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I don't normally do this...but here's my two cents: For those who like a more sentimental insta-love romance, I'd totally recommend this story - just STOP before reading or listening to the epilogue.
Seriously. DO NOT READ THE EPILOGUE.
Twenty-three year old Fin has moved back to St. Louis after graduation. Fin doesn't need to work, he's a trust fund kid and his parents lavish money and presents on him constantly, but he wants to feel useful, so he accepts a teaching position at a local private high school teaching music and theater. On his first day he meets thirty year old Phys Ed teacher Matt DiFiore. The two hit it off and begin seeing one another.
Told entirely from Fin's POV, we do get a bit of angst in the story, mostly from Matt. Matt comes with quite a lot of baggage; he's a board certified Sports Medicine doctor unable to practice in his field (for reasons) and he lives under a very tight budget paying off old debts, so there's some money friction between the two as well.
The story revolves entirely around Fin and Matt's whirlwind (read: insta-love) romance. There are some pretty hot sexy times, and, though there were a couple of times when the romance started reading far more like a het-romance and I would side-eye it, it generally got back on track pretty quickly, and was a really enjoyable listen.
Charlie Winters is a new M/M writer, and you can tell this was a first attempt at times. There are some stumbles, but on the whole the story is mostly enjoyable, I was really digging the whole thing. There are times I really like a sappy romance and this was ticking off all my boxes...especially with the narration.
I really, really enjoyed the narration by, new to M/M romance, narrator Luke Itzvic. He was sexy, saucy, swishy, masculine...all of his character voices were great, I liked his pitch and timing, and his tone. I'll definitely be looking for more audios narrated by Itzvic in the future.
Then came the one glaringly huge exception: THE EPILOGUE.
The epilogue almost ruined this story for me. Seriously. In my opinion, if you like your romances with a HEA then DO NOT READ THE EPILOGUE. I guarantee you will be happier for it. This would have been a solid 4.5 star listen for me if it weren't for that epilogue.
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Absolutely could not put the book down and when the audio version was released I couldn't believe the extra treat given to enjoy! Fin is just SO adorable and I love his relationship with his parents! Ben's devotion to him was simultaneously hot and endearing! Definitely going to treat myself to another round of Fin & Ben!