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A secret desire By day, Finn builds houses on the coastline of Maine. Afterhours, Finn dreams of the hot older guy who walks his chocolate lab on Goose Rocks Beach. The man of his dreams ticks all his boxes. Salt and pepper hair. Strong jawline. Blue eyes. His dream man is perfect fantasy material. As for actually speaking to him? As if. Their paths won’t ever cross, and A secret desire By day, Finn builds houses on the coastline of Maine. Afterhours, Finn dreams of the hot older guy who walks his chocolate lab on Goose Rocks Beach. The man of his dreams ticks all his boxes. Salt and pepper hair. Strong jawline. Blue eyes. His dream man is perfect fantasy material. As for actually speaking to him? As if. Their paths won’t ever cross, and the guy is probably straight. A new chapter Recently divorced Joel is finally living as a gay man, but he’s not sure he’s ready to jump into a relationship. That doesn’t stop him from noticing his new contractor’s muscular build, hewn from hard, physical work, or his storm-colored eyes. Or the way he wears his tool belt slung low on his hips. The icing on the cake? There’s more to Finn than good looks. Maybe he’s the perfect guy to share long walks on the beach and warm nights in front of a fire. But it’s been twenty years since Joel was with a man. While he’s not forgotten how to flirt, he’s nervous about making a move. Especially with Finn.


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A secret desire By day, Finn builds houses on the coastline of Maine. Afterhours, Finn dreams of the hot older guy who walks his chocolate lab on Goose Rocks Beach. The man of his dreams ticks all his boxes. Salt and pepper hair. Strong jawline. Blue eyes. His dream man is perfect fantasy material. As for actually speaking to him? As if. Their paths won’t ever cross, and A secret desire By day, Finn builds houses on the coastline of Maine. Afterhours, Finn dreams of the hot older guy who walks his chocolate lab on Goose Rocks Beach. The man of his dreams ticks all his boxes. Salt and pepper hair. Strong jawline. Blue eyes. His dream man is perfect fantasy material. As for actually speaking to him? As if. Their paths won’t ever cross, and the guy is probably straight. A new chapter Recently divorced Joel is finally living as a gay man, but he’s not sure he’s ready to jump into a relationship. That doesn’t stop him from noticing his new contractor’s muscular build, hewn from hard, physical work, or his storm-colored eyes. Or the way he wears his tool belt slung low on his hips. The icing on the cake? There’s more to Finn than good looks. Maybe he’s the perfect guy to share long walks on the beach and warm nights in front of a fire. But it’s been twenty years since Joel was with a man. While he’s not forgotten how to flirt, he’s nervous about making a move. Especially with Finn.

