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Bellamy and The Brute

(Bellamy and the Brute #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,137 ratings  ·  462 reviews
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 sixt ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, it was free.🤷🏻‍♀️
Tanya Tate
Edit: 01/15/18 : You can get the Ebook free on Kindle today! I don't know for how long!

Five Stars!!

What I Expected: A BATB retelling with a Southern Gothic Flare. Maybe on the lines of The Artisans and The Curse Girl which are also BABT retellings with a Southern Gothic flare.

What I got: A BATB retelling with a Southern Gothic Flare mixed with a a pair of Ghosts hunting a family,a murder mystery,money extortion,under the table deals,a crooked sheriff and a corrupted politician tryin
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
4 stars!!!!

This book was really awesome!!!!

I liked this modern beauty and the beast retelling. Its amazing how the author managed to portray the original characters personality and adding something new to them.

The story is same old beautiful girl who is inlove with books. Her dad is considered as the town lunatic because of a particular reason. She was hired as a baby sitter by a rich family. It was interesting and refreshing.

I liked how the author blended the original and her own story into one
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
It did take me a while to finish reading this one, but not because it was bad, just life got in the way and I kind of forgot about it XD

I was browsing through the kindle store one day, looking for new freebies to read and sure enough, Bellamy and the Brute popped up onto my screen. Once I saw it was a YA novel inspired by Beauty and the Beast, I was like gimme the book pronto! The main character Bellamy lives home alone with her Dad after the mysterious passing of her Mom. Looking for a summer
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

The storyline was good and I liked the plot and how everything came together, but Bellamy was like a robot. She was too bloody nice and it made her boring. I hate it when authors write perfect characters that every boy wants and every girl hates because she's so perfect and blah blah blah. That aspect actually gave the whole book a really young YA feel for me. With all the tummy flutters, giggling (I FUCKING HATE GIGGLING) and sparkling touches. Poop a scoop that shit. Flawed and quirky characte

Oh, man, I just finished a book. I'm so happy! I hope that means my effin reading slump is finally gone.

I really enjoyed this Beauty and the Beast re-telling. It was very different. The Beauty was a 17-year old black girl and she didn't take shit from no one! She was a great protagonist. Smart, kind, brave and honest. The Beast was a boy who was "cursed" with a disease that made one side of his face sunken in, no fat tissue, etc. He was also a great character, a rich brute who changed into
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
My general thoughts:
◇It was interesting in the beginning and middle, but dragged towards the end.
◇The writing was also a problem for me, the dialogue and some sentences were really cheesy.
◇Characters were bland and very flat. Not much development in secondary characters either.
Cal (Cal's Reading Corner)
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's Constant Raving Reviews

The beginning of this book was about a 4/5 stars, until the murder mystery aspect came into play. I read this over my trip to America, and I absolutely loved the roots and similarities to Beauty and the Beast. However, once the mediocre/cliche murder mystery took focus; I found myself forcing to finish this book. At first, I couldn't understand how this was free on Kindle. But later I soon reali
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️STARS...

I thought that this was an interesting retelling of Beauty and the Beast. We get Bellamy (Bell) and Tate (the Beast aka the Brute). I enjoyed how the author put in a paranormal twist into the story and also a murder mystery plot. I think they added a lot to the story and it made it more fun to read.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great retelling of beauty and the beast!
Yes, yes, yeees! Well deserved 5 stars! I loved this book and read it in one sitting. I just couldn't stop, I had to know the end.
I loved how it ended and I already put their novella on my wishlist.
This is a story based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast but it has so much more than the classic romance. It's filled with suspense and danger. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It was incredible! Every scene had some excitement, either a happy or a dangerous one.
I was looking for something out
Jan 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
💝 FREE on Amazon today (1/14/2018)! 💝
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow so this was a bit of an oops on my part. I finished this book months ago and totally thought I had a review written up, but when I went to go look for it and transfer it to Goodreads, I discovered I hadn’t actually written one yet. Anyway, I originally rated this book three stars, but upon further reflection, I find myself truly disappointed with it, and so it has been demoted to two stars.

(There also are just zero quotable aspects of this book, so sorry for the all text review :/)

This is a
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved loved loved this beautiful story. It's a must read for everyone.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I love retellings of Beauty and the Beast but Bellamy and The Brute fell short of my expectations. The story felt discombobulated and felt rushed in certain parts. There were some parts that were boring or overly-cliche that I skimmed through, but I felt like I skipped around a lot and it didn't really matter what I missed because the story just trudged ahead. Plus sometimes the characters were annoying or acted way out of character for teenagers.

The idea be
Bree Howland
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm struggling with the rating of this one a little bit.

I loved loved loved this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was not expecting the paranormal aspect to it and it kind of (well, completely) scared the shit out of me. I don't do ghost stories and this authors descriptions were enough to actually give me nightmares.

