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About THE BEAU & THE BELLE
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.
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“I’ve listened to Rose go on and on about what it’s like to be felt and touched like a woman, but I’m done listening. I want Beau to enlighten me, to give me a kiss I can cling to as we drive away from the city. “
“My body is a live wire. Raw. Sparking.”
“I’m an offering, a human sacrifice. Here, take it, all of it. It’s yours if you want it.”
The Beau & The Belle is a fantastic read about first loves and second chances. It has a slow burn that makes you ache and beg for more.
The Beau & The Belle follows the story of Lauren and Beau. From the moment Lauren meets Beau, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Sure he’s a bit older than her and she probably doesn’t stand a chance, but tell that to her 17 year old heart….10 years later, Lauren and Beau will be reunited and this time all bets are off. Lauren and Beau are both going after what they want, and hopefully this time both of their hearts can survive….
I fell in love with The Beau & The Belle instantly. Lauren is your typical teenager with insecurities just like the next person. She’s real and easy to connect with. She reminded me of how was to fall in love for the first time and have your heart broken. I loved seeing her character grow and mature as her story went on. I loved seeing her come into the person she was always meant to be and go after the things that she wanted. She still had fears like everyone else and had a huge heart. And Beau….How could you not fall in love with Beau. He was older, confident, secure. He knew what he wanted and was sinfully sweet. I loved watching Beau and Lauren together. You honestly couldn’t ask for a better match. I mean their story starts off with a forbidden quality and a fire that I couldn’t wait to explore. Not ever time could extinguish the feelings these two had for one another.
The Beau & The Belle was a fantastic read from beginning to end. Not only was it a fantastic second chance romance, but the story was also filled with NOLA history. I love how the city and it’s importance was incorporated into the story. All those little touches the author added made the city feel like a real and tangible thing. You could tell a lot of heart and soul and research went into this story.
What else can I say about The Beau & The Belle, other than I loved it! From delicious tension to sparks flying everywhere. To a rich history and a love that was meant to be. This book hit all the marks for me and in the end left me with a smile on my face and hopelessly in love with the story this author has created…..
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com