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.
I did enjoy this steamy little number as a change from my usual genres, but it came across strongly like fan fiction about an affair with Harry Styles a lot of the time. I found that to be quite distracting.
The main character of Solène was written well. Her insecurities and fears around aging and whether she would be able to compete with younger women in a few years time if the affair was allowed to develop into something more lasting was the part of her that I felt was most authentic and human. Hayes was almost too good to be true. I know he needed to be mature otherwise it wouldn’t be plausible for him to attract an older woman, but he was more like the mature one in the relationship.
So yes. I enjoyed it but still have some mixed feelings about it.