Thursday, August 20, 2020

After Felix by Lily Morton Blog Tour

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 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 two years 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.

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“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.”

Lily Morton’s books are always a treat and this one is fabulous. The story of Max, a retired war correspondent, and Felix, the young man he can’t forget.

I fell in love with Felix from the first moment he opened his mouth. Felix has a sharp wit and a wickedly dark humour. He’s young, probably slightly mad, and more fragile than he lets on. He’s impossible not to love. Morton’s fans know Max as the journalist who travelled the world with Ivo. When we first meet Max, he is struggling to readjust to life in London while also struggling with Ivo’s marriage to Henry. He’s a bit of a mess.

While all of Morton’s books contain brilliant dialogue, the banter between Felix and Max is absolutely fabulous. Both are quick and clever, and their exchanges are laugh out loud funny. While there is a sizable age gap between Max and Felix, the banter is an equaliser and something they both delight in. As a reader it’s wonderful. I love the way they play with language and I especially love the random pop culture references.

This story follows Max and Felix for almost three years. It’s a little bit confusing because the lives of all the characters we know from previous books change around them at the same time. However, I really love the growth in both Max and Felix. Felix becomes a little harder, a little jaded, but he also grows up and starts to understand the complex nature of the people and relationships around him. Max learns some hard truths about himself and starts to deal with some of the traumas he has experienced.

This isn’t a stand-alone novel. Fans know that all of Morton’s characters overlap to some extent. From previous books, we know Felix as Misha’s cousin and Max as Ivo’s partner and Zeb’s stepbrother. And each of those characters are linked to a network of others. It’s a wonderful, complicated web and new readers must start at the very beginning.

This book will mess with you and your emotions. It's got anger, jealousy, steam, sass, sadness, happiness, laughter, tears, heartbreak, and love/hate. I got all the feels from this book. The snark and sass were my favorite. These two went on one hell of a rollercoaster ride, but it was worth it! The epilogue was good too!

Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of After Felix (Close Proximity #3) by Lily Morton to read and review for this tour.

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