Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that spotlights a standalone novel that you loved and would recommend or one that you’re excited to read. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊
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 that has caused deformity…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 3rd floor of the mansion, she begins to wonder if there really is some dark truth being 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 3rd 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?
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This week I’ve decided to spotlight a standalone that I’ve yet to read but really want to. Bellamy and The Brute is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, which is a huge reason why it caught my eye. I adore Beauty and the Beast retellings! There’s also the fact that I’ve seen nothing but praise for it and it’s a standalone. Coming across a great fantasy standalone is still pretty rare so anytime one is published it almost always goes straight on my TBR. So, yeah, this is definitely one book I’m going to have to read soon.
If anyone is interested it’s currently $4.99 for a Kindle copy through Amazon US.
Have you read Bellamy and The Brute? Did you like it? If not, do you want to read it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