30 review for Finn's Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~2.5~ Unfortunately, Finn's Fantasy didn't fully win me over. Good things: - Slow burn (the MCs don't get together until approximately the 60 percent mark, and there is much eye fucking and UST until then). - The age gap wasn't made into a big thing (Joel worries that he's almost two decades older than Finn, but Finn has always liked older men and thinks Joel is hot AF). - Finn's great circle of friends and Joel's supportive ex-wife (although at times I thought Carrie was just a little too understand ~2.5~ Unfortunately, Finn's Fantasy didn't fully win me over. Good things: - Slow burn (the MCs don't get together until approximately the 60 percent mark, and there is much eye fucking and UST until then). - The age gap wasn't made into a big thing (Joel worries that he's almost two decades older than Finn, but Finn has always liked older men and thinks Joel is hot AF). - Finn's great circle of friends and Joel's supportive ex-wife (although at times I thought Carrie was just a little too understanding; I mean, the man lied to her for twenty years, and she was calling him "sweetheart"). - The forced proximity (Joel hires Finn to redo his deck) trope has always been a favorite of mine. - Some very spicy lovin' (sadly, SO MANY scenes faded to black though). And some not so good things: - Awkward dialogue that felt too scripted and formal (people don't talk in complete, proper sentences all the time). - Way too much page time was given to Finn interacting with his friends (i.e., future MCs in the series) who info dump their backstories via conversation. - Lack of communication (neither man is willing to put himself out there first) was a serious mood killer. - Barely there HFN, no epilogue. - Some important scenes, like Finn going out to breakfast with Joel and his family, happened off page. - The whole setup with Joel's two teenagers: His daughter acted like she was 12, not 15 (trust, I have a 15-year-old daughter, and no teenager EVER is that perky all the damn time); his son acted like a rebellious 13-year-old (he was a college student); Joel was supposedly a great dad, but he never reached out to his kids (like how hard is it to send a text??); and finally, Joel's reluctance to tell his kids that the reason he and Carrie divorced was because he's gay (this was particularly unbelievable, because his kids were accepting and already had a lesbian aunt and her wife, whom they adored). - Oh, and this coming from Finn: "Finn knew the divorce had nothing to do with Joel's sexuality." Um, wait, WHAT? Joel living a heteronormative life when he'd always known he was gay was the VERY reason for the divorce. Multiple times, we were told and saw that he and Carrie got along like a house on fire, but Joel wanted to live as his authentic self. Overall, this one didn't really work for me (I considered DNF, honestly, because the story dragged on and on), but I'll give the second book a shot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    Even better the second time around! I loved this story, and listening to it performed by the marvelous John Solo is such a treat. Mr. Solo doesn't miss a chance to take advantage of KC Wells' fantastic sense of humor, and Finn's Fantasy is truly laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, as a bonus, the first chapter of Ben's Boss is included at the end of the audiobook. my original review K.C. Wells kicks off her Maine Men series with Finn’s Fantasy. Following a group of high school friends, the buddies appear Even better the second time around! I loved this story, and listening to it performed by the marvelous John Solo is such a treat. Mr. Solo doesn't miss a chance to take advantage of KC Wells' fantastic sense of humor, and Finn's Fantasy is truly laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, as a bonus, the first chapter of Ben's Boss is included at the end of the audiobook. my original review K.C. Wells kicks off her Maine Men series with Finn’s Fantasy. Following a group of high school friends, the buddies appear in each other’s novels, and I’m looking forward to getting each of their stories. I love a May/December romance, and Joel and Finn are exquisite! Joel is recently divorced, and K.C. Wells has devised a wonderful backstory for him. Parting amicably from his ex-wife, both she and their children play a role in the story. It’s lovely to see him dipping his toe into the welcoming bisexual waters of the 2020’s. Finn is adorable. Plus he’s so uninhibited in the bedroom, it draws the best reactions from Joel and the two of them are smoking hot! We all know K.C. Wells writes gorgeous erotica, and this is some of her best. The story is filled with supportive friends and family, stunningly sensual sex scenes, and all the best kinds of feels. Bring on Maine Men #2!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    3.5* This is a sweet romance with an age gap and an older man finally living his true self after a 20 year marriage. There's lots of awwww moments, not much angst and I felt the reactions of his kids ran true in how they responded first to the initial divorce and then once Joel's sexuality was revealed. Finn was a total sweetheart, although to me, he and all his friends read older than their mid 20s, and I liked his friendly and helpful nature and his shyness. Joel was also a great character, his fe 3.5* This is a sweet romance with an age gap and an older man finally living his true self after a 20 year marriage. There's lots of awwww moments, not much angst and I felt the reactions of his kids ran true in how they responded first to the initial divorce and then once Joel's sexuality was revealed. Finn was a total sweetheart, although to me, he and all his friends read older than their mid 20s, and I liked his friendly and helpful nature and his shyness. Joel was also a great character, his fears about finally living an out life were understandable, as were his concerns about what his teenage kids would think. I also very much appreciated that his ex wife was a wonderfully supportive person and they still had a great friendship. The sex is both emotional and steamy and it felt right at the pace it developed and it has a great sense of place and setting, with a lovely thread of humour running throughout. Definitely looking forward to more. #ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    K.C. Wells kicks off her Maine Men series with Finn’s Fantasy. Following a group of high school friends, the buddies appear in each other’s novels, and I’m looking forward to getting each of their stories. I love a May/December romance, and Joel and Finn are exquisite! Joel is recently divorced, and K.C. Wells has devised a wonderful backstory for him. Parting amicably from his ex-wife, both she and their children play a role in the story. It’s lovely to see him dipping his toe into the welcoming K.C. Wells kicks off her Maine Men series with Finn’s Fantasy. Following a group of high school friends, the buddies appear in each other’s novels, and I’m looking forward to getting each of their stories. I love a May/December romance, and Joel and Finn are exquisite! Joel is recently divorced, and K.C. Wells has devised a wonderful backstory for him. Parting amicably from his ex-wife, both she and their children play a role in the story. It’s lovely to see him dipping his toe into the welcoming bisexual waters of the 2020’s. Finn is adorable. Plus he’s so uninhibited in the bedroom, it draws the best reactions from Joel and the two of them are smoking hot! We all know K.C. Wells writes gorgeous erotica, and this is some of her best. The story is filled with supportive friends and family, stunningly sensual sex scenes, and all the best kinds of feels. Bring on Maine Men #2!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    This was a wonderful read. You have two shy men, an age gap, and an incredible dog. And of course you have the writing of K. C. Wells. It all added up to a great story for me. I’m looking forward to Ben’s story and as many of the other guys as we’re lucky to get.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    4 stars audio 3.75 stars story. Looking forward to Book 2 in July!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gustaf

    This was amazing! Review to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ellie

    DNF nothing objectively wrong with the book but the first chapter made my head spin. we get introduced to about nine characters all at once with hints of their histories and dynamics. it was really hard to keep up especially as it’s written like we should know the dynamics? even tho this is a brand new series. idk if im just too dumb but i couldn’t keep track of who’s who and it was way too overwhelming. i didn’t even get to the MCs meeting lmao. so not a great sign.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Word Nerd Reviews Blog

