Published by St. Martin's Griffin on June 13th 2017
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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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I liked the premise of this book, an older woman falling in love with a much younger man. It even had the added twist that he’s a teenage heartthrob in the latest hit boy band.
I liked the relationship between Solene and Hayes. Despite the age difference these two clicked. Hayes pursued and Solene let herself be caught. Hayes was charming and he definitely goes after what he wants. He was exactly what Solene needed. Despite an almost 20 year age difference, Hayes taught Solene to live, to laugh and to love.
Solene was a character I could connect with. I could imagine the insecurities, the guilt and the regrets. But I was so cheering her on. She was old enough to be Hayes’ mother, but he was perfect for her. He challenged her, understood her passions and that was something that Solene truly needed.
This was a delightful read. It’s not your typical romance, but it was one that I completely enjoyed.
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