Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Trapped in the Valley of the Kings
Author: Blue Jones
Series: 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes
Heroes: Will & Jude
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 24 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Rival archaeologists Will and Jude slept together a year ago, on the night of the Summer Solstice at a dig in Stonehenge. But they were both wearing masks, so Jude has no idea it was Will he slept with, and Will’s been harboring a powerful, one-sided crush ever since.
Now they’re in Egypt, competing to find the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Jude falls through a crack in the cave floor, and when Will reluctantly climbs down to help him, they find themselves in Nefertiti’s tomb, surrounded by archaeological treasures—where they must spend Christmas stranded by a sandstorm.
Will a few sultry hours stripped almost bare from the heat and sharing a bottle of whiskey sort out who should get credit for the discovery—and the real reason for the tension between them?
This was a very cute story about two rival archeologists who might be the first ones to uncover Queen Nefertiti’s lost tomb. I found it very entertaining that Will thought he would be alone in exploring the tomb during Christmas Eve but then ran into Jude, who wasn’t supposed to be at the dig, in the tomb as well.
I really liked the chemistry between these two. They have history and it’s obvious that there’s a bit of jealousy mixed with lust between them. I liked the bickering and bantering but also found it very sweet when they were forced to spend time together in the tomb (there was a sandstorm outside after all!). While I enjoyed this one and thought it had a lot of potential, I felt like it could have been a bit longer. I wished we could have seen Jude and Will together in other digs or maybe even when they first met to give them a little more depth.
All in all, this was a very cute and sweet Christmas story that’s sure to leave a smile on your face. It has a bit of banter and some smexing but also a little unrequited love added to the mix.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*