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Summary

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.

©2020 Lily Morton (P)2022 Lily Morton

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Perfect

I'd been saving this audio for when I had the time to give it the proper attention that it deserved and got through it in 2 days. I couldn't stop listening to how perfectly Joel Leslie brought Felix to life with his snappy retorts, sharp wit and vulnerable heart.
As with the book, I did actually cry more than once and was grateful for breaks because there's so much hurt between them for so long.
The ending, like the narration, was perfect

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funny and lovely romance x

This has all of the Morton trademarks, it's full of snark, sarcasm and fun banter, but it's also got a lot of angst, heartbreak, and sorrow. Poor Felix, he experienced a sadness, anyone would find difficult to come back from, and I've got to say that it pulled at my heart strings.

It really helped to see the start of Felix and Max's romance. Ms Morton had teased us with these two throughout the previous stories in the series, and I was desperate to find out what had happened. After I'd read the first part, I was all, 'Damn you Max! You pillock, how could you...bastard!'.

After this, the portrayal of Felix's mental state and his thoughts throughout the story, it made it easy to fall in love with him, and want everything to work out for the best. My heart definitely skipped a beat or two when things got really tough for him.

I did eventually warm to Max , the eejit, and forgave him, but my heart was definitely with Felix. I also loved the drawn out back and forth, and the beautiful slow build of new love and trust.

Joel did a fantastic job, as always, on his narration. He totally brings Lily's characters to life, and he performs snark so very very well. Loved it.

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Wonderful

Lily Morton has written a great story in her usual witty manner, but with a lot of feeling. After I was able to get to know both Felix and Max briefly in the previous volumes, I was very excited to see what would happen next with the two.

Poor Felix won my heart. Poor because he has already experienced a lot of sorrow and sadness in his life and I could understand that very well. When he meets Max, they both agree that it should remain non-committal. But things always turn out differently than you think and at Max's best friend's wedding, Felix ends the relationship with occasional sex. Two years later, the two meet again and a lot has happened in that time. Now Max is trying to win Felix back.
The author created the characters complex and interesting. It never got boring with the two of them. On the contrary, I really liked Felix's biting nature and the humor in general, which is spiced with a lot of sarcasm. I would have liked to talk to Max from time to time, but towards the end I liked him too. Whereby Felix is and remains my favorite here.

The story is told both in the present and in flashbacks to the past, which is a nice change. The author has done this so cleverly and so you learn bit by bit what happened in the two years, but also in the time before.
There is not only sunshine in this book, there is also a lot of heartache and sadness and therefore I was very happy about the happy ending. A both lighthearted and in places sad book that was entertainingly told.

Joel Leslie nailed Felix perfectly with his biting, yet witty comments. He did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life in an incomparable way.

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A heart warming second chance

This book has what you would expect from Lily Morton. Sassy main characters, humorous moments, hot moments between the sheets and lots of love.
Joel Leslie does his usual excellent job of narrating this book. The only issue is I sometimes found myself getting lost in his voice so lost track of the “real” world.
Although can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading other books in series first, so understand other characters dynamics better.

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Loved this book

I just loved Felix and Max and their snark, so funny. This book made me laugh and cry as their story developed. As usual Joel Leslie was brilliant and brought the whole thing to life. I highly recommend this book. can't wait for the next one to be translated into an audio book.

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Loved it!

I loved the second book of the series, but this one was off the charts! Amazing and so lovely to listen to! I don't know if Lily reads the reviews, but I surely hope that I could see a little bit more of the after getting together part.. a little everyday happiness.

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Second chance

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 a*se, 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.

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A Bit of a Heartbreaker Before the HEA

The third book in Lily Morton's Close Proximity series, After Felix is a second chance, age gap romance with a ton of steam. You can read any of these novels as standalones, and Lily Morton fans will truly enjoy this one, because there are several good scenes with characters from her other novels.