    Finn’s Fantasy is a character driven feel good story. It’s one of those stories where there isn’t a lot of action that isn’t directly related to the relationship. We get to know Finn’s friends (who will have their own books later in the series) and Joel’s family, but apart from that the story revolves around Finn and Joel. I found the book a bit slow to start. There was a lot of character introduction between Finn and his friends and workmates, with Joel only being an unknown figure at first. Slo Finn’s Fantasy is a character driven feel good story. It’s one of those stories where there isn’t a lot of action that isn’t directly related to the relationship. We get to know Finn’s friends (who will have their own books later in the series) and Joel’s family, but apart from that the story revolves around Finn and Joel. I found the book a bit slow to start. There was a lot of character introduction between Finn and his friends and workmates, with Joel only being an unknown figure at first. Slowly Joel comes more to the front, but it’s not until about 20% so there was a lot of build up before the ‘action’ starts. The slower beginning is understandable in that this story is setting the stage for the following books. It allows us to get a taste of the characters and start to care about them, before they get their own stories. I enjoyed starting to get to know their personalities, and I’m looking forward to their individual tales, but I did find it a bit of an information dump, and placed right at the beginning it made it a bit harder to want to keep going. But believe me, continuing is worth it. This book is slow burn. Don’t get me wrong the story drowns you in UST and sweet moments, but the first kiss doesn’t happen until 60%! However, it picks up pace and gets hot and steamy quickly and doesn’t really stop until the end. There is almost no angst apart from a moment with Joel’s family, but this is quite quickly resolved. I loved Joel’s sister, I hope she continues to appear in the future books, she was a hoot! I really enjoyed Finn’s Fantasy, it was a beautiful relaxing read. It was extremely character driven with most of the emphasis on Finn, Joel and their relationship. It had many romantic moments, quite a bit of steam, laughs, and was just generally a feel good read. Highly Recommended. Re-read 30/5/21 - Loved it just as much as the first time! All my reviews can be found on my blog: The Word Nerd Reviews Follow Me: Facebook & Twitter

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you Trio for the recommendation! 3.5 Stars. This book was such a sweet little slice of life novel. Super low angst, some really great steamy scenes, and just wonderful characters. A quick light hearted read and I definitely can’t wait for the rest of the Maine Men’s stories

  11. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Not quite what I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Joel is newly divorced and living his truth for the first time. Finn is a younger but mature and all-around good guy. Highlights: -Finn. -Slow burn -Great secondary characters Niggle: Joel's lack of interaction with his kids. It was weird to me, and it didn't match the portrayal of a concerned parent the author painted. All in all, it was cute and a nice start to the series. 3.5 stars Not quite what I was expecting, but still enjoyable. Joel is newly divorced and living his truth for the first time. Finn is a younger but mature and all-around good guy. Highlights: -Finn. -Slow burn -Great secondary characters Niggle: Joel's lack of interaction with his kids. It was weird to me, and it didn't match the portrayal of a concerned parent the author painted. All in all, it was cute and a nice start to the series. 3.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    DNF at 70% I stepped away thinking it was my mood or something. Turns out it was not my mood. I made it to the part where a man in his forties goes at it like a porn star. Problem is, he's not a porn star. 🙄 Are there no other issues to consider with his newfound sexuality? 🤔 As if! And he still has not told his children, even though he is out and about spreading the love.🤨 (Me giving the stink eye.) On a final note, the dialogue is too perfect. People do not talk to each other that way, unless y DNF at 70% I stepped away thinking it was my mood or something. Turns out it was not my mood. I made it to the part where a man in his forties goes at it like a porn star. Problem is, he's not a porn star. 🙄 Are there no other issues to consider with his newfound sexuality? 🤔 As if! And he still has not told his children, even though he is out and about spreading the love.🤨 (Me giving the stink eye.) On a final note, the dialogue is too perfect. People do not talk to each other that way, unless you're having lunch with the Queen or something. 👑

