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.
4 Star Review by Ashley
I'm still relatively new to R.S. Grey's writing but man can this woman write a rom-com with a side of angst like nobody else! I was hooked on Lauren and Beau's story from the opening pages. I was transported to the streets of New Orleans with imagery so real I could smell the musty beer and sweet king cakes.
I absolutely adored Lauren- and all her awkwardness. The randomness of her thoughts and actions. How her words would just spill out with no filter. And how hopelessly in love with Beau she was. She fell for him as a teen. Hormones raging and life changes and boys and feelings all swirled together. And in the center of it all was a man who stole her breath. Beau was awesome- there has to be a better word but this is the one that keeps coming back to me. He was kind and determined. Generous and thoughtful. He just wanted to make things better for his family; his mom. He was well on his way to making one dream come true, then life happened...
But the one thing that tragedy and time couldn't take away was that something that Beau and Lauren felt. Despite the age difference and some less than honorable intentions on the parts of others, that little spark was still there. R.S. Grey knocked this one out of the park. The Beau and the Belle was unassuming and charming and the longing made everything that much sweeter for when these two FINALLY got on the same page. While I wanted just a touch more at the end, when it was all said and done, I was left with a happy heart.
About the Author
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
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