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



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:

*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

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Blog Tour: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker


Keep Her Safe
 by K.A. Tucker

Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: Jan 23, 2017
Genres: Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 448

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Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the 

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Blog Tour: Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan – Review

34467925Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan
Series: Coming Home #3
Pocket Books
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Contemporary Romance
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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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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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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


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


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

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

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza – Pop-Up Blog Tour with BookSparks


Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: BookSparks
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When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or Continue reading

Blog Tour: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino – Review


32620360Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like 

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Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren – Review

32620304Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Gallery Books
Publication Date: 
June 6, 2017
Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
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All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s 

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