Just pinching myself. And perhaps freaking out a little. Yikes!!
  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    ****4.25 STARS****This book is not for everyone. It's an either you love it or you hate it type of book. Unfiltered review... https://wp.me/p7ZSCH-4cd 5 Minute Book Review Podcast... https://wp.me/p7ZSCH-4cjSolène is beautiful, smart, and sexy. She is also 39 years old and someone most 20 year old pop stars are quick to look past. Except for Hayes, a sexy British boy band member who finds himself gravitating to Solène.They say opposites attract and if we are going by age differences here Solène ****4.25 STARS****This book is not for everyone. It's an either you love it or you hate it type of book. Unfiltered review... https://wp.me/p7ZSCH-4cd 5 Minute Book Review Podcast... https://wp.me/p7ZSCH-4cjSolène is beautiful, smart, and sexy. She is also 39 years old and someone most 20 year old pop stars are quick to look past. Except for Hayes, a sexy British boy band member who finds himself gravitating to Solène.They say opposites attract and if we are going by age differences here Solène and Hayes are complete opposites. Plus, Solène has a 12 year old daughter who happens to believe she is in love with Hayes herself, as many other young girls around the world.So, what’s a woman to do when she finds herself in that situation? Of course. . . sleep with him – too bad that decision was going to change to course of their lives that no one could have predicted. The real question here was, how much would that decision affect those they loved as well? “You afraid?” He asked.I nodded.“So am I. But I’m all right with that. If I get hurt, I get hurt. It happens, right? Someone always gets hurt. But I don’t want to miss out on us because I was afraid.” – Hayes I can’t remember the last book I read that made me want to find a way for two people to be together when the odds were stacked against them so much. The author does such an amazing job of creating the world of Solène and Hayes. I honestly felt like I was there with them as they traveled throughout the world getting lost in themselves together – or at the idea of each other.But sometimes age isn’t just a number, sometimes it’s just a life fact. That same life fact caused a lot of hurt and turmoil for the ones around Solène and Hayes. . . and each other. At times, The Idea Of You was so painful to read. I shed real tears. “How did we get here? This was only supposed to be lunch, remember? This was only ever supposed to be lunch.”“You,” he said, his voice frayed, foreign.“Me?”“You. You let me unfold you.” – Solène/Hayes" At some point, this story stopped being cliche or taboo and became a pure love story. The author takes us on the same path as Solène and Hayes as though we were living it right along with them. Their love, their passion, their pain, their heartbreak becomes the readers same love, passion, pain, and heartbreak. This story goes far beyond the stigma of age, it’s a true and pure love story. It just happens to be a love story of an older woman and younger man. When an older man becomes involved with a younger woman, it’s accepted. When an older woman becomes involved with a younger man, it’s frowned upon.Do I recommend this book? Yes, I do. Just know that this book isn't for everyone. You have to go into it with an open mind.Will I read another book by this author? Yes. If she decides to make this one into a duet, I will scream will joy.Follow all things messy. . . Subscribe to Pretty Mess Reading Podcast: Where Romance Gets Messy
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  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    *****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 *****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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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    January 1, 1970
    Solène is 39. Mom to 12-year-old Isabelle. Divorced. Art Gallery owner. And right now she's backstage at a Las Vegas concert hall seeing him for the first time: Hayes. Twenty-year-old pop superstar; singer in the boy band AUGUST MOON!This boy has put his mega-flirt-hat on and Solène can't help but flirt back! She could be his mother!!!But can an almost 40 year old lady and a world famous superstar half her age have anything real and lasting? Solène's daughter and the rest of the world think NOT Solène is 39. Mom to 12-year-old Isabelle. Divorced. Art Gallery owner. And right now she's backstage at a Las Vegas concert hall seeing him for the first time: Hayes. Twenty-year-old pop superstar; singer in the boy band AUGUST MOON!This boy has put his mega-flirt-hat on and Solène can't help but flirt back! She could be his mother!!!But can an almost 40 year old lady and a world famous superstar half her age have anything real and lasting? Solène's daughter and the rest of the world think NOT - once they find out....WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH SOLÈNE & HAYES?WILL THE WORLD GIVE THEM A CHANCE AT A HAPPILY EVER AFTER?READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺═══════════════ I loved this book!I knew from the sound of the blurb that I was probably going to like it - because there's nothing I love more than Rock Star Romances! BUT - this was sooo much better than I could've ever hoped for. I was a tiny little bit skeptic about Solène being so much older than Hayes, but pfffff, once I met both of them, I didn't care about the age difference at all.I'm 39 myself and I just jumped right into this book and became Solène for a few hours! I was right in there living this amazing adventure. All those amazingly adorable & sexy & emotional & just beautiful moments in hotel rooms in New York City, at a pool in the South of France. All the ups and downs of such a complicated new love. All those new feelings and fears.I just loved reading this story. Poor Solène is feeling all those things you would think she is feeling... that she's way too old, that it's going to hurt her daughter, her family, her business, that she'd be ridiculed by friends and the media. But Hayes is so much more mature than that number 20 in his passport might let you think at first. He's so sweet and kind and sincere and British - let's not forget the sexiest things about him: his posh, sexy, British accent! And his young, mega-hot body!! No wonder she couldn't resist, but the longer it goes on, the harder it gets ... this wasn't supposed to last. This was supposed to only be ... lunch. ☺We hope all through the book that there will be a happily ever after, but of course we're also not really sure if Solène and Hayes ending up together would be that HEA for everyone involved. But we sure hope so. But we know what happened with Demi & Ashton! ☺☺☺The story has all the amazingness of a rock star romance, but we also have so much more in there. Life as a divorced mom. A business owner. A woman in the Los Angeles business world. The whole fantasy part of it: that this would never in a million years happen to us. But we can still hope that it could ... Thank you for that Robinne! (Not that I plan on seducing a boy half my age any time soon! For my tastes he could've been a bit older ;) or just make me a bit younger!)There's sooo much in here; if this was a movie you wouldn't know where to look first! I also realllly want this to become a movie one day!!!It's definitely a book that stays with you for a while. I was up until 3am to finish it - and now - a day later, I still get these images in my head. Scenes from the book. Hayes smiling by the pool in France. Solène and Hayes walking through whatever city they were in at the moment. The phone calls - the texts - the sexy times. ☺ *sighs* I never wanted this story to end!Robinne managed to create an amazingly beautiful story! So perfectly written too! And it's her first!!! Jeez - I'm almost afraid to see what will come out of Ms. Lee's typewriter next!!!☺☺☺ THE IDEA OF YOU was such a beautiful & sunshiney lovestory. About finding yourself again - starting the next chapter of your life - hard decisions - beautiful places and people. Amazing book. Run to your nearest amazon for your own Hayes, because this one is MINE!!! P.S. I will put a few thoughts into a Spoiler thingy - my thoughts about the end - Happy or not? And about a few other little things! Please don't read it if you don't want to be spoiled!(view spoiler)[ The end. Yeah. We do not get a happily ever after for Hayes and Solène. Nope. I cried sooo hard while reading - especially the end! I so wanted them to work out. I think the message about the book was that you should not be sexist, racist nor ageist. But then Robinne goes and sends Hayes off into the world to live the life of a young guy. Which I totally understand, but I sooo wanted it to be different. With a little baby Hayes and a wedding and Hayes driving his step-daughter to school. But I can still keep on hoping that Robinne will write another book for them! An epilogue novella! I also think that the book could've been made into a 2-book thing. There was so much in here that was only touched briefly, and with two books this could've been a huge thing. Maybe even three books!! And maybe we could've made Hayes 23 and Solène 34 and bam - not as bad anymore! Yes, I will keep on dreaming that there will be such a trilogy one day.Another tiny little thing that bothered me a bit. Those 'serious' parts that were talked about a lot - about how women stop being seen once they're over 40 and all the artists of color stuff in the gallery. I know that it's a huge thing, especially in America, but it was a tiny little bit too preachy for such an amazing romance. But that's the only thing I didn't love-love. Oh, yeah - and the end! ☺ But I still loooooved the book. I totally understand the end. Solène didn't want to keep on hurting her daughter and she didn't want to burden Hayes with an old wife. But I'm still heartbroken over it - even days later! (hide spoiler)]P.P.S. Yes, I have to admit that I imagined Harry Styles while reading. Only without those weird tattoos. I was never a fan of him and his boyband years, but he's definitely making up for it now with his new amazing song, so it felt totally okay for me to see Harry in Hayes! It's also totally okay for a 39-year-old blogger to fantasize!☺☺P.P.P.S. Did you know that fictional Hayes and Solène have their own real-life twitters??? Check it out - they're posting real Hayes and Solène-y things! I LOVE IT!HAYES' TWITTERSOLÈNE'S TWITTERP.P.P.P.S. I also LOVE the cover. The colors, the lipstick, the Hayes-in-the-glasses-detail. LOVE IT! ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    The Idea of You is a fabulous forbidden love story. I listened to this book over a week ago and I still find myself thinking about it. There is something to be said about a story that stays with you like that. Also, the audio book was fantastic (the author narrated it herself) and I would highly recommend listening if you like audio books. Solène is a divorcee with a teenage daughter. She is independent and runs her own art gallery. Solène has drive. She always has. I love that about her. One n The Idea of You is a fabulous forbidden love story. I listened to this book over a week ago and I still find myself thinking about it. There is something to be said about a story that stays with you like that. Also, the audio book was fantastic (the author narrated it herself) and I would highly recommend listening if you like audio books. Solène is a divorcee with a teenage daughter. She is independent and runs her own art gallery. Solène has drive. She always has. I love that about her. One night, she finds her self in Vegas with her teenage daughter, Isabelle, and Isabelle's friends to see the biggest boy band out there. This boy band is a full of charming, twenty something British boys. The very last thing Solène expects to happen is to forge a connection with one of them.Hayes Campbell is enamored with Solène from the moment he lays eyes on her. Being together seems impossible for this pair, but they can't stay away from one another. They're drawn together. Navigating this relationship has so many obstacles and more consequences than either one of them can imagine. “You afraid?” he asked. I nodded. “So am I. But I’m all right with that. If I get hurt, I get hurt. It happens, right? Someone always gets hurt. But I don’t want to miss out on us because I was afraid.” I loved Hayes and Solène together. When they were with each other, you could almost forget that Solène was twice Hayes age, or that there were so many things in their way. I just wanted them to be able to work it out. Overall, I felt that Hayes was much more mature than the average 20 year old male, and I think that helped. This story captivated me from the start. It made me feel, gave me anxiety, and broke my heart. Still, I'm happy I read it. It was a beautiful and emotional experience that I won't be forgetting any time soon!
