I liked this book, although my liking it could have been increased a WHOLE STAR with one change: No moustache on the hero.
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. I tend to find books which are either too heavy on science fiction or romance, without that balance.
I've not read a great deal of SF romance so this review is from a SF/F reader perspective. I found the romance compelling but the plot waffled a great deal in the middle. However, my reservations over the meat of the romance have almost entirely to do with the middle of the book after Trilby has rejected Rhis.
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. There's no other way otherwise to explain why she fell for his lies, has no reaction to them, sells her country to a former enemy on said enemy say so.
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. Shes wary, but when he offers to help her finish the repairs she was making to her ship as well, she agrees to take him to the nearest space station - she's seriously strapped for credits. By the end of their short trip, theyve really made a connection; too bad Rhis hijacks her ship and takes them back to a massive space station where everyone listens to him: hes actually a high ranking military officer. Although all of the plot points are wrapped up, I just want to read more of Trilby and Rhis interactions and romance. This book is a must read for both romance and science fiction fans.
I haven't reread my review in a long time, and I kind of agree with my statement about the ending. I'm still trying to decide if this is my favorite Linnea Sinclair book, or if it's ACCIDENTAL GODDESS. I've been looking for a book like this for a while now - something with a balance of sci-fi and romance. I gave Finders Keepers 4 stars instead of 5 because the last third of the book had a bit too much sitting around and talking about their predicament. I'm definitely reading another Linnea Sinclair book.
Trilby Elliot is an independent trader currently doing some repairs to her small ship. This particular pilot calls himself Rhis Vanur and Trilby can tell he's hiding something. This book had a strong romance angle but it was balanced with a good plot and lots of kick-butt action.
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. There are a few side characters introduced that have the potential to be interesting, though I was personally vaguely vexed that the two side female characters seem to be primarily there to either commiserate with the heroine about her relationship with the hero, or to whack some sense into the head of the hero who is of course being Obtuse about his relationship with the heroine (since this is, after all, a romance novel at heart).
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.
Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels.