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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,072 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Be careful what you wish for. You might get it... Her ship's in shambles, her boyfriend's dumped her and she's frankly out of funds. Captain Trilby Elliot hopes her luck has changed when a high-tech fightercraft crash lands at her repair site. Finders keepers. She can sell the ship as salvage, pocket the profits. Except for one small problem: the pilot, Rhis, is still aliv ...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 28th 2002)
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Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf
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
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Gail Carriger
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
I enjoyed this book. It kept me glued to the couch while convalescing, which is all I ask for from books as a rule. However, I think the other Linnea Sinclair that I read, Games of Command, was more to my taste.

I've not read a great deal of SF romance so this review is from a SF/F reader perspective. I think that Sinclair does a solid job with her SF elements: the aliens, the spaceships, the ship-board culture, the societies, the technology, and languages, etc… In fact, I think with this book th
And I am eating my words. Yes all I said it's true and yet I 've read and enjoyed it many times.

Re read on 03/31/17

Sorry to say this book doesn't fully survive the 'second time around' test. I really liked it the first time I read this in 2012. But as I read it again today a lot of things didn't stand up.

There's lust at first sight, there's a woman who should have a huge chip on her shoulder, but hasn't a bit of anger nor bitterness (I mean something lasting, not temper tantrum-y, if you get m
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-kim
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

This book is the ultimate blend of science-fiction and romance. It will leave you thinking about the world and characters long after you finish the book, wishing you could be back on Trilby's ship for just a few more pages.

When Captain Trilby Elliot saves Rhis from a crash on a wild jungle planet, he tells her he’s a pilot who got lost. He promises his commanders will pay her to get him back to civilisation. She’s wary, but when he offers to help her f
Jacob Proffitt
This was published in 2002, but I could have sworn it was an escapee from the 80s or 90s based on the romance. There's this stormy, thrashy, angsty flavor that you'd find sometimes in that era where you have the woman poking and antagonizing and the guy applying his superior strength and power and the forced kiss that melts an argument away that squicks me out, some. The only way I had any sympathy with Rhis is that it was dual PoV and you could see his struggles to communicate and help and prot ...more
Sandy Williams
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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.

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
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
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr2016, mine, 4-stars
A wonderful sci-fi romance.

Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy the story from beginning to end every time I read it. The main characters are wonderful. The heroine causes the hero to realize that he's emotionally capable of more than he thinks he is. I always find myself wondering what happened after the story ended. ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of Ann Auguirre or Rachel Bach
Really enjoyed this one -- great story and a strong, independent female lead with a touch of romance threaded throughout. All good! I am enjoying science fiction more these days than paranormal.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Linda (not getting friends updates at this time)
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.

Both a strong and smart heroine, Captain Trilby Elliot had to land unexpectedly on Avanar, an illegal repair site. While there she met Rhis Vanur, an independent trader, or so she thought. Before long, they are hunted by a
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 read like very laboured Star Wars fanfiction, with "Luke/Anakin" being replaced with a woman. Complete with a metallic humanoid droid even.

Maybe this was exciting a couple of years ago, but then it hasn't aged well. The other, more likely possibility is that I've been hopelessly pampered by authors such as Anne McCaffrey, CJ Cherryh, Marion Zimmer-Bradley, Rachel Aukes or R. Lee Smith. Unlike Sinclair these authors know how to write a rollicking, action-laden story which makes sense, pulls
Mystique Reviews
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-romance
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
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Late To Romance
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it- I thought it was a deftly done space opera, with a fun romance, a good mystery running through it and plenty of action. It reminded me a bit of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Barrayar, with 2 space travelers from different cultures having to work together to return to base and avoid the enemy alien Sko fighters. I found the romance a bit on the obvious side at the beginning, with Trilby and Reece attracted to each other even when t ...more
This love child of a space opera and a romance novel is for the most part an entertaining read, but not quite the best of both worlds. As a space opera: 4 stars. Good solid world building, and a fun adventure story. As a romance novel though: ugh. It contains both uncontrollable twitching bulges at the mere first sight of our heroine (honestly, heroes lead by their brains are so much sexier than ones that can't control their other head), and that bulge is attached to a jealous male who has no re ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Snarktastic Sonja
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I really loved this one - right until the end. Where everything just kinda happened . . . and at the same time the reader is left hanging. 2.5 stars . . . rounded up because it was great until the end.
D.B. Reynolds
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read it multiple times. ...more
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
Rosario (
I do love a bit of space opera, and that's what I got here. Trilby Elliot, our heroine, is a small-fry freighter captain. She's making some repairs to her ship in an uninhabited planet in the middle of nowhere when an enemy ship crashes close by. She's surprised to find a survivor there, and not an enemy, but a Big Deal military man from an empire that is a new ally to Trilby's. Rhis Vanur was on a spying mission and he needs to go back to base with what he discovered asap. And he is now reliant ...more
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