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I ended up enjoying this book overall. It was easy to read and I seemed to speed through it. The characters were generally likable and were cute together. Finn is 25 and Joel is 42 so there’s a nice age gap in there too, which I always love. However... Joel and I got off on the wrong foot by 11% in. I didn’t want to dislike him for his situation but I can’t help how I feel. Let’s see... Reading the summary of this book, I did NOT know that Joel was married for 20 years and had 2 kids. I don’t know I ended up enjoying this book overall. It was easy to read and I seemed to speed through it. The characters were generally likable and were cute together. Finn is 25 and Joel is 42 so there’s a nice age gap in there too, which I always love. However... Joel and I got off on the wrong foot by 11% in. I didn’t want to dislike him for his situation but I can’t help how I feel. Let’s see... Reading the summary of this book, I did NOT know that Joel was married for 20 years and had 2 kids. I don’t know why this affected me as much as it did, but it is what it is. Joel is still very close friends with his ex-wife but at the beginning of the book she basically asks how he “performed” with her and he tells her: “Okay. When we were having sex… I was thinking about guys.” And I had that heart drop into your stomach moment after reading that. I get this book is about a gay man finally being truthful to himself and I am happy for him getting to live freely but fuuuuuck am I pissed about him lying to his ex-wife for 20 years. That comment. The fact that he knew he was gay and tried to basically “suck it up and live a quote unquote normal life” but I just feel a bit off about his character because of that. I know this happens IRL but I feel for his ex-wife dude. She’s not even pissed at him for it but I AM!! I know I’m being ridiculous but I can’t help how I felt/feel. I feel guilty being mad at Joel because he didn’t cheat or do anything remotely shitty. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman and I know I’d feel a certain way if that happened to me? I dunno. There’s plenty more I could say on this but I’ve already pretty much ranted enough as it is. Okay, end my long drawn-out explanation of this... sorry. 😬 Another tiny thing I had an issue with... the beginning was hard to follow along because we’re getting 8+ characters thrown in all at once. I’m assuming it’s to introduce the other character’s books for the series but I just couldn’t distinguish between who was who. I couldn’t remember details about each person. I don’t really enjoy that. The rest of the story was good besides that. I ended up enjoying it overall. I may or may not continue on with the series. I guess it depends on what they’re about. Seems the next story is about one of Finn’s friends, Ben, and his old high school bully. So enemies to lovers, hm? Maybe. 🤔 I would probably give this book about a 3.75⭐️ Personally, for me, I’d have rated it higher without the whole ex-wife situation at the beginning. But that doesn’t bother everyone, it’s just me, so others might find this more enjoyable. POV: Dual 3rd person

  14. 4 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    A lovely story with a wonderful concept. It took me some time to get into the story, I was overwhelmed at the beginning, all those names, I’m so bad with names. I made notes who was who and with whom. Finn is twenty-five and has the best circle of friends you could wish for. He lives a good life, just missing one thing, someone to love. Finn is building a hotel on Kings Highway. One man is walking by who got his interest but he is also out of reach. The man with the dog. It seems the man is spoken A lovely story with a wonderful concept. It took me some time to get into the story, I was overwhelmed at the beginning, all those names, I’m so bad with names. I made notes who was who and with whom. Finn is twenty-five and has the best circle of friends you could wish for. He lives a good life, just missing one thing, someone to love. Finn is building a hotel on Kings Highway. One man is walking by who got his interest but he is also out of reach. The man with the dog. It seems the man is spoken for, he saw him with his wife and two kids. We can follow Finn where he’s at work, or with friends, all with a lot of banter. But now and then the man with the dog pops up. Parallel to Finn’s life we meet and follow Joel’s, he is in his early forties, divorced after he finally admitted he’s gay, still friends with his ex-wife. They have two kids Nate he’s eighteen, and Laura fifteen. Joel struggles quite with his relationship with Nate. While Finn and Joel are the main characters, this narrative reaches further, with family, friends, and hilarious co-workers. We get to know them bit by bit. It’s part one of a series and I guess all the friends will have their own story where all the others will appear again. A nicely written slow burn, May/December story, there is a lot of fun, I was grinning frequently, there’s no angst. It got some emotional parts where I had to blink some tears away, some appealing sexiness, and a sweet romance between two mature, engaging men with kind personalities. Supportive friends and families made it all complete. You can only wish them love and happiness. Read and reviewed for LoveBytes LGBTQ bookreviews

