Thursday, October 3, 2019

Release Blitz Review: Best Man by Lily Morton

Best Man
(Close Proximity #1)
by Lily Morton
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2019

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.

Another winner by Lily Morton. I can't get enough of this author, she never fails to deliver with her adorable characters, witty humor and swoony romance. Zeb Evans is the older bossman who is all primp, proper, mature and loves to organize. Jesse Reed is a much younger employee, someone totally opposite of Zeb. Jesse is all messy and chaotic, but also lively and fun and everyone loves his sunny disposition including his stoic boss, Zeb.

The boss / employee dynamic do reminds me of Rule Breaker, but with less angst. Zeb and Jesse actually like each other since the beginning even though Zeb remain professional and tends to act as if Jesse is insufferable, especially with Jesse playful antics. Their verbal sparring is a joy to read, so sarcastic, so annoyingly adorable.

Their professional relationship took a turn when Zeb impulsively asked Jesse to be his fake boyfriend to attend his ex wedding. Let just say, the ex, Patrick is a total wanker. Even the family members are awful. I'm especially ecstatic when Jesse being Jesse can't keep his mouth shut and decided to give everyone a piece of his mind whenever someone dare to insult Zeb. He's the best side kick anyone could ever have. Jesse is loyal, passionate and caring and I love him to bits.

On the other hand, Zeb is quite a stubborn man and needed someone to shake some sense into him. He overthink everything and sometimes make awful decision thinking is the right thing to do. Is hard to even be mad at him when he is being so damn honorable. Zeb is successful and a hot silver fox, yet all he feels are insecurities when he face with the amazing Jesse. Also he is being too nice to his wanker of an ex, which contributed to some minor angst towards the end. Anyhow, this book mainly make you smile and laugh and just swoon dreamily.

This is the first book of a brand new series and I'm already excited for more after meeting some interesting secondary characters, Felix and Max, oh yum.... and Charlie, oh boy.

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.

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.