Michelle Monkou has created rich and vibrant characters in this delightful tale. No matter how fleeting the appearance of a character, I felt as if I knew what the individual was like. We are shown Brad's caring nature as he volunteers to coach troubled teens in his local gym, his humor, his sense of over responsibility, and the pain he carries from being raised as a foster child. We see Nicole's need for privacy, her stubbornness, courage in facing and overcoming cancer, and her willingness to go after what she wants, from her commitment to her business to her admirably forthright approach to Brad, both in and out of the bedroom. Nicole's closest friends are opinionated, at times frustrating, and always fiercely loyal and supportive of each other. Even the nefarious Audra has some suprising complexities to her character.
The relationships between these characters are complex and varied, and I found myself becoming quite involved in their lives. I found myself cheering for some people, hissing at others, and at one point in the story I was torn between wanting to see what would happen next and not wanting to discover the results of the underhanded tactics being employed in the scheme against Nicole's business.
Michelle handles topics such as cancer and foster care in an honest yet sensitive manner. Through Brad and Nicole she shows that the trauma of such obstacles can be healed, and life can be rich and rewarding. Brad and Nicole's tale kept me reading, enjoying their first thrills of attraction, a few misunderstandings, some satisfyingly uninhibited encounters in the bedroom, and their growing feelings for each other. I found myself eagerly anticipating how they would resolve the apparently insurmountable issues that were building between them, and found - well, you'll just have to read the book to discover what I found!
I recommend FINDERS KEEPERS with no hesitation, and look forward to reading future offerings from this talented author.