The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James – Book Review, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Review by Suze

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 she can do for him that would help him immensely.

First Derek asks Izzy to leave and then he wants her to stay. His mixed signals are confusing, but Derek has an idea. His family keeps interfering in his personal life and are trying to set him up with women they think he’ll like. That is never the case though. Now that Izzy is there he can tell them his girlfriend is living with him. Will she agree to this? Is Derek even prepared to decorate his house and give in to Izzy’s cheerful holiday preparations just to be safe from his family’s meddling? What will happen when his plans appear to be working a little too well?

The Bookworm and the Beast is a wonderful festive story. Izzy is a sweetheart with so many good personality traits. She doesn’t have much confidence though and it’s difficult for her to trust people. She doesn’t know how to read social situations and this makes her insecure. Derek isn’t too good at speaking his mind, so that leads to fabulous confusing situations. This is being combined with plenty of sparks between them. Izzy and Derek are both amazing people and they definitely deserve to be happy. I couldn’t read the story quickly enough to discover if they’d find true love with each other.

Charlee James has written a great cheerful story. I loved her warm and vivid writing style. She makes her characters come to life incredibly well. She knows exactly how to put the right amount of layers in their personality and that made them interesting to read about. I love stories about grumpy men and endearing naive women and The Bookworm and the Beast is definitely a good one. I really enjoyed reading this enchanting Christmas story.


If you love stories about true love with brooding men and innocent women The Bookworm and the Beast is an absolute must-read.

About 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. 



Guest post
By Charlee James

Happy holidays! I’m so thrilled to be here at With Love for Books to share my upcoming release, The Bookworm and The Beast. This is my debut novel from Entangled Publishing and a dream come true for me. 

I’m a New England native with two little ones and a full-time job, so carving out time to write has always been challenging. I usually tip-toe down stairs at five in the morning when everyone is sleeping, and type while my two dogs repeatedly drop their toys on my keypad. The late nights and early mornings have always have been worth it though, because there’s nothing I love better than being stuck in the story, whether it’s writing one or reading one. Getting to share my stories is just a (huge) added bonus! 

I had so much fun writing The Bookworm and The Beast. The holiday season with its glowing lights and cozy fires is such a wonderful setting for romance, and I had special inspiration for my hero, Derek. He’s bah humbug to everything Christmas, while my heroine Izzy is everything merry and bright. My husband has an infamous holiday “spirit” that rivals Derek’s, but even though he grumbles about the season, I think he secretly loves it! 

Throughout the book Izzy makes it her mission to open Derek’s eyes to the beauty of the season. Along with Derek’s St. Bernard, a fluff ball of fur that falls in love with Izzy first, they slowly breakdown Derek’s carefully constructed walls. 

Even though the holidays can be loads of fun, they can also be a little stressful at times too, which Izzy quickly finds out when Derek’s family visits for the festivities. Whether you plan to stay at home or travel this holiday season, I hope you’re able to take a few quiet moments to relax, read a book, and enjoy some hot cocoa. 

Thank you for spending time with me on With Love for Books, and I hope you enjoy The Bookworm and The Beast! 

With love,  


Forgetting his worries for the first time in years, he fell into the game, quickly piling up balls of snow and firing them at will. They threw and dodged and ducked until they were both soaked and gasping for air. Her laugh of pure joy rang in his ears, and something stirred 

inside his chest. She ran for cover at the edge of the forest, and he followed, still sending a hail of snowballs flying in her direction. One connected with the side of her face and caught her off guard, sending her into the snow. He jogged over to see if she was all right and extended his 

hand to her. Instead of getting up, she kicked out his legs and pulled him down with her. His shock gave her the opportunity to push to her knees and gain the upper hand. Izzy’s hair fell in a 

curtain around her face, as she smiled down at him. 

“I think we have a victor.” She spoke happily, her cheeks and lips rosy from the cold. 

“I wouldn’t be so sure.” His voice was hoarse and edged with danger. In one quick maneuver, he pinned her to the ground. Wet slush seeped through his pant legs, and his hands were buried in the snow above her head. Suddenly, the world around them melted away, and all he could focus on was the rise and fall of her chest beneath him. She stared into his eyes, unblinking. Izzy looked so innocent, so vulnerable. His nerve endings stirred and tingled. His hands slipped slightly in the snow, and the flutter of her heart drummed against his chest. The scent of her hair, lavender and vanilla, made his mouth go dry. Their lips were just inches from one another. He only had to angle his head to taste them.

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