REVIEW: The Beau and the Belle by R.S. Grey

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“She would be a love interest; I would be a laugh track.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Pages: 337

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My rating:

            I fall more and more in love with R.S. Grey with each release. There is just something about her writing and her characters’ self-deprecating humor that buries deep inside me and makes me feel, well, a lot. Her rom/coms are hilarious and heartwarming, and her more serious novels are just as charming. The Beau and the Belle is the perfect mix of angst and humor that will break your heart right before putting it back together.

“It’s been said that eyes are little windows to the soul, but hers seem to offer a floor-to-ceiling view into every damn thought in her head.”

            Told in alternating POVs, The Beau and the Belle starts out with a young, fumbling Lauren who tries to find her footing when it comes to her Very First Very Big Crush Beau Fortier. He’s older. He’s sexier. He’s better.

            Part one of this exquisite rom/com brings back all the joys of having a high school crush. You remember the feeling. It felt like constantly being punched in the stomach, but you absolutely loved it.

“He taught me how to dance,” I whisper.”

            Along with all the joys of having a high school crush, part one also brings back all of the pain of having a high school crush—how everything felt like the be all end all. Every look was overanalyzed. Every touch was played over and over again in your mind. R.S. Grey is a master at bringing back feelings that you thought you had forgotten.

“Yes, I’ve fallen ill, suffering from a little thing I like to call everyonefuckingleavemealone-itis.”

            Part two brings the absolute bliss that comes with being an adult and having to deal with a decade-old crush. And by bliss, I mean agonizing pain.

            I honestly don’t know if anything will ever top the hilarity that is The Allure of Julian Lefray; however, The Beau and the Belle certainly comes close. Lauren is definitely close to the top of the list for my favorite R.S. Grey characters. She’s self-deprecating but never in an “oh my god, will she PLEASE quit?” way. She is also badass as fuck.

“Now she’s too close, and she’s leaning closer.”

            Beau Fortier is one helluva dreamboat. In both parts one and two, I was right there with Lauren… practically drooling whenever Beau was within a fifty-foot radius. Ugh, it just hit me right in the feels because I absolutely remember being in my early teens and having crushes on older boys. Lauren gets lucky, though, and Beau still wants her when they’re both older and much wiser, although that last bit is debatable.

“I’m an offering, a human sacrifice. Here, take it, all of it. It’s yours if you want it.”

            The Beau and the Belle is a triumph. It’s a sunny evening well-spent. It’s king cake and unrequited love. R.S. Grey is absolutely magical.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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