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  • KAS
    January 1, 1970
    4 Swagger!! StarsAs per the blurb, this is an older woman/younger man romance, but oh my, so much more! Lust and passion! Trials and tribulations! Heartbreak and consequences! Yep, it is all in here!! Throw into the mix the H is a worldwide sensation pop star who is so darn charming, and you have quite the interesting storyline, quite an engaging read!   ”What are you thinking?” He smiled that disarming smile.   ”I want to know what your intentions are, Hayes Campbell.”   ”What are your intentio 4 Swagger!! StarsAs per the blurb, this is an older woman/younger man romance, but oh my, so much more! Lust and passion! Trials and tribulations! Heartbreak and consequences! Yep, it is all in here!! Throw into the mix the H is a worldwide sensation pop star who is so darn charming, and you have quite the interesting storyline, quite an engaging read!   ”What are you thinking?” He smiled that disarming smile.   ”I want to know what your intentions are, Hayes Campbell.”   ”What are your intentions? Did you come here to sell me art?”   ”Maybe.”   ”Hmm...” he said, without breaking eye contact. “Well ... I came to buy whatever you’re selling.”   In that moment, it didn’t matter how old he was or how many fans he amassed. In that moment, he had me. And I realized that in just knowing that I could have a fling was not going to be enough. Thank you, Bozica, for recommending this book! I enjoyed and will undoubtedly have a “Hayes” hangover :)
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    I've lost count of the number of times I picked up and set aside this book, ultimately deciding that a DNF was the right course of action.Seeing as how the older woman-younger man trope is one of my all time favorites, frankly, I was surprised at how much I disliked the plot, including its main protagonist, Solene. She being a 39 year-old mother who happened to be French-American, who also owned a successful art gallery who fell helplessly in love with a 20 year old pop star. You know what? It w I've lost count of the number of times I picked up and set aside this book, ultimately deciding that a DNF was the right course of action.Seeing as how the older woman-younger man trope is one of my all time favorites, frankly, I was surprised at how much I disliked the plot, including its main protagonist, Solene. She being a 39 year-old mother who happened to be French-American, who also owned a successful art gallery who fell helplessly in love with a 20 year old pop star. You know what? It was all just too much. And pretentious.Additionally, it's a premise that has been done before (and done better, IMHO) by Dee Ernst with A Different Kind of Forever.So, yeah, DNF @ 50%.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    “The fact that we continuously equate beauty and desirability with youth. That we beat ourselves up instead of embracing the inevitable.” I really needed to read this book. The messages portrayed were incredibly validating and empowering. I am approaching middle age much too quickly for my liking while simultaneously residing in an area highly populated with university students. I do not recommend the combination. There are times when I feel completely invisible. No, I don't need to turn hea “The fact that we continuously equate beauty and desirability with youth. That we beat ourselves up instead of embracing the inevitable.” I really needed to read this book. The messages portrayed were incredibly validating and empowering. I am approaching middle age much too quickly for my liking while simultaneously residing in an area highly populated with university students. I do not recommend the combination. There are times when I feel completely invisible. No, I don't need to turn heads for self-worth, but I think we can all agree that as human beings it's nice to be registered. To be seen. It's been an eye-opening experience about how our world works, about double standards, about undervaluing women, and these are the messages threaded throughout Robinne Lee's debut novel.In The Idea of You, our divorced, almost forty-year-old heroine is romantically pursued by a famous young man many years her junior. Everything's legal, don't worry, but the age difference is on everyone's mind and that is the focal point of this book. It creates internal/external situations that promote self-reflection, and when we acknowledge our own judgments we can start to change them. It teaches that women remain desirable, strong, and sexually viable as they age: there is no end date. It calls out gender-based double standards. It empowers women to block out all the patriarchal noise and build the life they want. When we change our thoughts, we change our world. This. This is what I needed.With gorgeous settings, soul-soothing art, and a perspective I didn't expect, The Idea of You was a surprisingly sophisticated romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm almost sorry I didn't read it sooner but timing is everything, right? Check it out.My favorite quote:“I turned forty. And the world did not end. The firmament did not move. Gravity did not suddenly forsake me. My breasts, my ass, my eyelids were all pretty much where I’d left them the night before. As was my lover.”
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  • ~IreneOust~
    January 1, 1970
    Once in a while a book comes along that renders you speechless. Because it tells a story so compelling, so thought provoking, so emotional and so exquisitely written that you are left reeling. For DAYS after you've finished. 'The Idea of You' by Robinne Lee is one of those books.To say I was blown away by EVERYTHING about this story would be an understatement. It checked off every single box I need for a book to be an exceptional read. Angst. Humor. Amazing dialogue. Unique subject matter. Pop c Once in a while a book comes along that renders you speechless. Because it tells a story so compelling, so thought provoking, so emotional and so exquisitely written that you are left reeling. For DAYS after you've finished. 'The Idea of You' by Robinne Lee is one of those books.To say I was blown away by EVERYTHING about this story would be an understatement. It checked off every single box I need for a book to be an exceptional read. Angst. Humor. Amazing dialogue. Unique subject matter. Pop culture. Love story. Depth. Amazing leads and phenomenal supporting cast. But most of all, it brought on the feels. So many feels. I don't think I've even been this anxious reading a book ... ever. And I say this in the most flattering way possible. The story kept me on the edge of my seat till the very last page. A roller-coaster of emotions only added to an already amazing reading experience. This is one of those stories that offers so much food for thought that one can't simply review it and move on. Or maybe it's just me. I finished this days ago and I am still thinking about. Thinking about how, in this day and age, the doubles standards are alive and well. Thinking about how people will always have an opinion and how everyone is always so quick to judge you without having walked a mile in your shoes. Thinking about how much we, mothers, sacrifice for our kids. I think it's safe to say I won't be getting over this read any time soon. It's just one of those stories that makes it's way into your heart and stays there. Permanently. Whether you like it or not. I urge everyone, especially everyone in their late 30s and on, to read this book with an open mind. If nothing else, you'll enjoy the scenery. And in conclusion I want to say that, even though it's only July, 'The Idea of You' is my pick for BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017. That's all.Till next time ...
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  • Melanie A.
