Tuesday, June 14, 2022

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 4 of 5 stars 
Pages: 325 pages
Published: May 2022

A part of the multi-author “Meant to Be Series,” By the Book by Jasmine Guillory is the lane in which she swims best. In a meet-cute fictional tale with hints of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the man character, Isabelle (emphasis on Belle) is working in the publishing industry when she makes an opportunity for herself with an author who is late on his manuscript delivery. Unfortunately, the author, Beau is a incorrigible beast who lives in a mansion (with an expansive library). The bulk of the book focuses on their character development and the conflict of their interaction with one another. 

This was a light, cute, and quick read. I loved the references to the characters from the Disney movie. While the overall book was light and enjoyable with a satisfying ending, I did appreciate Guillory’s efforts to include some deeper conflict and topics making this fairy tale one with substance. 

Recommendation: This was a cute and fun buddy read. If you’re looking for something light and airy to pull you out of a reading slump, the book will definitely fit the bill. I thank the Fort Worth Library for the digital loan. 

Until next time ... Read on!

Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful.


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