Reviewed by Morgan
Title: The Burnt Toast B&B
Authors: Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz
Narrators: Dorian Bane and Tobias Silversmith
Series: Bluewater Bay #6
Heroes: Ginsberg Sloan/Derrick Richards
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 – Book: I love it when a book surprises you, and this definitely did!
What better way to make someone confront their gender issues than make them attracted to someone who is transgender! Excellent plot device! Ginsberg thinks bottoming is not masculine. He thinks cooking and cleaning is not masculine. So… his job, his sexuality, his desires… all not masculine – so he hates himself and his life.
The dialog is great, the emotions are really poignant without being uncomfortable, and I (for one) learned some things about being transgender.
The storyline is not typical in that it covers a less often discussed part of LGBTQ – transgender. It’s quirky and sometimes dark and painful. Though we have seen storylines where gay men hate themselves, I haven’t seen it quite this fiercely before.
Anyhow, when our MCs do finally connect physically, it’s amazing and awkward and funny and tender … again not your typical hot and horny man on man action. (I, for one, would have liked to see some more of this – if only to really emphasize how love and sex are unique to each couple and not constrained by society’s “normal”. I love the “bonus hole”! and wish it could have seen more action 😉
All in all, I thought it was a great book, a lovely continuation of the Bluewater Bay storyline (we get to see some of the old characters like Eli and Carter), and a really nice look at subjects not normally seen.
Impression – Book: I loved it
Review – Audio: I love dual narrations! Though they didn’t do a strict duo – there are times when Dorian has to do both MCs, as well as Tobias, but they separate them by POV. Dorian has this great deep “western” feeling voice that matches Derrick superbly and Tobias’ higher, more feminine but still very masculine voice and pacing is wonderful for Ginsberg. I really loved listening to these guys take turns and highly recommend this as a way to enjoy this story.
Impression – Audio: I loved it
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*