I’m going to step out on a limb here, and say straight up, that this is a bit of a heartbreaker! Second chance is one of my all time favorite genres, but gah, that was kinda rough. Something about the way we get to know Felix early on, the easy-breezy affection between these two in their initial affair, and the brutal way they end it. It just hit me.

Nevertheless, there’s plenty of clever Lily Morton banter. Loads of charming scenes of British life. And, of course, tons of wild and steamy physical romance. Everything we love about a Lily Morton romance… I guess the realness of these characters affected me harder than usual.

There’s a lovely performance by Joel Leslie in the audio version.

an audiobook copy of After Felix was provided for the purpose of my honest review, all opinions are my own

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Snarky and swoony

I adored Felix and Max's story when I first read it, and listening to the audio has only made me fall more in love with their swoony, snarky, second-chance romance. I had so much fun listening to Joel Leslie's interpretation of Felix's snarkiness, and I thought he captured his unique brand of sarcastic wit perfectly. Only Max could find such delight in keeping up with Felix's barbs, and the two of them kept me endlessly entertained throughout the story. 

Felix and Max's witty banter was what originally drew me into their romance, but the way their relationship unfolded was what kept me utterly captivated from start to finish. Their initial hookups showed off their spectacular physical chemistry, but over time I was thrilled to watch them develop an equally meaningful emotional bond. They never lost their lighthearted snark and teasing, but the way they shared secrets and memories with each other made it clear their hearts were also getting involved. Lily Morton knew exactly how to show the growth of their romance in a few snippets and short scenes spread out over the months, and as a result I felt the depth of their connection as clearly as if I'd been with them every step of the way. I was devastated when they had their falling out because in my mind their love was this epic, unshakable thing, and it was truly heartbreaking to watch Max and Felix try to cope with missing each other every day while they were apart. In hindsight, I can see why they needed some space and time to grow into themselves and their feelings, but in the moment all I wanted was to see them back together again. I was firmly rooting for Max as he tried to win back Felix's heart, and though it took way longer than I wanted, I thoroughly enjoyed the chase Felix took him on. Knowing that Max and Felix re-entered their relationship with open hearts and plans to be together forever made the whole thing wonderfully satisfying, and their sweet epilogue was a promising start to their happily ever after.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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Felix and max

I’ve always wanted to know what happened to max and felix after reading their cameos in the other books in the series. I loved reading their story and also hearing it there is something about Joel’s British accent.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 17-07-22

A sweet second chance romance

I absolutely loved this adorable forced proximity contemporary romance.

Felix and Max were adorable together and I loved the chemistry between them.

The storyline was interesting and I loved the world building.

I definitely recommend listening to this entire series although this one can be listened to as a standalone as well.

Joel Leslie performed an amazing audio delivery and narration.

100% recommend this fluffly romance with all the feels!!💜

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  • Linda C
  • 26-05-22

Brilliant

This is such a magnificent book from Lily Morton. It's one of my top five favorite books ever, and I read A LOT. I have reread the book several times as well. When the Audiobook came out, I immediately purchased it. First because I adore it, and Second because it is narrated by the excellent Joel Leslie, who is my favorite narrator. His performances are always spot on, reading the book exactly as the author wrote it, with true feelings and how you hear it in your head when reading the book. Often even the other narrators with great voices come off as wooden and flat, missing the realistic feel of the story, the flow of authenticity. More like cold sight readings of a book, missing warmth, angst, tenderness, fear at the appropriate moments. Joel Leslie nails every book, every single time. And I'm so happy that Lily Morton has him for all her amazing Audiobooks. She has written several of my very favorite books, and she and Joel bring these stories to life so greatly.

