The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) by Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

The burnt Toast B&B Title: The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5)

Author: Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars


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.


Ok so I have been saying this a LOT lately, but this was nothing like I was expecting. This story was snarky and fun. It was loving and tender. It was HOT and emotional. I laughed and I cried in sadness and joy. While there was definite angst, this was a fun and easy read with enough romance to leave you all warm and fuzzy.

This story was very much character driven and what little plot there was supported a well developed character transformation. While Ginsberg was very much a star of this book in his own right, Derrick was the reason I kept reading. From the very start, I sensed that there was more hidden under his macho exterior. I loved watching the story unfold and little by little show Derrick as he was meant to be. Of course, things were not always perfect, and the ever present miscommunication caused some serious angst, but Derrick’s growth was so well done I could not put this book down.

I also loved Ginsberg and the fact that he was way more than I ever imagined. He has been present some in the previous books, but I never once got any inkling of his true nature until it was revealed in this story. I really did not see it coming until the authors starting dropping little hints at the beginning. Then when my suspicions were confirmed, I loved the way the story played out. I do not want to give it away, but I will say that the authors did a great job with Ginsberg. They treated him with the care and respect he deserved and made a great point to readers without preaching or getting political. Without him being such a strong and developed character, Derrick could never have shined the way he did.

I think this was an extremely well done story and a great addition to the Bluewater Bay universe. Pick this one up, you will not be disappointed. My only complaint is that the ending leaves things too open to a less than HEA. But that is probably just my own interpretation.


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