Trapped in the Valley of the Kings (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Trapped in the Valley of the Kings (Dreamspinner 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes)
Author: Blue Jones
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 24 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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?


Two rival archaeologists trapped in a cave containing the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti and what do they do? Play strip poker, of course, and have hot and steamy sex (with the help of some lube and a condom packed in Will’s backpack along with some protein bars, water bottles and whiskey). Okaaaaay.

I liked the premise of this story, but darn it, I wanted a bit more details about that tomb, and perhaps a bit less of the MCs’ back story which read like they were about 25 or so, while Will is pushing 40. 3 stars.


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Galley copy of Trapped in the Valley of the Kings provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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