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pablito

    I should have heeded the warning of the previous reviewer who said "people don't talk like this." And they certainly don't all sound the same. The wife talks like the sister. The son sounds like the lover. The MCs sound more and more the same with every chapter. Deliver me, and especially deliver me from romance writers who think gay men sound like . . . (WAIT FOR IT) . . . female romance writers of a heterosexual bent! GAHHHHHHHHH! I should have heeded the warning of the previous reviewer who said "people don't talk like this." And they certainly don't all sound the same. The wife talks like the sister. The son sounds like the lover. The MCs sound more and more the same with every chapter. Deliver me, and especially deliver me from romance writers who think gay men sound like . . . (WAIT FOR IT) . . . female romance writers of a heterosexual bent! GAHHHHHHHHH!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    The Maine Men series is centered around a group of eight men, a tight knit group of friends formed in high school. Finn's Fantasy is the first installment, about Finn and Joel finding each other, and their road to happiness. While Finn had fantasized about Joel for some time, the latter was taking slow steps in living openly as a gay man. They became friends first and cautiously took steps to be more, in a slow buildup that I liked. I got to really know them as the same time they knew each other The Maine Men series is centered around a group of eight men, a tight knit group of friends formed in high school. Finn's Fantasy is the first installment, about Finn and Joel finding each other, and their road to happiness. While Finn had fantasized about Joel for some time, the latter was taking slow steps in living openly as a gay man. They became friends first and cautiously took steps to be more, in a slow buildup that I liked. I got to really know them as the same time they knew each other, having the time to appreciate the amazing men both were and how perfectly they belonged together. Not taking into account Finn's saddening past and Joel's difficulty with coming out to his children (a big shout out for his ex Carrie. She was Joel's best friend and I liked her. Thank goodness for an ex wife who wasn't portrayed as a villain), for the most part the story was lighthearted and sweet. There was no unnecessary drama, just realistic and touching dynamics of family and friends, well interlaced with Finn and Joel's romance. One thing I particularly enjoyed about the story was the way the author kept sneaking in information about Finn's seven friends, small or big snippets of each of them that made me curious and excited to read their own stories. Can't wait!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    A relationship-focused slow burn with an age gap and a man rediscovering himself after 20 years of pretending. Finn is an all-around sweetheart who has been admiring Joel from afar and fantasizing about him. Joel is new to the town, recently divorced and rebuilding a life for himself. He's drawn to Finn, but is sure the younger man wouldn't look twice at someone his age. The two form a friendship as they keep their attraction to each other hidden, but once their cards are all on the table they ea A relationship-focused slow burn with an age gap and a man rediscovering himself after 20 years of pretending. Finn is an all-around sweetheart who has been admiring Joel from afar and fantasizing about him. Joel is new to the town, recently divorced and rebuilding a life for himself. He's drawn to Finn, but is sure the younger man wouldn't look twice at someone his age. The two form a friendship as they keep their attraction to each other hidden, but once their cards are all on the table they easily fall into a relationship. It's then up to Joel to finally face the final obstacle of coming out to his kids so he can fully embrace who he is. Both men are surrounded by supportive friends and family that make for a good cast of secondary characters. Finn's friends - most of whom will be featured in future books - are all introduced in the first chapter, but only a couple play a bigger part in the book and are great sounding boards for Finn (and I'm intrigued by Ben so I'm glad he'll be next up). What Joel lacks in friends, he makes up for in family, including his sister, his amazing ex-wife and his two teenage children who don't yet know exactly why their parents have split up. (view spoiler)[I have to say Joel drove the mom part of me crazy. I wondered why Joel made no effort to interact with the kids unless his wife scheduled it. He's 2 hours away but worked in their town 2x per week but never seemed to spend time with them, he didn't go to see them and didn't even offer to help with homework over the phone. I know he loved them, but if he was so worried about how they were taking things he should have made some effort. Mom rant done, I just had to get this out. (hide spoiler)] I was thrilled to see Joel having the support of all the women in his life and not having to deal with a bitter ex-wife, especially after having been married so long, so thank you for that K.C. Wells. The Maine scenery is wonderfully written and I really got a feel for the setting. If you're a fan of slow-burn romance where the men really get to know each other before jumping into a physical relationship and there is minimal outside drama, you'll enjoy this story.

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    This story had everything we love! It's a wonderful M/M, older/younger romance. First, before the story, we get the rundown on this new series, which includes friends since high school in Wells, Maine, Levi, Noah, Aaron, Ben, Dylan, Finn, Seb, and Shaun. Finn's fantasy comes in the form of a salt & pepper haired man who walks his chocolate lab everyday on the beach. In the beginning we get a glimpse of all of the men at a wedding, and we see how they get along. Finn, 26, builds houses, is muscu This story had everything we love! It's a wonderful M/M, older/younger romance. First, before the story, we get the rundown on this new series, which includes friends since high school in Wells, Maine, Levi, Noah, Aaron, Ben, Dylan, Finn, Seb, and Shaun. Finn's fantasy comes in the form of a salt & pepper haired man who walks his chocolate lab everyday on the beach. In the beginning we get a glimpse of all of the men at a wedding, and we see how they get along. Finn, 26, builds houses, is muscular and hot, a nice guy who wants a lasting relationship. Joel, 42, a silver fox with blue eyes, lean and is divorced and discovering his gay freedom. He has Nate, 18, and Laura, 15, and ex Carrie, plus his meddling sis, Megan and her partner. Joel has bought his rental and it needs work. Finn will be doing the patio rebuild, and the guys work side by side, meeting friends and family. They flirt a bit, swap stories and continue to be attracted. Once they begin their sexy times, they are sizzling. Joel may not have had any M/M action for twenty years, but he's all on board. We do want Joel to tell his kids he's gay, but he's already lost some of their relationship because of the divorce. He's afraid of their rejection. We have a fresh story, great characters, we feel like we know them, plus we get the hot lovin' and super HEA. I'm looking forward to these marvelous men's tales. ENJOY ! +++++

  20. 4 out of 5

    JD Crittendon

    Dreams Do Come True! A bit of a meandering romance between Carpenter/Builder Finn and Financial Advisor Joel. This was an odd tale as it had elements of both a slow burner and an insta-love romance. I must say I was not sold on the Joel’s character. As the more mature adult, he was a bit too fearful with his kids and with Finn. I thought the menagerie of Finn’s friends was a bit overpowering. I also thought the big reveal which was supposed to be romantic was a tad OTT. Overall, this was an okay Dreams Do Come True! A bit of a meandering romance between Carpenter/Builder Finn and Financial Advisor Joel. This was an odd tale as it had elements of both a slow burner and an insta-love romance. I must say I was not sold on the Joel’s character. As the more mature adult, he was a bit too fearful with his kids and with Finn. I thought the menagerie of Finn’s friends was a bit overpowering. I also thought the big reveal which was supposed to be romantic was a tad OTT. Overall, this was an okay read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    George

