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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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3.5 out of 5 ‘It’s worth the wait’ Stars
So my title on this…’it’s worth the wait’ refers to the story in and of itself. I’m a big fan of R.S. Grey but I’m a little bummed that it took until I was about 45% into the story to actually feel like I was getting somewhere and then about 85% before I was truly invested in the story.
Lauren is young when the story begins (17). She meets Beau, who’s a law student and renting out her parent’s guest cottage while he’s attending a nearby college. I honestly did not feel the connection between the main characters. I’m no writer so I have no idea what it is about the scene and setting and descriptions that make you FEEL a connection…but I didn’t. Beau and Lauren knew each other for a grand total of 2 months before they go in different directions and only really spoke to/hung out/conversated a handful of times in that two months. How can you full on love someone during that time? What do you really know about that person other than what you’ve conjured in your mind?
Beau was a respectable gentleman and I have to say it was seriously refreshing because you don’t see many gentlemen around anymore. His old-fashioned “courting” were nice to see in a world where everyone is wham-bamming and thank you ma’aming (and sometimes there is no thank you!). I have to say though that there were times in the story where I feel the disconnect. I’m not sure I can make sense without spoiling. But there was one part where Lauren feels some type of way after kissing Beau in his office because he immediately goes back to work and dismisses Lauren. She’s so upset that he isn’t affected the same way as she is. Then later in the book, Beau states that after that encounter that Lauren wouldn’t let him touch her for weeks. Now I’m no submissive and a man can suck it if they think they are going to go all Neanderthal on me but if you want something you go for it and I felt like Beau was a little too beta for my taste. I kinda wished he was a tad more alpha. I mean, he’s a very successful businessman. You don’t get to be the king of your chosen career by being the nice guy. Sometimes you gotta play dirty…but not Beau. He was a super nice guy; even when he confronted that douchenozzle, Preston. I thought he was nice then too. Like dude, that guy is bad mouthing you and trying to steal your girl!! Do something!!!!
ANYway…in the beginning the age gap (7 years) was something because both Beau and Lauren are in totally different phases of their lives. It totally matters- not the age thing but the life phase thing. She was a high schooler and he was about to finish college. When Lauren and Beau reunite 10 years later, he’s 34 and she’s 27. It was easier to picture them together then because they were both in the career establishing phase. IDK it made sense in my brain.
I liked Lauren. I liked Beau too (except for the whole beta thing). I liked that they were very open and HONEST with each other. I find that that’s what complicates the relationship- when you start lying and stop communicating. Everything goes south after that. But Lauren and Beau only had one real fight (which wasn’t really all that bad) and it was over a lie. So, a little anticlimatic. But like I said before, it was like 85% before I was super into it and then it was over. I liked the story but it was just so slow. Definitely not what I’m used to from her previous reads.
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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