That being said, I do have a big complaint on the Audio for this, and a few other books. Volume consistency. When I mainly listen to Audiobooks is when I turn in at night. Sometimes I read, but other nights I'd rather listen. The problem is the way the volume goes from normal speaking volume, to barely being able to hear, to blasting your eardrums and scaring the crapola out of you! I seriously have to feel around in the dark for my Kindle, feel for the volume button to try to turn the LOUD down ASAP (characters shouting, or sudden danger), before my neighbor in the apartment above me thinks I'm fighting with someone or I'm in danger. Or when its a sad/somber/poignant moment. So low you can barely make out what's happened or been said. Those times I have to feel for Kindle to sign back on to wake the screen, so I can hit the "back up" button a time or two to be able to hear and understand what was missed while messing with Kindle. And these are usually the most important parts of the story. Sure does detract from fully enjoying the ride. At lease when it's a story I'm already familiar with I can let it ride and just control the volume button for the LOUD moments. I'll know the gist of what's happening. Being able to set the timer for the length of listening time keeps me coming back. But I wish Audibooks or Editors would listen to these inconsistencies and do something about them.

Again, the fabulous Joel Leslie and the truly gifted and magnificent Lily Morton are a dream team. Keep them coming! (Can y'all do Spring Strings next please?) Much love.

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  • Queen of Halloween
  • 17-05-22

One of the Best Books I've Ever Listened to

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series as each book just gets better. This is a truly original storyline and I just loved Felix and Max's story. Outstanding narration from Joel as he absolutely nails each character's accent which made listening that much more enjoyable. Highly recommend!

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  • NicoleR.M.M.
  • 09-05-22

Highly entertaining

Lily Morton's books all have a certain kind of typical British vibe - the humor, the wit, the snarky and quirky characters, who are often overly grumpy or overly sunshine. They are often opposites in a lot of ways - rich/poor, white collar/blue collar, famous/ordinary and so on. And yet, they all are highly entertaining and diverse enough to enjoy each book for their own characters and their story. A Lily Morton book has some kind of trademark in a way that, as a reader, I'd always recognize her books, even when I would't be aware of the fact it was written by her.
I love her writing and her story telling. From the first book I read by her, she's been one of my favorite authors. An auto-buy, one click author, and most of the time all I need to know is that it's her newest book, not even caring to read the blurb.
Of course I enjoyed some of her books more than others - even from a favorite author you can't always have a 5 star read at hand. But overall, there hasn't been a book yet that has really, really disappointed me.
'After Felix' is one of those that I clearly put in the category of the ones I really loved! It was one of the first of her books that I listened to, and even hadn't read as an e-book yet. It was on my tbr for quite some time, but you know how that goes - that tbr gets longer and longer, and sometimes books just move further down, until you sort of lose sight of them and later come to realize you haven't read them yet, even when it's from a favorite author. So when I got the opportunity to listen to the audio, I took it.
I loved how Joel Leslie portrayed Felix - his English, posh accent was just wonderful. He really brought him to life with all his sassiness and his snark. I enjoyed Max's character as well - so different from Felix, but it shows how well Joel Leslie does different characters, giving them their own distinctive voice.
When they meet at first, Felix and Max are in a Waterstones bookshop in London, and there's an immediate interest there. They hook up and it's quite the steamy hotel room meeting! So, that's where it all starts - a casual hook up that becomes a regular one. No feelings, of course, because Max doesn't do relationships and Felix knows Max isn't interested in more than just sex.
Along the way, however, Felix has to admit he's grown quite fond of Max and their escapades. And when Max reveals he's been in love with one of his best friends and former reporter colleague Ivo
(who has his own book in the Finding home series where he gets his hea with Henry), Felix discovers he doesn't like the way Max behaves when Ivo's around. He starts to question if what he feels for Max could ever in the future, lead to something more than just a hook up status, something he, surprisingly, really wants.
After a terrible night with miscommunications and assumptions and all the things that could go wrong, did, in fact, go wrong, Felix decides he's had enough.
That's when the 'After Felix' part of the book starts. When Max finally sobers up long enough to realize what he's lost. And so he starts on a journey to win Felix back. But Felix isn't that easily giving in. He's guarding his heart, protecting it with an iron fence and a thick wall. He doesn't trust Max, and so Max has to do all he has in his powers, to convince Felix things have changed. That he has changed.
I really enjoyed how Max did everything he could think of to woo Felix, to charm him, to convince him things are different now. And I also enjoyed how Felix responded. He was deeply hurt, and I understood his reluctance to fall for Max's attempts at winning him back. But Max, well, he certainly went deep and did everything he could to convince Felix!

