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Peek Inside The Bookworm and the Beast

Derek’s prickly personality and resistance to all things Christmas at first make for a chilly holiday season as Izzy poses as his girlfriend in front of his interfering family.

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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.

Praise

“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.” –Nicola A., Goodreads

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.” –Claire R., Goodreads

“This book made me laugh, a few tears were shed. A perfect holiday story to curl up with and pass an afternoon reading.” –Kim R., Goodreads

“This is a fantastic sweet read that had me smiling all the way through.  It's very well written with some amazing characters and a heartwarming storyline.  Perfect for the holiday season with the underlying message of how love and hope can heal old wounds.” –Bette H., Goodreads

“This book is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!” –Kelly F., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634398
Series: A Romantic Fairytale Retelling, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 4, 2017
Page Count: 250
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, fairy-tale retelling, holiday romances
Tropes: fake relationship, fish out of water, opposites attract

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By Carvanz November 30, 2017

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... ...more

By Kelly December 04, 2017

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 lef... ...more

By Elaine December 07, 2017

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 does... ...more

By Irene December 05, 2017

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.

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By Kathy April 16, 2018



Content: some language, innuendo and closed door/fade to black sex ...more

By Kathy Jo November 19, 2017

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 chan... ...more

By romancejunkie October 25, 2019

Izzy Simon accepts a two-week assignment as an assistant for an author of children’s books, only to go to the place he lives and discover he didn't know anything about it. But when he needs someone to fake a relationship with him, it seems she will end up doing the job after all, but little did... ...more

By Suze December 04, 2017

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 t... ...more

By Jackie (Jackie's Book World) December 05, 2017

***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 ho...

By Nicola December 03, 2017

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 p...

By Carol [Goodreads Addict] December 05, 2017

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... ...more

By Claire November 29, 2017

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.

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Charlee James

About the author

Charlee James

Contemporary Romance Author Charlee James was introduced to a life-long love of reading listening to her parents recite nightly stories to her and her older sister. Inspired by the incredible imaginations of authors like Bill Peet, Charlee could often be found crafting her own tales. As a teenager, she got her hands on a romance novel and was instantly hooked by the genre. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, her early career as a wedding planner gave her first-hand experience with couples who had gone the distance for love. Always fascinated by family dynamics, Charlee began writing heartwarming novels with happily-ever-afters. Charlee is a New England native who lives with her husband, daughters, two rambunctious dogs, a cat, and numerous reptiles. When she’s not spending time with her tight-knit family, she enjoys curling up with a book, practicing yoga, and collecting Boston Terrier knick-knacks.

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