Bellamy and the Brute

Rumors swirl about Baldwin House, the mysterious mansion on the hill. People say a monster lives there. But Bellamy needs the money, so she takes the job. A fresh twist on a classic story, Bellamy and the Brute proves true love really is blind.

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When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she’s reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin’s eldest son, Tate. The former football star and golden boy of Wellhollow Springs became a hermit at the age of sixteen, and no one has seen or heard from him since. Rumors abound as to why, with whisperings about a strange illness—one that causes deformity and turned him into a real-life monster. Bellamy wants to dismiss these rumors as gossip, but when she’s told that if she takes the job, she must promise to never, ever visit the third floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth hidden there.

Tate’s condition may not be the only secret being kept at Baldwin House. There are gaps in the family’s financial history that don’t add up, and surprising connections with unscrupulous characters. At night there are strange noises, unexplained cold drafts, and the electricity cuts out. And then there are the rose petals on the staircase. The rose petals that no one but Bellamy seems to be able to see. The rose petals that form a trail leading right up to the 3 rd floor, past the portrait of a handsome young man, and down a dark hallway where she promised she would never, ever go…

As Bellamy works to unravel the mysteries of Baldwin House and uncover the truth about Tate, she realizes that she is in way over her head… in more ways than one. Can her bravery and determination help to right the wrongs of the past and free the young man whose story has captured her heart?

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
Violence
5
There is a fair amount of violence in this book, including murder, some of it horror based and quite graphically described.
Language
5
Uses of the F word, Bitch - used in a derogatory fashion, Pissed - as in angry, Shit, Hell as in 'Get the Hell out'
Romance/Sensuality
5
There is sex in the book but it is totally closed door. No details.
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
4
There is mention of drinking and underage drinking including teenagers drinking to excess and making bad decisions. There are 'people' smoking below a balcony but it is at a school prom so they could be teenagers.

Supernatural Characters: Ghosts

Other: This is a supernatural telling of Beauty and the Beast and has some horror elements.

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Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Tags: Beauty and the Beast, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, horror, retelling, supernatural, urban, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: 1634222318
ISBN: 9781634222310
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About the Author
Alicia Michaels

Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. With several Fantasy and Science Fiction titles under her belt, Alicia strives to write multicultural characters and stories that touch the heart. V-Card, the first book of the Sharing Spaces series, was her first Contemporary Romance.
The mother of three and wife to a soldier, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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