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The Bookworm and the Beast

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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 su ...more
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Bliss)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Bookworm and the Beast is by Charlee James.

Isabel Simon was raised by her Gram, her mother never having any interest in being a part of her life. Isabel’s Gram loved her and worked very hard to provide for her. But Isabel still always wondered why she wasn’t wanted by her own mother. Then, in college, she was again hurt by a boy she gave her heart to. After that she vowed that the hurt wasn’t worth it.

Now, she has a job as a librarian and lives a quiet life in her small apartment. Her Gram
Claire Robinson
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entangled, christmas
5 - "It's straight out of a movie." Stars!

Charlee James took me to Christmas reading nirvana, with The Bookworm and the Beast and I have everything crossed that this author has a few ideas up her sleeve in relation to transferring a few more much loved fairy tales into modern day, sweet and emotive romances.

Izzy and Derek’s story is definitely one you will know and love if the names Belle and Beast ring even the slightest recollection, and I love that the author incorporated so many facets from
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.

I love a fairytale retelling. They’re a guilty pleasure and this was pretty much all I could have wished for as Charlee James has created a story filled with Christmas sparkle, romance and feeling.

description A worm and a porcupine. We make quite a pair.”

I fell head over heels for these characters within pages. From the moment sweet, stubborn librarian Izzy knocks on reclusive author Derek’s door having being employed by his meddling staff as his temporary PA over the holidays, I was hooked. A
To help her financial situation, Izzy accepts a temporary job as an assistant during the holiday. She was expecting a older gentleman, portly and balding. What she got was a grumpy writer that fired her blood and made her question the way she saw herself.

Derek’s staff had the holidays off and he didn’t need anyone to replace them. When his stepmother buts pressure on him to meet a woman of her choosing he quickly takes advantage of the situation that has landed him with a woman that refuses to l
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, NetGalley, for this ARC.
Expected publication: December 4th 2017.
Reading this book reminded me (in the beginning) about Beauty and the Beast. A castle, a beautiful girl who loves books, a beast, a library, wolves etc. But after a few chapters it all turned out to be different. Not the story I was expecting.
The main characters are Izzy – a librarian who also, has another job because s
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, entangled-bliss
This book is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s also a cute spinoff of Beauty and the Beast.

Both of the main characters have had really crappy one or another parent issues. That leaves a sting on yourself and what you believe about yourself. For Derek, his mom just up and left him and his dad when he was young. She was a great mom but just left one day. His dad and him kind of stopped celebrating Christmas. His dad finally moved on and got remarried. Derek never moved on and is a grumpy
Rating: 4.5/5

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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James is a sweet holiday read and I really enjoyed it.

The storyline was entertaining, the characters were likable, engaging and I didn't want to put it down.
Derek and Izzy were fun getting to know and I loved how their relationship unfolded.


If you're looking for a quick, sweet and heartfelt read then you will love The Bookworm and the Beast.

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Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
A cute little holiday book full of romantic cliches.

1) Having to share a bed because there is only one
2) Broody emotionally damaged man
3) Nosy intrusive family
4) Snowstorm
5) Holiday baking turned romantic
6) Crisis in the household
7) Misdirected anger
8) Cute wise old woman

This was a short read and would be cute for a Hallmark movie but it lacks any real depth or charm.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

Content: some language, innuendo and closed door/fade to black sex
Kathy Jo
When Izzy accepted a two-week assignment as a personal assistant to a children's author, she never expected the man to look like Derek. Nor does she expect him to be such a grump. But she needs the extra cash this assignment will bring. She can't let him dismiss her without even giving her a chance. But how can she convince him that he really does need her?

Derek is none too pleased when he discovers Izzy standing on his doorstep. He does not need a personal assistant.. he needs peace and quiet
Suze Lavender
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Izzy could use some extra money, which is why she works for a temp agency during her time off from the library, where she has a regular job at. She's being sent to a children's book author to fill in as his PA, a surprise from his staff. However, when she arrives Derek, the author, doesn't seem to be happy with her presence. He was hoping for solitude and undisturbed writing time instead of a happy Christmas atmosphere in his home. He's about to send Izzy away when he realizes there's something ...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.***

For being Charlee James’ debut novel, The Bookworm and the Beast is sure to make you all modern fairy tale lovers happy with this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. At the very beginning we get to meet Izzy Simon a quiet bookworm whose Christmas holiday has been put on hold when she accepts a job as an assistant to Derek Croft. Wanting to make some extra money for the holidays, she never imagined that Derek would end up being a handsome but g
Donna Alward
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful, sweet read for the holidays! What happens when you have a librarian down on her luck, a rich and handsome recluse, and an adorable floof of a dog, all at Christmas? MAGIC. I really enjoyed this take on the Beauty and the Beast trope!
Mari's Struggle is Real
I really liked this book. It is so sweet it will give you a cavity. It is perfect romance for a cold winter day. Izzy and Derek’s romance will warm you right up. I love these types of romance especially around the holidays to fill me with cheer and good mood.
*ARC graciously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Meghan Lloyd
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A contemporary Beauty and the Beast story that captures your heart with its wit and charm! That it is set during Christmastime makes it all the sweeter and wistful for its readers. I enjoyed the Grinch-like hero and the kindhearted young heroine who thaws his heart in time for the holidays. Though it had its ups and downs, with trials and errors as the two characters learned more about each other, the ending makes you believe in Christmas miracles again.

