Top positive review
Delightfully wonderful. uplifting and sweet and smoking hot. 6 stars!!!.
on 12 February 2018
I love Aussie authors and I especially love N.R. Walker. From all her books, I have only not fallen like a tonne of bricks for 1 or 2 of her novels, so her strike rate is top notch.
I particularly loved this book. I adored both Dane and Griffin and seriously who didn't love Wicket? One of the stellar qualities of an NR Walker novel is not only her amazing secondary characters, and here in Finders Keepers she once again gives us so much with a fabulous supporting cast, in Bernice and K, but her time and attention to detail that go into setting her scenes, her locations and giving us readers an Aussie holiday even from within our loungerooms.
Reading Finders Keepers, I felt the warmth of the Queensland Sunshine Coast, one I was familiar with, so it wasn't hard to imagine the warm coastal waters and the silky feel of the white sand under Griffin's feet, and I could easily relate to the sweaty burn in Griffin's legs as he walked the Coolum National Park trek. I also could fully relate to Dane, as the Telstra store manager, how many of us have gone into one just to get something fixed with our phones, or account. Such wonderful writing about our things relevant to our country, its hard not to get completely lost in an NR Walker novel.
Those that have been to sunny Qld, and spoken to generational locals will also know there is a distinct 'Qld speak' that is quite separate from any other state. 'Aye' is a word that comes most readily to mind. So, not reading that word spoken at all in this book while unusual for two born and raised Qld boys, speaking with 2 older Qld locals,while it surprised me, it didn't bother me. I know there have been some negatives with the changing Aussie vernacular, merging it into a more reader friendly mix of Australian slang and American expressions and British/Aussie humour.
I didn't find it hard to lose myself in the writing, the story unfolded sweetly, the alternating point of views pulled me in, so each page was turned with either a smile on my face or anticipation humming in my veins, and given that I'm of vintage age, I think my ready acceptance to reading less 'Aussie slang' in an Aussie book written by an Aussie author, was mostly due to a few things: The sweet way the story unfolded, every interaction between Griffin/Wicket & Dane was a sheer joy to read. The utter delight that was Griffin and Dane together as they fell for each other was loving, sexy as hell and smoking hot, add in the absolute fabulousness of Bernice and really a lack of pure 'Queensland speak or Aussie slang' did not detract from this novel at all.
As someone who grew up non stop saying giddaymate, howyagoing and whaddyareckon I can attest to the fact that Australian dialogue has long since stopped being so unique.' Sure we still use our slang, but I think time and multiculturalism has changed our definitive informal language, not so we've lost it completely, but as a country we definitely have toned down our iconic phrases and idioms. It's not a bad thing overall and for those that want a fully quintessentially Aussie spoken/written novel you might need to actively search high and low for one these days and good luck with that.
For those like me, who want a terrifically written, well paced M/M romance story, with believable men, low angst, smoking hot sexy-times, with great supporting characters and the odd coffee spitting, face splitting humor...then read this.