Review: How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms

February 15, 2016 Review 11

Review: How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms

After losing a rigged cooking show competition — and a potential lover — to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.

Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. As punishment, he’s been sent to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.

Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.

Title: How the Cookie Crumbles
Author: Jamie Samms
Series: Bluewater Bay
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, The Burnt Toast B&B
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: February 15, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 345
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: two-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’ve been familiar with the Bluewater Bay books for some time now. One of my reviewrs (who quit me recently) devoured the series. She was completely gaga over these books. I was very excited to get my very own chance to visit this quiet little logging town.

The cooking show disaster that left Frederic devastated and heartbroken left Blaine in an even more awkward place with his father within Caruthers Industries. Blaine wants nothing more that to get out from under his father’s thumb and get Frederic back in his good graces, hopefully in his life. Frederic took his hush money and used it to live his dream. He now has his own bakery in Bluewater Bay. Nothing seems to be going smoothly for Frederic or Blaine though. Frederic has some obsessive/control issues that he is not dealing with well. Blaine is discovering that his father’s claws extend far and too close to home. Frederic has to work on delegating. Blaine has to get Frederic to trust him, again. All in all they are both in a big mess that just keeps getting crazier.   

I was left wanting a little more closure with the ending. I really needed an epilogue. Perhaps what Blaire was up to with his career will pan out in a future book with another couple, but still a few month ahead glimpse would have been a nice wrap up with where he was going with his plans.

The Bluewater Bay books definitely work as stand-alones. This is the twelfth installment and the only one that I have read. A few of the characters and couples from the previous books make tiny appearances but none of them have significant enough roles that they require reading the previous books.

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About Jaime Samms

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked, “Why men? What’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love?”, she’s never come up with a clear answer.  Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.


These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Freya’s Bower, Jupiter Gardens, and Total E-Bound, Dreamspinner Press, MLR Press, and Riptide Publishing.


Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, she’s probably spending crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.


She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all. . .


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11 Responses to “Review: How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms”

  1. Lauren

    Thanks for the book review.
    This is going on my to be read list!


  2. Ree Dee

    I enjoyed reading about the blurb and the review. Thank you so much for the post and the giveaway!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Lisa

    I’ve enjoyed all the Bluewater books I’ve read so far & I look forward to reading this one as well. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Blackrose

    I don’t have any of the Bluewater books – looks like I need to add more books to my backlog of books I have bought but haven’t had time to read yet. I am giving up on my TBR list because it is basically all MM books on the ebook sites minus those I have already bought.