Title: The Beau and the Belle
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: February 1st, 2018
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Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.
I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.
That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.
A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.
Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.
Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.
My old friend, Mr. Fortier.
But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.
When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.
Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.
Wowow. I don’t know how R.S. Grey manages to outdo herself each and every time she releases a new book, but I’m really glad she does. The second I read the blurb for The Beau and The Belle, I was instantly excited for it. Like- needed it on my kindle right this very second- excited. But then I got nervous. Being that excited for it was a sure fire way to be disappointed, right? Not when Grey is the author! The Beau and the Belle is a true romcom- romantic, sexy, witty, and splattered with the best second hand embarrassing moments.
When we first meet the characters, Beau, a 24 year old law student, is renting the guest house on the LeBlanc property. The guest house is small, but has everything he was looking for: it’s close to his college, flexible rent and privacy. Well… maybe not complete privacy, as a pair of eyes tend to be on him a lot of the time.
Those eyes belong to 17 year old Lauren LeBlanc. Lauren has an insta crush on Beau from the moment she first lays eyes on him. And her poor, naive 17 year old heart actually believes something could happen between them.
The two form a little friendship, which ends just as quickly as it begins.
Then the story starts back up, ten years later. Both Beau and Lauren are grown up, turning those chased dreams into reality. Lauren, no longer an awkward teen, but a gorgeous woman. Men around New Orleans are quick to notice, including Beau.
Ekkk!!! Guys. I don’t want to go into too much details, but seriously, you have to read this book!
Everything about Beau and Lauren is perfection. From failed flirting, a sweet friendship, to witty banter and sizzling sexual tension. Ugh, so good!!
Beau will still your heart right along with Lauren’s. He’s intelligent, driven, cocky, and charming. He’s kinda a breath of fresh air, with so many heroes being very similar lately. Trust me when I say you want to experience Beau.
And Lauren. She’s a WCW. She felt so authentic, I’m kinda disappointed she can’t be my best friend. She’s strong, independent, romantic and a little silly. She made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Don’t even get me started on her younger years… let’s just say that Grey captured being a teen so well, you may have cringe worthy flash backs.
The Beau and the Belle is the type of book you read when you want to laugh, swoon, and fall in love.
Don’t miss out on that!!
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