Title: After Felix
Series: Close Proximity: Book Three
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 274 Pages
Category: Contemporary Romance
At a Glance: After Felix is definitively Lily Morton and mightily romantic.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: 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.
Review: It’s been said that the opposite of love isn’t hate, nor is the opposite of hate love, but the opposite of both is apathy. Felix Jackson never did quite make it to the apathy phase after his relationship with Max Travers crashed epically. He still has strong feelings towards Max—even if those feelings run to wishing Max would fall off the face of the earth—but if he truly didn’t care as much as he professes he doesn’t, it wouldn’t rankle him so that Max keeps showing up like the proverbial bad penny, now, would it?
For those of us who’ve been waiting since book one of the Close Proximity series, where Felix and Max were first introduced, to understand why there was so much friction between them, this is our time. Lily Morton delivers a story that includes all the snarky, playful banter we’ve come to know and appreciate, and uses it to build a backstory and the eventual happy ever after that offers up, perhaps, one of the most sweeping romantic gestures known to the genre. Max is not playing when he says he means to win Felix back.
At its simplest, theirs is a story of the right person at the wrong time when they meet and the fire is lit. There’s little doubt that Max and Felix have massive amounts of chemistry going for them, and their relationship begins with them agreeing that they aren’t meant to be part of an exclusive arrangement. It’s just sex, no emotional attachments welcome or required. But the best of intentions don’t always produce the desired results. The problem is Max and his misdirected feelings for his best friend Ivo. Mmhmm, that Ivo from Risk Taker.
Through a long separation during which Max mishandles the aftermath of their breakup, there comes a turning point which is delivered with the humor one expects from a Morton novel, and during which we are offered the slow-burn of two men in close proximity working together, growing closer, and culminating as Max commits to pulling out all the romantic stops to win Felix back, and them getting a second chance to put things right.
Cameos from both this and the Finding Home series round out the cast and adds a sense of revisiting old friends and fab characters we’ve come to know and love. After Felix is definitively Lily Morton and mightily romantic.
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