The Burnt Toast B&B

Heidi Belleau; Rachel Haimowitz
The Burnt Toast B&B
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Release Date
January 2015
Book 4 of Bluewater Bay
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Jan 27, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
111 people found the following review helpful
A fun and lighthearted romance, with just a touch of angst.

Derrick is the owner of his late parents' B&B. He's determined to keep the B&B afloat, even though he's really bad at running it. Like, really bad. It was embarrassing to read about, which, of course, made it more fun. He's thinking of closing up shop, when Ginsberg, a stuntman from the show Wolf's Landing needs a place to stay.

Ginsberg was an all around likeable character. He's strong, confident and still vulnerable. He's open and honest about himself and his feelings. I just really liked him.

Which is why I had a problem with Derrick. He was rude, harsh and irrational. He had to apologize a lot. And these weren't little mishaps he had to apologize for. No, he was downright offensive to Ginsberg and he grated on my last nerve. In the end, he did end up putting a goofy grin on my face. So, I guess he made up for his bad behavior. Barely.

I've not read many trans romances, but the way this was written totally worked for me. Ginsberg was trans, and it was a part of the story, but it wasn't the entire story. It was your run-of-the-mill romance, with a character who happened to be trans. That was a definite plus for me. I do wish there were more sex scenes though. Derrick and Ginsberg were really hot together and I would have loved to read more.

THE BURNT TOAST B&B had its pros and cons, but overall, it was an enjoyable addition to the series.
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