    January 1, 1970
    5+++ STARS!! [My FAVORITE book of the last few YEARS!!] "If I get hurt, I get hurt. It happens, right? Someone always gets hurt. But I don't want to miss out on us because I was afraid." Before I begin this heartfelt LOVEFEST, let me say that I get that this book is not for everyone . . . but holy cow, was it ever for me! This book made my heart sing. This book made my soul cry. This book pulled me into its depths and didn’t let me go – not even when it was over. I loved EVERY.SINGLE.WORD.H 5+++ STARS!! [My FAVORITE book of the last few YEARS!!] "If I get hurt, I get hurt. It happens, right? Someone always gets hurt. But I don't want to miss out on us because I was afraid." Before I begin this heartfelt LOVEFEST, let me say that I get that this book is not for everyone . . . but holy cow, was it ever for me! This book made my heart sing. This book made my soul cry. This book pulled me into its depths and didn’t let me go – not even when it was over. I loved EVERY.SINGLE.WORD.Honestly, the premise didn't thrill me but I wasn't opposed to it . . . Solene takes her 12 year old daughter and her friends to a meet-and-greet for their favorite boy band. The last thing she expects is to attract the attention of one of the members of the band. Hayes Campbell may be beautiful, but at 20, he’s nineteen years her junior. OH HOLY WOW, The Idea of You was not what I was expecting. IMO, this was contemporary romance at its absolute best. Its pages were filled with an intelligence, sensuality, and intimacy that I could not get enough of.Like every great book, the writing is the core of its beauty. The dialogue between Solene and Hayes was superb; the playfulness, the intensity, the tension . . . their differences and their love all played out within the subtlety of their words. "It’s only been two weeks," I said. "For you it’s been two weeks. For me it’s been ten cities.” He reached for my hand then. Suggestive."Well, if that’s how you’re measuring time –""Ten cities . . . What, thirteen shows? Three hundred fifty thousand screaming girls . . . who were not you.""No. I’ve never been a screaming girl.""Well, we’ll have to change that, won’t we?" I also loved how the mood of the writing changed to reflect every stage of Solene and Hayes's relationship - from the sweetness of the beginning… Oh, to have captured the expression on Hayes’s face when he glanced up to find me. Joy, surprise, promise, and disbelief all rolled into a singular moment. …to the high of newfound emotion… For a moment, he held my gaze and I felt that distinct rush. The realization that this attraction had ceased to be just physical. That somewhere I’d crossed over. That I liked him. …to the melancholy when things became more complicated… I drew him, naked, lying on his stomach, a peaceful expression on his boyish face. His beauty was so exquisite it was unnerving. And I knew, even then, that I was capturing something unspoiled and consummate. And I SO loved that this author had so much to say about being a woman in a society that judges everything from appearances to sexuality, aging, and parenting. Like I said in the beginning, this book had some real depth to it, and I could go on and on about how much I loved that, but I won't bore you with my political views, lol. Because, truly, at its heart, this was a love story between two people who were at very different places in their lives. The juxtaposition of their ages can be seen throughout the story. It had its wonderful moments... That was part of the beauty of Hayes being twenty. That occasionally we saw the world completely differently, and at times it was refreshing. ...and its frustrating moments... I wanted to hit him. For being so fucking stupid. For exposing us like that. But what good would it have done? It's not as if he were solely to blame. But in the end, love is still love no matter what age you are . . . which brings us to that ending:Under no circumstances should you enter this spoiler if you don't want to know. (view spoiler)[Ha! I'm not going to spoil this fabulous book for you! I'll just say that the last lines of this story absolutely wrecked me - God, I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it - they were perfect, and a big part of why this book is now at the VERY top of my FAVORITE romance novels of all time. ABSOLUTE FUCKING PERFECTION. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE! *Paperback currently cheaper than Kindle*Amazon Kindle * Amazon PaperbackI honestly don't know what it was about this blurb that had me so interested, but I'm really happy that I read this book. I'm usually never eager to pick up a book with an older heroine but something about this called to me and I couldn't stay away. I loved the emotions that this book brought out in me. A woman nearing her 40's and a Rockstar half her age? You can only imagine the skeptics that were there and read NOW LIVE! *Paperback currently cheaper than Kindle*Amazon Kindle * Amazon PaperbackI honestly don't know what it was about this blurb that had me so interested, but I'm really happy that I read this book. I'm usually never eager to pick up a book with an older heroine but something about this called to me and I couldn't stay away. I loved the emotions that this book brought out in me. A woman nearing her 40's and a Rockstar half her age? You can only imagine the skeptics that were there and ready to criticize them. But I loved how they handled it and the strength that they showed with their relationship. I really liked reading about both of these characters, no matter their ages, and I'm glad I didn't let the age-gap stop me from picking this one up. My 3 Star rating comes from the ending and I just wasn't satisfied with it so it made my rating go down some. I wish I could have rated it higher since I liked these characters so much, but the overall happy feeling of the book lessened at the end. Bottom line, this is an emotional and intriguing story that I would not hesitate to recommend.
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  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    5 Fabulous stars! “Don’t go falling in love with me, Hayes Campbell.”“I’m not gonna fall in love with you. I’m a rock star. We don’t do that.”“You’re a boy band member.”“Well…I guess all bets are off then.” Rock stars – we can’t help but fall in love with them, and you’d be hard pressed to find a man as soulful and beautiful as Hayes Campbell, the twenty year old singer with boy band, August Moon as he falls for 39 year old divorcee, and mother of a 12 year old daughter, Solène Marchand. “What i 5 Fabulous stars! “Don’t go falling in love with me, Hayes Campbell.”“I’m not gonna fall in love with you. I’m a rock star. We don’t do that.”“You’re a boy band member.”“Well…I guess all bets are off then.” Rock stars – we can’t help but fall in love with them, and you’d be hard pressed to find a man as soulful and beautiful as Hayes Campbell, the twenty year old singer with boy band, August Moon as he falls for 39 year old divorcee, and mother of a 12 year old daughter, Solène Marchand. “What is it you want from me, then?” Solène “Everything.” HayesAs soon as this book hit our radar, we knew we had to read it! A tumultuous rock star romance, with an age gap is exactly the type of read we devour and wow! We were completely floored by this story; easily becoming swept up in its honesty and raw emotion and by the striking prose of first time author, Robinne Lee. It’s hard to believe this is her first published novel, because Robinne Lee, delivered it all in The Idea of You. We swooned, we laughed, loved and oh boy did we cry! We felt everything and found Solene and Hayes story to be captivating, incredibly heartfelt, moving, candid, unique and sincere. This author writes with a knowledgeable and beautiful prose that encapsulated everything we love, but rarely find in this trope. Impressive to say the least. “You. Are fucking everything to me, I’m not going anywhere.” The synopsis tells you all you need to know to decide if this books piques your interest, but we promise you, what you’ll find between the pages is so much more than a rock star meets girl story. So much more and we feel the best way to experience it is spoiler free. We urge you to simply allow Hayes and Solène’s love story to unravel before your eyes and experience the truthfulness and emotion as the story slowly builds, holding you captive until the very last page, as Solène and Hayes’ love story climbs to its crescendo.‘The thought crossed my mind that this could be dangerous. Not the ill-advised sex with the just out of his teens pop star, but the cuddling. The lying there, drinking in his scent, watching his chest rise and fall, allowing myself to bask in my own happiness. I could fall in love this way.’Their initial attraction is physical, a chemistry that ignites when they meet backstage after an August Moon concert, Solène attended with her daughter and 2 of her friends. We did, at first, wonder what so enamoured the sweet, wise beyond his years, Hayes to pursue the somewhat aloof Solène so vigorously, but we trusted the author to slowly reveal all. Of course, Solène oozed beauty, poise and confidence, but what did Hayes see behind Solène’s facade that made him so desperate to woo her? Despite the obvious physical connection, we knew there was more, and as we delved deeper into Hayes persona, it all became clear. Hayes’ emotional maturity belied his cheekiness and his 20 years. Hayes was an old soul and this young man matched Solène emotionally, intellectually and physically. Their building relationship was a thing of beauty setting the foundation of friendship to lovers and beyond. It was quite simply, breathtaking, passionate and heartfelt. “How did we get here? This was only supposed to be lunch, remember? This was only supposed to be lunch.” “You,” he said, his voice frayed, foreign. “Me?” “You. You let me unfold you.” Whilst we may not have completely warmed to Solène, we absolutely related to her feelings, and the way in which Robinne Lee identified this character; her struggles, her insecurities, her torment, her sacrifices and the vilification she received because of the age difference between her and Hayes, was exceptional. We understood it all completely and perceived the reason we found her to be aloof was her upbringing and the fact that Hayes was such a beautiful, warm, sensitive and honest character who wore his heart on his sleeve. He was something else, this man! “This is insane. You realize that, right?” “Only if someone gets hurt.”“Someone always gets hurt, Hayes.” As the story drew to a close, we reflected on what we’d read wanting to give this author a standing ovation for many reasons. For delivering believable characters, for not succumbing to standard story clichés, for having the ingenuity to deliver this story honestly, warts and all. We really couldn’t have asked for more. The banter between Hayes and Solène was witty, naughty and sincere making us grin from ear to ear. The passion was explosive, sensual, hot and thankfully not always over descriptive yet always moving, passionate and sexy as hell; not once did we feel inclined skim the intimate scenes as we’ve found ourselves doing recently. And the emotion…oh God the emotion, well, tears fell freely that’s for sure. At times uplifting, painful and certainly worth every tear. See full review here “You want to be kissed, Solene? You think you can handle that?” THE IDEA OF YOU is available to purchase below:Amazon USAmazon UKCome visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest
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  • Robin Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to have to sleep on this...UPDATE: I slept on it. Some. This book is pure perfection and I read it every spare second I had, and some I didn't. It's that good. Get over the age thing and go for the ride. The h's insecurities bring her down (age-wise) and the H's life experience elevates him. They meet in the middle and it works, yet there's that underlying "gap" that's always there. But the brilliance of this book is that, at its core, age isn't the issue. Celebrity is. And the questio I'm going to have to sleep on this...UPDATE: I slept on it. Some. This book is pure perfection and I read it every spare second I had, and some I didn't. It's that good. Get over the age thing and go for the ride. The h's insecurities bring her down (age-wise) and the H's life experience elevates him. They meet in the middle and it works, yet there's that underlying "gap" that's always there. But the brilliance of this book is that, at its core, age isn't the issue. Celebrity is. And the question becomes, should two people who are TRULY in love, let something like that get in their way? Yes. When there's an innocent child involved. And now for my highly spoilery rant. (view spoiler)[What the fucking fuck? I seriously expected an HEA. Grrrr! I don't do non-HEA's! And near the end I was SURE I was going to get one. I actually thought the daughter was going to call Hayes and bring him back and they would all live happily ever after on that islet. 🙄🙄🙄 But...after sleeping on it--for a few hours, as I woke up at 5am and contemplated further--I agree it ended the way it had to. Clearly Hayes had some growing up to do, even if it wasn't all that obvious until the end. And sweet Isabelle, no matter how mature she seemed at times, was a child and decisions needed to be made for her--not by her. Their story couldn't have ended any other way. BUT the book could have! An epilogue 5 years into the future--with Isabelle grown up and some maturity under Hayes' belt--would have been appreciated. I wouldn't have needed an HEA in that instance--just hope. Just a hint of the attraction and love they once shared. Maybe a letter? IDK...something!? Grr argh! (hide spoiler)] Rant over. Thanks for listening.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    I think that less is going to be more with this review. THE IDEA OF YOU blew me away, discomforted me, challenged me and devastated me. And yet, I loved every minute of the ride; I couldn’t look away as I devoured it page by page, waiting for the impending car crash.I don’t want to give a thing away beyond the blurb. The characters, Hayes and Solène transfixed me with their story and their pairing. “So this is what twenty looked like. That sweet spot between adolescence and the moment things be I think that less is going to be more with this review. THE IDEA OF YOU blew me away, discomforted me, challenged me and devastated me. And yet, I loved every minute of the ride; I couldn’t look away as I devoured it page by page, waiting for the impending car crash.I don’t want to give a thing away beyond the blurb. The characters, Hayes and Solène transfixed me with their story and their pairing. “So this is what twenty looked like. That sweet spot between adolescence and the moment things began to unravel.”There are other characters in this story but it’s very hard not to feel anything but absorbed by Hayes and Solène. The complications and angst were intense so that I don’t think I will recover for a while.The writing in this book is sublime, seamless and this is a writing debut. Robinne Lee is an author to look out for. As many readers of this book will say, I want need more, just so that I can keep on breathing.Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
