#NewRelease + (book)Review: THE BEAU & THE BELLE by R.S. Grey

THE BEAU & THE BELLE  by R.S. Grey is available now! Don’t miss getting your hands on this new romantic comedy – read for free with Kindle Unlimited or grab it for just $2.99! It’s time to hangout with Beau and Lauren in New Orleans!

The Beau & the Belle
R.S. Grey
Publication Date: February 1, 2018

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.



Grey never fails to deliver romantic comedy in the way that only she can. The Beau & the Belle takes us straight into NOLA, making me long to visit this beautiful city. Beau and Lauren are a brilliant rom-com couple. Their ebb and flow creates a story that makes you curious, rooting for these two to find each other. This story is split into two parts: Past and Present. The pace takes the reader on an adventure that you enjoy at ever turn and twist.

Something I adored about this book was that it is so steeped in the NOLA culture. Old families, loss and resilience, history, carnival, etc. You know that Grey has done her research and this story shows that fact. The setting and small details makes the reader long to explore Beau and Lauren’s city! It takes you away from the mundane and creates a picture of something worth knowing.

Lauren is a fun and flirty heroine. Her fun is well balanced and we see a girl grow into a strong woman, determined to get what she wants. If it is even possible, Beau gets even better as the story goes, growing from a young law student to a man on a mission. These two have some insane chemistry and I could not wait to see where it all went. Their banter and flirting takes the story to a new level and had me laughing out loud. Yet Grey tempers the fun and flirty with heartfelt moments of family, loss, and community. I was surprised at some poignant scenes she included, but as the story grows, those scenes give so much depth and heart to the book.

Needless to say, Grey has another winner. The Beau & the Belle has everything we expect from Grey with a healthy dash of New Orleans culture that will give you a big dose of wanderlust. Lauren and Beau have been inducted into the Grey’s Lover’s Hall of Lustful Fame, the best place to be!  

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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