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The Burnt Toast B&B

(Bluewater Bay #5)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,233 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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 har
ebook, 241 pages
Published January 10th 2015 by Riptide Publishing (first published January 3rd 2015)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I need new shelves for this book: stubborn-lumberjacks; real-men-wear-pink-and-every-other-fucking-color; don't-burn-the-goddamn-toast; dogs-named-Victoria-Beckham-are-trouble; it's-not-the-cock-that-makes-a-man.

Derrick is a man's man. He hates to cook or clean (women's work, obviously). He used to work in the lumber industry with a bunch of smelly, straighter-than-a-rod guys. He doesn't do aprons.

And he sure as hell doesn't do pink. EVER.

Trying not to run his late parents' B&B into the groun
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Review contains minor plot spoilers**

*3.5 stars*

I really wanted this book to be a home run. Like SO badly. I've read a few stories about transmen or dealing with trans-topics but this is the first where being trans just... was. It was a part of the story, not the WHOLE story. I wanted to kiss these authors for making being trans just another aspect of Ginsberg and not EVERYTHING about him.

I'll talk a few moments about the trans content. I am very comfortable reading erotic romance with a tran
Kaje Harper
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story teams up two unlikely guys. Derrick is running his dead parents' B&B into the ground, half-deliberately, because he fits in it like a square peg in a round hole. As a kid, the teasing he got, the "so gay" slurs for having chores that involved cooking and maid service would have been bad enough even if he hadn't been aware that he actually was a gay man. He became a logger, the most macho profession he could come up with, in some convoluted effort to prove to himself that the "gay" par ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ami by: ~~D✡ni ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~~
A little background (because I wanted to do it and this is my review space, so deal with it *haha*)

I will be honest with you all, before this book, Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz are not authors whose books I want to read. I know their track record. They wrote Flesh Cartel series together. I won't touch those books with ten-foot pole. You can offer to pay me to read it and I will still refuse. Their books are just NOT my cup of tea!!

But then my lovely friend, D✡ni, wrote her own early revie
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
"I wanna cover you in candied bacon and eat you whole."


Let's just talk about the pink elephant in the room.

These two wrote sweet?!?!? SWEET?!?!?

No one was raped.
No one was tortured.
Hell, there wasn't even a TENS unit!

Surely this is a sign of the apocalypse, no?

*starts gathering materials for bunker*

I half had to finish it just to see if there weren't some human traffickers lurking in Bluewater Bay waiting to gather a lumbersexual.

Derrick might have benefitted from a l
We (finally) have a winner!

There may be spoilers below.

'The Burnt Toast B&B was the book that caught my eye and brought the Bluewater Bay series to my attention. So it makes some sense that this would be the only book, so far at least, from the series that I've really enjoyed.

Ginsberg Sloan is a stuntman who's temporarily out of work due to an on-set injury. He's also a gay transman, which comes with its own stereotypes and complications. Looking for some cheap housing to recuperate in, he ends
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hipsters?
My first impression of the book was to actively dislike the main character, it’s hard to recover from that. I think the aim was to show someone reaching their limits but it reads too much like him not caring and considering himself above such tasks. I pushed on but the conflict of whether he was a sympathetic character or simply a dick continued, whenever I started to warm to him something happened to quash it.

Derrick’s a churlish boar and I kept feeling that instead of adding depth all his manl
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-read
I love, love, loved this book. It was...I don't even think I have the words to explain this so I'm going to suggest that you go see Dani's review on GR because I couldn't do a better job than she did no matter how hard I try and here's the link...

Now for my part anyone who knows me can probably take a good guess at why this book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. That's right it's all about Ginsberg. He's fabulous. He's the type of person that makes others a
Reader S.
This was a little different read for me, funny, but also so heart-wrenching. It shattered my heart into pieces and put it back together.

