My lovely readers, I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday so far. I’m happy to present you my release blitz post of N.R. Walkers Finders eepers (out 02/02).
See this post for my review, an excerpt and a giveaway. :3 Don’t miss all this.
Happy reading. 🙂
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If you want a fluff-fest, this book has all the ingredients: a dog owner who met his love of his life after his beloved animal run from his dog-sitting mother, found by a charming hotel receptionist who moved to the sunny Australian coast to start his new job and appears to be not just genuine friendly but more than lovable too.
I really love the feel-good stories, N.R. Walker creates. Drama and action is good but sometimes you crave for something sweet and fun.
Out of a slight desperate, almost dramatic situation in finding his pet run away, Griffin and Dane meet pretty unconventional and not what they’ve ever expected.
I loved how they had the instant chemistry and in their conversations in the first quarter of the book it’s clear the feeling is mutal.
When they actually met, the expectations are actually excelled, in a very good way. Boith have similar tastes, bond over the love of having Wicket, Dane’s dog around him.
I won’t say too much of the book’s plot because it evolves so naturally and beautifully, you need to read this book by yourself.
I can just say the book was the right amount of funny, sweet and emotional scenes. Full of amazing, interesting side characters, like Griffin’s ladylord Bernice, who he rented the second floor from he lives in, and her liberate use of grass & her no-nonsence attitude and her tattoed, wrinkled arms. Also Dane’s dog, Wicket, is a character of his own, and I admit it: I’m a huge dog lover and books are very, very welcome in my collection which include those. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars for this charming read, full of funny, sweet scenes and in one word to be described as a fluff-fest. 😀
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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.
An hour later, pizzas delivered and demolished, I was back upstairs in my flat. Wicket was fed and dozing happily on his spot on the sofa, and I’d just grabbed a bottle of water from my fridge when my phone buzzed.
I’d left it on the coffee table all afternoon, and when I picked it up, I realised I had two missed calls and five text messages. The first voice message was from Nick. “Hey. How’re you settling in? Loved the pic from your hike. You look happy, and I’m glad. The guys said to say hi. Call me sometime.”
Yes, he was my ex-boyfriend, but he was still a good friend. His message made me smile. I’d call him back tomorrow sometime.
The next voice message was from Mum. “Hey, love. Let us know how you’re going. Love you.”
Yeah, I’d have to call her back tonight.
The first text was from Amber, my sister. Just a quick hello. Hope you’re settling in. The kids miss their Uncle Griff. Let us know when we can visit 😉
The next was from my dad. Do you start work tomorrow? Or the day after? Just wanted to wish you good luck. And call your mother so she’ll stop worrying.
The next three were from Dane.
Finished the course for the day. Just wanted to say thanks again for picking Wicket up and taking such good care of him. I really appreciate it. Your adventures looked fun—better than where I was, that’s for sure.
Then another one sent an hour after his first. Oh, forgot to tell you that he can’t have liver treats. Well, he can have them, but you’ll be scrubbing carpets afterwards. If you know what I mean. There was a poop emoticon and a crying face.
Then his last text, which I just got. Sent two hours after his second text. Hope everything’s okay. I’m not weird, I promise. I’m just worried and I miss him. Thanks.
I smiled at my phone.
I took a quick photo of Wicket, asleep on my sofa, and sent it to Dane. The text bubble appeared to tell me he was replying and I waited for what felt like ages.
Cheeky little bugger. He’s so cute though. Thank you.
I was just going to text him back, but maybe the second beer K had given me with our pizza went to my head. I eyed his number for a long second and called him instead. He answered on the second ring. “Hello?”
“Hi,” I replied. I sat down next to Wicket. “Thought it’d be easier if I just called.” Then I had the horrifying realisation that I was probably interrupting something. “Is that okay? Shit, everything’s fine, I promise. It’s Griffin, by the way.”
He chuckled in my ear. “No, it’s fine. I’m alone in my hotel room watching crap on TV.”
“Oh, thank God. I mean, not that you’re alone. Unless you want to be.” I closed my eyes slowly, mortified at the stupid that fell out of my mouth. And kept on falling, apparently. “I mean, not that that’s any of my business. I just wanted to let you know that Wicket’s fine and I didn’t think you were a weirdo for texting me. Even though you’re probably now wondering the same about me. I didn’t mean to worry you; we were just downstairs having pizza with my landlady. I forgot my phone.”
He was quiet a second, then barked out a laugh. “I didn’t think you were a weirdo.”
“Until now, right?”
He chuckled this time. “It’s fine. I thought you might have thought three text messages were a bit excessive. I was going to send another one to apologise, but then that would have been four.”
“I wouldn’t have minded. You miss him, I get that.”
He sighed. “I do. I was worried something had happened to him.”
“Something did. Some awesome guy found him and they’ve been having adventures every day. Which is probably why he’s zonked out already even after we had a nap this afternoon.”
“We?” he asked. “You had a nap with Wicket?”
He sounded amused, and I figured he already thought I was a weirdo. “Well yeah, kinda. He plopped himself onto my couch and did that cute little snoring thing, and I thought, ‘you know what? That’s not a bad idea.’”
Dane laughed. “That cute little snoring thing… I never thought I’d miss him snoring.”
“I can record it for you, if you like,” I offered, half joking. “He’s right beside me, snoring as we speak. Here, listen.” I put the phone near Wicket’s face so Dane could hear it. When I put the phone back to my ear, there was silence and I’d wondered if the call had been disconnected.
Then he said, his voice quiet, “Thank you.”
“That’s okay,” I offered. “He really is fine. I’ll send you more photos tomorrow. Not sure what we’re doing yet, but it’ll be something fun.”
“What? The course you doing not as fun as going to the beach or hiking through the rainforest? Or milkshakes and puppacinos at Noosa?”
“Not even close,” he replied. “Did you get him a puppacino?”
I snorted. “Of course I did. He had to have something to wash his bone cookie down with.”
Author bio – N.R. Walker
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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