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  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    I had so maaany expectations from this book and in the end I did not really like the story. If you follow my reviews, you will probably have noticed that I don't mind big age differences between the two main characters of a romance story. I actually prefer older women-younger men stories and 15-20 years are definitely a good age difference for me ;)So, why did I not like the story???One word: PRETENTIOUS ***some spoilers***There is this 40 years old woman so French, so sophisticated, so educated I had so maaany expectations from this book and in the end I did not really like the story. If you follow my reviews, you will probably have noticed that I don't mind big age differences between the two main characters of a romance story. I actually prefer older women-younger men stories and 15-20 years are definitely a good age difference for me ;)So, why did I not like the story???One word: PRETENTIOUS ***some spoilers***There is this 40 years old woman so French, so sophisticated, so educated, so beautiful, so perfect, so world travelled, so indifferent (especially to her teenager daughter that she has just started realising that she is a woman).And there is this 20 years old man so British, so famous, so rich, so mature for his age, so pretty, so perfect, so world travelled, so unconcerned about how his decisions can influence so many people (the fans that they never expect that their idol can behave like a human being, and also his older girlfriend who is full of fears about what people think).Thus in the whole book you have these two people who meet other people who are friends with other people and who live the high life who travel all around the world who make love like they don't care and there is no tomorrow. Until they have a few moments of tension. And then they are back meeting other people who are friends with other people and living the high life keep travelling all around the world and making love like they don't care and there is no tomorrow.And there are the discussions about art, the chic dinners, the flutes of champagne, the french, the swimming pools.Apparently none of these two lovers will be crumpled and brought to his/her knees (except maybe in the end Haynes and this happens with so much coolness and detachment that I wanted to scream).And then there is the actual ending, which made me want to throw my ebook reader to the opposite wall. This is not a way to end a romance novel!So, I was actually wondering why there is all this drama in the first place? It was just a trivial fling after all.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com4.5/5When I first read the blurb for this book I have to admit that I did (wrongly) assume that it would be one of those cliched, happily ever after love stories. It was far from it, instead it was a genuine, raw and honest look at a “taboo” relationship that explored some really cool themes and smashed some well known stereotypes, especially ones towards women. I liked the structure of this, it was divided into sections based on where Hayes a All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com4.5/5When I first read the blurb for this book I have to admit that I did (wrongly) assume that it would be one of those cliched, happily ever after love stories. It was far from it, instead it was a genuine, raw and honest look at a “taboo” relationship that explored some really cool themes and smashed some well known stereotypes, especially ones towards women. I liked the structure of this, it was divided into sections based on where Hayes and Solene were traveling at the time and they visited some really amazing and exotic locales as he toured with his band and she raced off to meet him whenever she could. This definitely isn’t a typical romance novel, besides the obvious age difference between the two leads, there was more intelligence and sophistication here, both in the authors writing style and in the characters themselves. Both Solene and Hayes were complicated characters individually and their relationship itself was complex as well. She’s a divorced mother to a teenaged girl and when the media gets wind of their romance, their lives are effected in a deep and profound way. Hayes was a really mature guy for a twenty year old and there was much more substance to him than I was expecting there to be. I can totally see why Solene was charmed by him! This was definitely an alluring and risqué read, there are some steamy and passionate love scenes and Hayes and Solene’s chemistry was smoking hot. Watching her transformation throughout the book was a beautiful thing to witness, when it starts she’s a strong, independent business woman, but she’s lost a vital piece of herself along the way. By the end, she had embraced her sexuality as a middle aged woman and found a new type of self confidence she was lacking before. Lee also explored some common stereotypes that most women face at some point in their lives and she really focused on the age old double standard where older men date much younger women and no one bats an eye while an older woman dating a younger man is frowned upon and judged harshly. This was one of those books that just begs to be made into a movie, I can only imagine that it would be stunning! The ending was really bittersweet and emotional and I’m not sure whether I loved it or hated it to be completely honest. But the book itself was great and I’m extremely impressed this is Lee’s debut, I think she has a juicy, sexy hit on her hands.
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  • Dee Montoya
    January 1, 1970
    FIVE PERFECT STARS*****There's 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, is 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 hea FIVE PERFECT STARS*****There's 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, is 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 being 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 up from the others, Hayes Campbell. After meeting them, Hayes offered them back-stage passes, where he proceeded to let 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 amune 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 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.
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    I wanna read it so much ... so so much... but the non-hea ending stops me. Maybe the writer makes it a duet one day and gives them their belated HEA and then, I will read it...
  • The Book Bee
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW: MUST READ"The way he touched me: unhurried, focused, exact. He knew precisely what he was doing." I finished The Idea of You and I’m not sure I ever walked away from such an amazing book.....with a painfully broken heart. How do you rate a book that left you heartbroken? How do you rate a book that put you in a tailspin, but you wouldn't change anything about the story, no matter how heartbreaking it was? Truthfully, it was five brilliantly told stars.This is the kind of book that the r REVIEW: MUST READ"The way he touched me: unhurried, focused, exact. He knew precisely what he was doing." I finished The Idea of You and I’m not sure I ever walked away from such an amazing book.....with a painfully broken heart. How do you rate a book that left you heartbroken? How do you rate a book that put you in a tailspin, but you wouldn't change anything about the story, no matter how heartbreaking it was? Truthfully, it was five brilliantly told stars.This is the kind of book that the romance world grabbed onto and you either loved it or you hated it. I have seen many a discussion about this one and while it's not technically a romance, it's a complete story of love and the intricacies behind it when you have circumstances beyond your control. Two worlds colliding causing massive upheaval. BUT!! It provided a love that was both smile inducing and heartbreaking. A journey is worth a thousand memories, right? Who are we to dictate how a love story unfolds? It hurt. I'm not going to lie. It physically hurt my heart when I closed this book. I was quite melancholy by the time I was done, and then....I just sat there. I thought, I hurt, I thought some more, I smiled at the memories.....but I walked away with a soul deep pain in my heart that felt physically real. But I also smiled to myself knowing that the love they got to experience was probably once in a lifetime. "But I don't want to miss out on us because I was afraid." I loved that Lee provided this bubble that we got to hide in while Solène and Hayes were together. They were in their own little world, and the love was unguarded and alive. You could feel it and sense it and I loved that I felt that power of their attraction. But, the reality of the situation was always there, providing some painful and emotional turmoil within their real worlds. The harsh reality behind the perplexity of not only their love, but their relationship as well, was an eye opening look into fame and how it can and does affect others.It’s no secret how it ends, and I’ll admit having that ruined for me by some folks really sucked - no lie. So, I went in for the journey of an undeniable love and a story that I was sure to feel. I am so glad I took that journey with Hayes and Solène. The retrospect. The memories. The whirlwind. The love. It was beautiful and painful. Unknown, but pure. If I disregard every love story that doesn’t have that perfectly buttoned up ending, I would probably miss out on some amazing journeys through love. I don’t know how it would have hit me not knowing the ending, but I know how it hit me knowing - and it was intense. My eyes were misty and my heart was truly broken.This book will not be for everyone. I've definitely heard the pros and cons and the anger and the love from both sides - and once again, it's a very lively conversation that I willingly have over and over. I don’t fault anyone for needing a HEA and I never would. We all read differently, but knowing how it affected me , even knowing somewhat how it ended, it didn’t take away from the story for me. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I honestly wish I could reread it for the first time and NOT know how it ended. To experience the full affect and hit....This review is entirely subjective, based on the content and the outcome and what it did for me. Having said that, my personal feelings on it can and will differ from many others. The true definition of a romance book is clear; that a HEA/HFN is required. This was a love story. This was a journey and I loved the entire thing. The whole darn thing.Seeing the video trailer that was originally posted on YouTube punctuates the pain. It reinforced the strength in Lee's words and how she brought the book to life. I almost had tears watching it and remembering the despair and the agony I so legitimately felt. But I also smiled seeing how well she told this story and how well it translated onto the screen. I am very excited to see this book made into a movie!And in all actuality, I think the ending was the perfect statement and quite fitting. It punctuated the heartbreak I very much still feel. I still feel that pain, the longing and the desire for a happier ending. I still feel the sadness of their story and the anguish I felt after I closed the book. But , I loved the book and cannot recommend it enough. This was a love story....not necessarily a romance. "I'd been so intoxicated. By his smell and his taste and his touch."~BEEAA AMAZON: https://amzn.to/2DBMOMMEnter here to WIN an ecopy: http://bit.ly/2FQMgVE
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Top read of 2017. Blown away. This book was everything. Still gathering my thoughts, but I absolutely adored every word. Brilliant, phenomenal, heartbreaking, breathe-in-a-paper-bag, what I live for kind of a book. Robinne Lee, I bow to you!!
