Welcome to Swoon Sunday where you get to meet some of our swoon-worthy heroes. Today we have a visit from Beau Montgomery from The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison!
Beau, where do you call home?
Home is Culler, SC. No matter where I go, or what I do, there will be no place like that town. It’s in my blood.
What’s your biggest regret?
Leaving Culler without saying goodbye to Georgia Ann and never looking back. It wasn’t the worst time, but I haven’t been happy since I left and she may never forgive me for what I did.
What’s your favourite dessert/food?
Ice cream has a special place in my heart, but also my Nana’s cookies. That recipe died with her, though.
Describe your idea of an ideal date.
I want to have fun with a girl, enjoy a good conversation and laugh. I like a challenge, something adventurous like a hike, or something as simple as sitting together and talking.
Froot Loops or Lucky Charms (or both)?
Captain Crunch – with berries! They’re a little hard when the pointy edges jam into the roof of your mouth, but they are so good.
Chunky peanut butter or smooth?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
If you had to describe yourself as an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?
You know, you’d think I have an answer to this since Georgia Ann is obsessed with ice cream. I think I’m Vanilla Chocolate Crunch, which is vanilla with crunchies and chocolate cookie swirls. Vanilla, which seems wholesome and good, and chocolate are must haves in life, but the crunch gives it a little bit of a surprise. I like to think I’m full of those.
Liked this interview with Beau? Then check out a swoony moment between him and Georgia Ann, aka Georgie:
“You two want anything else?” the waitress asks. Georgia Ann and I both give her a look. We already put away some cheese fries, chicken tenders, chili dogs, and a meatball sub. “Milkshake of the day is peanut butter crunch.”
“What’s the crunch?” I ask.
She winks. “A surprise.”
“I’ll take one,” I say, then add, “strawberry shortcake for her.”
“You remembered.” Georgia Ann smiles.
I nod. “When Lou introduced it, you had one every day for a week until your momma found out. You got sick during the July 4th camping trip. She banned you from milkshakes for the rest of the summer. You always let me and Will keep the change if we got them for you.”
“I’m pretty sure Momma is the reason it’s only a summer shake.” She smiles and takes a sip of water. “I can’t believe you remember that.”
“Of course I do. I was the one who got them for you the most. I was one rich ten-year-old that summer, and I used all your change that I saved to buy a remote-control plane.”
“Because your granddad said you had to share with everyone until you bought your own.”
“So I bought my own; that way Drew didn’t take it from us all the time.”
She laughs. “I haven’t thought about that in forever.”
“It’s all I think about,” I say, and I don’t mean the airplane. I mean her and me and us all being younger. I mean all things involving Georgia Ann.
Her smile dims, and I’ve said the wrong thing. Before I can recover, the milkshakes arrive, along with the check. I reach for it and her hand lands on mine. It’s supposed to be a challenge, a race to see who gets the check first, but I want her to leave it there.
“This is my treat,” she says.
“I already told you that you don’t need to thank me.”
“I want to.”
“Then you’re welcome. Now let me get the check. It’s my duty as a Southern gentleman—”
She snorts. “Don’t give me that bull. You be as much of a gentleman as you want, but I’m a feminist and I am paying for it.” I start to debate her but she adds, “Unless your manhood is threatened by a woman being able to pay.”
I raise my hands in defeat. “No threat here. It’s hot. You win.”
I didn’t mean to say it’s hot, even though it is. She is. She doesn’t comment on it, but the red tint to her cheek tells me she heard it. I may not be able to touch her or kiss her. I may not even flirt with her too much. I may not be able to look her way too long, but at least I can still make her blush.
About The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed, #1):
In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?
Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hilarious “fakeship,” a scorching-hot impossible relationship, and a heartwarming best-friendship that will make you want to call your best friend right here, right now.
Want to read more? Pre-order The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison today!
Danielle Ellison is a nomad, a lover of make-believe, and a bit of coffee snob. Always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story, she has had more zip codes and jobs than she can count.
In addition to writing, she’s the founder of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival in Virginia and a teen librarian. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges.
She is settled in Georgia (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.