ARC Review – The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz

Quirky, entertaining, and sexy The Burnt Toast B&B is a great addition to the BlueWater Bay series. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

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.

Review copy provided for an honest review


As with each book in the BlueWater Bay series Burnt Toast B& B is a unique story and I’ll admit it atruegemawardwas my first book that featured a transgender character which I actually found fascinating and feel like I learned something along the way too. In this book I felt like both characters had to come to terms with the changes in their lives and while one seemed to be handling most things with ease the other one seemed paralyzed by it. Through it all a relationship blossomed, blew up, rekindled and two men learned so much about themselves and each other. Quirky, entertaining, and sexy The Burnt Toast B&B is a great addition to the BlueWater Bay series.

There is really something special about Ginsberg Sloan and I’m not talking about his transgender status although I did find that really interesting. I love his outlook on life considering all the challenges he’s faced along the way. I love the way he tries to see the good in everyone and everything including things that knock him down. I love his enthusiasm for his career and the way he puts his whole heart into everything he does. Most of all I love his ability to forgive. Gins is a remarkable man and one I would be proud to call a friend.

When I think about Derrick Richards it is really easy to think about his grumpy nature, his unwillingness to change, what seems like male chauvinist attitudes towards gender roles, and how easy it is for him to say hurtful things without even trying but then I remember how he’s still grieving over the loss of his parents, his job, and the fact he has issues with running their B&B because it makes him feel emasculated. His issues go deeper than that though and it takes time with Ginsberg for him to face those issues and make sense of them.

When an injured Ginsberg shows up on Derrick’s doorstep to rent a room long term I immediately thought “this is going to be very interesting” because these two men seemed so different and they are but I also think that’s what eventually made them work. Derrick was a real ass toward Gins but I swear Gins went to the school of “kill them with kindness” and then there was the simmering attraction between them from the start as much as they tried to ignore it. With Gins being so thankful for a place to call his own even for a little while he begins to see how isolated Derrick is and finds way to make him interact with the world around him and honestly it was amusing to watch. In addition Gins forced Derrick in a nice way to deal with his past and start to move forward with his life. There was quite a bit of angst in this book which really isn’t my thing but I did find it interesting that it was the big, butch, logger who caused most of it. While not an easy relationship, I did appreciate that they had to work to get it right and that in the end they both made changes to accept themselves and each other fully and completely.

Once again I enjoyed spending time in BlueWater Bay and meeting more of its residents and seeing a few familiar faces from previous stories. Thank you Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz for the insight into the world of a transgender male and the insecurities that come with transitioning and becoming intimate and for the positive role model you created in Ginsberg Sloan in The Burnt Toast B&B.

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review – The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz

  1. Great review, Slick! I’m going to have to give this a try. I love m/m, but haven’t read one with a transgender character. Thanks!

  2. I love Bluewater Bay and these two didn’t let me down. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on them. They were great!

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