The Bookworm and the Beast
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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1) Having to share a bed because there is only one
2) Broody emotionally damaged man
3) Nosy intrusive family
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Isabel Simon needs the money desperately, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First of all, the circumstances leading to Izzy ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more