Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"THE IDEA OF YOU" by Darcy Burke


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THE IDEA OF YOU
Ribbon Ridge #4
Darcy Burke
Releasing November 17th, 2015
Avon Books


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.

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.





The Idea of You (Ribbon Ridge #4) by Darcy Burke left me feeling very impressed.

I must admit I underestimated this book. The author presents a complex well developed story and the writing is flawless and fluent.Being the 4th in a series of which I did not read any other book I was expecting the usual “small town romance”.

Not that it would be something to complain about that – if that would be a bad thing I would not have chosen this book in the first place. It was just that something very unexpected happened to me during reading it.

First of all it is a perfect standalone novel – even if it is a part of that series. BUT after finishing this book I feel the absolute NEED to find out something that has happened in one of the other books. I will just say one word to not spoiler anything – the word will be “Alex”….
Because besides the actual story everything relating to this name left me very intrigued.

I was left almost speechless after reading this very sensitive novel about Evans developing relationship with Alaina. Their attraction was presented in a way that made totally sense to me. I could fully relate to the reasons why Alaina was so attracted to Evan. And Evan was really the perfect guy.

No matter the reasons for his “bluntness” he was really created as a very intriguing person that was such a fun to read about. I found myself sometimes thinking “yes” #high-five more than once during reading the witty dialogues between the characters.

And all of those struggles those characters encountered felt real to me as a reader and I struggled with them.

And again coming back to the matter “Alex” … I need to find out about the background because this is obvious the golden thread that runs along all of those stories. Thank you Darcy Burke for proving me that “small town series” can have an intriguing plot as well as intriguing characters.