Blog Tour: The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey – Review

TB&TBEbookCover.pngThe Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis: 

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.


5 Reasons Why You Might Love This Book!

1. You Love Contemporary Romantic Comedies

R.S. Grey is one of the best writers of contemporary romantic comedies. Whether you like the storylines or not, you cannot deny that this woman knows how to write a rom-com. She’s a master at it. I found The Beau & The Belle particularly hilarious, especially Part One, which takes place in the past when Lauren is in high school. The writing is witty, fun, and snappy.

2. Unrequited love combined with second chance romance is your sweet spot

This book is told in two parts. The first part is the “past.” Lauren is a 17-year old junior in high school when Beau, a 24-year old law student, rents out the guest house of her parent’s house. I’d say Lauren is smitten by Beau right away, I mean who wouldn’t be: very cute, mature, intelligent, college guy when you’re an awkward 17-year old. It’s obvious there’s going to be some attraction on at least one end. (Also, let’s remember this is not the 2018 17-year old, this is the early-to-mid 2000s 17-year old. Very different in my opinion.). Anyways, some will say that this is a case of ‘love at first sight,’ but you should know that I do not believe in ‘love at first sight.’ ‘Lust at first sight’ however, is a very real thing, and I think that is what happens to Lauren.

Without too many spoilers, at the end of part one Lauren and Beau are forced to go their separate ways until they are reunited in part two (the present). Feelings get revealed, some of which are surprising, and unrequited love becomes requited (is that a word?). (Also, I don’t think that’s a spoiler, it is a romance so the HEA* is kind of a given if we are following RWA** rules).  If you like second chances and unrequited love stories, this book is for you.

3. You want to be transported to a different place while never leaving your living room

Grey does a spectacular job describing the New Orleans atmosphere. It has been several years since I’ve visited, but I was brought right back to Bourbon street, the French Quarter, and the hot humid air while reading this book.

4. You are craving a healthy dose of nostalgia

Now, some of this probably only pertains to people who were in high school between the years of 2000-2010. But if you were in high school before cell phones were the norm, you ran home after school so you could talk to your friends and crushes via AIM, and the most stressful thing going on was whether or not your crush was going to come to your pool party, then this book is going to give you flashbacks. It was one of the best things about the book in my opinion. I loved how much I could relate to Lauren and felt her pain through all her awkwardness during Part One.

5. You want to laugh

This one speaks for itself. I also touched on this on number one, but it is worth mentioning again. This book is a comedy and you will laugh. I dare you not to.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Click the links below to see my reviews of R.S. Grey’s other novels:
THE FOXE & THE HOUND
THE FORTUNATE ONES
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
A PLACE IN THE SUN

*HEA = Happily Ever After
**RWA = Romance Writers of America


About the Author:

authorR.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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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – Review

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Publisher: 
Berkley Books
Publication Date:
January 30, 2018
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 
304
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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Synopsis: 

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck within an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other… 

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…


My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It was just like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way.” This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. As soon as I read the synopsis I was hooked. Huge bonus points that it’s a romance by a WOC with the heroine also being a WOC. Waiting until it released seemed like torture, so I was so excited when I won an ARC through BookishFirst.

It really captured me right from the start. The characters of Alexa and Drew are warm and inviting. Alexa feels like she could be your best friend. She is committed to her career and has ambition. Drew is the nice and caring doctor you also want to be best friends with. They meet in a funny and unexpected way; when the hotel elevator they’re both in breaks down. Drew is in town to be in his ex-best friend’s and ex-girlfriend’s wedding, and Alexa is there to meet with her sister and celebrate her sister making partner at her law firm. One thing leads to another, and Drew, desperate to not attend the wedding alone, begs Alexa to be his date. She agrees and ends up pretending to be his girlfriend so he can save face.

Neither seems ready to say good-bye, and they end up flying back and forth from Berkeley and Los Angeles (where Drew lives), to see each other on the weekends. Quickly this ‘fling’ starts to turn into something much much more. It takes them both a while to come to terms with the fact that they both want it to be more than just a fling. They want commitment, or at least exclusivity and a long-term relationship.

The dialogue was fun and witty, and Guillory had me eating out of the palm of her hand immediately. I also loved that it did not shy away from tough and timely topics like white privilege and racism. They brought a needed dose of reality to this fun and sweet read. It added a wonderful layer to the story that made the characters more true-to-life.

If I had to pick one thing I would change, I would have to say that it just wrapped up too quickly for me. That seems to be a trend with the books I’ve been reading lately. They all leave me wanting more! I just felt like I needed a bit more at the end in order to give it that nice crisp lovely bow that wraps everything up with no loose ends. I just really wanted more of Alexa and Drew.

In the end, I really did love this book, and highly recommend you pick it up ASAP!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author

Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

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Roomies by Christina Lauren – Review

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Roomies by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date:
December 5, 2017
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 
368
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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Synopsis: 

Marriages of convenience are so… inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


My Review

I immediately wanted to do a reread of this book the minute I finished it! It was one of those books that made me think “now what do I do with my life” after I was done. The characters are captivating, partly due to the fact that neither is perfect. Holland was a character I easily related to. Scrambling through life, not quite sure what to do, a lot due in part to her fear of failure. She’s never been a risk taker, and doesn’t know (or doesn’t want to) stick up for herself.

In an impulsive move, Holland ends up proposing marriage to this guy, Calvin, a street musician she has a crush on, even though they’ve never spoken. The reason behind her proposing is so that he can stay in the country (he is here illegally) and be the lead guitarist in her uncle’s Broadway show (which happens to be his dream). I really liked how the story progressed, but I will say I was left a little bit wanting at the end. It just wrapped up a bit too quickly for my liking.

In romance novels, you’ll find every kind of guy under the sun. However, it does seem that the regular good guy doesn’t show up as much – and the regular good guy is my favorite. Calvin was just that. He’s truly a good, nice, genuine guy. Does he make mistakes and missteps? Yes. But his intentions and actions up to and after those mistakes speak to the fact that he is a man of good character.

Overall, it was a truly enjoyable read. Fun, heartwarming, and swoon-inducing. Not only are the characters relatable, the writing, particularly about Calvin’s music is vivid and captivating. I hope to read more books by this wonderful duo that is Christina Lauren very soon!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer – Review

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Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date:
January 23, 2018
Genres: 
Women’s Fiction
Pages: 
320
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC

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Synopsis: 

After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she 

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Blog Tour: Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan – Review

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Series: Coming Home #3
Publisher: 
Pocket Books
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 
384
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
ARC
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Synopsis:

Hang on to your Stetsons, because you’re in for another wild ride! COWBOY UP by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan is a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each 

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Links by Lisa Becker – Review and Excerpt

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Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:

In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a 

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New Release: On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner

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One The Way To You by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: November 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:
What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

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Blog Tour: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey – Review & Excerpt

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The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: November 1, 2017
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
3 Stars

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Synopsis: 
At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk… Continue reading

Blog Tour: Wild For You by Daisy Prescott – Review

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Wild for You by Daisy Prescott
Series: Love with Altitude #3 (Can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: September 14, 2017
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
4 Stars
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Synopsis:
Cowboy fantasies. Oh boy, do I have them. I blame the shiny belt buckles and those chaps. Mother of pearl buttons, those chaps.

After getting dumped by my Not Future Husband, I’ve decided to spend the summer in Aspen exploring new adventures. First on the list is rugged, sexy rodeo champion Justin Garrison, who seems Continue reading