This audio was highly entertaining - I think there's something magic between Lily's words and Joel's performance. For some reason they fit perfectly. I really can't wait to listen to more of their collaborations!

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  • AT
  • 03-05-22

Getting lost in this story a second time is great

After Felix is one of my favorite books by this author, and it was such a treat to get lost in the characters and story a second time. The narration is very well done—complete with a light, upbeat tone and a great rhythm to bring this story to life.

Max and Felix are wonderful and well-developed characters who intrigued me all on their own. Together, these two are fire, with amazing physical and emotional chemistry. I once again felt completely swept away by their romance.

On top of a great love story that has excellent timing and a gentle unfurling of feelings, After Felix boasts fantastically witty banter that often left me grinning. If you have yet to fall for these characters, I urge you to give them a try. If you’re like me and want another chance with them, I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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  • DLB2572
  • 04-08-22

A Fantastic Rollercoaster Ride

Lily Morton takes you on a rollercoaster with Felix and Max's relationship but it is well worth the ride. It is even better when you add in the narration by Joel Leslie.

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  • Reading*Renee
  • 16-05-22

A Sweetly Snarky Second Chance Romance

This third entry in the Close Proximity series has an angstier feel than the previous two stories, which were great fun, but it was just as enjoyable a listen. As with those audio books, the cheeky British characters and their snarky banter were wonderfully brought to life by narrator Joel Leslie.

Here, a steamy one-time hookup between Felix and Max leads to casual repeats and - in a surprising turn for both - feelings. After things go awry (for reasons), Max realizes in hindsight that Felix is the one who got away and goes about winning him back when their paths cross again years later. Their chemistry is undeniable and flirty banter delightful (Felix is hilarious), and is balanced with some genuine emotional depth.

I liked how we're taken along for the ride of Felix and Max's relationship from start to HEA rather than just the latter that's typical of second chance romances. It felt like a fresh take on the trope, and deepened the story and connection to characters as a reader/listener.

Fair warning that there's a h0m0ph0b¡c parent who spouts slurs early in the story. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Fact and Fiction
  • 13-05-22

Totally enamored with Max And Felix -

I have now listened to all of Lily Mortons books in fact some of them more than once - There is some so wonderful about her guys and there road to finally finding their happily ever after. There is alway fun snark, a lot of misunderstandings but no so much angst that I get tense. I love to kickback and let the story flow. I am somewhat new to the mm romances and when I discovered Lily Morton I found that her romances often (well I guess always) outshine and FM romances I have read

After Felix is no different - we have a lot of snark ,silliness hot sexy scenes mixed in with some serious commitment issues and lonely guys . I feel sort like both Max and Felix could be or perhaps maybe are new friends of mine - both are so likable but have a lot of depth as do all her guys .

It is so fun to bump into all the guys from her other books even just in passing It is sort of like catching up with friends you have not seen a while
I think Joel Leslie is the best possible reader for her books and once again did and incredible job with this book

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  • leks
  • 09-05-22

Waiting for Max

Felix and Max get HEA.
The narration. I consume audiobooks almost as much I read them on my kindle. The narration for this book felt flat. Joel Leslie is very good at his job; it’s just I have heard all his voices too many times before. I own all of Lily’s books on audio and unfortunately Joel sounds the same. I have had to give relisting a break because I am unsure what book I am listening to. Joel seems to have a softer voice and a raspy deeper voice. It also runs into secondary characters. I would recommend this audiobook because it’s Lily Morton, but not for the narration. I am hoping a change-up will happen in the future.

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  • Ana Nimity
  • 07-05-22

Made for each other

Max and Felix are, of course, made for each other, though it takes time and a few tears for them to figure it out. But it takes only a few lines to understand that Lily Morton and Joel Leslie are a match made in listening heaven. Joel gets the heart of Lily's men, and gets her trademark humor. I loved this book in both print and audio formats.