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: ♥♥♥♥