See the cover of Jasmine Guillory’s new novel from Disney Publishing

Disney Publishing announced their second adult book Meant to be series, and Collider is excited to present your first exclusive preview of the New York Times bestselling author’s upcoming romance novel. Jasmin guillory. As part of the series reinventing classic Disney tales for a more mature audience, the new novel, titled According to the rules, overturns the classic story of The beauty and the Beast on his head, reinterpreting the old tale as time for a whole new audience.

Reinventing the beloved fairy tale as a romantic comedy like You’ve got mail Where Bridget Jones Diary, According to the rules follows a young Isabelle, an editorial assistant who found herself lost in her own career at the age of twenty-five. With no prospects and nowhere to go, the stubborn young woman sets out on an impossible task – confronting a famous author about his inability to return his latest manuscript. The only problem? She soon discovers that he is a bit of a beast.

Can Izzy get the manuscript in on time? She isn’t sure – even though her publishing career is on the line – but as she continues to pull the story out of her new client, she may discover that there might be something wrong. was not there before.

“I’ve loved and felt at home in books, bookstores, and libraries all my life, so of course I’ve always loved Book-obsessed Belle,” Guillory told Collider. “When I had the opportunity to write a contemporary story of The beauty and the Beast, I jumped at the chance. I was excited to write a version of this story with a black woman in the center, and can’t wait for everyone to read Isabelle and Beau forever! ”


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According to the rules is the continuation of this year If the shoe fits, an account of the story of Cinderella by Dumplin ‘ author Julie murphy, and Guillory is definitely the choice of the litter when it comes to adapting the story of Beauty and the Beast for modern audiences. She is the author of six romance novels, including The wedding date, Proposal, and this year While we were dating, and has seen her work featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit and Time, proving that romance is indeed alive, despite what some might say.

According to the rules will be released on May 3, 2022. The novel is available for pre-order now through Disney Publishing, and fans can get an exclusive preview of the book’s cover and official synopsis below:


A tale as old as time – for a new generation …

Isabelle is completely lost. When she began her career in publishing right out of college, she didn’t expect to be twenty-five, live at home, still an editorial assistant and the only black employee at her home office. editing. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between expressing herself or choking, Izzy believes there must be more to this publishing life. So when she hears her boss complaining about a high-profile bestial author who hasn’t delivered her long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to finally get the promotion she deserves.

All she has to do is go to the author’s mansion in Santa Barbara and give him a pep talk or three. How difficult could that be?

But Izzy quickly discovers that she is overwhelmed. Beau Towers is no light-hearted celebrity who writes revealing memoirs. He’s jaded and withdrawn and – it turns out – just as lost as Izzy. But despite his aloof demeanor, Izzy needs Beau to deliver, and with his encouragement, his story begins to spill over to the page. They soon discover that they have more in common than they expected, and as their deadline draws near, Izzy and Beau begin to realize that there might be something that wasn’t there before.

Best-selling author Jasmine Guillory’s reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is a romantic triumph of love and acceptance and learning that sometimes, to really know a person, you have to read between the lines.

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