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The Inheritance

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Augusta “Tucker” Delacroix is perfectly content running a successful oil field supply company until her brother and business partner, Jim Bob, dies suddenly. Things go from bad to worse when she gets a call from Monique, a beautiful stranger who turns out to be Jim Bob’s mistress and mother to his son. Monique needs financial support for her child, and Tucker steps up―it’s ...more
Published January 1st 2020 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This book felt very typical Vali but I enjoyed it anyway. If you like the feel and vibe of Vali’s books- her loyal family oriented butch character and her strong femme character- chances are you will enjoy this. And while the characters felt very familiar, their storylines weren’t. Interesting jobs mixed with a crazy family dynamic made this really entertaining to read.

This best way to describe this would be a family-drama romance. And there is a lot of drama so this actually had a
Corporate Slave
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this :)

This is a story about love, loss, and family.. I haven’t read a lot of Ali Vali’s books before, but it seems I was missing out a lot!

This book was so entertaining because it wasn’t just focused on the romance which I loved because it was full of angst. This book could’ve easily turned into a boring one, had it not been for the amount of action/backstabbing/secrets.

What I liked most is the family aspect.. There’s a lot of family drama due to the passing of the MCs brother... and
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As others have written before me, this is a classic Ali Vali novel. Don’t trust the blurb, it manages to both be misleading and give too much away.

Willow Vernon meets Tucker Delacroix at a work meeting and they end up having dinner then spending the night together. Neither knows their siblings are involved and parenting a child together. Willow knows of her sister’s affair with a rich married man and when she realises Tucker is his sister, she feels played and nips the relationship in the bud.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly typical story in the books of this author, both in standalones or in series, her main characters are usually a buch and a femme with quite marked roles, also with a great sense of family and honor., although the buch woman has a lot of sensitivity and the femme a very strong personality. And this is what we have here.

The story has its charm, since the two women meet first in work-related circumstances, which quickly become hot and move to a physical level that does not end well.
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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have come to really like Ali Vali and am in the process of trying to read her precious books. So when this became available I jumped at the chance to read it. This is a straight romance really. No gangs or super military people or cops of that nature. It's a sad story with happy elements and I really found myself liking all the characters. I will say that i wish more time was spent on the grieving process and that aspect than the business. I also felt that Jim was kind of blown over more than ...more
Lexxi Kitty
I’ve been tricked I’ve been. Wait, I was going to open with ‘this is the first book published in 2020 that I’ve read, and the first lesbian romance I’ve read this year, and the first pure lesbian romance I’ve read by this author (all of the others involve crime/mystery/or Science Fiction elements)’.

Right, but back to tricked. The book description gave me a different impression about the book I was going to read. There’s nothing that I can spot that is specifically wrong, it is just misleading.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went back and forth between three and four stars way too long before ultimately deciding I was going to round up. Why the big internal debate? Allow me to explain...

The best thing about The Inheritance is that it has the fantastic feel of a traditional Ali Vali romance. You've got your gallant, sexy, family-oriented (and usually rich) dark haired butch who quickly and completely falls for the strawberry blonde femme who is strong, has a sharp tongue, and is sexy as hell. They always have
Carolyn McBride
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am such a fan of Ali Vali's that I will read anything she puts her name on. Even a romance without mobsters.
I read The Inheritance in three sittings, interrupted by life the first two times. But once I was able to read without interruption...I tore through this book.
Tucker has shades of Cain Casey and Sept, but she is very much her own person too. She is funny as hell, I can't tell you the number of times I laughed out loud reading in the dark. I'm sure I woke my partner a few times. I really
isa Simonet
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
An Amazing, amazing read. And my first book by Ali Vali. I am amazed by the writing, the storyline, the description of the two protagonists, the enemy-to-lovers and the butch-woman relationship, I really liked the relationship that evolves between Tucker and Willow.
The cover is very very beautiful and I love it.
If I recommend it? absolutly
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I fear I am in the minority with this one. A WHOLE LOT happens in this book. A whole lot. Unfortunately I felt very little of it. There were wide swaths of this book that had me scratching my head. A couple of times I almost just stopped. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

I received and ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Inheritance by Ali Vali
4 Stars

This is an “old school” Ali Vali romance. And that is a good thing.

This is the story of two sets of siblings. Tucker Delacroix and her brother Jim Bob have been running a very successful oil field supply company in Louisiana. Delacroix Oil and Gas Co. that was started by their father and grandfather, but under the leadership of the two siblings, the company has grown substantially. Monique and Willow Vernon are also very close siblings. Monique is a paralegal at
This was Ali Vali being Ali Vali, including a few hard to believe plot twists. Nevertheless it was a very good read.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020-published
The Inheritance is the first book that I have read written by Vali. When I read the blurb on this book, I had no idea really what I was getting into. There are two MCs Tucker and Willow, but in many ways there is also Jim Bob and Monique who are sorta like mains because the story is in many ways driven by what happens to them. So with that said, The Inheritance is a book about Family, growth, trust and love.

There is a LOT of stuff going on in this one, but I still found it easy to read and only
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve read anything else by Vali, but I know she’s written a ton of books, and I’m usually a sucker for instant family type books, so the premise of this intrigued me.

