The Idea of You (Ribbon Ridge Series #4)

The Idea of You (Ribbon Ridge Series #4)

by Darcy Burke

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062443366
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Ribbon Ridge Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 4,290
File size: 741 KB

About the Author

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 eleven, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan that 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 seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. In her “spare” time, Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a twelve-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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The Idea of You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
The Idea of You had me drawn in from page one. Alaina's plight with the paparazzi catching her outside of a clinic and making wrong assumptions she needs to escape. Her business partner sets her up in the apartment above his in-laws garage. Little did she know she'd meet the most normal, sexy man ever in her life. Evan has never been described as normal in his life. His quirks and idiosyncrasies have always set him apart from everyone else. He normally keeps to himself but he can't seem to stay away from Alaina no matter how hard he tries. The romance between Evan and Alaina had my heart soaring. Evan's POV truly made the story. It's not often a leading role has Aspbergers but to be able to read thoughts was wonderful. Alaina never treated him differently and tried her hardest to understand when he didn't understand social cues. I also loved Evan's family. The support system and family bond was pleasantly surprising. If you're looking for a unique and fun romance that will steam up your living room window I would highly recommend The Idea of You.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I loved Evan's story! He and Alaina lead completely different lives, but surprisingly have a lot of things in common. While Alaina's life is constantly in the spotlight, Evan's condition prevents him from being able to be in large crowds. His struggles while trying to adjust to the changes Alaina brings to his life make their story have a more realistic feel for me. And while he was socially awkward, that wasn't the case in the bedroom! Alaina was a great match for Evan and I really loved the fact that she really tried to understand Evan and all his quirks. You don't typically read a romance where the hero falls in the Autism spectrum, but that made this story that much more special to me. Everyone deserves a happily ever after - even those who are different from what is considered normal. I look forward to seeing them pop up in future books from this series. I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and the main character Evan really tugged my heart. His struggles with family and finding love are well written. The rest of the series is also done well. Following this family has been a joy to read
KristenLaJ More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Each of the members of the family has their own physical and/or emotional issues to deal with. I was frustrated at times reading this book, feeling such hurt for Evan and the difficulty he had dealing with people and emotions. Lots of emotion, laughs, tears, and love! Can't wait for the next book!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
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. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It's well written, and the main characters get into your heart immediately and have you pulling for them to get together. I hadn't read any of the previous ones about the family, but this will not be my only! Can't wait to go back and read the previous siblings stories and will look forward to hopefully seeing more of Alaina and Evan in future family members stories. Movie star Alaina Pierce is looking for a way out of Hollywood as a media circus is starting up around her. Her production partner Sean suggests his in-laws place in Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, so she packs up and heads out. Evan Archer has just moved back home to live with his parents and is the first to run into Alaina at the apartment over his parents garage when he goes to help he hears the piercing alarm of the smoke detector going off and goes to help her get it to turn off. Evan is a breath of fresh air to Alaina after living in fake Hollywood for so many years. He doesn't seem to have a filter, and everything that comes out of his mouth is honest. A what you see is what you get kind of guy. After a few interactions with him and his family, she's told that he has Aspergers. They spend as much time enjoying each others company as they can while she's there, and neither is looking forward to her going home to California. When they lead such different lives and want different things for their futures, can there be anything beyond the here and now for them? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
Alaina Pierce is an actress hiding out from a Paparazzi made scandal. When her business partner suggests Ribbon Ridge as the perfect hideout she jumps at the chance. Evan Archer is always underestimated by his family. As a man with Asperger's and ADHD, his interactions with others are often tense and awkward. He's decided to take a chance or two and show people what he can really do. Alaina is a complication he wasn't expecting. I really wanted to LOVE this one. The romance was on point as usual with Burke's books. The Archer family was a joy to revisit. Burke's sensitivity and accuracy with regards to Evan's challenges was wonderful. My problem was with Alaina. I just didn't like her much. I found her to be deceitful and selfish really. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this installment of the series and can't wait for the next.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second I have read from this series, Darcy Burke always seems to keep me wondering just how her characters will work out their issues. A key plotting device for romance is conflict and uncertainty, and it doesn’t always have to come from actions, but can, as in this story, come from personalities and approaches to life. Evan Archer has always preferred quiet, from focusing on his own projects to living out of the chaos that was common in his family. He’s got a chance to return home to take over the creative team for Archer Enterprises, but just how well will he cope with the chaos, noise and people that are sure to come with the position. Alaina is a celeb, a movie star with a paparazzi problem and a tabloid scandal. She wants nothing more than to hide away, but escaping the limelight is proving to be near impossible. Her friend and business partner offers her an out, and soon she is staying in a quiet little apartment at the Archer’s. It’s critical for readers to know that Evan has moved away from Ribbon Ridge to both pursue his own goals and to be defined by something other than his Asperger’s, the first key to his preference for solitude. When he first meets Alaina, he’s intrigued (as is she) but he’s never thought himself as capable of, nor wanting, a relationship and all of the associated stress, so the options of them as a couple are limited Burke uses the character’s own issues and self-esteem issues to become the focal points of this story, Evan is not his diagnosis, he has issues and fears just like everyone else. And Alaina, despite her fame and notoriety has her own set of baggage she brings. The two are beautifully built and detailed, showing how they push and pull against the feelings that are overtaking their attraction, and shouting for something more. Right up until the end Burke kept a sense of ‘will they or won’t they’ and kept me on the edge of my seat. Sweetly heartwarming, this story presents a tale that is hard to forget but will leave you smiling. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CMDeOliveira More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with this series, in love with the Archer family. I love all the books in this series but this one has a special place in my heart. Evan and Alaina story is captivating and so well written. What an unexpected pair a wonderful man that happens to have Asperger's and is on the Autism Spectrum and a Hollywood A-list Starlet. Alaina finds Evan refreshing and HOT, HOT, HOT. She loves his quirks and straight forwardness and the fact that he sees the real Alaina. Evan never planned to have a girlfriend or be in a relationship. Here comes Alaina an actress that is hiding out in his parents apartment above the garage after a nasty rumor hits the tabloids. Can they get past her fame and his syndrome to live a happy ever after?
