Title: The Burnt Toast B&B
Authors: Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz
Series: A Bluewater Bay Story, #5
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: January 10th 2015
After breaking his arm on set, Wolf’s Landing stuntman Ginsberg Sloan finds himself temporarily out of work. Luckily, Bluewater Bay’s worst B&B has cheap long-term rates, and Ginsberg’s not too proud to take advantage of them.
Derrick Richards, a grizzled laid-off logger, inherited the B&B after his parents’ untimely deaths. Making beds and cooking sunny-side-up eggs is hardly Derrick’s idea of a man’s way to make a living, but just as he’s decided to shut the place down, Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep, pitiful and soaking wet, and Derrick can hardly send him packing.
Not outright, at least.
The plan? Carry on the B&B’s tradition of terrible customer service and even worse food until the pampered city-boy leaves voluntarily. What Derrick doesn’t count on, though, is that the lousier he gets at hosting, the more he convinces bored, busybody Ginsberg to try to get the B&B back on track. And he definitely doesn’t count on the growing attraction between them, or how much more he learns from Ginsberg than just how to put out kitchen fires.
How the Cookie Crumbles, but all of these books can be read as standalones. They all take place in the same town so you will sometimes see characters pop up in some of the other books. This is my first time reading a steamy romance with a trans MC, so I was really excited. I would call this one a slow burn style romance too, they take a while to get to know each other.
Derrick is not a very happy guy at the beginning of this story. He comes across as a very gruff and grumpy guy. He feels stuck with his parent's B&B, and wants to get back to doing "men's work" because he doesn't feel as if cooking and cleaning are things he should be doing. He decides that he is going to give up the B&B, but right before he does Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep needing a place to stay. I had my love and hate moments when it came to Derrick. He was grumpy bear antics mixed with his soft-hearted moments really won me over....but have you ever wanted to shake a character when they do stupid things? I had a few moments with him
I loved Ginsberg. He was such a sweetheart. He loves helping people, and being social. When he sees the state of the B&B he almost instantly wants to help Derrick fix it up. He also helps Derrick become a little more social. I got made in Ginsberg's defense a couple times in this book when Derrick would put his foot in his mouth.
I enjoyed returning to the the small town and the atmosphere again, and will be picking up a few others from the series too. I enjoyed this one but I didn't love it as much as I expected too.
* I received a copy of this title via Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
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