The Idea of You

Narrated by: Robinne Lee
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (689 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Solene Marchand, the 39-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 Solene 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 20 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 Solene and Hayes navigate each other's worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami.

For Solene, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solene and Hayes's romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solene must face how her romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Robinne Lee (P)2018 Tantor

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Fantasy meets Reality

I have so many thoughts about The Idea of You. I am not even sure where to begin. First off, can we all take a moment to appreciate how incredible this cover is? This book has created quite the buzz in the book world, especially in the romance genre. Robinne Lee was a new-to-me name, but this book came highly recommended by some of my most favorite writers. I put full trust in their opinions and blindly dove in. I was shocked to find out this was Lee’s debut novel because it was so well written. Even more so because she did an absolutely fantastic job narrating the audible version. Her acting skills were evident as she brought the characters and their emotions to life. The Idea of You is the perfect marriage of the fantasies of my tweenage self with the realities of my adult self. I was always dreaming that it would only take one look for Jordan Knight or Justin Timberlake to notice me and from there, we would live happily ever after. Although after reading this, I am a little relived they never panned out. Solene is a 39 year old woman who escorted her 12 year old daughter and friends to an August Moon concert, which also included a backstage Meet and Greet. She happens to catch the eye of 20 year old Hayes Campbell, who is a member of the oh-so-popular boy band. Their May-December romance began with lust at first sight, but morphed into a love beyond their physical chemistry. Hayes Campbell. My God. He was wooing me right along with Solene. He has many different sides to him, but my favorite is his romantic one. Unfortunately this relationship did not come without its hardships. There is the age difference, their responsibilities, his celebrity status and crazed fans, social media and the need for personal and professional acceptance. Beyond the relationship between Hayes and Solene, I loved the relationship between Solene and her daughter. There were certain characters and references that I would have liked more elaboration, but ultimately it ended the way it was supposed to (Unless there is another book in progress, which I am more than okay with). I understand why people may not like the ending. But I did. It was raw and it was real. It is easy to get lost in the pages, so it would make a great summer/vacation/beach read!

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A MUST listen to!

Robinne Lee, the author, narrates this beautifully crafted romance. She does a tremendous job with the various character accents, and emotionally, pulls at your every heart string. I have the utmost respect for Lee's written and oral storytelling. I absolutely loved listening to this book!!!

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Robinne Lee!!! Girl!!!!

This is a masterpiece! I think about Hayes & Solene still every day. It’s sexy and beautiful. It is so well written and her narration is just as beautiful. Thank you for filling my soul with these two people that I’ll cherish for a very long time ❤️

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Please tell me there is a book number 2

This was a very entertaining story and I had a hard time not listening to it! Not to spoil it, but I can't believe it ended this way.......

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Sequel Please!!

Wonderful audio book! I hope the author writes a sequel because the main character’s story doesn’t seem complete.

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This CAN’T be the end!!!!

One of the best stories I’ve read....please don’t let this be the end! There is so much more to tell! LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!

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A must read

The characters were well developed with strong story lines. I laughed and cried along with them. Best book I read in awhile. Robinne outdid herself.

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Cheesy, but okay

I ALMOST returned this, but didn’t. The reviews were so good! Fun story, albeit not believable. Very name droppy, label- whore main character. Gratuitous sex scenes got super repetitive towards the end. The ending WAS terrible in my opinion, just like so many other reviewers noted. Why end the book like that? We were all invested in these characters! The bright spot was the narration. Perfect voice which made the story bearable. I bought it on sale, so I’m not mad about wasting a precious credit.

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Well-written, self-aware, witty, captivating...

This book is fire. I just finished it and have so many thoughts. First of all, I love that it was written by a brilliant lawyer mother (+of color🙌❤). Second, I love that she acknowledges and emphasizes in so many ways the way our society undervalues things that women love. Third, the protagonist is so relatable. Fourth, the book is delicious. The relationship/love story/sex feels decadent. Fifth, Robinne Lee narrates the book and is SO SO GOOD. I need more. For anyone looking for a good, light, well written, self-aware, witty, captivating, romance with depth, add this to your list. Audible is great, too - perfectly read by the author/actress herself.

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Drooling and total book hangover

Spoiler ❤️ I hope it’s a movie soon!! Loved these characters and Hayes is so freaking charming and adorable. I really wish there was an epilogue to share 5 years down the road of where they both are - did he ever finish that song for her? Did he ever seen her again? I assume he probably did eventually.

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