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. To escape the fallout, he's gone 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.
|Publisher:||Riptide Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
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The Bluewater Bay series is an intriguing concept from Riptide Publishing. Each book is written by a different author, with a different perspective. I’ve read several of them and not necessarily in order so I can tell you that these books can be read as stand alone stories if you wish. How the Cookie Crumbles is an episode by Jaime Samms and focuses on bakers and a reality TV show production company. Actually, it’s the aftermath of the reality competition, which involved a rigged outcome and broken hearts. Frederic (definitely not Freddy!) accepted a large cash payout to lose the competition. It should have been enough money to open his own bakery and start over in Bluewater Bay, Washington. If it weren’t for Frederic being an enabler for his alcoholic father it would have been plenty of money, but for two reasons. Frederic bought a very old bakery that needed many repairs, and his father continually plays on Frederic’s guilt to get more money from him. Blaire’s father owns the production company. Blaire is gay and that is enough for his father to punish him by sending him to Bluewater Bay to resolve problems with the company’s merchandising arm. The story revolves around Blaire trying to overcome the control his father holds over him, Blaire’s attempt to gain Frederic’s trust back, and Blaire’s attempt to stop allowing his father to use him. Lot’s of father/son issues in this story. I really enjoyed this book. Both men are flawed and allow themselves to be controlled by their manipulative fathers. All the reader can do is sit back for the rough ride as they try to work out their issues and hopefully find love again, because they once had it.
Time has flown by as I've consumed the 'Bluewater Bay' series. Each installment has had its ups and downs, its good and bad, and wonderful endings. Now I'm on book twelve and Jaime Samms is a favorite author of mine, so I had a very good feeling that she'd probably put me through the emotional wringer with Frederic and Blaire. I wasn't wrong. Frederic, don't call me Freddie, made me melt from the very first moment. I don't know what it is, but lately in the books I’ve read authors have been writing these men that I just want to protect, to love, to hug, and to take care of. That is Frederic to a T. Blaire on the other hand, well, let's just say I didn't have a very favorable reaction to him in the beginning. I warmed up to him, though, as I watched him try to take care of Frederic and ease some of his burdens. Frederic has more than his share with a dying, alcoholic father who has bled him dry of his bakery’s profits for a long time, but Frederic can't turn his back on him no matter what. And there's his gran who pretty much raised him and she gets about nothing in a pension so Frederic makes sure there's always a little cushion in her account although she never asks. See why I fell for him? Along with this beautiful romance the author scripted, she went a step further and introduced some business machinations worthy of Machiavelli. Oscar, Blaire's dad, is an evil, controlling, demanding a-hole who wants nothing more than to keep Blaire under his thumb by whatever means necessary. Once Blaire catches on to the plot to eviscerate the good work that he and his staff have been doing, well, it's time for Blaire to move up his plan of getting out from under his father and Caruthers Industries. Hopefully he can outmaneuver his father well enough to protect his staff, many businesses in Bluewater Bay, and Frederic. Unfortunately, Blaire can't protect Frederic from his demons. Frederic ends up in the hospital because he's overworked himself so badly, he's significantly underweight, dehydrated, and has a serious infection. Frederic never wanted to be like his father, but for four years beginning when he was twelve, he became addicted to cocaine, ecstasy, dope, and other street drugs. He entered rehab at sixteen and he's been sober ever since. Except he's never really dealt with the issues, the wanting to please everyone, so instead he works himself to death and that's his replacement addiction. And that's a demon Frederic has to fix on his own, Blaire can't make it all go away. “We can’t,” he whispered. “If we keep going back to that, we will never go forward. I have a dream come true—well, almost, anyway—and you have to deal with your father. I have to make this bakery work. I have to. It’s my soul, but it isn’t everything, and I wanted to make it everything so I didn’t have to think about missing my heart or to admit I could never have what I wanted.” “And what was it you wanted?” “You." Yep, an emotional wringer. I felt like a limp dishrag when it was all said and done. I think my most favorite part was Frederic's dawning realization, at the end, that people, customers even, cared about him and they were willing to step in and help without wanting anything in return. It's official. 'How the Cookie Crumbles' is my second favorite of the whole series so far. I adored Frederic and Blaire, plus the secondary characters were fantastic. Awesome job, Jaime! NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rain