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The Beau & the Belle

By: R.S. Grey
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Luci Christian
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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A full-length standalone romantic comedy from USA TODAY best-selling author R.S. Grey. 

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, 10 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.

©2018 R.S. Grey (P)2018 Novel Audio Inc.

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Worth persisting

The second half of the book really picks up and redeems the first half, which I found quite boring

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  • Heather 🌸Book and a Blanket🌸
  • 30-07-2018

A great Romantic Comedy

How fun was this book?! This was a hilarious romantic comedy set in New Orleans that transitions from the past to the present. There is a bit of a forbidden feel when Beau and Lauren initially meet because she is still in high school and he is a twenty odd year old law student. Lauren has a huge crush on Beau and wow is this girl bold. She threw herself at him, quite aggressively I may add but Beau was the perfect gentleman.

The voice of Lauren was ridiculously funny. She was a privileged private school girl with concerns of pool parties and boys sending instant messages to her. The smallest of things were life altering events to her. I don't know why it was so much fun to be inside the head of this teenage girl but it was just so funny! She was quirky and awkward and had such a bubbly personality.

After a huge natural disaster, Lauren and Beau get separated but then reunite when Lauren moves back home 10 years later. Now with no barriers, Beau is focused on pursuing Lauren. The voice of Beau was smooth, with full on southern charm. He was sexy and completely swoon worthy! He has also come a long way and achieved so much as a successful lawyer and businessman. Lauren feels slightly burned from his apparent lack of interest years ago and tries to resist his charms but it's futile and she knows it. There were a few great moments of sexiness and their chemistry was palpable.

This was a great love story with huge LOL moments that had me constantly laughing or smiling while listening to this book. A great fun read!

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Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Mild
POV: Dual
HEA

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2018

squeeeee JOE ARDEN

Joe Arden is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators! And this is the second book he's done with R.S. Grey, so I knew I needed to get it right away. Perfect pairing. Luci Christian's narration is good too, especially in this book where she had to be "highschool age" for the first bit and then an adult later on. She has good comedic timing as well!

The story itself was exactly what I expect from an R.S. Grey book: funny, sweet, sexy, and did I mention funny? She seriously always has be lol-ing. This is why I particularly like listening to her audios; because I walk around like a grinning lunatic, bursting into random laughter around silent strangers. It's perfect.

Beau and Lauren's love felt so real! I can really relate to being an awkward AF teenager with an inappropriate crush on an older guy. I liked that she didn't go taboo and cross any lines there; the time jump allowed both characters to mature and change a bit, too. A much as I identified with Lauren, I just friggin LOVED Beau. Like, for real, does this man exist somewhere out in the wild? Because I would like to find him. Next book-boyfriend for sure.

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  • B. D.
  • 08-07-2018

Well Let’s See..

So the narration was great. Joe Arden has a totally sexy, I could listen to him read the phonebook kind of voice. Luci Christian has an adorable voice and their banter along with her cuteness works well for a story about a young girl/grown up girl’s crush. The actual STORY, however, well it was cute enough, I guess, but it left me a little wanting, I guess. The sex scenes were mediocre at best and very anticlimactic, no pun intended. It got a bit hard to take at times with Lauren’s lack of self esteem, holding back for so long crap, and could have been maybe 5 chapters shorter. It wasn’t a bad book, I did finish it, but it won’t make it on my, “boy I really loved this one” list. I just don’t get all the rave reviews and trust me, I’m a total romance story kind of girl.

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  • Danielle
  • 11-03-2019

Aggressor on the Rise

This story paints the male lead as a controlling aggressor and the female lead as an insecure ditz who is incapable of making her own decisions.

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  • C. Y.
  • 30-09-2019

Too Adorable

I thought this book was adorable. Luci made Lauren come to life perfectly. I don’t think this book would’ve been as fun reading it as to listening to it narrated by Joe and Luci. Oh my goodness, Joe could read the newspaper and I’d swoon over him. He’s my favorite.

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  • kponsar
  • 28-08-2019

Renaming My Husband Beau...

..Just kidding...but seriously! I love this author! I love the storyline and both the characters. The hero in my eyes is dark and mysterious and sexy as hell... and our heroine is so adorable, I love her to death- she’s quirky and fun and reminds me of... me! I wish this book had an epilogue, I’m all about that happy ever after, and it’s delivered, I just like the nitty gritty deets!

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  • Rienie123!
  • 09-05-2019

Absolutely wonderful!!

Another wonderful story by R.S Grey!! Beautiful and super funny,had a few LOL-moments!!! Loved it!!

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  • Melanie Greytak
  • 16-04-2019

sweet little romance

It was a cute little story with god dialogue but very anti climatic. Great direction of NOLA

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 15-04-2019

4 Stars

Another great book from R.S. Grey. When you run into your teenage crush 10years later and you find out that the only reason he didn’t pursue you was because you were still in high school while he was in college. Lauren has been in love with Beau since she was 17. She comes back to town and tries to pretend like he doesn’t affect her and Beau is in hot pursuit of her and she finally finds out he’s always been in love with her from the moment they met. It’s a cute, humorous story. R.S. Grey never disappoints me.

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  • Autumn
  • 06-09-2018

Cheese ball moments

I don’t usually write reviews, but i listen to books as I work . This book had be smiling all the time. It was very funny.