Series: Ribbon Ridge #4
Published by Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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.
What’s not to love about this book? With great characters, a sweet romance and a close-knit family , THE IDEA OF YOU is a really beautiful story about a couple’s decision to make their relationship a success in the face of her fame and his limitations.
Alaina Pierce needs a place to lay low and avoid the media and the idyllic town of Ribbon Ridge, Oregon is just the place to do so. Alaina finds herself loving the charm and beauty of the town but the most attractive thing about Ribbon Ridge is Evan Archer. With his gorgeous movie-star looks and his lack of guile, Evan is definitely different from the men Alaina is used to and very appealing. Add in the fact that he comes with a large and loving family and leaving Ribbon Ridge might be harder than she thought.
Evan’s whole life has been defined by his disorder but somehow Alaina does not consider that to be a deal breaker and enjoys his company. For a man who always prefers peace and quiet, Evan finds himself spending a lot of time with her and wanting to know her more.
I love everything about this book: how Ms. Burke was able to portray Evan’s Asperger’s Syndrome, his sensory issues and his inability to read social cues; and how she captures Alaina and Evan’s relationship challenges and how they navigate them so well. They were not looking for a relationship but I love how they adapted to things changing between them and how those issues that should have divided them instead brought them together and forged a very tight bond between them. From the first page I loved both Evan and Alaina, their honesty with each other, the ease of their relationship and I really loved how down-to-earth and easygoing Alaina was for a famous actress.
I have loved this series from the very first book. I think that Ms. Burke has done an amazing job with the characters and all the issues they face and I look forward to the upcoming stories. If you love family-themed romances, this is one book you should add to your reading list.