Gallery Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of By the Book. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.
Anne Corey, an English professor at Fairfax College in Southern California, is desperate to snag a book deal in order to earn tenure. Despite being a specialist in some of the first women romantic writers, like Austen and Brontë, Anne has been unlucky in the love department herself. When her ex-fiance abruptly shows up, as the new President of Fairfax, will Anne be able to focus her attention on her pressing needs rather than regrets from the past? Will a new love interest bring trouble for Anne in ways that she did not imagine?
By the Book is the kind of romance that I like - the story comes first and the love interest is added in as the book progresses. Readers are able to get to know Anne Corey - the woman she is, her values, along with her strengths and weaknesses. Although the ending is almost foretold, considering that Anne is a specialist in classic women's literature that has a romantic bent, I still enjoyed getting to know Anne. By the Book was an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend to those who like women's fiction and clean romance.