The Inheritance is such a classic Ali Vali book! It made me feel like I was home again as I read this story. The main characters are exactly the type of people you expect in an Ali Vali tale. Tucker Delacroix and Willow Vernon are both strong characters. They are the butch/femme combo we have come to look for. As another reviewer mentioned, Tucker and Willow are similar in many ways to Cain and Emma Casey from the Devil series, except Tucker is a powerful and legitimate businesswoman while Cain is more of a mobster. The plot is complex with lots of twists and turns, and a few unexpected consequences.
As with all of Ms. Vali’s novels, there is a major theme about family in this story, and of course there is a child as well. That is a theme I’ve come to expect in all of her books. Some of Tucker’s family would fit very nicely in a Jerry Springer Show with their antics, and this creates a lot of conflict and drama.
What made this novel special for me is something I read in the Acknowledgments. Ms. Vali based one of the characters (Jim Bob) a little on her brother who passed away a few years ago. According to the author, her brother loved to fish, have fun with his friends and family, and he passed away way too young. The same thing happens to Jim Bob in the story. It is wonderful how she shares a little of her brother with us in this tale.
There is a good deal of angst in this novel, and it causes Tucker and Willow to be at odds for a good portion of the book, even though the attraction is almost instant when they meet. It is a very touching romantic tale when they finally do manage to come together as a couple and as a family.
There is one other thing I want to mention that Ms. Vali does with just about all of her books. She drops in little bits that puts most of her stories in the same universe (or the “Valiverse” as I like to call it). For instance, Jim Bob was mentioned briefly in Second Season, and Jim Bob’s “fishing camp” was used as a setting in that book as well as this one. There are several other mentions of people and places from the Calling the Dead series, the Cain Casey series, and other books, but I will let you look for those as you read.
One last note: I also bought the audio book and actually listened to the narrative as I read this e-book. The audio book is also well done, and I think this added to my enjoyment of the whole story. If you like books with strong characters, complex plots, family themes, and steamy romance, then you will like this book. If you are an avid fan of Ali Vali’s novels like I am, then you will love this book.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review. I also bought the audio book from Audible.