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REVIEW: “Fin & Matt” by Charlie Winters


Fin MacAuliffe had always been less than masculine; never truly confident enough to be himself. He’d long known he was gay – he’d just never shared it with anyone, not even his own free-thinking, liberal parents. Sure, they knew. Yet, they never quite gave up on linking him to some respectable girl with good genes and a generous bank account. Fin’s own account was nothing to be ashamed of, but even with all of the advantages, the only true thing he longed for was companionship.

After dragging himself back home to Missouri after graduation, Fin prepared to start his adult life – beginning with taking a new job as a music teacher at a private school. He was set, at least by the traditional standards. On his very first day, he saw him…

If there was a God, he made Matt DiFiore personally. Disheveled, straight black hair which appeared to be self-cut. Chiseled cheekbones. Tanned smooth skin.

Fin knew he was staring. Matt’s lower half was covered by track pants with side snaps, but Fin knew that beneath those snaps housed the most glorious legs in existence. Those full lips wrapped around an apple, biting down as a small smile formed and he turned to walk… Fin’s… way.



25628450Title: Fin & Matt

Author: Charlie Winters
Publisher: Self-pub
Pages: 269
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Purchase Links:  Amazon


I had to wait a few days to write this review because, well…I was LIVID when I finished.

Let me say that when writing reviews, I am the FIRST to admit I am not a professional literary critic. I review by emotion…and feelings…how a book made me feel…it’s impact.


Was the writing terrible? No, actually, it was fine.

Was the story of two teachers falling in love offensive? No, actually, it was fairly sweet.

Was it painful to read? No, actually, it was rather easy.

Did the characters put me off? Other than being whiny and slightly annoying at times, no, actually, I didn’t dislike them.

So…up to this point, if you want a sweet, easy read with inoffensive characters…and if you’re not totally against instalove…then this book could be for you. In fact, it was sailing right along to a possible 3 star rating…which for me means I liked it.

And then the epilogue happened. No spoilers…and though you might guess it’s not good…all I can tell you is that the epilogue MADE ME SO ANGRY I wanted to scream into the air “WHY?!!!!!” What the heck, dear author, were you thinking? Who writes an epilogue to a book that doesn’t need an epilogue that in fact turns out to be the worst epilogue…EVER?

I can’t even. I just can’t…

I realize this is a rant moreso than a review, but I’m feeling…grouchy.



One comment on “REVIEW: “Fin & Matt” by Charlie Winters

  1. Angela
    September 15, 2015

    When reading the blurb i thought, well this sounds like something i would love to read. But after reading your review i got currious and was wondering what got you so mad, so i started to look at goodreads and clicked on the spoilers that some placed and now i get it ):

    Now i’m mad to because i would love to read this book but i don’t think i would be able to skip the epilogue and after knowing what happens in the epilogue i don’t want to read it anymore.


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