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Finders Keepers

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,070 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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 re ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 472 pages
Published May 2005 (first published January 28th 2002)
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I liked this book, although my liking it could have been increased a WHOLE STAR with one change: No moustache on the hero. I mean, every time I read a description of him, I thought of Tom Selleck from the 70's. I know it's totally superficial, but seriously, I am anti moustache. WHO WOULD WEAR THEM IN SPACE?! It seems really impractical.

ANYHOO, I did enjoy the sci-fi AND the romance of this book. Sometimes the POV switching from the guy to the girl was distracting, but overall nice brain candy i
I wish more books such as this existed. In the following order, the book is first a romance, second science fiction, and third, an adventure/political intrigue/space opera, with each pretty close in the contest. Sinclair maintained a brilliant balance. I tend to find books which are either too heavy on science fiction or romance, without that balance. Too much science fiction (when I am wanting a romance somehow involved) leaves a story dry and too much romance without the world building and att ...more
Trilby Elliot is an independent trader currently doing some repairs to her small ship. And when I say 'repairs' I mean patching the thing together with duct tape and a prayer and hoping everything stays in one piece. Trilby has had a tough time lately with her boyfriend dumping her and marrying another woman and her business has been taking some big hits too. It's only her and her droid name Dezi on her ship and they've landed on a uninhabited planet to keep prying eyes away. However an alien sh ...more
Finders Keepers, by Linnea Sinclair, is the love child of a romance novel and an SF one. It's set in space, sure--but at heart, it's really a romance. You don't get much more romance-novelly than Scrappy Young Trader Chick From Wrong Side of the Galaxy finds Crashlanded and Unconscious Tall Dark Handsome Stranger Who is More Than He Appears. The only way this could have been even more romance-novelly a start would have been if she'd been a pregnant runaway bride, and the guy had had amnesia and ...more
Very good story. Excellent development and plotting.
Good editing. Romance but not erotica.
The main storyline is war-intrigue between space factions.

Annoyingly abrupt ending left questions concerning a future war and left much MUCH to be desired with their romance.

Sandy Williams
UPDATED 3/29/13: Read this book for at least the third time this week (I think I've read it 4-5 times), and I still adore it. I haven't reread my review in a long time, and I kind of agree with my statement about the ending. There was a lot of explaining about the bad guys. They were sitting and talking about it, and I couldn't keep track of the factions, so I skimmed. Despite that, I'd give this a 5 star review now, the book is that awesome and gripping. I'm still trying to decide if this is my ...more
Sci-Fi/Romance One word to describe this novel? Romantic...

Trilby is my favorite kind of heroine, a scrappy underdog who always manages to squeak through, yet not without some pretty big dings to her heart. It's her vulnerability that makes this novel, that captures your heart.

I loved the transformation in our hero too, no longer the arrogant, fearless man he once was. Not now, when, for the first time in his life, he has someone he cannot bear to lose.

This is a heart-stopping, action packed st
Finders Keepers is a sci-fi romance. There's plenty of spaceships and aliens and futuristic trappings, but the heart of the story relies on Trilby and Rhis falling in love. The focus skews heavily to their romance, and while it doesn't ignore the exterior plot per se, the book would probably be about half as long without the constant "will they or won't they" factor. The love story had plenty enough conflict to keep it afloat without feeling like it was being drawn out unnecessarily, but I have ...more
Trilby Elliot is the captain of her own small freighter and she lands on the uninhabited planet of Avanar to make some repairs on her ancient craft. There she sees a 'Sko fighter crash land and she goes to check it out to salvage parts. She finds a human and brings him to her ship. Rhis Vanur is a Zafharin officer who needs Trilby's ship to get back to his own ship.

I don't know why I have avoided reading this author but I finally did and I loved it. I grabbed it the other day and I didn't want
I liked this, but at the same time it felt it could have been better. Of course just before reading this I read a book that had everything I wanted in a story and may have skewed my opinion, so take this review with a little pinch of salt.

I found this to be a solid sci-fi romance, with the romance being central but with a backdrop of aliens, spaceships, intrigue and adventure. The world building seemed a bit light to me though. For example I was never quite sure if the Zafharin were aliens or a
Mar 18, 2010 Missy~ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi romance fans
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
This was a re-read for me. Nearly every one of Linnea Sinclairs books is a keeper for me. I love her style of writing.
Trilby and Rhis are a great couple. I love stories where the hero is just a cold hearted mean old b@$t@rd who becomes a better person when he allows himself to love.
I enjoyed the terrific sci-fi intergalactic romance between Trilby, smart and sassy captain of a space junker, and Rhis, robotical steely space vessel senior captain of the mega power empire.
And nobody writes it bet
This was a relatively fun, not-too-demanding sci-fi romance that I enjoyed more than I expected to.

Trilby Elliott is an independent small freighter captain who's making some small (not quite legal) modifications to her ship when she get gets an unexpected visitor in the form of a crashed fighter. The pilot's unconscious, so she brings him back to her medbay... and there our story begins.