This is like a mixture of Ghost Whisperer and Beauty and the Beast. And honestly, I don't know how those two could come together, but Micheals rocked it. My nos
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
For the first half of this book or so, I was fully prepared to give it four stars. But then the murder mystery hinted at in the prologue rears its ugly head and the story kinda derails from there. I had been leery of this one for the single reason that it's listed to be published by Clean Teen Publishing and I'm sorry, "cleaning" up books for young adult consumption doesn't sit well with me. But honestly, I don't know what's so clean about this book: there's cussing, there's sex, there's all man ...more
Mel Hawk
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably the most interesting take on Beauty and the Beast I've ever read. It's like Ghostbusters meets Veronica Mars meets beauty and the beast. Bellamy was a intelligent, snarky, wonderful girl. Her relationship with her father was one I hadn't read about in while. They were both dealing with the death of her mother in interesting ways. Tate was definitely not what I expected. He grew as a person inside and out.
If you like murder mysteries, little romance and ghost stories. You will enjoy thi
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was in a bit of a reading slump, still reading books but not really enjoying the stories.
This book was recommended to me and it was a free e-book so I decided to give it a go.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. But a BATB retelling can almost do no wrong with me.

When I started reading the prologue I was a bit confused, it made it easier for the reader to make the connection to the ghosts but in my opinion wasn't necessary for the story.

I liked that the writer gave the story a paranorma
Jamie (the_reading_pup)
3.5 stars!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love fairytale retellings! And I really love Beauty and the Beast retellings!! This story was such a unique take on the classic fairytale, definitely unlike any other one I've read.

The first 70% percent of the book I was super into it. I loved the plot and the characters.

Bellamy was smart, fun, and book lover, so what's not to love? Tate was such a cutie and even during his bursts of anger, I felt for him. Bellamy's dad was sweet and Max and Emma were j
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this is one of the most unique adaptations of Beauty and the Beast. That being said, there were some issues with the way this book was written. I thought it was way longer than it had to be. Towards the end of the book, the author put a lot of unnecessary scenes in. Yes, they were interesting to read, but at that point the story was pretty much done, so it was really hard to keep me engaged. The whole book revolves around a mystery and crime, but it really annoyed me that we basically kn ...more
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I honestly didn't expect much from this book. I got it for free on my Amazon Kindle App and I decided to read it because I was in the mood for a retelling and I didn't know anything else about it.
Well, sometimes it's really good going into a book without knowing and expecting anything, because I really enjoyed this book a lot!
I liked the paranormal aspect and that Tate's curse wasn't something completely unexplainable, but was instead considered a (rare) disease.
I liked the character of Bellam
Anastasia Kinderman
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Liked it but the typos got really annoying.
Anna Aurora
A nice spin on the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast.Did really enjoy it!
4/5 stars
Uhm, yeah. I don't really know where to start with this. I think firstly, it's worth pointing out that the Beauty and the Beast vibe is very much limited to Bellamy's name and poorer circumstances and Tate condition and rather wealthy family, that's about it. I knew this was a YA book, but compared to others I've read, it felt on the young side. I don't know whether this is because Bellamy was too nice (seriously you give a guy one second chance to not be a d*ck, not several!) or because they we ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First thing first this is a new to me author that I was grateful to discover thanks to my lit cube book subscription box. At first I'll be honest I was weary to read this cause it's a YA fairytale retelling most of those stick to the story roots strongly but since I love beauty and the beast I took a chance and WOW OH WOW ! Yes this had classic elements of the original tale but it also has a unique horror paranormal twist that kept me up late into the night to find out the outcome . I highly rec ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Really great take on the classic fairy tale with a unique and surprising spin. I loved finding all the little parallels and Bellamy and Tate were brilliant characters who matched the role of Beauty and the Beast perfectly.
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
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I have been following this authors work for a while and I believe she has outdone herself this time. This story was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling. It's something magical about an author who can turn a classic, but spin the story in their way and make it just as magical. Michaels brought forth the most romantic and enchanting story of Bellamy and the Brute. This is the perfect mixture of paranormal, r
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bellamy and the Brute is no Disney fairytale! Alicia Michaels has woven in murder, mystery, and ghosts in her haunting twist on Beauty and the Beast.

Wellhollow Springs may seem like any other quaint little town, but with an unsolved murder and a massive cover-up it's anything but. Add to that one of the oldest founding families, the Baldwins, have something to hide, and it's not just their son, Tate.

My favorite character is Bellamy. She is smart, funny, and tenacious. There's no changing her mi
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. I liked the twist on this one: Southern Georgia with ghosts and a mystery.

Now, if you know me, you know that I typically enjoy stories that take their time. The kind of stories that let you get to know the characters. However, this one felt way longer than 300 pages and something about the characters (even the main ones) seemed a bit flat. I know that Bellamy was supposed to be a "nice" person - and she was - but at times she
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