  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    5 Fabulous stars! “Don’t go falling in love with me, Hayes Campbell.”“I’m not gonna fall in love with you. I’m a rock star. We don’t do that.”“You’re a boy band member.”“Well…I guess all bets are off then.” Rock stars – we can’t help but fall in love with them, and you’d be hard pressed to find a man as soulful and beautiful as Hayes Campbell, the twenty year old singer with boy band, August Moon as he falls for 39 year old divorcee, and mother of a 12 year old daughter, Solène Marchand. “What i 5 Fabulous stars! “Don’t go falling in love with me, Hayes Campbell.”“I’m not gonna fall in love with you. I’m a rock star. We don’t do that.”“You’re a boy band member.”“Well…I guess all bets are off then.” Rock stars – we can’t help but fall in love with them, and you’d be hard pressed to find a man as soulful and beautiful as Hayes Campbell, the twenty year old singer with boy band, August Moon as he falls for 39 year old divorcee, and mother of a 12 year old daughter, Solène Marchand. “What is it you want from me, then?” Solène “Everything.” HayesAs soon as this book hit our radar, we knew we had to read it! A tumultuous rock star romance, with an age gap is exactly the type of read we devour and wow! We were completely floored by this story; easily becoming swept up in its honesty and raw emotion and by the striking prose of first time author, Robinne Lee. It’s hard to believe this is her first published novel, because Robinne Lee, delivered it all in The Idea of You. We swooned, we laughed, loved and oh boy did we cry! We felt everything and found Solene and Hayes story to be captivating, incredibly heartfelt, moving, candid, unique and sincere. This author writes with a knowledgeable and beautiful prose that encapsulated everything we love, but rarely find in this trope. Impressive to say the least. “You. Are fucking everything to me, I’m not going anywhere.” The synopsis tells you all you need to know to decide if this books piques your interest, but we promise you, what you’ll find between the pages is so much more than a rock star meets girl story. So much more and we feel the best way to experience it is spoiler free. We urge you to simply allow Hayes and Solène’s love story to unravel before your eyes and experience the truthfulness and emotion as the story slowly builds, holding you captive until the very last page, as Solène and Hayes’ love story climbs to its crescendo.‘The thought crossed my mind that this could be dangerous. Not the ill-advised sex with the just out of his teens pop star, but the cuddling. The lying there, drinking in his scent, watching his chest rise and fall, allowing myself to bask in my own happiness. I could fall in love this way.’Their initial attraction is physical, a chemistry that ignites when they meet backstage after an August Moon concert, Solène attended with her daughter and 2 of her friends. We did, at first, wonder what so enamoured the sweet, wise beyond his years, Hayes to pursue the somewhat aloof Solène so vigorously, but we trusted the author to slowly reveal all. Of course, Solène oozed beauty, poise and confidence, but what did Hayes see behind Solène’s facade that made him so desperate to woo her? Despite the obvious physical connection, we knew there was more, and as we delved deeper into Hayes persona, it all became clear. Hayes’ emotional maturity belied his cheekiness and his 20 years. Hayes was an old soul and this young man matched Solène emotionally, intellectually and physically. Their building relationship was a thing of beauty setting the foundation of friendship to lovers and beyond. It was quite simply, breathtaking, passionate and heartfelt. “How did we get here? This was only supposed to be lunch, remember? This was only supposed to be lunch.” “You,” he said, his voice frayed, foreign. “Me?” “You. You let me unfold you.” Whilst we may not have completely warmed to Solène, we absolutely related to her feelings, and the way in which Robinne Lee identified this character; her struggles, her insecurities, her torment, her sacrifices and the vilification she received because of the age difference between her and Hayes, was exceptional. We understood it all completely and perceived the reason we found her to be aloof was her upbringing and the fact that Hayes was such a beautiful, warm, sensitive and honest character who wore his heart on his sleeve. He was something else, this man!‘There had probably been many before me, and there would be many after, but in that moment, it was just me.’Hayes Campbell, where do we begin to express our feelings about him? Hayes is up there as one of the most arresting, charming, engaging, sweet and genuine characters we’ve read. This man had us sobbing buckets! Oh and our (and we think the authors) muse, Harry Styles, certainly helped as well! “Look at me. Look at me. It’s just us. It’s just you and me in this relationship. Fuck everything else.” Robinne Lee nailed this story in every way. The emotion of both characters was spot on, the rock star feel we crave in these themes was paramount, but delivered so uniquely as this author put her own stamp, her knowledge and her awe inspiring talent on this trope. Solène and Hayes were two opposites, leading two completely different lifestyles who just seemed to fit but time would tell if Solène could live in Hayes’ chaotic world. “This is insane. You realize that, right?” “Only if someone gets hurt.”“Someone always gets hurt, Hayes.” As the story drew to a close, we reflected on what we’d read wanting to give this author a standing ovation for many reasons. For delivering believable characters, for not succumbing to standard story clichés, for having the ingenuity to deliver this story honestly, warts and all. We really couldn’t have asked for more. The banter between Hayes and Solène was witty, naughty and sincere making us grin from ear to ear. The passion was explosive, sensual, hot and thankfully not always over descriptive yet always moving, passionate and sexy as hell; not once did we feel inclined skim the intimate scenes as we’ve found ourselves doing recently. And the emotion…oh God the emotion, well, tears fell freely that’s for sure. At times uplifting, painful and certainly worth every tear. “You want to be kissed, Solene? You think you can handle that?” So…standing ovation to you, Robinne Lee! Bravo! Thank you for your bravery in delivering this story your way and for giving us a backstage pass and an almost voyeuristic look into the world of the rich and famous with Hayes, Solène and the other four cheeky lads of August Moon; Rory, Oliver, Simon and Liam. We were drawn into a life we can only fantasise about, the reality of which is a far cry from the romantic notion we dream up. We’re not sure if you plan to write more about the band but we’re not opposed to begging you to do so. One things for sure, we would love more! ‘He was such a vision of virility, it almost felt dirty to watch.’THE IDEA OF YOU is available to purchase below:Amazon USAmazon UKCome visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest
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  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    I have not stayed up all night to read a book in one day in a long time... and this debut book was just WOW! I love taboo books and an older woman/mother dating her daughter’s beloved pop star crush was just right up my alley. You know when it should be wrong... because the age difference in this book was big—but how could it be wrong, when for me, everything about them felt so damn right! The Idea of You is sexy and sinful yet fun and completely romantic. It was nothing that I expected it to be I have not stayed up all night to read a book in one day in a long time... and this debut book was just WOW! I love taboo books and an older woman/mother dating her daughter’s beloved pop star crush was just right up my alley. You know when it should be wrong... because the age difference in this book was big—but how could it be wrong, when for me, everything about them felt so damn right! The Idea of You is sexy and sinful yet fun and completely romantic. It was nothing that I expected it to be. At 20 years old, Hayes is wise for his years...he is relentless in his pursuit but not only that... his maturity, his knowing what he wants, his passion, his swagger, and ultimately his love and his heart stole my heart big time. “I’m a person. First and foremost. And I have feelings. And I know this career comes with a lot of baggage, but don’t write me off just because I’m in a fucking band. It’s what I do, it’s not who I am. It doesn’t—what is it you say?—it doesn’t define me.”Solene is a good mother and at 39 years old and divorced, it’s her turn to find love and to not be alone. She is a good person, friend, and businesswoman. She is fiercely strong, and independent and everything she does are for those around her. Who could really blame her for going for it all when Hayes’ attention was all on her and it just felt so real...because it really was real and true... in my eyes, it was EVERYTHING <3 Watching their life together unfold was simply magical. I was addicted to them, their every interaction and every word. I just could not stop reading. This book was just so damn sexy.Of course there were moments of poor torture—coming upon the age of 40 myself, I understood Solene's life—the insecurities, the difference in their age, watching how social media wrecked havoc on Solene's life and how their love was made to be so ugly by the public eye was so painful to watch.The ending crushed me... I had tears in my eyes from all the pain and agony. I guess I had hoped it would end a different way though Solene did the right thing—always the selfless thing... it still broke my heart nonetheless. As I closed the book, I realized how I wasn't ready to let go... I fell in complete and utter love with these characters.Robinne Lee wrote a well written book that romance readers will simply love. Beyond that she wrote a book showcasing how double standards and biases still exist and this book will really make readers think. I am in complete awe that this is a debut novel... I can not say enough good things about this book.So I borrowed this book from the library because this was a new-to-me author and I wasn’t sure that I would like the book. It ended up being the complete opposite. I now plan on buying it today because this is a must read re-read. I read though again to see the things that I may have missed and because quite honestly, I want more time with them.Though this is January and very early on in the year, I feel like this will be a top read of 2018 for me... simply put—this book was just WOW! Unforgettable! SO FREAKIN ADDICTING!!! SO GOOD that I am not sure how I can even move on... TOTAL FREAKIN BOOK HANGOVER!!!!I look forward to reading more from this author <3
