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The Idea of You
The Idea of You: A Novel | Robinne Lee
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"Captures what fame looks like, and how it affects us all...a fun, juicy love story!"--Elizabeth Banks Solne Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, shes more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solne 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 and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solne and Hayes navigate each others worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami. For Solne, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solne and Hayes romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solne must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.
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Cupcake12
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#aestheticallymatched
Being with a global superstar in this book, many a meetings took place at the airport.

Clwojick Great match! 3mo
MidnightBookGirl Love it! 3mo
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Cupcake12
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I LOVED this book! Soléne, a 39 year old mum takes her daughter to meet her favourite boy band. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members. So begins a passionate, genuine relationship which spans the world on a global scale.
A forbidden love story I can‘t stop thinking about! I loved Hayes and Soléne together even though it broke my heart. Such an emotional journey that captivated me from the start 5⭐️

MidnightBookGirl I really enjoyed this book too, which surprised me! 3mo
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damselsgotballs
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Book 39

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Karons1
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Without doubt the best romance book 📕 I read in 2021 in my top ten #favouritereadsof21

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Kathfidler
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I‘m unsure on this book, in parts I really enjoyed it and in others it really dragged.

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Karons1
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Well this is a super sexy classy read . It‘s so refreshing to have an older female protagonist and a younger male lover , Wev had it the other way around in fiction for years so glad it‘s now becoming the norm and more accepted , no one blinks at an older man and younger woman ! Anyway it‘s very difficult for an author to create believable chemistry between two characters and make it classy , it is a wonderful read pure escapism !

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BookishClaire
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I could not be more excited to bring you this bonus episode of the Brit Lit Podcast!

The Idea of You held my attention in a way very few books have been able to of late and it took my heart. I love it so much.

Robinne Lee and I talked about her origin story as a fanfic writer, why she made her main character French, why love stories that don't end happily have such a big impact on us, and a whole lot more.

It's a delight! Don't miss this one.

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JillR
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Well. Ahem. Think a beach-read version of Daisy Jones & The Six but steamier and with a less cool boy band…Couldn‘t put it down and for all the romance (!) it was also a very smart read in parts, managing to make me feel oddly anxious throughout, and touching on the invisibility of being a woman approaching middle age and the cult of celebrity and fandom. Also just very good fun haha

TrishB lol! Great review. 8mo
bookandbedandtea I read this expecting an easy, even fluffy, palette cleanser and was surprised that it has so much depth. (Was also surprised by how much steam it had!) 8mo
JillR @TrishB 😊 8mo
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AileenRR
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Don‘t know if I‘d recommend it, but I liked it a lot, in large part because I love reading about how rich people live. When I came across the name of a hotel or shop or artist, I‘d Google it so I could better picture this world. It also helped to be forewarned that the story would not end happily.

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Lesliereadsalot
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Here we have a 40 year old woman and a 20 year old boy band star falling in love with each other. It‘s an interesting premise, but doesn‘t really deliver any kind of emotional jolt. Lots of sex though!

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❐ Overall Rating 4⭐ | Narration 😁 = Very Good
At its core, this is a story about finding love when you least expect it...with someone, you never would‘ve seen yourself with. A relationship with so many things against it; including a significant age difference with someone who is not only famous but also a teen idol for your daughter. One that comes with paparazzi and the whole world watching and analyzing your every move. ⬇ ⬇

AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH It‘s also about facing some hard truths and figuring out what you want out of life...even at the ripe old age of 40 (←that was a little bit of sarcasm). The parts of this that were the actual story, were really quite good and relatable, it just needed a tad less sex.
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bookandbedandtea
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This was one part bubblegum fluff, one part VERY steamy sex, one part exploration of female identity, and one part heartbreaking love story. I expected the fluff, the rest of it caught me off guard and I found myself far more invested in Solène and Hayes story than I anticipated. The peek behind the scenes of the life of a pop star; the ongoing discussion of what women give up in trying to balance being wives, mothers, career women; the ⬇️

bookandbedandtea ⬆️ phenomenon of women becoming "invisible" after 40 or so; the exploration of the same behavior being acceptable or not depending on whether a man or woman is doing it: I found a lot more to think about in this book than I imagined would be there. 1y
BookishClaire Right? So good, and so many ways it was actually pretty deep! 1y
bookandbedandtea @BookishClaire I was so surprised at how good it was! And that ending wrecked me. 😥 1y
BookishClaire @bookandbedandtea yes! The ending made it a five star read for me. 1y
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KristiAhlers
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Book hangover alert! This was so good and so heartbreaking at the same time. Have Kleenex handy and find a comfy place to read.

aa_guer2021 It‘s on my TBR. Thanks for the warning! 🙂 1y
KristiAhlers @ruskigurl16 you‘re welcome. I read this one in one sitting. So good. 1y
bookandbedandtea Heartbreaking is right! 😢 1y
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️?

Today, I‘m suffering from a huge book hangover because of Hayes and Solène. This book was sexy, smart, and thought-provoking, and I don‘t know when I‘ll get over that ending.

