Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
Once again, I have to ask myself: how did I survive for so long without reading Grey’s books? Ok, maybe it’s because I thought I was “better” than romance, but let me tell you: she showed me. Romance wins, and I’m not ashamed to say it!
First and foremost, I love the way the relationships play out in Grey’s books. In The Beau and the Belle, the story takes place over a 10-year stretch. Beau and Lauren are given a second chance of sorts, and I love that we not only get the romantic tension, but the emotional build-up and the suspense of not knowing how or if their story will come back to full circle. I read this one way too fast because I had to know how it was going to end. And let’s not forget the fact that this one is set down in New Orleans and is filled with all the Southern charm you could possibly hope for
The other part of Grey’s writing that I love so much? Her characters’ attitudes and personalities. They. Are. My. People! I love that they always have so much sass and snark. They’re always strong-willed and independent, and they often butt beads before becoming friends (or more). It never fails that I can always be found laughing and snorting in my reading chair when Grey is up on my Kindle app. As somebody who needs solid characters, Grey has become a go-to favorite of mine.
If you’re a longtime fan of Grey’s books, you’re going to love Beau and Lauren’s story. And if you’re new to Grey’s books? You’re also going to love Beau and Lauren’s story. Have you one-clicked it yet? ~Amber