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read this book because of all the 4-5 star reviews. However, I ended up disliking it a lot. I really liked how it started, but after reading 25%, it went downhill. The 20 year old Hayes (who was part of a boy band) was seriously immature, I couldn't stand him at all. He seriously had some mommy issues. His clingy behavior didn't do it for me. As for the 39 year old Solène, mother of a 12 year old, she could've made some better decisions. It was obvious she was living her life an I was excited to read this book because of all the 4-5 star reviews. However, I ended up disliking it a lot. I really liked how it started, but after reading 25%, it went downhill. The 20 year old Hayes (who was part of a boy band) was seriously immature, I couldn't stand him at all. He seriously had some mommy issues. His clingy behavior didn't do it for me. As for the 39 year old Solène, mother of a 12 year old, she could've made some better decisions. It was obvious she was living her life and forgetting she had a daughter who was being impacted by her stupid decisions. I didn't believe in their love, it felt like two teenagers who fell in love for the first time. At times she was like his mom and lecturing him on things. She had responsibilities but was traveling around the world to meet up with her boy toy. First she had no time for her daughter because of work and than she had no time for her because of Hayes. I did not feel any connection to her, and I was not rooting for their love either. Both of the main characters were annoying and I couldn't stand them. Only reason I didn't DNF this book, was because I wanted to find out how it would end. So why not a one but two star rating? (view spoiler)[Because of the ending, there was just no other ending I could see for this 'couple'. It gave me great satisfaction to see how it ended. Solène finally made some ADULT decisions, and put her daughter first. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel taking place 5-10 years in the future, when Hayes had time to grow up. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Donna ~ The Romance Cover
    January 1, 1970
    The Idea of You by Robinne Lee5 stars!!! “Love, she said, was not always perfect, and not exactly how you expected it to be. But when it descended upon you, there was no controlling it.” Damn, Robinne Lee absolutely killed me with The Idea of You. This trope is hard to come by and when they do come along they are very hit or miss, older woman and younger man…the trope that romance novels are made of. Seriously though, I adored this authors writing style, her thought provoking prose never faile The Idea of You by Robinne Lee5 stars!!! “Love, she said, was not always perfect, and not exactly how you expected it to be. But when it descended upon you, there was no controlling it.” Damn, Robinne Lee absolutely killed me with The Idea of You. This trope is hard to come by and when they do come along they are very hit or miss, older woman and younger man…the trope that romance novels are made of. Seriously though, I adored this authors writing style, her thought provoking prose never failed to pull at every heart string and evoke every single, possible emotion I possess. Robinne Lee delivers a story that was honest, her characters were believable and she didn’t tread the cliché board, no, Robinne Lee made this trope her own and delivered a story that certainly left its mark and will be one I read time and time again. These characters have stayed with me, my notes have haunted me and it is only now I feel able to try and put together a review that will do this book justice. This review is spoiler free and that is how you need to go into this book, read it as the author intended, experience all those firsts for yourself. “You’re not too young,” I said. “You’re perfect.” Solène Marchand is a thirty-nine-year-old divorcee and mum to a twelve-year-old daughter. Solène owns an art gallery with her best friend and is successful and extremely knowledgeable in her field. Solène’s ex-husband has moved on, whereas Solène has not. While Solène was hard to warm up to in the first instance I could appreciate all her fears and insecurities. Robinne Lee did an amazing job in portraying Solène, before and during her time with Hayes. “There had probably been many before me, and there would be many after, but in that moment, it was just me. And for whatever reason I was plucked from the sea of nameless, faceless women who would have willingly shared Hayes Campbell’s bed, and brought to this place, to this precise instant, to engage in this act.” Hayes Campbell was a twenty-year-old pop sensation in the biggest teen band to hit the current charts. Every girl had their poster on her walls, every teen loved him and his band mates and their songs were on every radio station, you had to live under a rock to have never heard of Hayes Campbell. While Hayes was only twenty, he was an old soul, wise and mature beyond his years with a penchant for dating older women. Hayes was not a one-night stand kind of guy, he was full of the deep and meaningfuls that bled into his music as well as his love life. Hayes was the lovable idol on the stage but behind the scenes was an extremely intelligent, sensitive, quiet, reflective man with a huge heart. There was nothing I disliked about him, he was simply adorable and he made and stole this book for me. “You afraid?” he asked. I nodded.“So am I. But I’m all right with that. If I get hurt, I get hurt. It happens, right? Someone always gets hurt. But I don’t want to miss out on us because I was afraid.” The age gap in this book is huge, however, it was believable and that was all I could ask of the author. On the outside, it seemed inconceivable but the way that Robinne Lee revealed these characters, peeling back the layers one by one you suddenly understand, you believe and most of all you love and you want these two to survive, to come out the other side as one, but the hurdles are many and some are extremely high and seemingly insurmountable. “You are like the poster woman for reclaiming one’s sexuality.” The trouble with fame and fortune is that it comes with a public following and Robinne Lee demonstrated with honesty the pitfalls when living in the public eye. The paparazzi, the media, the fans all have voices, many a keyboard warrior who spite with barbs without a single thought to the reader and the person that they are attacking. To them it is just words, to Solène it was her life, her reputation and that of her daughter. This was brutal, but it was this brutality that hooks the reader and invests them in the centre of this tumultuous, addictive love story. The sex scenes held their own, but it was the dialogue and banter that made this book for me. Everything about this book was perfect. “Full disclosure,” he said. “You should probably know…” I braced for the worst. HIV, herpes … “… I brought my toothbrush.” He smiled, coy. “But I’d let you fuck me even if I hadn’t.” These are two characters that I was desperate to not leave behind. The tears were plentiful, I seriously cried a river reading this book, but when I cannot leave a book behind, when I am still thinking about it weeks later, when I have already re-read it, I know that it was a fantastic book. I have told all my friends to read it and I cannot emphasise enough just how bloody brilliant this book was. I applaud Robinne Lee for her integrity, for keeping to the story that her characters demanded to be told. It wasn’t all hearts and flowers, but it was honest, brutally so. This was a one-sitting book for me, I couldn’t put it down and when that last sentence was read it was one of those OMG moments. One where you turn your head and look at the people around you and say…why are you not emotional, why are you just watching TV, can’t you see that my life will never be the same. Seriously, no joke, I adored this book, every single part of it. This is one author that has firmly planted herself on my radar and one that I cannot wait to read more from. Seriously, READ THIS BOOK!! “You. You let me unfold you.” www.theromancecover.com
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  • Wil Loves Books!
    January 1, 1970
    “I love you,” I said. “I wish you were here.”“I am,” he said. “In your heart.” I've been hearing about this one for a while but haven't had the chance to read until now. And I'm still trying to process what I read and whether I liked it or not. And I will apologize in advance for going in tangents, cause I will.Who am I kidding? I liked this, I basically devoured it. If you know me, if you really know me, you know about my insane love for boybands. My first introduction to boybands came at a v “I love you,” I said. “I wish you were here.”“I am,” he said. “In your heart.” I've been hearing about this one for a while but haven't had the chance to read until now. And I'm still trying to process what I read and whether I liked it or not. And I will apologize in advance for going in tangents, cause I will.Who am I kidding? I liked this, I basically devoured it. If you know me, if you really know me, you know about my insane love for boybands. My first introduction to boybands came at a very early age since, growing up, my parents next door neighbor was the manager for a little (NOT) Latin American boy band called "Menudo", and well, I was lucky enough to meet and become friends, and sometimes even more, with a lot of them, especially one in particular when I was 17, lol. I spent countless hours of alone time with them, doing typical teenage stuff, more concerts that I can remember and a lot of backstage time, lots of times. To this day, I'm still friends with some of them. I love me some English bands too, from New Kids, to BSB to NSYNC seen them all multiple times, in multiple cities, in the height of their fame. Recently, it was One Direction with my teenage daughter, 4 years in a row, 4 different cities, so much fun. And so you get the idea, I don't claim to be the boyband expert, but boybands are my jam, probably something I will never grow tired of, especially since NKOTB, BSB and Menudo are still touring :) So of course I saw the appeal of this story, older divorcee mother, falling for the uber famous 20 year old lead singer of the biggest boy band in the world back then (this book came out in 2017 but the references to certain things, like her being 16 during NKOTB's Magic Summer tour, and references to the World Cup, place the book around 2014) makes it for some delicious and interesting read. Was I blow away? Sadly no, because I didn't find it at all original or maybe because I wasn't that impressed? Maybe because I have a pretty good idea of how boybands operate. Or perhaps because I couldn't quite connect with the heroine. Back in the NSYNC days I used to read a lot of fanfiction. Really good fanfiction I might add and this book was not far from those stories I used to read for free. So to me, this is what this book is, fan fiction, especially One Direction fan fiction, sorry not sorry, let's put it out there. It is well written, not going to lie, and engaging, and highly entertaining, but come on, the similarities to One Direction are so many. It's not even AU a la Anna Todd, this was almost cannon. The book follows a pretty similar tour schedule than 1Ds at the time and also has these little things like the band recording the album on the road, and the band filming and later premiering a rockumentary, a la One Direction's This is Us. Actually, the author is even pretty blatant about it:“We’re doing a movie. Like a hybrid between a documentary and a bunch of tour footage. A rockumentary, if you will. Or a popumentary”—he smiled— “because it’s us . Get it? 1D's movie was This is Us, lmao. Oh and the main guy, the obvious Harry Styles inspired character is called Hayes. BTW, Harry Styles once dated Caroline Flack, 15 years old his senior, when he was about the hero's age, so there's that too, lol. So yep, this is totes inspired in 1D and the author probably watched This is Us several times. Hey, no judging, I've watched it more times than I will admit to. So, back to the book, I will tell you what I loved, what I liked