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DrLReads
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This book is painfully pretentious and over-written, but entertaining enough for quarantine.

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What a STEAMY romance!! Some have mentioned their distaste for the age difference in this book, but I‘ll just say SO many of these same people LOVE books where the male character in the relationship is way older than the woman.

The theme of female empowerment in this book is strong, and the idea of an older woman maintaining her sexuality is wonderful to see in a romance novel! ☺️

ICantImReading This is on my TBR for this month!! 😃 1y
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Airykah13
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My book club chose this one and it isn‘t one I normally would have read on my own. That being said, holy hell I couldn‘t put it down. I enjoyed the story and my only gripe is with how it ended. Robinne Lee‘s debut was wonderful and I really do hope she does a follow up with Hayes and Solène.

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StrayCat13
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Bravo, Robinne Lee, bravo. You took this middle-aged, married mother of 3 on a torrid love affair that had me seriously pondering a young lover. (Shhhh...don't tell my husband😉) However, I think you just might be a sadist. 🤔

This book left me with a serious book hangover and I'm sure I'll be thinking about it for days, at the very least.

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ChristinaWATP
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I would recommend. Wasn‘t crazy about the ending though

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Chars
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Mehso-so

Very naughty. Very good.

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MidnightBookGirl
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My book club does #NaughtyNovember every year, and I wish this had been our pick (instead we'll be reading Mastered by Her Mates😮). This was fun and sad and sexy. I would love for there to be a sequel, but I also liked how it ended so realistically.

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MidnightBookGirl
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I'm pretty sure the blame (credit?) lies with you, Littens, on how I discovered this book. I've loved the idea of May/December romances, esp with the elder being a woman, since Donna Love and Matthew Cory on Another World (I am still devastated that they didn't work out). So far this book is working for me as long as I don't actually think of how it's based on Harry Styles, because even now he looks like a high school kid and that is not my jam.

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Eringogreen
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I was skeptical to pick this up because it didn‘t sound like my style, but with recent rave reviews I was curious. Nope, it wasn‘t for me.

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baes
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 Stars

A book about a 39 year old mom who meets a 20 year old pop star. Not a book I‘d normally choose. Sounded cheesy....And it kind of was at times. BUT it was actually pretty good. That ending though....

An epilogue into the future would have been nice. I‘m over here a bit peeved about that lol.

Anyways, I recommend to romance fans. It has a little bit of every emotion.

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Lauren.Archer
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Boy oh boy, what a find. Thank you to the Bad on Paper podcast for selecting this for their June Book Club Pick or I would never have found The Idea of You. This is a gem of book. I know this is two years old, so maybe I am late to game, but if you haven't read this, please do.

For my full review please visit: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/07/31/the-idea-of-you/

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Lauren.Archer
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Pretty good week of reading. Check out my recap at: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/07/29/weekly-reading-round-up-july-29-2019/

Hope you all had a great week also.

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“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.”

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My June reads!

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💔💔

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mona91
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"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."

Chars This is the perfect thing to say when someone‘s having a tough time in a relationship. Often there are no words- this passage gave some. Loved it! 3y
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erinreads
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Whoops. 🕵️‍♀️🤭

tjwill 😩 3y
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erinreads
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Taylor Jenkins Reid said this was one of the most exciting and intoxicating love stories she‘s read in years, so I snagged this from the library earlier this week. And now this is a fun way to spend my Sunday! Also, I might have to go listen to some One Direction when I‘m done. 😂

Bookcation74 I just recently read this one and LOVED it! 3y
silentrequiem And bought! 3y
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Jeanne_S
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Good

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Jas16
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I picked this up because it was on someone‘s top #romantsy books of the year list and I had never even heard of it. I fully expected to bail because a book about a woman who has an affair with a pop star half her age she meets while bringing her daughter to a meet and greet sounded like it was going to be eye roll inducing. Instead I devoured it and have a last minute addition to my top romance reads of the year list.

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MilenaM
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I want to spread some love for The Idea of You, one of the best books I‘ve read this summer. It‘s a smart, sexy modern love story with a mature, sophisticated heroine and a swoon worthy hero. I had so many feels while reading this book! ❤️😍😱 #TheIdeaofYou

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wonderlandchick
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I got wrapped up in this way more than I expected. I would definitely read more about Solene and Hayes.

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AnnieReads
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This was such a well-written book. It follows the love affair between a woman and a pop star half her age. Incredibly sexy but also very emotional. We see the full life cycle of the relationship - beginning to end.

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intothehallofbooks
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So fun to read! Solene and Hayes are unlike the typical love interests we often see. Solene: confident, stylish, established in her career, not quirky or clumsy. Hayes: young, confident, intelligent, not alpha male. I love how Hayes pursued her and encouraged her to not keep the relationship a secret from her daughter. Such great chemistry.

This is technically a fiction story but it has romance and family. I'm excited for more from this author 💯

booksandcats13 I'm intrigued by him not being a jerk alpha male... might have to look into this. Thanks 😊! 5y
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