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, busy-body 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.
I honestly don’t know where to start. Just when I think that this series has pushed all my buttons (in a good way) Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz find a way to take it one step further. Burnt Toast B&B was a great addition to the Bluewater Bay series. 😉
First, I loved Ginsberg. He’s the kind of character that once you meet him in the story, you’d love to meet him in person. He’s just that kind of guy. His attitude is infectious and genuine. He refuses to let anyone else’s opinion or moodiness drag him down. He’s been there and done that and he’s finally happy with who he is and where he’s at in life, for the most part. The only thing lacking is a place to call home. Both physically and mentally.
Then there’s Derrick. The polar opposite of Ginsberg. He has zero optimism and pretty low self esteem. He also has a definite black and white opinion of male and female roles. Bringing these two characters together was brilliant… or crazy. Granted, Derrick had every reason to feel the way he did, he just needed to look beyond the past and learn to live outside of the box he had put himself in. To be honest, I spent a fair amount of time wondering if he was worth the effort that Ginsberg thought he was. Actually, there were times that Ginsberg felt the same way…
Bluewater Bay is a series that you can read in pretty much any order that you want, but I’ve had fun reading the books in order. There are cameos from previous books and new characters introduced along the way. Some I hope we meet again and some I really hope earn their own story. The next book scheduled in the series is an anthology, Lights, Camera, Cupid. I honestly can’t wait for this Valentine’s treat. ❤