    4 - Stars ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ Maine Men Book One, is a wonderfully engaging read with a very high heat index, lots of angst and doubt, a bit of repetition that doesn’t always seem quite warranted, and, of course, a HEA ending. K.C. Wells begins ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ by writing, “Levi, Noah, Aaron, Ben, Dylan, Finn, Set, and Shaun. Eight friends who met in high school in Wells, Maine. Different backgrounds, different paths, but one thing remains solid even eight years after their graduation - their friends 4 - Stars ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ Maine Men Book One, is a wonderfully engaging read with a very high heat index, lots of angst and doubt, a bit of repetition that doesn’t always seem quite warranted, and, of course, a HEA ending. K.C. Wells begins ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ by writing, “Levi, Noah, Aaron, Ben, Dylan, Finn, Set, and Shaun. Eight friends who met in high school in Wells, Maine. Different backgrounds, different paths, but one thing remains solid even eight years after their graduation - their friendship…Any chance they could get to meet up, they take it. It’s an opportunity to share what’s going on in their lives, especially their love lives.” That descriptor alone suggests seven more books to come. Wells has already promised the release of Book Two, ‘Ben’s Boss’ for June 2021. The most impressive thing about ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ is the wonderful cast of characters the author has created. The protagonists are Finn Anderson, a talented 25-year old carpenter currently working on a new hotel that’s being constructed on Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, and Joel Hall, a 42-year old consultant waiting for the paperwork to be finalized on an amicable divorce from his wife. In the interim Joel has moved out of the home he and his wife Carrie have shared for twenty years, and rented a small summer cottage on the beach just a short way from the construction site where Finn is working. Joel and Carrie have two children, Nate age 18 and Laura his 16 year old sister. Neither of the teens understands why their parents are divorcing. Nate is particularly angry and definitely ‘blames’ his father. Finn’s friends and fellow construction workers, Joel’s sister and her partner, and one tough love Granny all add to the enjoyment of the story. Each of the following images is in some way related to the novel’s narrative. Though to understand exactly how, you’re going to have to read ‘Finn’s Fantasy’ for yourself. I will tell you that Bramble, Joel’s chocolate lab puppy, is almost as significant a character as Finn and Joel are themselves. If you’ve ever considered getting a pet, Bramble will certainly fuel that desire. I received a copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my honest review. I look forward to reading ‘Ben’s Boss’ in June.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MarjanJM

    In itself an enjoyable read (listen). I didn't like the large amount of big sex scenes. They weren't interesting, too much, and they are hard to skip on audio. I don’t understand why some authors feel they have to add so many sex scenes to romance books. I can enjoy a well written, well placed sex scene, but as filler I don't enjoy it at all. I read it for romance. If I want to read that much sex I will read erotica/porn. I always enjoy listening to John Solo for narration! In itself an enjoyable read (listen). I didn't like the large amount of big sex scenes. They weren't interesting, too much, and they are hard to skip on audio. I don’t understand why some authors feel they have to add so many sex scenes to romance books. I can enjoy a well written, well placed sex scene, but as filler I don't enjoy it at all. I read it for romance. If I want to read that much sex I will read erotica/porn. I always enjoy listening to John Solo for narration!

  23. 4 out of 5

    NicoleR.M.M.

    This was an overall enjoyable story! Honestly, this was my first read by this author, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was happily surprised. Only just a few small annoyances. In this story we meet Joel, who's a newly divorced man after a marriage of 20 years. My first little annoyance had something to do with the fact that nowhere in the blurb was mentioned that Joel was also the father of two teenagers. I generally don't like kids in m/m stories and tend to shy away from stories where ch This was an overall enjoyable story! Honestly, this was my first read by this author, so I didn't know what to expect, but I was happily surprised. Only just a few small annoyances. In this story we meet Joel, who's a newly divorced man after a marriage of 20 years. My first little annoyance had something to do with the fact that nowhere in the blurb was mentioned that Joel was also the father of two teenagers. I generally don't like kids in m/m stories and tend to shy away from stories where children (small or teens, no difference there) are among the secondary characters. Often teens are portrayed either too young or too mature, but in this story the author did a great job, and so while I was a bit annoyed at first, it turned out quite well. Joel was a wonderful character, very human with his insecurities and trying to find a way to give his life direction after having been married for 20 years. He struggles with feelings of guilt towards his ex-wife and his children, because the divorce only happened after he confessed to his wife his life's been a lie all these years and that he was gay. I admire the way Carrie (the ex-wife) took it, because I think I would have been really hurt and emotional and I don't know if I would have been able to be as supportive as she was. Anyway, there's also Finn. Finn is a sweet, 25 year old carpenter and in the beginning of the book we meet his group of friends, some of which he has known since they were kids. These were quite a lot of characters we were introduced to, but when the story continued and I learned more about them and their friendship, I felt like I got to know them a little better and I thought the author did a good job by telling us bits and pieces about every one of them, so we already know more about them before we start reading the next books in these series. Finn and Joel had chemistry. When they finally give in to their attraction, they were quite hot too! Some scenes were fade to black, but I guess it's sometimes hard to decide how many sex scenes you should include in a story to make sure it doesn't all sound too repetitive. I did regret not getting that kitchen table scene full out - yes, I'm greedy like that! I liked the dialogues - they felt very natural and real to me, specially the interactions Joel had with his children and ex-wife. There was a sense of knowing each other through and through because of the history there. The cast of secondary characters was nice and interesting too. All in all a very enjoyable age-gap, low angst read. Well written, easy to read, and with lovable MC's. I was given an ARC by Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest, unbiased review

