5 Star · ARC Review · Contemporary · Friends to Lovers · Funny · Sexy · Slow Burn · Sweet · Unrequited Love

The Beau & the Belle by R.S. Grey


5 Stars

Beauregard Fortier moves into the LeBlanc guest house while he is finishing up law school at Tulane. He is focused on his future and has very little time for noticing Lauren LeBlanc… and the major teenage crush she is harboring for him.

Lauren LeBlanc is your typical 17 year old, floundering with her self-confidence and teeming with teenage hormones. She knows Beau is too old for her, and too good of a person to even think of her that way…

When the hesitant friendship they were forming is unraveled by distance and time, the two grow into strong and successful people… separately.

When they meet again, ten years later… we find Beau and Lauren are both back in New Orleans… to stay. Suddenly their age difference isn’t so substantial anymore. But, if Beau thinks Lauren is going to come running with open arms after he obliterated her teenage heart… well, she might be persuaded… with lots and lots of king cake…


This book was such an outstanding read! R.S. Grey brings the city of New Orleans to life on the pages of this incredible book about a second chance at love in the wake of rebuilding a city, and in growing up and becoming who you are meant to be.

I adored Lauren. She was funny, lacking a filter, and a little awkward. She openly admits to her faults, and her cringe worthy teenage moments, but approaches life with a humor that you simply love her for.

Beau was perfection. He was just the right mix of edgy and sweet, coupled with his drive to succeed and to be an upstanding man, above all else.

This slow burn romance was sexy and fun, I enjoyed it immensely and was so sad when it ended. I could read many more books in this setting, R.S. Grey not only captured a city unlike any other, but she painted the characters within it so well, I hate to see them go.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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