Isabel Simon needs the money desperately,
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found myself lately reading more and more retelling of fairy tales, and The Bookworm and the Beast is a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Izzy is a librarian who needs a little extra cash to help out with her grandmothers living arrangement. She takes a temp job as an assistant for Derek Croft, a children’s book author, who sent his staff away for the holidays. However upon arriving at Derek’s house, Izzy immediately feels unwelcome. Derek wants peace and quiet, he doesn’t want ...more
Isha Coleman
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a reader, for me the stories that are the most memorable are the ones that thrive on simplicity. Whether it be a nod to a favorite classic tale or an inclusion of a few of my favorite subjects, what appeals to me most is that the tale is realistic and the characters can make me as a reader stop and take notice. The Bookworm and the Beast fit all my criteria for wonderful reading. Izzy and Derek are relatable individualLy and as a couple. In times of frustration and despair is when a person is ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t usually read this genre but I am familiar with the author so I gave it a try. I couldn’t put it down. It’s like a Hallmark movie. I loved it. It’s written so you can clearly picture each scene as they happen. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to picking up her others.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful written book. It was sweet, heartwarming, captures the true meaning of beauty and Christmas.. Filled with many more emotions.

When Izzy arrives at Derek Crofts House well more of a castle to her. She’s there for a temporary job as his assistant. But he acts all surprised about it. She needs this job to help pay bills for her grandmother. She attempts to win him over, and hopes all goes well. It’s only for two weeks. At first he’s like the grinch who stold Christmas, but she knows
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
-‘Why couldn’t the client have been a sweet old man, or bald and frumpy? Instead, she had to trail a darkfeatured version of Thor, who had the disposition of a porcupine, around the endless mansion while trying to avert her eyes from his backside.’-

This is a sweet, light, contemporary romance. There is quite a bit of swearing for those who might be offended but there isn’t any descriptive sex. It is quite formulaic and not very original in plot but it is well written and an enjoyable read. It se
Annie Deo
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I requested this out of the desire for a sweet Christmas read featuring a Beauty & The Beast retelling - it's now nearly mid-February, which speaks volumes about how difficult I found it to get through this story. The blurb promised all my favorite tropes (fake relationship! forced proximity! grumpy-curmudgeon-with-a-heart-of-gold! bookish-nerd-falling-for-her-boss!), but unfortunately 'The Bookworm and the Beast' didn't live up to expectations.

First of all, the circumstances leading to Izzy
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

I happen to love a fairy tale retelling into the modern world. I’ve never really outgrown my love of fairy tales, and I hope I never do… should that happen I know it’s time to put away the glasses and not charge the Kindle. I’m thinking that probably won’t happen. Lizzy and Derek are the perfect modern day equivalent of Belle and her Beast. A quiet, often unsure of herself book lover and a man who has absolutely no belief in love or happiness outside of his very limit
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I loved this modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There is all the magic of the fairytale while having the story definitely take place in a modern setting. I loved all the twists and turns that this story took. It was one that I found myself compelled to read because I had to know how Charlee James was going to end her story.
Isabel Simon has never had a relationship with her mother and never knew her father. Thankfully, she was raised by her grandmother who did everything she could for Izzy
Stevie Carroll
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

Beauty and the Beast seems very popular with romance authors looking to use a classic fairy tale as the jumping off point for their own story. It’s by no means my favourite adaptation for the trope, especially given that there usually has to be some sort of improbable event to bring the heroine into the hero’s environs; however, it’s the Festive Season, and I was swayed by the dog on the cover art.

Librarian Izzy Simon signed up with a temp
Book Gannet
This is a sweet, Christmassy read that is perfectly nice, with a grumpy hero and a rather innocent heroine, an adorable giant dog and sprinkles of fairytale dust. If you like Beauty and the Beast – the Disney version, not the original fairytale – then you’ll probably love this as it has lots of familiar moments, like the library and the ballroom, a forbidden room, and another bit that seemed really out of place. Personally, I might have preferred less Disney and more fairytale, but it definitely ...more
Katey Rossie
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader’s edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you're at all like me, then you LOVE the Hallmark Christmas movies! Even though the plots all follow the same flow (as my husband says), I can't resist the heart-warming love stories and happy endings.

The Bookworm and the Beast is basically a Hallmark Christmas movie in book form. What could be better than that?! (Because we all know the book is always better than the movie.)

It tells the story of Izzy, a str
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was adorable. This is a nice, light, fluffy cute romance--obviously a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This was a very short read. I read it in one evening. If you're in the mood for a super-cute, cavity-inducing story, then this is it. I normally don't read a lot of romance books (nothing against the genre! I appreciate the genre. just usually not my cup of tea), but I always love Beauty and the Beast retellings. I would recommend that anyone read it, especially if you're a romanc ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, clean Christmas romance.
Both Izzy and Derek have rather large chips on their shoulders after being badly hurt. After his mother inexplicably leaves and abandons his father and him, Derek finds trust hard. Izzy thinks herself unlovable after being callously abandoned by her single mother and a disastrous relationship during college which left her hurt and humiliated. Brought up by her grandmother who showered her with the love she never had from her mother, Izzy will do anything to see
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The hero and heroine in this novel were two dimensional characters. Izzy, is the bookworm. Derek is the cold stoic hero. I felt that they lacked depth to each of their characters. Izzy was just way to bubble gum kind. And, I felt that was all she felt. She was way too forgiving and had no backbone. Derek,  on the other hand, is a cold jerk. His reasons for acting the way he is just plain childish. Sure his parents and blah blah past happened. But, he is

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