By the Book: A Meant to be Novel by Jasmine Guillory 

Title:  By the Book: A Meant to be Novel
Series: Meant to be, book 2
Author: Jasmine Guillory 
Publisher: Hyperion Avenue 
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: Romance, Women's Fiction 
Date of Publication:  3 May, 2022
My Rating:  1.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

I probably wasn’t the right reader for this even though I ordinarily really enjoy Guillory’s novels, and fairy tale retellings. 

The Beauty and the Beast aspect was weirdly set up, they seemed more like a post-writing addition. The romance between Beau and Izzy never gelled for me - there wasn’t visible chemistry between the two, and the heat factor is nil. 

Although this is marketed toward adults, I would have no issue allowing a middle-schooler to read this. I'm sure the right reader will adore this second title in the Meant to be series. 

eARC kindly provided by Hyperion Avenue and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Sometimes to truly know a person, you have to read between the lines.

Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and one of the few Black employees at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to prove her worth and finally get the recognition she deserves.

All she has to do is go to the author's Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be?

But Izzy quickly finds out she is in over her head. Beau Towers is not some celebrity lightweight writing a tell-all memoir. He is jaded and withdrawn and—it turns out—just as lost as Izzy. But despite his standoffishness, Izzy needs Beau to deliver, and with her encouragement, his story begins to spill onto the page. They soon discover they have more in common than either of them expected, and as their deadline nears, Izzy and Beau begin to realize there may be something there that wasn't there before.

Best-selling author Jasmine Guillory's reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is a tale as old as time . . . for a new generation.


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