Friday, March 22, 2024

Book Review: Beastly & Bookish: Horned up for the Holidays by Catrina Bell

Title: Beastly & Bookish
Author: Catrina Bell
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2024

This beauty didn’t ask for a beastly bookworm for Christmas, but maybe she should have . . .

All Noelle wants is to save the Winter Bliss library. She has a plan, too—a New Year’s Eve fundraiser during the annual fire-magic festival. The last thing she needs is a distracting romance with the sexy, binge-reading demon she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Too bad fate (and Mount Winter Bliss) has other plans.

Rom only returned to his small hometown to open Perkatory, his family's newest coffee shop. Seeing Noelle again is a welcome surprise, but there’s no way the beautiful librarian could ever fall for a scarred-up monster like him, right?

When an avalanche leaves Noelle and Rom snowed in together, the forced proximity might be their second chance at first love. But will their happily ever after come at the expense of saving Noelle’s beloved library?

Beastly & Bookish is a cozy, contemporary, holiday romance featuring a roller-skating librarian and book-loving demon's emotional journey from friends to lovers.


*I received a copy of this book digitally for free and am leaving this review voluntarily*

Hello Fellow Readers,

A big burly handsome demon who is a cinnamon roll who loves books? If Rom isn't on your top 10 lists of book boyfriends, I don't know what kind of list you have but it probably isn't good. Rom and Noelle were so cute and hot together. You do feel the chemistry when they get together and you root for them especially when you find out they used to be friends when they were younger. I think the story was a little too slow. Usually, the author introduces unnecessary drama which can ruin a story, but I wish Beastly & Bookish had a small smidge of it. There was nothing that didn't lead me to believe that these two would stay together. It was just a bit blah even with the juicy spiciness. 

Overall, a sweet second-chance romance that needed a tiny kick

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