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.
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 damn 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!
Heat Level: Mild
ABOUT R.S. GREY
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of fourteen novels, including THE FORTUNATE ONES. She loves books, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.