I was expecting this book to be pure romantic fluff, and while there's certainly a level of that, there's also
Mystique Reviews
Wow, what a book. Tucked proudly in the Science Fiction section, FINDERS KEEPERS shatters any pre-conceived idea that Romance is not a part of Science Fiction. This book proves that Sci-Fi can indeed exist in union with Futuristic Romance. And that—gasp!—a good space adventure can document two people falling in love. It even has room for well-done sexual tension. In addition to the romantic plot, FINDERS KEEPERS has: disreputable freighter pilots, ‘droids with attitudes, Heroes that are beyond h ...more
Janice (Janicu)
think the cover is a big hint that this is a sci -fi. It is rather space opera, action-y with guns and spaceships and wars. But. It's also romance heavy, at least for a sci-fi book. My impression when I was reading this was - if you like sci-fi, AND you like romance, you'll like this. If you only like one genre and not the other, I'm not sure you'll enjoy yourself. This was shelved in the sci-fi/ fantasy section, but I'd call it more of a crossover book. I found it rather an addictive read mysel ...more
I loved this book! I kept getting frustrated when real life would interfere with my reading time. When I was done I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it again, slower so that I wouldn't miss anything.
Jul 07, 2009 Nisha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi romance nuts who live more for the romance
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up. I actually saw the weird cover first, so it made me not want to read it. Anyway, I got over that, and I guess I was craving for a sci-fi romance similar to the Shielder series by Catherine Spangler.

It was a great read. I really liked it. But I think that things ended up too neatly. Like Jagon and no one of importance really dying. Well, I guess I like that, but it was a little too romancy with sci-fi aspects. What I really wanted was less
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Nov 30, 2008 CJ - So, you wanna play with magic? rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Huff's "Valor" fans, Linnea Sinclair fans, fans of romance with a plot
Ok, so this book has quickly climbed the ladder to being my second favorite Linnea Sinclair book, bumping Shades of Dark down to the third spot.

Love the characters and their interactions with each other. The tension between Trilby and Rhis was normal and expected, there was a bit of whining on Trilby's part but it was completely worth it by the time they got together again :)

Everything seemed sort of normal for a space romance. Trilby wasn't military and I think that was refreshing for me becau
Rhis (Tivahr) Vanur and Trilby Elliot

My rating for this book is probably 3.5 stars but I love Linnea Sinclair's writing so I am bumping it up to a 4.

Per usual, Sinclair writes a richly detailed, romantic space opera in which the hero, Rhis/Tivahr, is thoroughly smitten with the heroine. That's the good part. Also good is that I was racing through this novel, eating it all up, for the first 80%.

The bad? I had to start skimming when the esoterica of the inter-galactic political machinations in th
I loved this book. Sure, I'd class it as brain candy reading - something to savour when I don't want to concentrate too hard. But it's brilliant brain candy.

[Copied across from Library Thing; 17 October 2012]
Fantastic ending. In fact the last 25% of the story was fantastic. I had stopped reading it when I was disappointed with Trilby's harsh rejecting of Rhis. I should have just read a few more chapters. This is a complex book with lots of political intrigue and layers of personal history. Not to mention scary aliens, traitors, and (cue ominous music duh, du DUUUH) 'Tivarhr the Terrible'.
Trilby is repairing her ship after her wealthy boyfriend dumps her for his arranged marriage. Definitely down on
Imaginaos a una pareja tipo Leia y Han Solo en Star Wars, imaginaos una nave espacial y malos malísimos a lo Star Trek, imaginaos a un C3PO que habla más de lo necesario pero es capaz de dirigir una nave espacial. Planetas variados, viajes interespaciales, estaciones y naves nodrizas y… un adorable ser intergaláctico, que es como he “rebautizado” a nuestro protagonista, Rhis Vanur.

Trilby es capitana de una cochambrosa nave espacial, la Careless Venture, y se dedica a transportar mercancías “no t
ls Trilby Elliot ihren maroden Raumfrachter auf einem einsamen Planeten reparieren will, stürzt ganz in der Nähe ein Kampfflieger ab. Trilby rettet den verletzten Piloten und bringt ihn auf ihr Schiff. Rhis Vanur ist Soldat des zhafarischen Imperiums und damit nicht der Typ, den eine Schmugglerin wie Trilby gern um sich hat. Dennoch fühlt sie sich unwiderstehlich zu ihm hingezogen. Auch Rhis ist fasziniert von der eigenwilligen Kapitänin – was seinen Plan, ihr Schiff im Dienst einer geheimen Mis ...more
FINDERS KEEPERS, a futuristic romance, had a wonderful blend of interesting characters, a shot of come-what-may reality and wonderful chemistry between the hero and heroine. There are many futuristic romances that have been written over the years but rarely are they this good. I am somewhat reminded of the '2176 series' with books written by Susan Grant, Kathleen Nance, Liz Maverick and Patti O'Shea; all good stories that had intelligent women who could make do in a tight spot.

Both a strong and
This is a science fiction romance, like Star Wars with a romance built in. I enjoyed this book - I like Linnea's writing style. The characters reminded me of another of Linnea Sinclair's books, Games of Command, because the heroine was a ship captain and the hero was a genetically enhanced super-captain. Don't expect anything hot and heavy in a Sinclair book - there are only a couple sex scenes and they are mostly "off camera".

This particular book focuses on Trilby Elliot, a captain of a small
Mar 20, 2010 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Bujold's Shards of Honor but wants something a little more romancey
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I read this book back to back with Games of Command, which I read first, and that was the reason to my low satisfaction with this book. Apparently this book was published in 2002, while GoC in 2005, but reading them one after the other really does them no favor. I found the characters to be almost the same, not just parallels, but really much of the same was going on, from looks, to suspicions and motivations. I just barely plowed through Finders Keepers. For me this book is a little less than t ...more
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