Title: The Idea of You
Author: Darcy Burke
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Book Source: Advanced Readers eBook
Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.
Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Ridge. She’s immediately drawn to the quiet, picturesque town and the incredibly sexy—if a little quirky—Evan. He may be built like a Greek god, but he’s honest and straightforward… so different from the Hollywood types she normally dates.
Their attraction is undeniable, but Alaina can’t elude the paparazzi forever, and Evan has no interest in being in the limelight. When the secret she’s been keeping is exposed, the idea of Evan—of real love and a family like the Archers—could vanish in an instant.
Darcy Burke has written another wonderful book in the Ribbon Ridge series. Lately, it’s been taking me awhile to finish a book, but I read this one in two nights because I did not want to put it down.
I have really been looking forward to this one to see how Burke would write a character with Asperger’s Syndrome, and I think she did a great job. How Evan reacts to various stimulation and experiences is very true to people on the spectrum. And showing the ways he calms himself down, may help others who do not know anyone on the spectrum to realize when people need breaks to not judge them as being weird.
This story is a great example of how opposites attract, which is one of my favorite romance tropes. Evan has a quiet life and doesn’t care at all what people think of him, while Alaina’s life is hectic and she has to constantly worry how people are going to perceive her.
It was wonderful seeing how the rest of the family is doing as well, to catch more glimpses of their lives. While I enjoyed how the previous books had the new boyfriend/girlfriend start to work with the family in some capacity, I’m glad Burke switched it up a bit, and that wasn’t the case with Alaina… although who knows what will happen in the upcoming books, perhaps she will start a museum on the homestead.
I can not wait until the next book in the Ribbon Ridge series, When We Kiss, comes out in January. If you enjoy contemporary romance you will not be disappointed with this series.