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The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James
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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 grumpy author who also happens to write children’s books. But when he makes it clear that he doesn’t need her, she is ready to go back home when he suddenly makes her a proposition that would end up benefiting both; to be his live-in girlfriend for the holidays. Yet everything starts to change the minute they start to get to know more about each other that would lead to them developing feelings for one another.

Derek Croft doesn’t have much of a Christmas spirit, he is happy with how his life is with his dog as a companion, but when Izzy arrives to his house as his assistant he starts to doubt the life that he has created for himself. He finds himself wanting to make her happy and that could end hurting them both in the end. Nevertheless, Derek is happy to spend time with her but when trust is broken between them he’ll have to decide if a relationship is worth it or not in the end.

I very much enjoyed reading this story, both of the characters have their own pasts and they somehow are able to help each other move on from them. The whole book has a Beauty and the Beast vibe that I’m sure a lot of people are going to love. The author has done a good job making the characters relatable which made them that much more interesting to read. Izzy is caring and a hardworking woman who happens to be love books and her relationship with her grandmother. While Derek can be a jerk at times, he is totally swoon worthy when he lets loose with Izzy. He has his own demons that he needs to overcome, and all he needed was a push from her to make him see what’s important in his life. Though the two are polar opposites, they compliment each other and their relationship ends up working so well. I absolutely loved the ending, you will not want to miss it! :)

***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
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Reading Progress

November 17, 2017 – Started Reading
November 17, 2017 – Shelved
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: adult-fiction
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: best-of-2017
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: christmas-holiday-theme
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: contemporary
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: earc
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: family-relationships
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: jackie-s-favorites-shelf
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: humor
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: romance
November 21, 2017 – Shelved as: secrets
November 21, 2017 – Finished Reading

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