The Burnt Toast B&B – Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz

BurntToastBBAuthor: Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Word/Page Count: 176 pages epub
Published: January 2015

This is the latest installment from the Bluewater series – all (except for one) of the books in this series has been great, so I purchased this without reading the “about” section, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

This is the first book I’ve reviewed where one of the main characters identified as transgender. I have to say, this book was very well done – and took a situation which could seem a bit uncomfortable for people who do not read a lot of books outside of the gay man/gay man story line, and made it not only accessible but also engaging.

The main characters are a stunt double from the popular Wolf’s Landing and owner/operator of a B&B. It’s not an easy love story, but that’s what makes it so fantastic. They struggle. They search for answers. They have fun. They love each other.

I highly recommend this book to people who like a good love story, with bumps in the road, ups and downs, and a “reality” check. Also, if you haven’t ventured into books with a transgender character, start with this one. (You may need to google a few pronouns that come up…)

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥

Player vs. Player – Amelia C. Gormley

PlayervsPlayerAuthor: Amelia C. Gormley
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Word/Page Count: 215 pages epub
Published: December 2014

I was a bit hesitant at first to read this book – it sat in my “waiting to buy” queue for almost two months (which for me is ages). I am not a gamer, at all — but I’m glad I dove into the gaming world with this book.

This book is a murder-mystery book wrapped around the gaming world, trying to change culture through art, the love between brothers, and a love story. There was definitely a lot of references to gaming and gaming terms which had me clueless – people, for the love of Nancy, explain what you are saying in terms all readers understand.

That being said, it was a good read. I couldn’t put it down – trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, the “who done it” piece and seeing where the various story lines went.

The two main love interests had a few twists and turns (well done for keeping me guessing), and their story shined through the plot. The sex was a bit… odd. Maybe weirdly placed throughout the book, but tame. This is a great read for gamers (I think – I mean, you would probably understand the gaming parts), people who love a good mystery, and a love reconnection story.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: 
Plot: ♥♥♥♥

We Found Love – Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta

We Found LoveAuthor: Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Word/Page Count: 204 pages epub
Published: January 2015

We Found Love is a different read than I normally go for, to be honest. I was interested to see how the story would unfold and what would “happen” to the two main characters.

Essentially, this is a love story that takes place in an unusual setting… in a mental hospital. Riley is a long-time resident who has essentially given up on moving past his history, when Hunter shows up as his unlikely roommate. From there, they have to figure out how to make it work for them, in an unusual setting and circumstances.

This was a very quick read, although overall, it had a few bumps. One thing that kept interrupting my reading flow was the use of acronyms and descriptions that were never explained. Also, it stayed pretty surface level throughout. It was set-up as a “deep” read, but it didn’t go deep with the many issues and opportunities they created to do just that. On the flip side, the characters were very well developed. They both had a backstory and they were easy to connect with.

Overall, it was a decent read, but not one that I’d recommend unless you are looking for a different setting than other m/m books out right now. It wasn’t bad, just not a great story missing some elements to make it awesome (deeper connection, working through their issues instead of glossing over them, and their relationship never felt like it made the jump past friendship).

Out of four…
Overall Read: 
Sex Heat: 
Plot: ♥♥