Close Proximity Series Book 1
by Lily Morton
Release Date: 10.03.19
Zeb Evans doesn’t do messy.
The product of a disorganised and chaotic childhood, Zeb likes order and control, and as the boss of his own employment agency he can give that to himself. Life runs along strict lines and he never mixes business with pleasure. Everything in his life lives in neat, alphabetized boxes. Until Jesse.
Jesse Reed is Zeb’s complete opposite. He’s chaos personified. A whirling cyclone of disorder. He’s also charming and funny and a very unwanted distraction.
Which is why it comes as a complete surprise to Zeb to find himself asking Jesse to pose as his boyfriend for a few days in the country at a wedding.
Zeb doesn’t do impulsive, but as the time away progresses, he finds himself increasingly drawn to the merry and irreverent Jesse. But can he bring himself to break the hard-won lessons he’s learnt in life? And even if he can, how could Jesse be attracted to him anyway? He’s so much older than Jesse, not to mention being his boss.
From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages and Finding Home series comes a warm and funny romance about one man’s fight for control and another man’s determination to circumvent it.
This is the first book in the Close Proximity series, but it can be read as a standalone.
He looks at me and sighs wearily. “Do you think you could possibly behave?” he finally says.
I bite my lip. “I don’t think it would be entirely honest of me to promise that,” I say slowly. “Especially if people keep treating you like you’re some sort of desperate stalker. It’s not fair.” I frown. “You’re doing bloody Patrick a favour. They should be thanking you, not treating you like an unexploded bomb from the war that might go off in suburbia and wreck someone’s lavender bush.”
He blinks. “Where the hell did that come from?” He pauses. “And why am I the unexploded relic from the war?”
I smile at him sympathetically. “You have a lot of pent-up aggression,” I inform him.
4 of 5 Stars
I was hoping we’d get a series about Eli’s flat mates…and it looks like we will, plus I’m hoping Felix gets a book in this series as well! This is a very loose spin-off of Gideon however you do not need to read that book to start this series.
There is nothing earth shattering here. Jesse’s similar to Oz (from the Finding Home series) to me with his over the top quirkiness and lighthearted humor. He balances Zeb’s seriousness and helps him laugh and live. Their banter is entertaining, they have amazing sexual and emotional chemistry and I love them together especially when they go on their dates to get to know each other.
While I liked the book (predictability and all), I had a hard time with a couple of things:
- Patrick…he was a user and a prick, and I cannot believe Zeb was blind to what he was doing
- Patrick’s mother…she was really OTT
- Zeb’s half-arsed apology both times (the second one more than the first) and Jesse’s quick forgiveness; I felt he needed to grovel a bit more
I’m assuming both Charlie and Felix will get books in this series and I’m on board for both of them!
About the Author
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.