and what I didn't love. What I loved:-The love affair, I loved all aspects of this affair. The fact that this 20 year old boy was so in love with this 39-40 year old woman was enthralling, interesting and definitely refreshing to read. The whirlwind, the cities, everything was awesome. I wish there were more books like this, rather than the opposite which is becoming a trend in romance. “I could be your mother, you know.” “But you’re not.” “But I could be.” “But you’re not.” He held my gaze, smiling his half smile. I felt it then, that little flip-flop in the pit of my stomach that told me that whatever this twenty-year-old was doing, it was working. “I like you, so fucking much. I don’t give a damn what you were doing in the nineties. Or anytime, really … -The whole boyband dynamics, Hollywood dynamics, etc. Although the author used way to many acronyms and obscured references that might get lost if you're not completely pop-cultured, she totally got all the dynamics and the references to a T. Not surprised since she's an LA based actress. I loved all of it. “You.” “Me?” “This is why they love you, isn’t it?” “Who?” “Everyone.” -The secondary characters. Especially Oliver, give me more Oliver please. -Hayes! Hayes was just beautiful, caring and wise beyond this years. He was a true fantasy come to life and the reason why I kept reading the book. Loved. Him. “I’m falling in love with you. I’m just going to put that out there, because I can. Because you told me I couldn’t if I was sleeping with anyone else, and I’m not, so there you have it…” “I’m really happy when I’m with you. I get the feeling you feel the same way. And if that’s true, I don’t think you should give a fuck about what people may or may not think of our age difference. Furthermore, if our ages were reversed, no one would bat an eyelash. Am I right? So now it’s just some sexist, patriarchal crap, and you don’t strike me as the kind of woman who’s going to let that dictate her happiness. All right? Next issue…” “You.” “Me?” “You like me.” He paused for a moment, upsetting our usual back-and-forth. “I love you,” he said. Without qualifiers, without conditions. He allowed it to sit there and wash over me. Warm, like the Caribbean sun. “You don’t have to say anything,” he said; apparently, I hadn’t. “Just know that I do.” What I liked:-The ending. Yep, I know a lot of people hate it, but I'm totally on board with the ending. I think the best decision was made considering the situation and that otherwise, it wouldn't have been realistic. However, this will make for an amazing sequel, if the author so desires. Maybe a few years down the road. One of my favorite books is The Education of Caroline by Jane Harvey-Berrick, which is the sequel to The Education of Sebastian. It's set 10 years after the first book and is absolutely fantastic. It would also benefit from some male POV as well. A sequel set in the future would make for an amazingly angsty and memorable read, definitely looking forward to the possibility. -The art and social themes. Very cool and interesting. I love great research.-The writing. For a debut book, the writing was engaging and the book was exquisitely edited. I would definitely read more books by her. “I want to know what your intentions are, Hayes Campbell.”   “What are your intentions? Did you come here to sell me art?”   “Maybe.”   “Hmm..." he said, without breaking eye contact. “Well … I came to buy whatever you’re selling.” In that moment, it didn’t matter how old he was or how many fans he’d amassed. In that moment, he had me. And I realized that just knowing that I could have a fling was not going to be enough. I kissed him. He tasted of rum and lime and sugar and happiness. And I wanted to lock it away and remember it forever. -Some aspects of Solene. I loved her relationship with her kid. I loved that she gave herself the chance to love Hayes and I loved her boldness at times. How the fuck had I gotten so lucky? How, in this great world, had we found each other? And how, I wondered, when the time came, was I going to let him go? What I didn't love:Ok, I don't want to criticize the book, after all I liked it and I gave it 4 very solid stars, but this could've been a 5 star had the heroine been a little more...relatable. But the whole thing, especially the main character, was very...pretentious. This in turn makes the book, and again the main character, completely unrelatable, especially considering the target audience. I get it she's extremely sophisticated, Ivy League educated, and OMG let's not forget she's French (it's mentioned way too many times), none of that bothers me, but the name dropping and the snobbish writing, was a turn off. I believe that you can completely be sophisticated without sounding pretentious. She sounded like a snob, time and time again, and I rolled my eyes a lot. The name dropping was extreme and not subtle. She definitely didn't need to mention her Celines, and Hermes and Lanvins, etc all the freaking time. "proffering my purse: the Céline hobo bag in chamois, perfect for everything but holding a change of clothes.""I was going to cry. Here. In Balthazar. Under the gold lights and the oversized French mirrors. My avocado and poached eggs on toast were getting cold." "It was sublime, my dress. Lanvin." "Where did you get this dress? "Balmain"You get the idea peeps, I rolled my eyes hard a few times. You can completely get the point across without sounding pretentious and over descriptive. But what it really does, is that it totally disconnects you from the idea that you could relate to Solene, and instead portrays her as some sad poor little rich girl and that fantasy just dies. Pretentious indeed. I associate name droppers more with reality stars and less with wealthy, sophisticated women. Like Jamie Johnson's dad tells him on The One Percent, wealthy people should never talk about how wealthy they are. So, I couldn't stop picturing Solene as one of those Real Housewives of the OC, and less like Cheryl (aka Liam Payne's baby mama also older than him), Caroline Flack or the coolest and my favorite cougar Sam Taylor-Johnson. Meaning, Solene came off as not young or relatable a lot more times than I liked. Which is a total shame because Solene had some great moments and had she'd been less pretentious, this book could resonate more with so many more people. To me, she needed to sound a little more down to earth. And don't get me wrong, I get it, the author wanted to convey that her appeal was her sophistication, and she has said that Hayes own pedigree was important in establishing why he was appealing to Solene (although I'm not entirely convinced that's true, he was young, hot, virile and exciting and he was definitely not a name dropper!), but it just came up snobby, pretentious and highly unrealistic. Overall , this was a solid read. I will definitely remember it and I'm looking forward to the possibility of a sequel. But sadly it didn't move me or gutted me or the sort, like I expected it. It was just fun and entertaining while it lasted. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something a little different (unless you read 1D fan fiction all the time), although St. Martin's is doing this book a disservice by pricing it that high. However, I will disclaim in a spoiler tag that (view spoiler)[ this book does not have an HEA, not even a HFN, the MCs do not end up together (hide spoiler)] So keep that in mind and read at your own risk. “What took you so long?” I laughed. “I was just making sure it was you, and not the idea of you.”
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    THE IDEA OF YOU was a book that a buddy of mine read, which inspired a bunch of other buddies to read it, after which ensued a flurry of reactions filled with heartbreak and amazement and fury and angst warnings. So I made sure to step away for a bit before giving it a try. As a result, though, those expectations were still there and I kept waiting to be blown away.While I might not have found that same all-encompassing sweet spot, I instead found myself reading a really really well written, wel THE IDEA OF YOU was a book that a buddy of mine read, which inspired a bunch of other buddies to read it, after which ensued a flurry of reactions filled with heartbreak and amazement and fury and angst warnings. So I made sure to step away for a bit before giving it a try. As a result, though, those expectations were still there and I kept waiting to be blown away.While I might not have found that same all-encompassing sweet spot, I instead found myself reading a really really well written, well emoted, complex, love story between an older woman -- complete with an ex-husband, a teenage daughter, and a career -- and a popstar almost half her age.It's smart, it's sexy af, it's compelling. It's a little bit repetitive. You definitely see the writing on the wall. There are a lot of unresolved bits I have questions about. And you don't necessarily expect the ending. Oh, and also, it is heartbreaking. "Love is this very precious thing. It's this precious, magical thing. But it's not finite. There's not a limited amount of it out there. You just have to be open to allowing it to find you. Allowing it to happen."I definitely cried near the end. I definitely feel bereft. But it was really only in that last 10% where I felt that agony. The rest was just a really great sexy contemporary romp. I would definitely recommend this but caution you about what you might end up feeling by the final pages of this author's debut.
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  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    January 1, 1970
    4 - 4.5 ★'s “I made a choice.”Gotta love when you find a juicy book on those angsty/emotional book lists but I'm not sure I was prepared for how this book would make me feel. Two days later and I'm still mad about it!Hayes is in a boy band called August Moon and he meets Solène when she brings her daughter to see his concert. It's not hard to tell he wants her but I really loved how much he had to pursue her. Hayes is super yummy even though he came across as Harry Styles (which I'm not a huge f 4 - 4.5 ★'s “I made a choice.”Gotta love when you find a juicy book on those angsty/emotional book lists but I'm not sure I was prepared for how this book would make me feel. Two days later and I'm still mad about it!Hayes is in a boy band called August Moon and he meets Solène when she brings her daughter to see his concert. It's not hard to tell he wants her but I really loved how much he had to pursue her. Hayes is super yummy even though he came across as Harry Styles (which I'm not a huge fan). He was just so sweet, romantic and wise beyond his years. And such a great match for Solène. It was interesting to see how they maneuvered each other in their complicated lives not to mention their almost twenty year age difference. I did think the story got bogged down with all the name and brand dropping. It was just too much and I really don't care whose dress or shoes she was wearing. And since she's an artist/art dealer, we get inundated with all the artist's names as well. The book kept me on my toes hoping and wishing things would work out for these two. I seriously could not put the book down and I was heartbroken at the end...not just with that ending but with Hayes' reactions. Sooo sad. The only saving grace...and what kept this book at a much higher star rating than I would have given it...is that I heard the author is considering a second book. We definitely deserve something!
