Finders Keepers (Belen’s Review)

Title: Finders Keepers
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 2nd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

It (sort of) starts with a text…

Hi. I left some voicemails… I think I found your dog.

Dane Hughes left his beloved pooch, Wicket, with his Mum and Dad in Caloundra while he attends a mandatory work conference in Surfers Paradise. When his mum calls frantic because Wicket’s run away, Dane is crushed but unable to do anything about it.

Then he receives the text message and some voice mails from a guy who says he found a dog.

Griffin Burke got a promotion which meant moving from Brisbane to Coolum Beach. He has some time before the new job starts and sets out to explore his new home base. While hiking Mount Coolum Griffin finds a muddy Wicket. Thinking at first he belongs to some other hikers he leaves the dog at the National Park, but returns the next day to find the dog still there – wet, muddy and miserable. He finds a name tag with a mobile phone number and so begins a beautiful romance.

Told in a dual POV, Dane and Griffin immediately hit it off. Since the conference won’t end for several more days Griffin agrees to keep Wicket with him until Dane can come and get him. It’s really cute the way Griffin takes Wicket with him on his adventures of exploring Coolum Beach and the way he keeps Dane in the loop through pictures, texts, and phone calls.

Really, Finders Keepers is just a super sweet, super cute, low angst romance with the bonus of a cute dog.

I loved Bernice and K, I loved how Dane and Griffin try to go slow, but really can’t help wanting to be with each other, but mostly I love how N.R. Walker writes about normal people and situations, and how she takes every day living and shows how romance and love can be found in anything.

Finders Keepers just hit the spot for me and made me happy while reading it and I found myself smiling about the story even days after reading it.


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Galley copy of Finders Keepers provided by N.R. Walker in exchange of an honest review.