The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James is light, funny, and heart-warmingly romantic. It is pure escapism.
I found myself enjoying The Bookworm and the Beast from the very beginning, but at first I brushed it off as light and fluffy, enjoyable but no hidden depths. As I moved further into the story though, I couldn’t help but be captured by Charlee’s prose and beautiful characterisations. I know I keep using the word ‘beautiful’ a lot, but it’s simply the best way to describe the extremely smooth flowing writing style of the author, and the characters she has developed. Izzy, Derek, and even Atticus, are all individuals in their own right.
Izzy and Derek are flawed characters and both are dealing with pain and heartbreak from their pasts; but despite their flaws they are both genuinely nice people. It was a joy to watch the evolution of Derek from an antisocial hermit to someone who can simply enjoy what, and who, he has now; to live in the present, not the past. For Izzy she has to discover her own self confidence and move on from the horrible experiences of her youth. To watch her grow and develop was a lovely experience.
The Bookworm and the Beast is a sweet romance. Very loosely follows a Beauty & The Beast theme, but it’s not a retelling by any stretch although it was fun to find the little connections.
I’d recommend The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James to anyone looking for a light romantic read; a perfect way to pass a lazy Sunday morning.
The Bookworm and The Beast is available from 4 December, 2017.