The problem is that the blurb is kind of misleading, in that it lead me to believe that the main characters (Tucker Delacroix, who runs a company with her much older brother James Robert, who goes by the unfortunate name of Jim-Bob, and Willow Vernon, an
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. I was taken by surprise with this read as I felt the description was different than the book itself. I liked that as I went in expecting something and going something else instead. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two characters and the jumping the gun accusing each other really bothered me. After the deaths I started liking the story and characters more but half the book was over at that point. This was a good romantic read but it wasn't outstanding.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it




Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slow burn romance with two very interesting and strong main characters. Augusta “Tucker” Delacroix, talented business woman in business with her brother, Jim Bob. Willow Vernon, talented architect with a sister and nephew she loves deeply. Sadness befalls both Willow and Tucker. As a result, both come together in care of their nephew. How they come together makes for an entertaining story with supportive secondary characters especially Tucker's parents. This read was like watching a soap opera. ...more
Mirtha Siblesz
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the story

This was a very enjoyable story. There was a lot of sadness for the two main characters to go through. There was also a lot of of chemistry between hot tempered Willow and super sexy, and sweet Tucker. When they finally got together, it was all systems go! The baby was adorable and Tucker’s mother, Stella was a strong and super funny woman. All in all, well done
Katia M. Davis
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually keen on books with babies, but I do enjoy Ali Vali's writing, so I took a leap of faith. I’m glad I did. The book hooked me within the first few pages and I could not put it down. I pretty much finished it in a single sitting staying up way beyond my bedtime. There are clear sparks flying between the two main characters, Tucker and Willow early on and the heat burns off the page. Then life, and misunderstandings and preconceptions get in the way to pull them apart. As a reader I ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

The plot sounded good so I had some hopes about this. But sadly the blurb is a bit misleading and gives the wrong idea about the story.

Butch woman that dislikes their birth name and uses an unisex/male name and refuses so settle down, hates everything that has to do with marriage and commitment is an old and boring cliche.
Ameliah Faith
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love in the Family
Tucker and her brother Jim Bob run a growing oil company. Shortly after Jim Bob unexpectedly dies, the family lawyer introduces Tucker to Monique. Not only is she her brother’s mistress and fiancée, she is the mother of his son. She wants nothing for herself but it is important that her baby know his father’s family and Tucker is going to make sure that happens! Willow works in the oil industry and is very familiar with the Delacroix name, not just because of the business she
The Lesbian Book Blog
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Inheritance is a typical Ali Vali novel in every way. Inside the pages the reader indulges in a tale of family drama, family business and a butch/femme romance, all set in beautiful and charming New Orleans. Her devoted readers should be quite familiar with this city by now. Vali’s affections run deep for New Orleans and she often uses it as a backdrop for her romances.

Vali centers this dramatic romance around family ties and commitment, a theme she often uses in her stories. It is quite
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Willow Vernon’s works as an engineer for a firm that designed oil platforms, making pretty good money but when her firm along with the construction company that's going to build the rig, decides to cut corners to save money therefore endangering the lives of the people working on these rigs she decides to tell the owner of the company that ordered the platform. Problem is she doesn’t know just who she should report to. She’d met, through a business meeting a woman who she assumes is just a ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Very unique story line. Finding your HEA in a mess of family, love and untimely death. The second quarter of the book was a bit slow, but the end was stay-up-past-bedtime-to-finish quality.

Tucker Delacroix and Willow Vernon get off to a hot start, but when Willow finds out that Tucker is the younger sibling of the man who got HER sister pregnant out of wedlock, Willow runs for the hills - after suggesting that the Delacroix siblings drop dead. Unfortunately, Jim Bob (Tucker's brother) soon
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Ali Vali has such a unique writing style that if I were to jump into the middle of a book knowing nothing about it I would still know it's hers. Her characters' dialogue are always full of compound sentences and I can almost hear her saying the lines in my head.

The Inheritance is fantastic, plain and simple. Set in the New Orleans universe of several of her other books, this story is so different and plot-twisting that I couldn't put it down. At the heart of the story is a man who cheated on his
Aleana Harris
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

This was a good read it had a lot of family angst with mixed of romance.

Tucker and her brother Jim runs a successful oil company. When he dies suddenly she learns he had a mistress name Monique who had his child she wants her son to know his family without anything in return.

Willow works at the oil company and she doesn't care for the man her sister is with because he still married but when her
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I got confused in-between who's talking sometimes. Willow was annoying most of the time and I would've loved to see her grief more. for God's sake I loved her sister and honestly I cried when she died Like seriously I did not expect her to. Tuker was ok. I found myself not that attracted to either of the main characters but that did not made me stop reading however I loved the mom even thought she did not participate in a lot of chapters but she seemed super fun character. it's an interesting ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this is definitively “have tissue by” kind of book. I think I spend 50 or 60% of the book crying my ass of because it was so damn touchy. I love the whole story. From the time Willow and Tucker met, to the very last word in the book. Do I wish there was more? Of course!! I wanted to know what more there was in the inheritance Tucker was referring to even though It was mentioned ,you could take a guess and never know if you are correct!!
I’ve read few Ali’s books and honestly, I think this
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
My first Ali Vali book and I probably won't read another. There's a lot of internalized misogyny and femmephobia going on with how Willow was characterized. Her only defining quality throughout the book is that Tucker thought Willow was "crazy" or "nuts" (go through and count how many times she's described that way, even by herself). It's troubling because Tucker is written more sympathetically and is also the stereotypical butch with Willow as the femme. What's upsetting is that Willow was also ...more
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Ali Vali is the author of the long-running Cain Casey "Devil" series and the Genesis Clan "Forces" series, as well as numerous standalone romances including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, Calling the Dead and Love Match, and her 2017 release, Beauty and the Boss. Ali also has a novella in the collection Girls with Guns.
Originally from Cuba, Ali has retained much of her family's traditions