Book Review: The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James

Posted December 5, 2017 by soaringu in Reviews, two stars / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee JamesThe Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James
Published by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Bliss) on December 4 2017
Genres: Romance, Social Themes, Contemporary
Pages: 140
Format: ePub
Source: Kindle
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two-stars

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.

Book Review: The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee JamesThe Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James
Published by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Bliss) on December 4 2017
Genres: Romance, Social Themes, Contemporary
Pages: 140
Format: ePub
Source: Kindle
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
two-stars

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.

Beauty and the Bookworm is a sweet classical retelling of Beauty and The Beast. Unfortunately, this book just fell extremely flat.

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 way too bitter. Also, his cruel words to Izzy and general coldness made me dislike him even more.

The circumstances that force them together are just extremely superficial. I felt that if the fake relationship stuff did not happen, then they would have not fell “in love.” Also, as much as I love Derek’s family and the whole Christmas theme it just didn’t work.

The romance between Izzy and Derek border on a too fast enemies to lovers romance. I felt that they just “saw” each other for the first time extremely fast and then is extremely forced.

Overall, I have got to say that this book is very dissaponting. There was a lot of room for potential, but I just did not feel it. It is adorable, but maybe not just for me.

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