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read so I could use the second book for a group challenge. I was surprised by how much I liked it. Slow, loads of supporting characters and the whole forever friends thing. Finn was down to earth except for his fantasies, which I did skip because that stuff is always awkward for me. Joel was sweet and the way he was still friendly with his ex was nice. The crossed wires and big gesture felt a bit pointless to me, but the sister was entertaining. I’m looking forward to Levi and Seb’s stories.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue bowdley

    This was a beautiful read..Finn and Joel....Joel is newly divorced and finally living his life as a gay man..Finn is just perfect for him...Finn's friends were great and I can't wait to read their books...A great start to what's going to be a great series x This was a beautiful read..Finn and Joel....Joel is newly divorced and finally living his life as a gay man..Finn is just perfect for him...Finn's friends were great and I can't wait to read their books...A great start to what's going to be a great series x

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bo

    Neat Start How could you not be interested in a book by K.C. Wells that features a seriously hot and perfectly described man on the cover? That's the overall impression I had when I opened this one to discover that Finn is his name and carpentry is his game in a small community within a short drive from Portland, Maine. I also discovered a fascinatingly frustrated but at-peace older man named Joel who's just moved into the community with his charmingly enthusiastic black Lab. This is his breakaway Neat Start How could you not be interested in a book by K.C. Wells that features a seriously hot and perfectly described man on the cover? That's the overall impression I had when I opened this one to discover that Finn is his name and carpentry is his game in a small community within a short drive from Portland, Maine. I also discovered a fascinatingly frustrated but at-peace older man named Joel who's just moved into the community with his charmingly enthusiastic black Lab. This is his breakaway after a divorce from an extremely understanding woman who decided that she wanted him to be free to fulfill his lifelong desire to live as an openly gay man. Got it? Ain't that simple. Joel comes with baggage--his 19-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter have no idea why their perfect parents divorced. And that urns out to be the glue that binds this book together until the glue melts and lots of things get sticky. But, this is Maine, and this is Finn's territory. He is surrounded by a bevy of "brothers," some gay, maybe some straight, whom we meet in the first and last chapters. They provide him, and eventually Joel, with the insight, guidance, and stiff kicks in the pants that bring this one together and set us up for the second one in the series. Which I've just pre-ordered.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bibliophile

    Super vanilla which is surprising if you read KC Well's BSDM works. Sweet, low angst, low steam. Includes family, cute pets, and a cadre of close friends which will no doubt be the MC's of future novels in this series. Super vanilla which is surprising if you read KC Well's BSDM works. Sweet, low angst, low steam. Includes family, cute pets, and a cadre of close friends which will no doubt be the MC's of future novels in this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cherdene

