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The Idea of You

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  18,986 ratings  ·  2,826 reviews
Solène 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, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, w ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Robinne Lee
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
So, it appears this is indeed really happening. Just pinching myself. And perhaps freaking out a little. Yikes!!
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4.25 STARS****

This book is not for everyone. It's an either you love it or you hate it type of book.

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Solène 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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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. On
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****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.

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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 young
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger


39-year-old Solène Marchand is divorced and a mother of a 13-year-old girl. She takes her daughter and her friends to Vegas to watch their favorite boy band show, "August Moon" and at a behind-the-scenes fan meeting, she meets Hayes Campbell, the 20-year-old band member. 🔥

Hayes is mature and sensitive with lots of charisma - and I loved it - it's been a while since I've read about a hero that does not fall into the "pop star" clichés. 👏
Despite the huge age gap (19 years!!!) there is
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
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Swagger!! Stars

As 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 in
“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
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
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.SIN
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Book! After her ex-husband changes his plans last minute, Solene Marchand agrees to take her daughter Isabelle to a concert and meet-and-greet with boy band, August Moon. What she doesn’t expect is to hit it off with lead singer, Hayes Campbell, who is 20 years old. She’s 39. ⁣

The Idea of You follows Hayes and Solene’s tumultuous relationship (or as the book blurb aptly describes it “clandestine trysts”) sneaking around across the globe while August Moon tours and Hayes fulfills endorsemen
Sophia Triad
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???


***some spoilers***

There is this 40 years old woman so French, so sophisticated, so educated
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I 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
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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.

Robin Hill
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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Beware of sparks
Discomforting swooning
Tragedy felt on the horizon
Please Sir, can I have more?

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 pair
Korrie’s Korner
I am definitely licking my wounds today with this book. So heartbreakingly good!! Definitely a 5⭐️read. What I loved about this is :

Reverse age gap. This is my first older woman/younger man story.

Harry Styles (whom I love) is the muse in this boy band, and the object of Solène’s affection..although he pursued her, and at 20 years old!

This book gave me butterflies and full on feels. It was real life, and just so painfully tragic, but so beautiful. Hayes Campbell stole my heart, and made me squir
Wil Loves Books!
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

“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
Dilek VT
Feb 28, 2018 marked it as undecided
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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...
Emma Scott
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When 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
I have no idea how to rate this book. Do I hate it, or do I love it. What I know for sure is that it didn't leave me indifferent. I am hesitating between giving it 1 star or 4 stars, it is so confusing...

This is a very slow story, specially the first half. I was a little bored and almost quit it, but I continued, and towards the last 20% percent or so it started to get more intense and emotional, which I always love to feel. Basically, almost the entire book is a build up. Nothing really happen
Dee Montoya

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
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 stars


This book had been recommended to me many times as one of the best romances and an ugly cry! At the end of December, I promised to read it and give some feedback.

I will try to avoid major spoilers but it will be very difficult to say the least as I have lots of feelings to share!


I have conflicted thoughts. Kind of an angel on a shoulder and the devil on the other.

It goes like this:

First : “Of course it would be like this. I knew it!” versus “Yes but maybe there was another possibi
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
5 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 nev
The Book Bee
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!!
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ROBINNE LEE is an actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Ros Bailey. Robinne curr ...more

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“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…” 17 likes
“I can come to your place."

"I don't think that's a good idea," I'd said...

"You don't want me to see where you live? What are you hiding over there? Another boy band?"

"Yes. You've found me out. I've got the Backstreet Boys in the attic."

He paused for a second and then began to laugh. "The Backstreet Boys? How old are you again?"

"Shut up, Hayes."

"You sure you don't have the Monkees over there as well?"

"I'm hanging up.”
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