By the Book

by Jasmine Guillory is a romance novel retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In this modern version, the “beast” is a grouchy celebrity author who needs to be coaxed into submitting his book by a determined, ambitious publishing assistant. Isabelle, the assistant, is disheartened with her life: 25 and still living with her parents, chronically underpaid, and the only Black employee at the publishing firm where she works. When the chance arrives for her to work with Beau Towers, the reluctant writer, she seizes it as a way to jumpstart her career. But, the more time she spends with Beau trying to help with his book, the more she realizes they have in common.