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!Sophisticated, alluring, and extremely passionate! This is a thought-provoking, intriguing novel that reminds us that women can be confident, powerful, intelligent, attractive, sexual beings at any age and that being famous often has many drawbacks.The prose is genuine and raw. The characters are authentic, honest, multi-layered, and appealing. And the plot sweeps you away into an engaging saga about motherhood, independence, responsibility, age disparity, stardom, art, seduction, desi 4.5 Stars!Sophisticated, alluring, and extremely passionate! This is a thought-provoking, intriguing novel that reminds us that women can be confident, powerful, intelligent, attractive, sexual beings at any age and that being famous often has many drawbacks.The prose is genuine and raw. The characters are authentic, honest, multi-layered, and appealing. And the plot sweeps you away into an engaging saga about motherhood, independence, responsibility, age disparity, stardom, art, seduction, desire, lust, love and unquenchable chemistry.This a wonderful debut for Lee. It’s an exquisite love story with palpable emotion, strong narration and an ending, which I logically understand but still wish was different, that will resonate with you long after you finish the final page. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at http://whatsbetterthanbooks.com
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. A difficult book to rate. All the way through, I felt uncomfortable with the basic premise. I've enjoyed books with older woman/ younger man before, although it's not my fav trope. e.g. I really liked Nia Forrester's The Fall, but in that one the age difference wasn't so great, and the H, though younger, was a still mature man who knew himself. And there you have it - that's what my problem boils down to - the HUGE age difference. The h in this book is LITERALLY well and truly old eno 2.5 stars. A difficult book to rate. All the way through, I felt uncomfortable with the basic premise. I've enjoyed books with older woman/ younger man before, although it's not my fav trope. e.g. I really liked Nia Forrester's The Fall, but in that one the age difference wasn't so great, and the H, though younger, was a still mature man who knew himself. And there you have it - that's what my problem boils down to - the HUGE age difference. The h in this book is LITERALLY well and truly old enough to be the H's mother. She's about to turn forty (but luckily still extraordinarily beautiful....). And the H is 20! Yep - not even old enough to legally drink. Hmmmmm. I think I would have liked this book a whole lot more if the age difference wasn't so vast. I kept bumping into it all the way through, and I kept thinking, no, that's just wrong. Ewww. No!!! I know it's part of what creates the basic tension of this book, but for me it was too much.Hayes is gorgeous. He's in a hugely successful British boy band, and is hot, sexy, clever and arty. And he is attracted to older women. Mommy issues maybe? This is kinda hinted at but never really explored. Solene is divorced and has a 13-year-old daughter who happens to have a crush on Hayes. Oh yeah, it's gonna get messy. Thinking about it, Solene was one of my problems with this book too. Because she did not have much personal strength, a quality that I admire. Having just reread Mariana Zapata's Kulti which has one of the best h's in Sal Cassilis, who is full of inner strength and integrity, Solene in contrast seemed weak and self-indulgent. She was the mature one in this relationship, but she didn't step back when she should have. It was going to blow up in everyone's faces. She knew that all along, but did nothing to stop the train wreck that was coming. And the feeble excuses she kept making as to why it wasn't the right time to tell her daughter about the relationship. Weak.The writer did a decent job of moving the story along, although I did get a bit sick of the sex scenes (Weird, IKR?). Yeah, Hayes is 20 and has a high sex drive, but some of the semi-public scenes etc. Really guys? You couldn't wait, even though you'd been together for months? Hmmmmm. And he's 'ready for action' again after 3 minutes? *cue eyeroll* And he gave Solene eight orgasms one night? *cue eyeroll* And promised her nine the next night? Riiigghhhtttt. As a reader, I don't need that kind of crap. I was convinced he was sexy. No need to go OTT.By about 2/3 of the way through it was starting to drag a little, and yes, I did do a bit of skimming. But the ending was a reasonable one for the story, although it did feel a bit rushed.But I'm afraid I just couldn't get over that age difference. It didn't work for me. Inconsistent of me maybe, as I would possibly find an older man/ younger woman easier to accept? But with this age difference? It would have to be a pretty great writer to make it not seem creepy.I just kept wishing Solene wasn't quite that much older than Hayes. Yeah, she was supposed to be so beautiful, but Hayes needed someone a good ten (or more) years younger. I understand his character's frustration with the young models and groupies he had previously hooked up with. He was too mature for their obsessions with Instagram etc. But Solene could have been his mom...... just no. So, if you can deal with the age difference (which plainly I couldn't), it's not a bad book. Not brilliant, but reasonable. And yeah, Hayes is a super hottie, so there is that. And there have been lots of rave reviews. But it just wasn't for me.
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  • Sparklybearsy¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»
    January 1, 1970
    5 bloody gorgeous I want a sequel with more Solène and Hayes stars!!!! God. One of those books has come along that has broken my emotions open. I'm heartsick in love for The Idea of You. I'm going to drop a spoiler here, don't look if you haven't read it or don't want to know. (view spoiler)[There is no bloody HEA for these two. I am so fucking heartsick about it! (hide spoiler)]So with that being said, age-gaps are one of my catnip tropes, I lap them up, so to find one ( from a twitter recomm 5 bloody gorgeous I want a sequel with more Solène and Hayes stars!!!! God. One of those books has come along that has broken my emotions open. I'm heartsick in love for The Idea of You. I'm going to drop a spoiler here, don't look if you haven't read it or don't want to know. (view spoiler)[There is no bloody HEA for these two. I am so fucking heartsick about it! (hide spoiler)]So with that being said, age-gaps are one of my catnip tropes, I lap them up, so to find one ( from a twitter recommendation that squeed over it, and I cannot be left out of a book movement! ) that centers the woman being the elder in the relationship was fabulous. Yes, gimme! And it did not disappoint. Gallery owner meets hot young boy-band singer, what can go wrong! From the first chapter this book drew me in, it's sophisticated and simplistic, I loved the easy style of writing, each chapter is based on where Solène and Hayes happen to meet around the world, damn, that woman travels far and wide for some hot peen, I'm telling you, I would have done the same! *lol* I loved their flirtation right away and I didn't find their age difference difficult to read at all, in fact I was cheering them on all the way. But as with any differences in relationships, the cracks begin to appear, and it's how it affects Solène's life, and especially her young daughter that ultimate has the final say on the last page of this book. Don't you even tell me this book was not based on Harry Styles! I'm too old to be a One Direction fan, but I read stuff, I know *lol* and it's him to a T, has to be! Come on, the skinny skinny jeans, the hair, the brit boy. I will deny it with my dying breath that as soon as I put all the clues together that i might have started to listen to 1D as I read... I will deny it! I'm a sucker for chivalry in my heroes and I went into this with a worry about the age difference in that would it be Solène who was the caretaker in their relationship, almost like she was holding her little boys hand. Luckily and yay Hayes was every bit as chivalrous as I want my book heroes to be, just those little nuances of asking if she's hungry, thirsty, holding her hand in large crowds of baying fans, making sure she was happy add to the overall richness of this story for me. Hayes was more mature than his years and I really liked that he never acted like a stupid spoiled 20 year old as if we're honest all 20 year old's that we know are like. God bless fictional people being perfect *lol* At certain points he definitely felt so much more mature than Solène did in that he knew exactly what he wanted and didn't sound like a spoiled kid stomping his feet, he made valid arguments and I loved his conversations. “I am entirely too old for you, Hayes.”“I don’t think you truly believe that. I mean, do you like me? Do you not have fun when we’re together? Do you feel like I have a problem following the conversation?”I think if I had a bug bear with this book it would be the interfering secondary characters, it's a personal hate of mine in any book, (so I know this won't bother everyone) there's always enough angst anyway between the main characters without the background noise chiming in, and the ex hubby Daniel just grated on my nerves thinking he could have his say. No, buddy, go home to YOUR young wife and shut up.And then there's her business partner reminding Solène just how young Hayes is. Take two seats, Lulit and mind yo own business! I'm mostly irked for these parts because it meant it got in the way of my couple and maybe if they hadn't said anything it would have ended differently. There was just so many people coming at her about her age I felt as though it was the beginning of the end instead of allowing these two incredible people just to be, just to be IN love, it was nosy people becoming obstacles in the way.I still loved the book 100 bloody percent, my god, my heart is still reeling how fast I fell in love with this premise of a popstar boy band and an art gallery owner being this epic kind of love story. And they truly were epic. The interfering secondary characters aside, this was a great insight how a seemingly normal every day woman can fit into the extraordinary life of a celebrity. It was all fun and games at first, and then things turned serious for the couple, how difficult it was taking on a crazed fandom. I loved that side of it. I'm definitely rethinking about when I have my love affair with *insert my celeb of the moment here* My fave quote was Solène praising Hayes for the music he makes: “It’s art. And it makes people happy. And that’s a very good thing. We have this problem in our culture. We take art that appeals to women—film, books, music—and we undervalue it. We assume it can’t be high art. Especially if it’s not dark and tortured and wailing. And it follows that much of that art is created by other women, and so we undervalue them as well. We wrap it up in a pretty pink package and resist calling it art.”When great books ruin you and leave you just a little bit lost afterwards.Please, please let there be more of these characters. There has to be to more of their lives someday. I will pay in floods of fangirl tears.
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