Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz

January 14, 2015 Review 2

Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz

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.

Title: The Burnt Toast B&B
Author: Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wallflower, Bliss, Rules to Live By, Apple Polisher
Series: Bluewater Bay #5
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, Lights, Camera, Cupid
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: January 12, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 225
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
Transgender

*sigh* According to the series list, this is the last trip to Bluewater Bay and wouldn’t you know it, they introduce this charming (?) B&B for me to stay at.  Don’t you just love B&Bs?  So cozy and intimate.  This one earned its name completely.

I continue to adore everything about Bluewater Bay.  Even the curmudgeon who owns the Bluewater B&B.  That is what is was originally called back when they still did burn the toast, and the bacon.   Derrick Richards inherited the place from his parents.  He wasn’t terribly excited about it.  It wasn’t something a “real man” should be doing.  He should be out pursuing his career as a lumberjack, not changing sheets and cleaning toilets.  Derrick has a bit of skewed outlook on things, which tends to make him a real jerk.  At the same time, he wants to preserve the memory of his parents and their legacy.  Creates a rather interesting dilemma.

Then Ginsberg Sloan moves in.  He is a stunt man on the Wolf’s Landing set, but he’s broken his arm so needs a place to stay while he heals.  Wouldn’t you know it, it is just when Derrick has finally decided to close the place and move on.  But, under all that crustiness, it appears Derrick may have a heart.  Kind of.  He couldn’t bring himself to actually kick out this poor guy who has had an obviously difficult life, but he could make things unbearable for the interloper.

This was an amazing and fun story about a couple of guys who couldn’t be more different, or so it appears.  One is an optimist, the other . . . pessimist is almost too kind for him.  The way they come together and actually complement each other is heartwarming.  I love how Derrick finally came to his senses and realized what a jerk he had been, and Ginsberg has the heart to forgive him.  *sigh* I just love happy endings.

I sincerely hope, maybe, there will be more Bluewater Bay stories.  There are still some people who could use a story.  Like director Anna Maxwell.  We met a new character in this book – Alfonse.  There is Spencer’s bodyguard Tick and assistant Sebastian.  Let’s not forget Chastity – Hunter’s girl Friday.  These are just a few characters we know about.  On a hit TV show like Wolf’s Landing, there must be all kinds of people.  I mean, even Finn . . . maybe not.  *grin* I just do not want to see this series end.  I have enjoyed it too much.  Hint! Hint!

If you haven’t read any of the Bluewater Bay series, grab one.  Give it a read.  Start anywhere.  Read in any order.  Each book is a stand-alone story.  There is some crossover, but it is minimal and doesn’t affect any of the stories.  So, you can start at the B&B before going to the coffee shop, getting your car fixed, or finding out who lives at the end of those desolate roads that appear to go nowhere.  Yep, this one is a good place to start.  Enjoy!

Romance Review

Hi, and welcome to the Burnt Toast B&B blog tour! We’re Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz, the authors of the book, and we’re so thankful to have you along for the ride, and thankful to our hosts, The Jeep Diva, for having us here today!

Normally on a blog tour, we like to share all kinds of behind the scenes goodies to do with the book: inspiration images, glimpses into research and plotting, deleted scenes, conversations about our process, character bios, etc. For this tour, though, we’re doing something a little different, but we hope you’ll still find it worth your while.

When Heidi first pitched The Burnt Toast B&B, it was as an opposites-attract story centring around the world’s worst B&B . . . and an M/M romcom where one of the lead guys just happened to be transgender. Writing solo, she’d done a trans book before, but that was very much a Trans Book, all about exploring gender identity, defining who you are, and coming out to your friends and loved ones. This book . . . isn’t that. It’s the story of an optimistic hipster stuntman and a pessimistic lumberjack who learn to make espresso, fix up a failing B&B, and generally butt heads in between loads of laundry.

Ginsberg, our hipster, is much like many of our other favourite M/M heroes: he’s funny, resilient, romantic, and sexy as hell. He’s also transgender; secure in his identity, his body, and his sexuality; and working in a career he loves. But his life isn’t without hardships. Ginsberg made his own family after his biological one turned out to be too toxic to live with. He scrimped and saved and borrowed to pay for the medical care he needed to be happy and healthy. He found a roof over his head as a “considerate couchsurfer,” living with friends and acquaintances on a temporary basis when money got tight. In Derrick and his failing B&B, Ginsberg finally finds an opportunity to have a real home, if only he can convince Derrick to keep the place open.

Ginsberg’s background of financial hardship and lack of family support is all too common among many people who, like him, are trans and trying to live happy, fulfilling lives as their true selves. As such, we the authors, our publisher Riptide, and our generous blog tour hosts will be using the next few days to highlight the personal fundraisers of real trans people in need. We hope that if you’ve got a little extra money this month, you’ll consider donating, and if money’s tight, maybe you can help by spreading the word, too.

For our part, Rachel, Heidi, and Riptide will be giving donors a $5 Riptide credit code for every $10 in donations you make (up to $50 in codes per person, up to $5,000 in codes overall)–just email your donation receipt(s) to info@riptidepublishing.com with the subject line “Burnt Toast Tour Donation,” and Riptide will send out all $5 codes a week after the tour ends. (It’s totally cool, by the way, to spread your donations across multiple fundraisers if you’d like; we’ll add up all your receipts sent in a single email and base your credit vouchers on the grand total.)

 

We’re also hosting a special contest for people who donate: every dollar in donations to any of these fundraisers will earn you an entry into a drawing for a full paperback set of Riptide’s current Bluewater Bay lineup, OR two signed paperback copies of The Burnt Toast B&B. We’ll draw one week after the blog tour ends. Every dollar helps, and every dollar counts!

 

Lastly, we’ll randomly select three commenters from all the tour stops and donate $50 apiece in each winner’s name to the trans charity or fundraiser of their choice. (Please be sure to leave a way for us to contact you if you win!)

 

Today’s featured fundraiser is for Liam Malpass, an eighteen-year-old trans man seeking a safe home. You can find it at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-trans-man-find-a-safe-home. And here’s Liam 🙂

Liam

Liam recently lost the support of his family and has been forced to fend for himself. As a result, he’s had to take the semester off college, and now needs funds to pay for his own health insurance, car insurance, rental expenses, and medical expenses. You can learn more about Liam and help this young trans man to land on his feet at his fundraiser page, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-trans-man-find-a-safe-home.

Thank you so much for following our (slightly unconventional) blog tour! Be sure to leave a comment on this or any of our other tour stops for a chance to have $50 donated in your name to a trans-related fundraiser/charity of your choice. And if you choose to donate to any of the fundraisers we’ve highlighted over the course of the tour, don’t forget to forward proof of your donation to info@riptidepublishing.com with the subject line “Burnt Toast Tour Donation” to claim your $5 coupon(s) and enter your name in the extra special drawing!

 

Lastly, if you or someone you love is transgender and going through a difficult time, please check out the Trans Lifeline, http://www.translifeline.org/. This crisis helpline is staffed entirely by trans volunteers and runs at least twelve hours a day, seven days a week, in the US and Canada. If you’re in crisis, please call them. If you’d like to support this nonprofit, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/translifeline.

 

Read an excerpt or order at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/burnt-toast-bb

Learn more about Heidi Belleau at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/authors/heidi-belleau

Learn more about Rachel Haimowitz at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/authors/rachel-haimowitz

 

2 Responses to “Review: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz”

  1. jenf27

    Thanks for the review and thanks to Heidi and Rachel for this wonderful fundraising tour they are doing.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  2. Carolyn

    Wishing everyone featured on this tour the funding they need.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com