Monday, April 28, 2008

Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair

Category: Sci-Fi Romance
Series: No

Independent trader Trilby Elliot is making some not-quite-legal modifications to her starfreighter, when an unexpected visitor falls out of space. Literally. He’s crashed onto the uninhabited planet of Avanar in a crippled ‘Sko fighter – the last place you’d expect to find a Zafharin military officer because the ‘Sko and the Zafharin have been at war as long as Trilby can remember.

Rhis Vanur is your typically arrogant Zafharin. But to Trilby’s surprise, he doesn’t look down on her or her slap-dash ship. Still, Trilby’s learned the hard way that even though she found Rhis, she can’t keep him. She’s just a low-budget jump jockey as far as men like him are concerned. She’s not falling for his offer to help … until Port Rumor reports her best friend missing and Trilby learns that the ‘Sko are hunting both her and Rhis. Now they’re in it together for better, for worse – or till death blasts them to oblivion …

Trilby is doing her thing on planet Avanar
Down comes Rhis, crash-landing not very far
She rescues him, patches him up, this is how it starts
Their stirring love story that tugs at my heart.

Trilby falls for Rhis, she finds him near perfect
Handsome, commanding, attentive; someone she can respect
But Rhis harbours a secret, one that’s a big deal
It tears the lovers apart, will this rift ever heal?

Meanwhile something sinister’s afoot in the galaxy
People are disappearing, they are friends of Trilby!
Then Rhis discovers, to his horror, Trilby’s on a hit list!
He must protect her; no matter the cost, he will persist!

Despite Rhis’s valiant effort, the ‘Sko win, Trilby is taken
During the attack, a sacrifice is made, that leaves her heartbroken
Oh, those darned ‘Sko, they screech and they clack
They want something from Trilby, but she will not crack.

It’s payback time, you callous conniving ‘Sko
Trilby has some tricks still, just wait for the show
She gets help, a most unexpected ally he is
They vanquish the ‘Sko, good riddance, at last peace.

This terrific story, you really shouldn’t miss
A touching romance, a riveting adventure, that’s what it is
Wonderful characters, good and bad, whom you can’t ignore
It’s my pleasure to say, Linnea Sinclair delivers once more.

Now that you’ve survived my amateurish attempt at rhyming, read on and see what Kat, Mel and I (again) have to say.

An overview …

Mel: I really enjoyed Finders Keepers. Sinclair’s books are action-packed and fun, yet the love story doesn't suffer for it.

Kat: I read this book about 1.5 years ago, and it was my first Sinclair book. I enjoyed it so much that I ordered all her other books too.

Jace: I thought this was a nice space adventure – not too complicated or too technical – and it was easy to follow. I was hooked from the first page.

Kat: I'm a sucker for space adventures. Do you remember Battlestar Galactica? I could have watched these films endlessly. This book was such a "feel good" read for me that I didn't want it to end.

The characters …

Jace: Trilby was such an engaging character. She was every inch a typical Sinclair heroine, wasn’t she? Her background was quite sad – an abused orphan growing up on the fringes of society – and later being strung along by that jerk Grantforth. I could totally understand her insecurities about relationship with men of station.

Mel: I could sympathize with Trilby and how she had grown up. It was quite sad. She made her own way in life in spite of her poor childhood, and not letting it drag her down. She was a very strong character.

Kat: How does Sinclair do it? Every one of her heroines is strong, determined, but also vulnerable, and they are never the same. Trilby was perfect, and at the same time a perfect match for Rhis.

Jace: Rhis was also the typical Sinclair hero. I saw some similarities between him and Sully and Kel-Paten! As powerful and magnificent as they were, they were very vulnerable when it came to their ladies. All of them were either not fully human or/and possessed extraordinary powers, and they feared how their ladies would accept them. When they fell in love, it was for life.

Mel: I felt for Rhis too. Everyone was afraid of him because he was different. He was still a man who yearned for love and acceptance. It was hard to read at times, when Trilby rejected him.

Kat: Why can't there be more heroes like Sinclair's in romances? I can't say if Rhis would have reminded me of Kel-Paten or Sully, because I read this book first. As far as I can remember, I'd say no. He felt much more downto earth from the beginning. He was more human. His arrogance more natural, because of who he was. Kel-Paten's coldness and arrogance was often born out of insecurities in human behaviour. He was a perfect soldier, but he didn't know how to be a human. I think Sully played in his own league.

Some plot elements …

Jace: I pretty much guessed who Rhis actually was, way before Trilby discovered his identity.

Mel: You had one up on me then. I was surprised at who he really was!

Jace: Rhis’s infiltration into the ‘Sko stronghold, Szedcafar, wasn’t made very clear, was it? Same thing with the woman who rejected him, Malika.

Mel: I agree, J. I would've liked to have known more about Malika. Although nothing much was said about her other than she had rejected him, I still sensed that she had hurt him a lot.

The love story …

Jace: I liked Trilby’s and Rhis’s love story. It was touching and believable. I really liked how, when Trilby was pissed off with Rhis, he was all heartbroken and unsure, yet he gave her time, and slowly won her back.

Mel: I totally believed in their HEA. I also loved that they had problems, but were able to work them out over time. Real life isn't always flowers and sunshine all the time.

Kat: I believed in their HEA too. Both were so touching together. I liked it too, that they had problems to overcome. That added a touch of reality in their relationship.

The verdict …

Jace: I was absolutely chuffed that Sinclair paid homage to Star Wars through the characters Dezi and the ‘Sko. Dezi reminded me of C-3PO, right down to his incessant chatter. The ‘Sko brought to mind the Kaminoans (Attack Of The Clones). My rating is 4.5 out of 5. I really like it. It's fantastic - a keeper. Sensuality rating: Warm

Mel: My rating is 5.

Kat: Same rating as you, M ... 5
(I really should re-read Finders Keepers.)


Melanie said...

J, your review is just fabulous! I love the poem/review. Great job.

Jace said...

Thanks, M. I'm glad you enjoyed the little rhyme. :) I wanted to do something a little different; also to make my grey cells work a little harder. LOL

kat said...

I love your review. you're idea is so unique! you should do this for a living.


Jace said...

K, thanks! Glad you've enjoyed it. I've had a lot of fun - I may do it again. ;)

Kristie (J) said...

OK - I kind of skimmed through this as I haven't read this one yet - the only one of hers out in pb I haven't. I have it - just not read yet. I'm glad to see that you liked it - at least I'm pretty sure you all did - as I kind of skimmed *g*

Jace said...

Kristie, we liked it alright - it's got the highest rating that we could give ... 5 out of 5. :D

I still have 2 more Sinclair books to go - Down Home Zombie Blues and An Accidental Goddess, which I'm pretty sure I'll read soon. ;)