I loved the characters. Derrick was lost, oh so lost, and I shouldn't have liked him with his irritating attitudes, but I couldn't but love him. I felt his loneliness, his pain. I saw his good heart. He was sooo well written. Ginsberg was a gorgeous man with a positive attitude and a healthy sense of self-worth.

I didn't always love the writing (see my updates)
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was OK. I feel bad for not being able to enthuse. I feel bad for feeling that I am not p.c., and right-on and a "hipster". I wish this book was not under the m/m genre heading and it's impossible to say why without giving away the big reveal or filling my review with spoiler alerts.
Let's just say I couldn't see the point and spent too much time Googling to see if this character situation has ever actually happened. It seems it has; one such example actually works in the Gay Adult Film Industr
4.5 stars

Endearing characters, sweet, heart warming...seriously well written.
Utterly charming and fun and yet unafraid to look at some serious issues.

This one is a winner.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.

I loved Ginsberg, but Derrick was an idiot, obsessing about not being seen as "girly" and making things way more complicated than they needed to be.

The initial plan to drive Ginsberg way? So stupid. I was so glad when Derrick started acting like a grown-up, and my enjoyment of the story increased dramatically from that point on. Until...well, until he was a complete ass and messed everything up. I was so angry, and disgusted. But then he wasn't an ass anymore and I just wanted to
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Derrick Richards is running the B&B that he inherited after his parents died. He's anti-social and doesn't have any friends besides his ex. He's struggling with keeping the B&B nice and clean, so he decides to close the place up, but someone unexpectedly shows up on his porch.

Ginsberg Sloan is a Wolf’s Landing stuntman, who recently broke his arm. He's tired of his couchsurfing habit, so he's looking for a cheap long-term place he could stay at. He decides to check in at the Bluewater Bay's Wors
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I tethered between 2 & 3 stars. These were new to me authors. I think audio booking it was a wise choice for me BUT I probably won't continue the series. I didn't find the main MC particularly likeable & even once he realized his mistakes & showed a little growth it was too late. ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 STARS

This was my highest rating book of the series and I was glad that they saved the best for last! Not familiar with the authors so I had no basis of their work. Anyway, I thought this was really really awesome and I couldn't help myself and finished it.

The story revolved on Ginsberg, a stuntman who we met in Starstruck Bluewater Bay 1, and Derrick, a lumberjack who was forced to manage the B&B his parents gave and left him with. There were so many things that made this story really great
I actually enjoyed The Burnt Toast B&B more than I thought I would after reading reviews of Derrick's overall personality. The man has some issues, there is no doubt about that, and there were many times while reading, I just wanted to shake him.

Derrick is a gay man who is overly conscious of doing anything that could be construed as even remotely "feminine". He's got rather outdated ideas on gender roles, and, interestingly enough, he didn't get most of it from his parents. Derrick has managed
Wart Hill
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc2014
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

This is such a feel good book for me, but I promise I’ll try to be articulate.

So you’ve got Derek who inherited his parents B&B when they died. He’s worked there (and endured the teasing and shots at his manhood that it brought with it) for pretty much all his life. He isn’t too happy with owning and running it. And he isn’t too good at running it. He hasn’t updated it. Isn’t on top of the cleaning. And he can’t cook for crap.

He shou
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, hurt-comfort

With 'The Burnt Toast B&B' Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz contribute a book to the Bluewater Bay series that is very different from the previous 4 books.

With Ginsberg (he's a Wolf’s Landing stuntman), a trans character is stepping into the main focus of the series. Ginsberg is a tough cookie, I instantly liked him and highly respect his determination to live his life as a man. He’s wearing his scars with pride... I can only expect how much hurt he went through to get to the point where he is
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is not the book I expected it to be. I guess I'm not really sure what I did expect, other than it was probably going to be really good because of Heidi and Rachel. I love their books so, yeah.

This book? It was better.

