Monday, January 12, 2015

The Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz

Title: The Burnt Toast B&B
Author: Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #5
Main Characters: Ginsberg and Derrick
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Wow, talk about a story where opposites attract. Two people have never been more different than Derrick and Ginsberg. 

Derrick is the local in Bluewater Bay, but he barely knows anyone in town and is truly a curmudgeon. Not exactly the right person to be running the local B&B. But he inherited it when his parents suddenly died and doesn't want to let their dream die...although that's definitely what it's slowly doing. In fact the morning he meets Ginsburg, he's just come back from the cemetery where he finally told his parents that he just couldn't do the b&b anymore...he's shutting it down. But when he gets back, Ginsburg is there...wet, pitiful, and obviously needing a cheap place to stay. Despite his pessimistic attitude, Derrick has a good heart. He just can't turn Ginsburg away, but he's not above driving the guy away with his lousy service. It shouldn't be that hard. He can't keep people staying when he wants them to. 

Ginsburg sees the positive in everyone in every situation. He can immediately tell that Derrick needs help so he jumps in with both hands to make things at the b&b better. But as Derrick's life comes to rely on Ginsburg, he begins to pull away...he can't rely on Ginsburg. He's a hollywood stuntman and won't be there  forever. Derrick also has mental scars from his childhood. Now, he's the big, burly lumberjack, but growing up the kids all made fun of a boy doing the "girly" work at the b&b. He definitely has a hang-up about what he considers man's work and effeminate things...which causes even more problems between him and Ginsburg who is more effeminate, but doesn't let that phase him. 

I liked the b&b setting of this and could picture the outdated rooms and settings so easily. Poor Derrick...I felt for him even when I wanted to kick his butt for being such a insensitive jerk sometimes. I love how Ginsburg transformed the place and made it retro kitsch perfect for the hipster community...even though Derrick totally doesn't get it. I could picture them together. Derrick needs Ginsburg so much and Ginsburg simply needs a safe place to land. It was a sweet book with some really serious undertones, but it made for a great read. 

I've loved every single installment of the Bluewater Bay series. I'm really hoping that this isn't the end. We NEED a story for Jim, Derrick's ex...who seems like such an incredible guy especially after the way he continued to help Derrick even after he broke his heart. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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