The Beau & the Belle

The Beau & the Belle

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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Novel Audio, 2018.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781518997853
Branch Call Number: eAudio hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 58 min.)) : digital.
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Aug 02, 2018

I *read* this book, did not listen to the audio.

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy romance novels, "the one that got away" trope, and New Orleans.

This book follows Beau, a law student who takes an apartment in an affluent area of New Orleans. It is in the back of a wealthy family's home. He works to makeup what he can't pay in rent. The family's teenage daughter, Lauren, is too interested in him, and he knows it. The two walk a thin line between friends and more. After a hurricane tears them apart, they meet up years later. Nothing is standing in the way this time around.

First off, I had no idea that it took place in NOLA. I am obviously quite obsessed with NOLA... so that really helped me to love this book. Also, I've never read a "true" romance novel. So this was a first. hehe I like that this book walked the line between romance where not much happens, and like 50 Shades style romance. In the beginning I was a leeetle skeezed out by Beau being SO MUCH older than Lauren when they were younger... because that's like an 8 year age difference with a teenager... but... when they are older it's less creepy, and looking back he's got respectable restraint. LOL. Anyhow, this book was pretty steamy, and overall funny and enjoyable to read. IRL note, we were thinking of going to Colorado in March... and now we are just going back to NOLA... because seriously, I kept reading this book and I was like I WANT TO GO here and here and here again! ha :)


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