Erryn reviews After Felix (Close Proximity Book 3) by Lily Morton. Published August 2, 2020, 266 pages. The audiobook was released March 24, 2022, is 8 hrs and 27 mins and is narrated by Joel Leslie. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read it: I’m loving this series.
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 listened to as a standalone.
I love the world Lily Morton has built. Each of her series are consumable in one bite, but taken together, they create an entire feast. This book brings together almost all the previous couples and yet does it in an easy way. We get check ins with various couples. Evo, on of my fave characters, plays a bigger role in this story, and I was pleased to see him back.
I’ve also been a fan of Felix from the beginning. Just the right combination of snark and sass. When he encounters Max in a bookstore, there’s no hope of them not combusting in the bedroom. Max is war-weary, in love with his best friend, and yet attracted to Felix. But he always maintains distance – or so he believes. Then he tries to slay some of Felix’s demons and I loved him all the more. Except he turned out to be a bit of an arse, and I didn’t blame Felix for walking out.
Time didn’t heal these wounds. When Felix winds up back in Max’s sphere, the journalist plans to make the most of the second chance. Felix, however, wants none of it. He’ll nurse Max back to health and be on his way.
Oh the best laid plans…
Of course that doesn’t work. Of course they wind up together. Epic. And, because this is Lily Morton, there’s plenty of hijinks and hilarity thrown in. And some snark to top it off. Finally, to round out this perfect book, I get one of my fave narrators – Joel Leslie. He does an heroic job bringing this story to life and rounding up and corralling all the other men from the series. This might be the last one, and if it is I’ll be sorry, but I take comfort there are bound to be more Morton/Leslie works up for offer soon.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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 got her 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 would she get to spend her time with hot, funny men?
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.