A Bluewater Bay Novel
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 how to put out kitchen fires.
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The Burnt Toast B&B, A Bluewater Bay Novel, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance I love the Bluewater bay series, and each author or combo of authors seem to have a fresh salt on the series. This mentions Ginsberg’s intervention in getting Carter and Levi together – I can’t remember that but I’m going to go back at some point and re read that one. I do like when series bring in snippets from earlier books like that. So far Bluewater seems to be mainly conventionally Gay men, this time though Ginsberg is something more – born a woman, I’m not sure if he’s simply had surgery and hormone treatment – he mentions T shots I’m guessing testosterone? or whether he’s one of those people that are born inter sex, where their gender is ambiguous, or even if its something else entirely – there are so many possibilities and apologies to the author if I’ve got it wrong. I’m just reading it as someone who loves romantic fiction and knows little about the realities of life when someone has a sexuality, or sexual preferences that’s not the generally accepted norm. I recall recently catching part of a TV show where there was discussion of intersex children, and where it said some countries still allow parents to choose which sex they want the child to be and surgery is performed. That horrifies me, as its such a huge step, and what if the person simply doesn’t feel as if they are the sex their parents chose...Even if surgery is not done there’s still the problem of gender assignment on a birth certificate, and I don’t know if its possible to get those changed later? So many potential problems there for people simply born a little different to what's accepted as the norm. I do like books that make me think, and Ginsberg’s past certainly did that. It made me think too about how difficult it must be to find a lover, it’s tough enough being Gay and risking a black eye or something if approaching the wrong person...but to then have to explain about the surgery – well, I guess people with these problems have to learn to grow a thick skin to protect themselves. Anyway – back to Bluewater. this book really centres around the B&B, Ginsberg and Derrick. The actual film and others from it feature very little. Ginsberg comes across as someone that's slight, that’s happy to announce to everyone he’s gay, very chatty and outgoing, and has learned to take a lot of knocks in his life. I really felt for him having had such a difficult past, and even now struggling with practicalities of finance, friends and partners on a day to day base. In contrast Derrick is very ontroverted, hiding the fact he’s Gay and the childhood teasing about the B&B and his place in it still affects him. He was grumpy to the pooint of rudeness and yet knowing him we can see how much of it is simply defence mechanism. Its the usual story of how two people become lovers, perhaps more ands then something goes wrong. I do love the sad bits so long as I get my HEA!! I enjoyed this book, it was a good read, a fun one but for me not a five star great one. Stars: Four, a good read though I’m unlikely to re read. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Derrick, an out of work logger, is a pretty bad Bed & Breakfast owner. He inherited the B&B he grew up when his parents unexpectedly died. Now he’s wants to run it to honor them, but is doing such a terrible job at it that he’s considering closing the whole thing down. Then Ginsberg shows up on his doorstep, literally. Ginsberg is a stunt man on the local production of Wolf’s Landing, a wildly successful TV show. He’s broken his arm, so he’s out of work for a while and needs a place to stay for a few weeks while he heals. Derrick is so torn. He’s just decided to close the place down, but he doesn’t want to say no to Ginsberg and possibly hurt his feelings. Derrick just decides to be even more horrible than normal so that Ginsberg will want to leave. His plan might have worked if he wasn’t such a softy at heart. For example, he pretends like the washing machine doesn’t work, thinking the inconvenience will force Ginsberg to leave. When he realizes that Gins will just walk into town to do his laundry, Derrick ends up driving him in to the laundry mat. It’s an adorable start to a sweet relationship. Ginsberg is also a post-transition male. Derrick finds this out early in the story and is surprisingly unphased by the revelation. It certainly doesn’t affect his attraction to Gins. That’s good, because Derrick is carrying a whole lot of other baggage, and there’s no way I can imagine the relationship working out if he had hang ups about Ginsberg’s transition status. This story is Ginsberg and Derrick’s falling in love story, but it’s also a later-in-life coming of age story for Derrick. He’s got a lot of issues with his own masculinity to work through and having Gins around is forcing him to take a look at it closer. Ginsberg is a perfect foil for Derrick, because he’s comfortable in his own skin and secure in his masculinity. He’s not afraid to call Derrick’s prejudices out and ask him to really think about how he feels and why he feels that way. I thought the sex scenes were hot and really well written. Because post-transition sex was a new thing for me, I felt a little uncomfortably like a voyeur. I think that was just because of the newness of it for me. Although in retrospect there were some clues, I didn’t realize that Gins was post transition until about page 30. I’ve only read a few books with trans characters, but I’ve enjoyed them, so this was a positive surprise for me. I really enjoyed this book and I’d recommend it to other romance readers, especially readers with interest in sexuality and male and female roles. It made me laugh and sigh and think – a great combo!
*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! I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.