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Blog Tour Review: The Idea Of You

Robinne Lee - The Idea Of You
Published: June 13, 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Adult, Romance
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 4.5/5

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.

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August Moon is the boyband of the century, and Solene's preteen daughter, Isabelle, happens to be obsessed with them. When Solene decides to take her brood to a concert of theirs, she sighs and glances at her watch, taps her shoes, but when one of the boybanders glances over her daughter, at HER, Hayes Campbell himself, who is surprisingly interested in her life-story.

So when they discover their unrealistically mutual feelings, they act on them, openly pursuing each other, hiding their relationship from the press and Solene's snap-happy, boyband-crazy daughter, Isabelle, best they can.

I've always been obsessed with these "small-town girl meets billionaire" trope because they're unrealistic, but there's a twist in the case of Solene and Hayes as they share a mighty age-difference and both are mega-rich, so use your imagination or borrow Fifty Shades from your local library if you wanted a story fitting of my favorite trope.

Solene is extremely privileged and downright problematic. She tries to jump on her ex-husband, at one point, and call him out for the same thing. No, hunny, he's legit about his life. Solene owns an art gallery for fun, honestly, because she barely manages it herself, paints because she has free time, and chases her boothang around the great continents, Hayes the Campbell Soup Maestro.

"These are beautiful, Solene. Truly."

"Thank you."

"I want one. Have you sold any?"

"No," I laughed. "It's just a hobby. I don't sell them."

"I still want one. Make me one."

"Make you a watercolor? I don't take commissions, Hayes. I do it for myself."

(...)

"You are so beautiful."

"Don't." I pushed his hand away. "Don't do that."

"Oh-kay...What...what am I doing?"

"Don't do the baby-fantasy with me."

"Is that what I was doing?" He sounded so confused, I almost felt bad for him.

"There's where it was headed."

I'm convinced Robinne Lee must know something about the behind-the-scenes of the music scene. The members of the boyband were all very distinct and authentic. Unless, she's done extensive research, this book was so perfectly done and so heavy on the detail, it just HAS to be accurate. There was no author's note, sadly, but you'll probably devour this as fast as I did. In one day, presumably.
"You," he said, his voice frayed, foreign.

"Me?"

"You. You let me unfold you."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robinne Lee was born and raised in Westcheser County, New York, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds, Don Cheadle in Hotel for Dogs, and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30. Her most recent role was Christian Grey's trusted COO, Ros Bailey in Fifty Shades Darker and in next year's Fifty Shades Freed. An inactive member of the New York Bar, Robinne has served as a producer on various independent films and regularly speaks on panels regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry.

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