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LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
The Idea of You is the 4th book in the Ribbon Ridge series by Darcy Burke. I loved this story! Alaina Pierce needed to get out of Hollywood and fast. The media was all over her and her visit to the local doctor's clinic. How they found out and why they chose to go with the story that they had didn't matter. She needed to leave, but to where was the big question. Ribbon Ridge, Oregon sounded perfect when her business partner suggested it and he should know since he had been living there with his wife and their large and very close family. Evan Archer couldn't be anymore different than the men that Alaina usually found attractive, but it didn't matter because she was very attracted to him and if she wasn't mistaken he felt the same. How could two people who are so different have such an instant physical attraction to one another? The plan was to have fun and not to get serious. She was only staying until things calmed down in Hollywood and he was making his life in Ribbon Ridge, but soon they both found that their difference didn't matter as much and they were finding they had things in common after all. They soon realized that what they were looking for was each other. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Alaina Pierce is an award-winning actress who may have had her fill of the Hollywood scene. She is looking into in vitro fertilization and thinking of her future. Then it hits the fan. Paparazzi has pictures of her coming from the office. of the gynecologist that is helping her and speculation is off the charts. Alaina needs a place to hide out and quickly! Her production partner Sean had the perfect place for her to hide. They were in business together starting their own production company and one of the first things they were doing together was a show in a place called Ribbon Ridge. Sean sets it all up for Alaina. All she had to do is slow up. The family (Sean's family) are very kind and they would be happy to have her stay, and keep it a secret. Alaina meets Sean's brother in law Evan and sparks fly, but he is different from the people she knows, he is straight forward and a little standoffish. But even be can tell there is an attraction there. Evan has issues. He is on the autism spectrum and sometimes has difficulties with too many people in a room or over simulation. He works hard to keep it in check, but it isn't easy. When he meets Alaina, she seems nice, and she likes that he is direct. He wants to be friends. This story is beautiful! The people involved are complex people with imperfections, but they see past those things. The writing is absolutely fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat half the time and smiling the other half, with a sprinkle of emotion throughout. This is the kind of book you read again and again through the years just to feel like you are not alone. Darcy Burke totally gets relationships! Whether it's family, parental, siblings or dating, she just has a way of writing the story so vividly that you feel like you know these people. This is the 5th installment in the Ribbon Ridge series of you count in the prequel novella and I know I will cherish the characters as much as I do Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Not everyone can write memorable people, but Darcy Burke does it very well. I highly recommend this series! Start at the beginning (though it's not necessary) you will love these characters too!
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke has written another wonderful book in the Ribbon Ridge series. Lately, it’s been taking me awhile to finish a book, but I read this one in two nights because I did not want to put it down. I have really been looking forward to this one to see how Burke would write a character with Asperger’s Syndrome, and I think she did a great job. How Evan reacts to various stimulation and experiences is very true to people on the spectrum. And showing the ways he calms himself down, may help others who do not know anyone on the spectrum to realize when people need breaks to not judge them as being weird. This story is a great example of how opposites attract, which is one of my favorite romance tropes. Evan has a quiet life and doesn’t care at all what people think of him, while Alaina’s life is hectic and she has to constantly worry how people are going to perceive her. It was wonderful seeing how the rest of the family is doing as well, to catch more glimpses of their lives. While I enjoyed how the previous books had the new boyfriend/girlfriend start to work with the family in some capacity, I’m glad Burke switched it up a bit, and that wasn’t the case with Alaina… although who knows what will happen in the upcoming books, perhaps she will start a museum on the homestead. I can not wait until the next book in the Ribbon Ridge series, When We Kiss, comes out in January. If you enjoy contemporary romance you will not be disappointed with this series.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
I've loved the books in the Ribbon Ridge series and The Idea of You didn't disappoint. It's the story of Evan Archer, one of the more elusive siblings. In each book, we've seen that many of the Archer children has socially-related struggles and the same is true for Evan. He suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, albeit milder than some I've known. The author does a great job of depicting Evan's Asperger's, including his inability to read social cues and his struggles with large groups and loud noises. I really thought it was well done because Even was very straight forward with Alaina about things that she could otherwise misinterpret. It took them a while to navigate how to make a relationship work and the struggles make Evan endearing to the reader. I thought Alaina was incredibly grounded for a Hollywood starlet and I appreciated how down-to-earth she was. Even the "Hollywood" aspects of the storyline, to her, were just run of the mill. She didn't come to Ribbon Ridge looking for a relationship but I love how it found her when she was least looking for it. I found this book very realistic. Evan's perceptions and understandings about his family were very realistic, as were his struggles with Asperger's. Alaina's desires for the future and her "go get em" attitude to meet her goals was relatable. We also were given the chance to check in with our favorite Archer couples!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Evan and Alaina's story is about seeing past the facade and getting to know the person underneath. The least likely people to have anything in common are the two that are most alike. Evan is more of an introvert who never felt like he belonged within his big boisterous family. Alaina has the career and life she has dreamed of but is feeling smothered. The Idea of You is about making tough decisions, facing fears and paving a path right for yourself. Whenever I visit Ribbon Ridge it feels like the first time. Wonderful series.