Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Aunt Adeline’s Bequest
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
The Heroes: Valentine Nugent & Jasper Pritchard
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 51 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf at: Goodreads
Blurb: One snowy evening, wounded WWI veteran Jasper Pritchard arrives at Valentine Nugent’s sweet shop with an unusual request. Jasper’s deceased great-aunt has left him a fortune, along with a box of indiscreet letters she wants returned to the writer, and the only clue is a tin sold in Valentine’s shop over twenty years ago. As they search the shop’s records and uncover a love story from long ago, they find far more than the answer to the mystery.
This is the first story that I have read of Dreamspinner Press’s “A Valentine Rainbow” 2014 holiday collection. It initially caught my eye being that it was historical (set following WWI) and that there seemed to be a little mystery involved…
I really, really liked this little story. Seriously, I was smiling the entire time! I stupidly started reading it during a short, work break, otherwise I would have read it straight through. Eh, I don’t want to rehash the plot; you can get all that from the blurb.
I immediately connected with Jasper and Valentine, the tentative evolution of their eventing together was so sweet, plus I’m always partial to physically scarred and wounded characters. The sex was pretty smexy, even though they were just getting to learn each other. The mystery was simple and a bit predictable (yes, I figured it out early on), but the “sweetness” of the mystery was perfect. (Damn, I think a used the word “sweet” too many times here…nah). The ending? Well, its totally HFN, but I’m very hopeful that Jasper and Valentine will get the sweet HEA they deserve.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*
I really liked this too! The twist was perfect. Historicals and especially shorter stories can be tricky, but she pulled this off well.