On Tuesday, St. Martin’s Press will be releasing actress and author Robinne Lee’s debut novel, The Idea of You. While heavy on the romance, the book also dives deep into how women are perceived as they age, as well as the world of celebrity, giving it a plot that you can enjoy just as much as the sex.
Solene Marchand is a 39-year-old single mother who owns an art gallery in LA. The book begins with her reluctantly taking her 13-year-old daughter to a meet and greet with her favorite boy band. While there, Solene starts a flirtation with Hayes Campbell, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter who put the band together. After Solene returns home, Hayes pursues her and begins what becomes a love affair for the ages. Can they survive the pitfalls of Hayes’s fame? Will Isabelle ever forgive her mother for sleeping with her idol? And can Solene overlook the judgment of outsiders who believe an older woman shouldn’t love a 20-year-old man?
This book was deeper than I expected it to be. It delves into fame in today’s world of social media and brings up questions about sexism and ageism for women. As someone the same age as Solene, I could relate to her and her friends’ concerns. The story flows well and gives you a look inside the worlds of art and pop music, both of which I found interesting. However, first and foremost, it was a romance novel. If you don’t like your books heavy on the sex, you’ll want to sit this one out.
The Idea of You was well written and kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. When it was sent to me, I thought it would be a mediocre read based on my usual tastes, but I found myself truly enjoying it. If you’re a fan of contemporary romance and are looking for a twist on May-December relationships, you’re sure to find this novel appealing.
4 out of 5 stars