Derrick and his ridiculous views on what a man should be, only to realize how wrong he's really been all his life. Ginsberg, with his open mind, light spirit and hart. All of this and more make this book was wonderful, sweet, loving, full of understanding and compass
Macy Quirke
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Let me count the stereotypes:

(1) sopping wet main characters with clothing stuck to their skin
(2) perky little bubble butt
(3) contrive meeting between (a) fully clothed guy A and (b) naked guy B which leads to...
(5) queeny, twink ex-boyfriend
(6) the one guy being a meddling matchmaker (I presume in a previous book, this is my first--and last--of this series, unless they do a lesbian couple?)

Plus you have Derrick, who cannot stop talking about how he needs to throw Ginsb
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

Ginsberg Sloan is temporarily out of work after he broke his arm on the set of Wolf’s Landing, the TV show being shot in Bluewater Bay, Washington. In an effort to save money, he heads for the B&B with the worst reputation and therefore cheapest rates, and there he encounters not only Derrick Richards but a smoke-filled kitchen with a fire blazing both in the oven and on the stovetop. Th
Fun, light-hearted story.
Derrick was rude and ignorant, with his desperate effort to be a "real man". He really had a lot to learn on his way to self-acceptance.
Ginsberg, on the other hand, was absolutely adorable and refreshingly confident!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Review to come soonThis is the first book that I've ever read by either one of these authors, but I have read a couple of the other books in this series, like How the Cookie Crumbles, but all of these books can be read as standalones. They all take place in the same town so you will sometimes see characters pop up in some of the other books. This is my first time reading a steamy romance with a trans MC, so I was really excited. I would call this one a slow burn style romance too, they take a wh ...more
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
I haven't read either of these authors before because they tend to write stuff I don't want to read, but all my friends loved this one and I can see why. It's cute, and sweet, and yes Derrick is a massive bundle of hyper-masculinity brought on by schoolyard bullies in his formative years, during which he learned all the wrong lessons about what it means to be a man. Then along comes Ginsberg, and he's not putting up with any of that crap. He manages to get through to Derrick that being a man mea ...more
BWT (Belen)
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, mm-fiction
I found the most of the first half of the book to be quite slow, though not in an off-putting way, more in a "Gosh, I hope they get to the good stuff soon!" kind of way.

I had never read a book with a transgender main character, and was looking forward to learning more about Ginsberg and what drove him and also reading about the process. Unfortunately for me, there was no real background or information here on Ginsberg's "trans" transformation. So, I felt like I lost out on that end. I felt like
Lelyana's Reviews

I didn't really 'feeling' connected with these two MCs. The first chapters didn't too gripping for me. I have to put it down a few times, I would probably be back to try to understand both characters.. But overall, this was an okay read. Not the best in the series, but worth to try.

* ARC was given by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.*
This one has been sitting on my shelf a while and I have the vague recollection that I thought an opposites attract by a pair of writers might be fun plus I was interested in a book with a trans hero since I don't see many stories including them. Better late than never, etc, so I finally picked it up.

Now here's the thing. I can't do my usual review. This is going to turn into a 'lecture' no matter what. I can't get around it. Because, my final impression was that this was more a fiction story wi
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 23%

From what I read of this book there were so many issues with it. I saw no positive trans rep in this book and I was disappointed. As a trans guy I love to read characters I can relate to and see myself represented in fiction. Instead this book referred to the trans guy’s body as “physical configuration”. Not a single part of this phase is okay.

And as for Derrick constantly questioning if Ginsberg was “the best judge of character when it came to affairs of manhood.” Or saying the rules
Cute and fun little book about this hipster transman and the guy who falls for him. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if I wanted to slap one of them at least a few times. I like that these authors always try to think outside the m/m romance box. Keep up the good work!
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: transgender
I was looking forward to read this transgender story, however I dislike Derrick and the plot too much to really enjoy it.
Even the sex scenes were so dull and tedious, oh boy, those were boring indeed.
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Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, graduated with a degree in history from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now lives outside of Edmonton, Alberta, with her tradesman husband and two kids. A proud bisexual woman, her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of queer characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialog ...more

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