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Bellamy and the Haunting

Bellamy and the Haunting

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Bellamy and the Haunting

4.5/5 (4 évaluations)
78 pages
1 heure
Apr 15, 2017


The intrigue and romance from BELLAMY AND THE BRUTE continue in this fast-paced novella that catches up with unlikely soul mates Bellamy and Tate as they embark on their new life together.

Ever since breaking the curse of Baldwin House, Bellamy McGuire and Tate Baldwin have found happiness in a normal life together. Attending college, choosing career paths, making new friends ... life away from Wellhollow Springs has been new and exciting. But some things can never truly be left behind—a lesson Bellamy and Tate will learn when they join their classmates on a spring break trip.

There's been a rise in drownings at the popular Lake Blackshear resort, and Bellamy is wary of venturing near the water. But an accident near the lake will uncover a deadly secret—one that could end Bellamy's life if she and Tate cannot get to the bottom of it.

Praise for Bellamy & the Brute:

Bellamy and the Brute is no Disney fairy tale! Alicia Michaels has woven in murder, mystery, and ghosts in her haunting twist on Beauty and the Beast. – Amazon Reviewer

Bellamy and the Brute puts a great new spin on an old fairy tale! I was unable to put the book down once I started reading, as I was pulled into a world of mystery and intrigue that kept me turning the pages! – Amazon Reviewer

Alicia Michaels – Author Accolades:
2014 Yerby Award for Fiction Finalist
2015 In'Dtale Magazine Rone Award Finalist
2017 Once Upon A Book Award Winner (Best Cliffhanger Ending)

Bellamy and the Haunting is perfect for fans of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and Beastly by Alex Flinn.

Apr 15, 2017

À propos de l'auteur

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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Bellamy and the Haunting - Alicia Michaels


Chapter One

Squinting against the glare of the afternoon sun, I swiped the back of my hand across my damp forehead. Barely noon, but sweat had already started accumulating on the surface of my skin—turned sticky by the Georgia humidity. Grabbing the hair tie from around my wrist, I started working to pull the masses of dark, kinky-curly hair framing my face into a topknot. I cringed at the feel of the strands sticking to the back of my neck.

Here, let me help you with that, rumbled a deep voice from behind me.

I smiled as he plucked the rubber band from between my fingers, then leaned down to press a kiss behind my ear. Releasing my hair, I let him take over. Ignoring the way his body heat increased the impact of the humidity, I leaned back into him.

Hmm, you’re good at that, I murmured as he arranged my hair into a knot on top of my head, his fingers taking a few passes against the back of my neck and scalp as he worked.

So I’ve been told. He chuckled. All done, Bell.

Turning to face him, I smiled—something I seemed to find myself doing easily when in his presence. He grinned back, the motion a bit lopsided—the left side having stopped responding as easily after a life-saving brain surgery. His green eyes practically twinkled in the light of the sun, and sweat had already caused his rich brown hair to begin curling rebelliously against the brushing he’d given it that morning.

Tate Baldwin … once a rich, snooty little brat, now a warm, kind person who just so happened to be the love of my life. He was still rich, but didn’t flaunt it. Every now and then, the brat in him came out, but I was more than up to the task of putting him in his place when he needed it. No one was perfect … but he had proven himself to be perfect for me.

We couldn’t have been more different as people when we met, and at times, our differences came to the forefront and reminded me that if it weren’t for a certain pair of sister ghosts, we might never have fallen in love. But that only made me love him more.

Head’s-up, Tate, a voice called out from the patch of grass stretching out in front of the lake.

Tate reached up to catch the football that came sailing through the air toward us and took it under one arm. Gotta go.

Handing me the football, he grasped the hem of his T-shirt and pulled it over his head. Then, we exchanged—him taking the ball and me grabbing the shirt. I stood on tiptoe and kissed him, standing back to watch as he trotted over to the group of guys gathering for a football game.

Why they wanted to run around and throw themselves at each other in this heat was beyond me—but as the muscles in Tate’s back bunched and rolled while he walked away, I decided it was really none of my business. Getting to watch him run around with no shirt on was always fun … especially when I’d get to do it from the comfort of the shade.

Joining the girls of our little spring break group beneath a pavilion covering several picnic tables, I grabbed a bottle of water from the open cooler and sat, cracking it open.

Usually, Tate and I traveled home to Wellhollow Springs when we had breaks from school, but we’d accepted the invite to join some of our friends at Lake Blackshear instead. I’d felt guilty about bailing on my dad, the only family waiting for me back home. Living alone had taken some getting used to for him, but he insisted he didn’t mind.

I want you to enjoy the full college experience, munchkin, he’d said when I called to tell him about the trip. That includes wild spring break shenanigans, doesn’t it?

Barbequing and swimming weren’t really wild, but it would be my first spring break without him. Closing in on the end of my first year of college, I’d experienced quite a few firsts. Moving away from home into the dorm, writing for the college newspaper, my first job that wasn’t shelving books at my family’s bookstore—okay, the new job wasn’t much of a stretch because I was still shelving books, only at the campus library, but still.

Change, I’d learned, could be a good thing … especially since I had Tate, who remained constant through it all. As I sat and watched him and the other guys break into teams for their game, I smiled. While remaining my rock, he’d also gone through a lot of changes. Having locked himself away for two years while he battled the disfiguring Parry-Romberg Disorder, it had taken him a few months on campus to come out of his shell. Once he did, he’d gone right back to being the Tate Baldwin I remembered from his days as football quarterback and all-around golden boy. Everyone loved him—which earned us a lot of party invitations. Joining a fraternity meant he also helped host quite a few events himself.

Scarfing down everything he could get his hands on in the cafeteria, as well as working out in the campus gym, had helped him gain most of the weight he’d lost during his illness—broadening his shoulders and chest, and putting deeper lines of definition through his abdomen.

One would think all the attention would go straight to his head, and he’d return to

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  • (4/5)
    The story seemed a little rushed, and I wish it could've lasted longer. But I'm hoping that we get to see more of Bellamy and Tate soon!