The Burnt Toast B&B, A Bluewater Bay Novel, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz

The Burnt Toast B&B, A Bluewater Bay Novel, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
I love the Bluewater bay series, and each author or combo of authors seem to have a fresh salt on the series. This mentions Ginsberg’s intervention in getting Carter and Levi together – I can’t remember that but I’m going to go back at some point and re read that one. I do like when series bring in snippets from earlier books like that.
So far Bluewater seems to be mainly conventionally Gay men, this time though Ginsberg is something more – born a woman, I’m not sure if he’s simply had surgery and hormone treatment – he mentions T shots I’m guessing testosterone? or whether he’s one of those people that are born inter sex, where their gender is ambiguous, or even if its something else entirely – there are so many possibilities and apologies to the author if I’ve got it wrong. I’m just reading it as someone who loves romantic fiction and knows little about the realities of life when someone has a sexuality, or sexual preferences that’s not the generally accepted  norm. I recall recently catching part of a TV show where there was discussion of intersex children, and where it said some countries still allow parents to choose which sex they want the child to be and surgery is performed. That horrifies me, as its such a huge step, and what if the person simply doesn’t feel as if they are the sex their parents chose…Even if surgery is not done there’s still the problem of gender assignment on a birth certificate, and I don’t know if its possible to get those changed later? So many potential problems there for people simply born a little different to what’s accepted as the norm. I do like books that make me think, and Ginsberg’s past certainly did that. It made me think too about how difficult it must be to find a lover, it’s tough enough being Gay and risking a black eye or something if approaching the wrong person…but to then have to explain about the surgery – well, I guess people with these problems have to learn to grow a thick skin to protect themselves.
Anyway – back to Bluewater. this book really centres around the B&B, Ginsberg and Derrick. The actual film and others from it feature very little. Ginsberg comes across as someone that’s slight, that’s happy to announce to everyone he’s gay, very chatty and outgoing, and has learned to take a lot of knocks in his life. I really felt for him having had such a difficult past, and even now struggling with practicalities of finance, friends and partners on a day to day base. In contrast Derrick is very ontroverted, hiding the fact he’s Gay and the childhood teasing about the B&B and his place in it still affects him. He was grumpy to the pooint of rudeness and yet knowing him we can see how much of it is simply defence mechanism.
Its the usual story of how two people become lovers, perhaps more ands then something goes wrong. I do love the sad bits so long as I get my HEA!! I enjoyed this book, it was a good read, a fun one but for me not a five star great one.
Stars: Four, a good read though I’m unlikely to re read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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