    Finn’s Fantasy By K.C Wells Narrated by John Solo Audio Review I can’t say enough about this book, it was sooooo good. ♥ Thank you K.C. Well, well written words, looking forward to the next installment. Thank you very much John Solo for giving K.C’s characters a voice, excellent work. This book is a feel-good romance with an HEA, angst, age-gap, a few laughs, siblings that don’t know when to butt out (but they have your best interest at heart), angry kid, an adorable dog that loves giving and receivi Finn’s Fantasy By K.C Wells Narrated by John Solo Audio Review I can’t say enough about this book, it was sooooo good. ♥ Thank you K.C. Well, well written words, looking forward to the next installment. Thank you very much John Solo for giving K.C’s characters a voice, excellent work. This book is a feel-good romance with an HEA, angst, age-gap, a few laughs, siblings that don’t know when to butt out (but they have your best interest at heart), angry kid, an adorable dog that loves giving and receiving attend and affection. Friends I wished I had. Let’s not forget the sexy scenes. ‘Did someone say HOT’ Joel lived his life for 20 years as a marry man with Keri and their two kids. He was devoted to them while keeping his true self hidden away. Like most men growing up in the 70s, they were taught that being a man means getting a good job, marry and have kids , and that is what he did. Finn is a 25 year old contractor whose nightly fantasies consist of a salt and pepper hunk of a man who walks his dog on the beach near Kings Highway (Every time I head Kings Hwy, I’m thinking it’s the street where I live, only thing is, I don’t live near a beach. Such coincidence 😊). Finn has the tendency to fall hard for a guy, so this time around he is skeptical of taking that next step. These characters, Joel and Finn gives me a warm happy feeling when they are together, they just fit together like two peas in a pod. The sexy times was so good I almost forgot that it was John Solo doing the narration. At one point I stopped and asked myself, “Who’s narrating this book, they are good.” These two characters like they became ‘Horn Dogs’ after getting together. It's like they are having sex every day... I guess they were making up for lost time. OMG, Nate is such a whinny twat. I really thought he was going to tell his father he was gay. Then again no child likes to see their parents get divorce, especially not knowing why. But he could at lease give them time to explain. Or until Joel pulled his mouth out of his ass. Life changing circumstances, like family dynamic/divorce are never easy for anyone or their families. The secondary characters were very entertaining as well. Joel’s sister Meghan, putting tuna on the tree so her cat can stay up there long enough for him to fake rescue the cat, and pretending to hurt her foot... genius. 😊😊😊😊 Lynn, Meghan’s partner in the bedroom laughing her ass off. A little bit about Finn’s friends. Seb – who needs a Daddy, and he’s also the prankster of the group. Dylan – not gay or maybe. He’s the curious one of the group, asks a lot of questions about same sex relationships and their dynamic … Ben – the youngest of the 8 friends. Levi – the quiet and reserve one, Grammy’s grandson. There is a story there and I can’t wait to find out. Erin – I’m still trying to figure him out. Noah – the only one in the group who wears glasses, is he the confident, take charge nerd, the dominant one in a relationship? Shawn (Sean) – helps takes care of his father who has dementia. I think I have a good idea who will end up with who if K.C. decides to do a series of six books, the only two of the group I’m not sure about are Dylan and Erin, but I guess K.C. will give us more hits of these two characters in Book two of the Maine Men Series. Highly recommended read/listen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    Finn's Fantasy is a really sweet slow burn romance with an age gap, a bit of family drama and a gorgeous dog. Joel is recently divorced and moved to the area to start fresh now that he can live openly as a gay man. He's still got some things to work out with his kids but his ex-wife, Carrie, is a wonderful woman, so supportive. Finn in the first man he really has any contact with that he's attracted to and ends up needing his help with some work on his home. There's a strong attraction on both si Finn's Fantasy is a really sweet slow burn romance with an age gap, a bit of family drama and a gorgeous dog. Joel is recently divorced and moved to the area to start fresh now that he can live openly as a gay man. He's still got some things to work out with his kids but his ex-wife, Carrie, is a wonderful woman, so supportive. Finn in the first man he really has any contact with that he's attracted to and ends up needing his help with some work on his home. There's a strong attraction on both sides but it's with wary steps that anything moves forward as Finn has a tendancy to fall too hard and fast and Joel hasn't done anything like this in over twenty years. Both men are so sweet and have things of their own to work through, each worried of not being enough for the other. Finn has a brilliant group of friends that we meet in the first chapter, all of whom we will be hearing more from in future books in this series. They offer fun, friendship and unwavering support that is always found in a person's chosen family. Joel has his ex wife who is also his best friend and a much complained about sister, with both there for him through everything that he has been going through since his marriage broke up. I enjoyed how time was taken for the MC's to ease into each others company and then anything that they both wanted going forward. The main stressor was for Joel regarding coming out to his children. I enjoyed this first book of the series from KC Wells. She is a wonderful writer when it comes to characters and developing relationships, both light and fluffy or deep and emotional. I loved getting to know the characters and exploring what they could share together. Another good series from the author that I'm looking forward to reading. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    This book is all about the feelings. There is some angst and some family drama, but it is all about feelings, love and acceptance and getting the courage to live your life as you want to, and to go for who and what you want. Finn is a construction worker and a skilled carpenter who wants a stable relationship and commitment, but he hasn't had luck in that department, because for all his outgoing personality, he is very shy when it comes to relationships. He has admired Joel from afar for a whi This book is all about the feelings. There is some angst and some family drama, but it is all about feelings, love and acceptance and getting the courage to live your life as you want to, and to go for who and what you want. Finn is a construction worker and a skilled carpenter who wants a stable relationship and commitment, but he hasn't had luck in that department, because for all his outgoing personality, he is very shy when it comes to relationships. He has admired Joel from afar for a while now, but never gotten the courage to actually talk to him. Joel was married for 20 years and has 2 amazing children, but he has been gay all his life and is finally ready to admit it to himself and to others. He is trying to be brave and get his life in order, but he is still afraid to reveal everything to his children and people around him. He has got a new house, a dog and a crush on Finn. Those two are quite good for each other. There is not just a sexual attraction, but also an emotional bond that develops slowly, but steadily, giving them both what they crave the most without them even noticing. They each have their problems and issues, but they are working to overcome them. There are a lot of feelings and emotions in this book, with a dose of angst and hesitation on both their sides, but we can see how their connection evolves and how together they fulfill their dreams one step at a time. **I was provided an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review**

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