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Title: The Bookworm and the Beast
Author: Charlee James
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Published: December 4th, 2017
This is a delightful, festive, fairytale-type contemporary romance. Abandoned by her Mum, Isabel Simon was raised by her Gram who now lives very happily in an expensive retirement home. Isabel is endeavouring to meet half of her Gram’s fees but her job as a librarian doesn’t pay a lot and she’s struggling. In an effort to ensure she can keep paying, Isabel takes a short term job over the festive season working as an assistant to a man who lives alone. He is Derek Croft and, when she arrives at his castle like home, he is rude, abrupt and claims he doesn’t want any assistance! However, a call from his stepmother makes him reconsider – Izzy’d be great at thwarting his stepmother’s matchmaking endeavours. The only problem will be convincing Izzy to help by pretending to be his girlfriend for the holiday season . . . . .
This is a brilliant contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, an endearing version where pretending to be a couple helps them envisage being one for real . . . . A story where the reticent, bookish heroine endeavours to melt the heart of this prickly hero, bringing back memories of happier times, helping him to celebrate Christmas again. Can she succeed? Can she win his heart – and does she want to as he’s such a grumpy, contrary man?
This is a sweet modern retelling of the classic story with great characters – including a fabulous canine friend – just right to escape into when you want something a little festive, whatever the season really is! I hadn’t read anything by this author before but I’ll certainly endeavour to do so in future.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
When quiet, bookish Izzy Simon accepts a two-week assignment as an assistant for an author of children’s books, it seems like the perfect way for her to make some much-needed extra money, but the grumpy author claims he doesn’t want or need her services. He might be as handsome as a storybook prince, but his prickly personality and resistance to all things Christmas are sure to make for a chilly holiday season.
Derek Croft never agreed to the cheery temp his staff arranges for him while they’re on vacation. Izzy is his polar opposite, but Derek soon realizes she could be the perfect solution to his interfering family…if he can get her to agree to pretend to be his live-in girlfriend. Before long Izzy’s sweet disposition and unflappable optimism has him decorating a tree and looking forward to late night hot cocoa, but he’s all too aware their time together can’t last.