#100DaysofGreatBooks – The Idea Of You

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Day 59 – The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee

If you haven’t read this book, I hope you will.

It’s not *exactly* a romance, because…well, because.

But I still loved it – loved, loved, loved it – and am so glad I read it.

Robinne Lee is a beautiful writer and this book is special.

Give it a try. xo

The Idea Of You

“Captures what fame looks like, and how it affects us all…a fun, juicy love story!”–Elizabeth Banks

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, 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 and genuine relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways in Paris and Miami. For Solène, it is a reclaiming of self, as well as a rediscovery of happiness and love. When Solène and Hayes’ 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 romantic life has impacted the lives of those she cares about most.

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Bride Test

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Day 58 – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Have you read Helen Hoang yet? Her debut, The Kiss Quotient, was a huge hit and a great book, and her follow-up, The Bride Test, might be even better.

In each book, one of the main characters is on the Autism spectrum. In The Kiss Quotient, it’s Stella, who is professionally very successful but has a hard time connecting with men. To help her develop her skills, she hires an escort, Michael, who falls for her, but doesn’t believe he’s good enough for her. It’s delightful, with great conflict and two characters who connect on every level, but don’t know how to express their feelings for each other and feel unworthy of the other’s love. Clever, sweet and very sexy.

In The Bride Test, it’s Khai who’s on the spectrum, and Esme meets him when his mother goes back to Viet Nam to find him a bride. There’s an immediate attraction, but Khai is suspicious of Esme’s motives and wants his mother to stop trying to match him up. He also does’t think he knows how to love. At first, Esme just wants to spend time with him for the money. She has a daughter she hasn’t told Khai or his mother about, plus she’d like to find her father, an American who abandoned her mother in Viet Nam. So she doesn’t expect to fall for Khai. But she does. It’s another great storyline with perfectly balanced conflict which weaves in the autism elements but doesn’t solely depend on them. They’re part of the character’s strengths and flaws, as they should be.

A lovely, touching, entertaining book.

The Bride Test

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. 

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Thief Of Shadows

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Day 57 – Thief Of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Oh but it’s hard to pick a favorite book by Elizabeth Hoyt! Even within the Maiden Lane series.

I love everything she’s written. (Don’t miss her Julia Harper contemporaries, either!)

I can’t really choose a favorite, but I’m going with this one because I’m pretty sure it was the first one I read; I love Winter Makepeace; and it’s possibly the title with the biggest Ghost of St. Giles element, though there are a couple…

Do you have a favorite? Is it really hard to choose?

I haven’t read her most recent title yet, NOT THE DUKE’S DARLING, but as usual, it looks great.

Thief Of Shadows

A MASKED MAN . . . 

Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he’s the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

A DANGEROUS WOMAN . . .

Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she’s asked to tutor the Home’s dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can’t help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.

A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY

During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – Daisy Jones & The Six

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Day 56 – Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I loved this book and I love, love, love this author!

I’m always stunned by how beautifully TJR writes, but also how she always takes a story in unexpected directions. Her books are lovely, thought-provoking and completely entertaining.

She’s a must read author for me, and this book was a bit of a departure for her, but was such a fun, fascinating read. (And if you’re into audio, this one was amazing! Check out the cast list below.)

Seriously, though, read everything (find all of her books here). You’ll be glad you did.

Daisy & The Six

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late ’60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ‘n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the ’70s. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Audio Cast List: Daisy Jones, read by Jennifer Beals; Billy Dunne, read by Pablo Schreiber; Graham Dunne, read by Benjamin Bratt; Eddie Loving, read by Fred Berman; Warren Rhodes, read by Ari Fliakos; Karen Karen, read by Judy Greer; Camila Dunne, read by January LaVoy; Simone Jackson, read by Robinne Lee; Narrator/Author, read by Julia Whelan; Jim Blades, read by Jonathan Davis; Rod Reyes, read by Henry Leyva; Artie Snyder, read by Oliver Wyman; Elaine Chang, read by Nancy Wu; Freddie Mendoza, read by P.J. Ochlan; Nick Harris, read by Arthur Bishop; Jonah Berg, read by Holter Graham; Greg McGuinness, read by Brendan Wayne; Pete Loving, read by Pete Larkin; Wyatt Stone, read by Alex Jenkins Reid; Hank Allen, read by Robert Petkoff; Opal Cunningham, read by Sara Arrington

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#100DaysOfGreatBooks – The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

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Day 55 – The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

This is a brilliant book, and the first in the Mackenzie series, which is not-to-be-missed.

At the heart of the Mackenzie clan – and series; book 11, A ROGUE MEETS A SCANDALOUS LADY, just released last week – is Ian, the Scottish lord who in modern times would be considered to be on the spectrum.

Ashley’s signature character survives an asylum, saved by his brothers after he’d been stashed there by his horrible father. From then on, they and the ever-growing family are rewarded time and again by his fierce intelligence, intense loyalty and grateful, generous heart.

Start with this book, then come back to all the rest to get a better sense of who the brothers are and to follow their romantic troubles and triumphs, but also to see the inimitable Ian as he solves problems, shows endless patience with his unruly relatives, and reminds us what is truly important—love and family.

Ashley also writes Victorian thrillers and contemporary paranormals, and while I haven’t read them, she’s a terrific writer and I can’t doubt they’re worth our time.

After all, she created Lord Ian – one of the best characters in romance – and wrote a truly wonderful series around him.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted—especially with a lady. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly ruined.

Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was…The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

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