Robinne Lee is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. As the daughter of Jamaican parents of African, Chinese, British and Arawak Indian descent, Robinne has long had an affinity for travel and the arts. Her past endeavors include working as an Editorial Assistant for ELLE Magazine, both in New York and Paris, writing celebrity profiles for the now defunct youth culture magazine, TELL, and running a music management company.
Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds, Don Cheadle in Hotel for Dogs, and Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Christian Grey’s trusted COO, Ros Bailey.
An inactive member of the New York Bar, Robinne has served as a producer on various independent films and regularly speaks on panels regarding the roles of women and actors of color in the industry. She is an avid runner, a mediocre ballet dancer, and a huge fan of cheese.
Robinne currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
The Idea of You is her first novel.
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.
This is the first book by actor/author Robinne Lee. You wouldn’t know it by reading it though because the writing is superb and the characters are well developed.
Solene takes her 12 year old daughter and her friends to Vegas for a meet & greet with the girls’ favorite British Boy Band. What Solene doesn’t expect is for one of the band members to take a fancy to her. What starts out as flirting, turns into a fling that turns out into so much more. But Hayes is a 20 year old singer in a boy band and Solene is a 39 year old co-owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles. When they’re alone together, everything is perfect. But what happens when the news goes public? And what about Solene’s 12 year old daughter Isabella? Is Solene willing to risk her relationship with her daughter and her career for the love she’s found with a 20 year old?
With twitter, Instagram and other social media, it’s impossible to ignore all the bad press, especially when it reaches Solene’s daughter in school and begins to affect her life.
Unlike so many fluffy rock star books with Hollywood endings, this book shows the realities that come with dating a rock star. With all the baggage that comes with dating a rock star, is love really enough?
I loved this book because of how real it was. It didn’t sugarcoat the industry or blow over those pesky details called life. It shows how fame really looks like to those who experience it and how it not only affects the ones involved but how it affects their significant others, their families, their jobs, etc. It was so very real.
I absolutely loved this book and read it from start to finish without being able to put it down. I highly recommend this book.
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was very generously invited to the book launch party in Los Angeles and was able to meet the author. Here is a picture of her reading an excerpt of her book.