Author: Lily Morton
Series: Close Proximity, Book 3
Release Date: August 2, 2020
Sometimes the best love stories come in two parts.
When Felix met handsome journalist Max Travers, it was lust at first sight. It was just his luck that he then had to develop a terrible case of feelings and got his heart broken. However, two and a half years later, he’s over all of that. His job is going well, he has good friends, and he doesn’t lack for male company. Which, of course, is when Max has to come bursting back into his life.
Felix Jackson will always be the one who got away to Max. He’s spent their time apart regretting his actions and hoping for a second chance. When an accident lands him in Felix’s less than tender care, Max is determined to grab this opportunity. The only problem is that Felix is equally determined that he doesn’t.
From bestselling author, Lily Morton comes a story of missed opportunities, second chances, and two very stubborn men. This is the third book in the Close Proximity series, but it can be read as a standalone.
“How old do you think I am?” he says mock flirtatiously, leaning in close enough that I catch his scent of sandalwood. It brings back memories of rolling all over those soft sheets in that hotel room. I’ve been perturbed to find my mind straying to memories of that room a few more times than it should have over the last week.
He’s watching me intently again, and I swallow hard and tap my teeth thoughtfully. “I think probably sixty.” He opens his mouth in mock horror, and I laugh. “Only because you’re so wise,” I say reverently. “Being intelligent really piles the years on.”
He shakes his head. “I’m thirty-seven,” he says, trying not to laugh. “Can you see my crow’s feet?”
“A crow never made those lines. That’s surely got to be a bigger bird.” I wink at him as he laughs loudly. I eye the table where a book is sitting next to his pint. “What are you reading?”
He looks slightly awkward. “Ruth Rendell.”
“Oh, Inspector Wexford. My grandma used to watch those on the telly,” I say cheerfully.
“Thank you so much for that information,” he says darkly. “It’s made my day so happy.”
I laugh. “It’s like I carry sunshine wherever I go.” I eye him. “So, do you like reading crime novels?”
“I do.” He smiles. “I’ve always thought it would be incredibly easy to murder someone and get away with it, so I like it that people get found out in these books.”
I blink. “Said no man ever who hoped to get laid.”
He laughs. “I’m not going to murder you, Felix. Your arse is far too perky for that to happen.”
“I always knew my buttocks could save a life.”
He bites his lip, laughter brewing in those dark eyes as he leans forward. “The only way I’ll kill you is when you die from an overdose of the pleasure that my cock gives you.”
After draining my drink, I put the bottle on the table and stand up to grab my coat. “Pride goes before a fall, Max,” I say. “Maybe we’d better get you back to the hotel before you break something.”
5 of 5 Stars
I *suppose* this can be read as a standalone although Zeb plays a big part in this (from book 1 of this series) and Charlie is mentioned a few times (also from this series). Ivo, and Henry to a small degree, is a big player in this story. They were also in Silas and Oz’s book (Finding Home series) so now that I have a couple of stories surrounding them I’m going to have to go back and read that series (Mixed Messages) because I feel a bit lost on the history, although not enough to make a huge difference on my enjoyment of either of these series.
In short, I loved this book.
The book is broken into two parts and I must admit to being so swept up in the first part I got confused by some of the characters and the timing. This is when Felix and Max first meet. They are instantly ensconced in a lust-filled relationship in which they promise no feelings for each other. Max clearly has a history he’s not willing to share and Felix has a bit of a gloomy past, so they enter the no strings attached relationship willingly; which of course blows up in their faces when Max lets Felix down epically.
In part two, we find they have continued to occasionally cross paths which gives Felix ample opportunity for snarky, sassy behavior which is what Ms. Morton does best in my opinion. They are involved in a minor tragic comedy of errors which puts them in close proximity for a couple of months forcing them to deal with their past. I absolutely love that we get Max’s POV in the second half of the story. He seemed so tortured in the first half which was only partially due to his experience as a journalist. His grand gestures to win Felix back are truly above and beyond.
I’m typically not a fan of flashbacks to complete story but those used in this book are necessary but not revealing of critical parts of the story, more giving us insight into what was already assumed.
This is hands down one of my favorites by this author which is saying a lot because I’ve loved all that I’ve read. I’m going back to read the Mixed Messages series now.
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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!
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