Needing a change of scene, Griffin Burke moves from Brisbane to Coolum Beach to start a new job. The beautiful white sand, aqua-coloured ocean, blue skies, and summer breezes are everything he longs for. What he finds is a mud-covered dog, lost and hungry, with a nametag and a phone number.
Dane Hughes is stuck in Surfers Paradise at a week-long work conference when he gets a phone call from his distraught mother. His dog, his fur baby, Wicket, has run away. Unable to leave and feeling helpless and miserable, he gets a text from a guy. “I think I found your dog…”
Griffin and Dane start talking, and Griffin agrees to look after Wicket until Dane can collect him. With a few days left before his new job starts, Griffin takes Wicket on some coastal adventures and sends Dane photos of their fun, and so the start of something new and kind of wonderful begins.
Griffin might have moved to Coolum in search of a new life, but what he finds is so much more. What he gets to keep just might take some four-legged help.
Walker has fine-tuned the art of feel good stories to perfection. Her books are always polished with an extra dose of sunshine and happiness. Finders Keepers is a prime example of this. The cover gives you a solid idea of what to expect; cute guy, cute pup and a couple of cute smiles.
It’s a pretty straightforward plot; Griffin moves to a new town and he’s out exploring when he spots a friendly dog at a trail head. Assuming the owner is nearby he heads home. However, when he returns the following day he realizes the pup is lost. Thankfully he has a collar with a number and he is able to reach the owner. Dane is beside himself when he discovers his furry baby has gone missing. He is overcome with relief when a stranger contacts him stating he’s rescued Wicket. Trouble is, he can’t collect him for a week since he’s out of town on work business. Luckily the sweet guy who found him is willing to keep him for the week. Then Dane discovers he’s hit the jackpot when they begin tentatively flirt-texting. Griffin is everything he wants in a man and Wicket has clearly given his approval. Maybe fate had a hand in this case of lost and found?
I really enjoyed the cast. Both Dane and Griffin are charming but the rest of the gang was lovely as well. Griffin’s landlady is a hoot! She is blunt and has the embarrassing but endearing quality about her. We are hanging in Australia for this one and ohmygoodness, I need to add Coolum beach to my bucket list. I could feel the sand between my toes and taste the salt in the air. I hope on site writing was a perk for this book. I found the dash of adrenaline just right. Great ‘seize-the-moment’ scene.
The ending! Gahhhhhh! I can’t even tell you how adorable the epilogue is. Of course, the build up getting there is wonderful. The suspense during the first week apart was fun. They move swiftly but surely. I enjoyed their eagerness and loved it when they focused on dating instead of just shagging. I mean, the shagging was hot but I found the budding relationship the core of this story. If you love meet-cute and love pups too, this story is just for you!
No drama. No stress. No angst. This story is pure sugar with a touch of sexy thrown in. Speaking of sugar, there’s a couple of stoners that have a sweet spot for special brownies.
This would be the perfect vacay book! Or beach book. Or long soak in the tub book. Or for those, I need a book hug days! I say, go buy it and save it (if you can resist) for that day you need a smile. I promise you, your face will slip into a grin with this one.
TITLE: Finders Keepers
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
LENGTH: 218 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 31, 2017
BUY LINKS: Amazon