Grime Doesn’t Pay by Z.A. Maxfield with Black Bean and Corn Tamales, and a gorgeous French Rose.

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This is the second book in the Grime Brothers series, and it’s Eddie story. He is the second of the three friends we met in the first book, Grime and Punishment, who own an industrial cleaning service in Fullerton, Calirfornia. The tone in this book like in the previous one was a little serious, but this one was not as dark and Jack an Ryan’s story. I really liked the love story and Eddie might give a Tristan a run for his money for my all time favorite Z.A. Maxfield character. I loved him. He was so earnest, and so so deeply kind, I just wanted him to feel adored.

For this story I asked ZAM what I should make for her guys, and she recommended tamales…Her wish is my command, and so I made me some Mexican holiday goodness. I made  Black Bean and Corn Tamales that came out AMAZING. Tamales are naturally gluten free, and with the vegan filling, a delish addition to holiday meals. I paired them with a light, fruity french Rose that could not be a better choice for the spicy and fresh  flavors of the tamales.  The 2012 La Veille Ferme Rose from Cotes Du Ventoux winery is a Granache, Syrah and Cinsault ble,d. It’s got a strong cherry base, with brown sugar undertones, making it very flavorful and lovely to sip well chilled. At $8.99 a bottle. it’s great value as well.


Now back to the story…Eddie has had a crush on his niece’s First grade teacher ALL YEAR. B Andrew Daley is pretty much tailor made for Eddie. He’s all the things that he wants in one package. He’s hot for teacher, no doubt. He’s just so unsure of himself around Andrew. The guy is always talking about books, and asking Eddie stuff that makes him feel UNCOMFORTABLE. Eddie has a serious learning disability, and reading really isn’t and option for him. He’s always approached his dyslexia like a dragon he is constantly slaying, he HAS overcome it, but it makes him self-conscious. He is afraid that Andrew might see him differently if he ever finds out.

One day dropping off his niece, Eddie’s old teacher, Mrs. Henderson, shows up at the school looking disoriented, and not making any sense. She’s seems to be delusional and Eddie comes to her aid instantly, that was the lady that saved his life in school. The one person who figured out that Eddie just needed to be taught differently. Eddie coming to the rescue gives Mr. Daley the opportunity to finally makes his move and ask him out. From that first date (despite the awful movie),  it is very clear to both of them that they make a good pair. They are meant to be together. They just FIT, perfectly. The thing is they both have A LOT  baggage they drag around. Andrew’s dad has a serious hoarding issue, and he’s so scared for anyone to know. He’s embarrassed that his dad has let things get that out of control, and he’s so frightened he might end up that way too.

Things are so uncertain they just are both so unsure of what they other will do if they see all the bad stuff they bring with them to the relationship.

“Will you still love me tomorrow?”

That’s the big question for them both, and the only way to find out , is to open up, and hope that they can both be strong enough to move forward despite the challenges. I enjoyed Eddie so much, he was so steady. Andrew was a hot mess a lot of the time, and Eddie did not let him thing even for a minute that he would be scared off. He made him see, what it was like to be with a person that he could count on. They were sweet, and oh so very hot. This was a very nice read  all in all, and I am very much looking forward to the angsty wreck that will be Gabe and Dave in the next book.

The lovely Ms. Maxfield sent me the playlist she used for inspiration writing the story, and that was super fun to listen to while writing my review…Here is a list of the songs.

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Z.A. Maxfield is beyond  a sure thing for me, and I totally recommend this one. Grime Doesn’t Pay is for sale here.

Now the food…

Black Bean and Corn Tamales

For the masa:

3 cups MASECA®

3/4 tsp. Salt

1/2 tbsp. Baking powder

2/3 cups Vegetable shortening (I used Earth Balance)

4 cups Vegetable broth

For filling:

1 14.5oz can of Organic Black Beans

1 cup of frozen sweet corn

1 small onion chopped

1 small can of Herdez Salsa Ranchera 

1 tablespoon of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


In a not skillet put the oil and saute onions for about two minutes, add beans, corn and salsa to the mix. Cook at medium heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the beans.

15 dry corn husks (soak corn husks in warm water for at least 10 minutes before you start assembling tamales)

Directions: Combine all the ingredients for the masa, adding the broth last, until it’s slightly sticky. Just spread some of the dough over a corn husk. You want the dough about 1/4″ thick, and make sure you spread it as far across that corn husk as possible. It give you more room for the roll-up.

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Once you have your tamales rolled up tie on both ends with strips of the corn husks. Once they are prepared, steam them on for about one hour, then serve.



These are insanely delicious and super great with the Rose I chose today. Enjoy while reading about Andrew and Eddie!

Cheers and Happy Reading.

2 thoughts on “Grime Doesn’t Pay by Z.A. Maxfield with Black Bean and Corn Tamales, and a gorgeous French Rose.

  1. Oh, these tamales sound so delicious. I’m definitely keeping the recipe for these! Thanks so much for taking my guys into your heart, and your kitchen!! I cherish these pics you take of your meals and my book on your e-reader.

    You’re A PEACH!


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