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Zeb Evans doesn’t do messy.  

The product of a disorganized 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 best-selling 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 listened to as a standalone.

©2019 Lily Morton (P)2021 Lily Morton

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Prologe is missing

When it started with "Three years later..." I was like: three years from what? I havnt read the book, but it was obvious that wasn't right XD
Gotten a sample from the kindle now and will be back to the audio once I'm done with that... Still annoying.

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  • MJ
  • 10-08-21

Fun, snark, and sparkle

Lily Morton and Joel Leslie are *chef’s kiss* perfection. Leslie brings the banter, humor, and pathos like no one else. By now he’s narrated so many of Morton’s interconnected books that he’s populated an entire Gay South-of-England. And his ability to do that - to create individualized, detailed, distinct characters with emotional resonance, again and again - is what makes him one of the best narrators working today. Another sparkling performance from him, of a book which glows with life. As always with Morton, her characters are lively and funny and lovable even in their worst moments.

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The best man to my hubby

I have said it again and again but I’ll say it again that in my opinion, contemporary romance is the most difficult type of book to write since it’s so close to reality. And Lily Morton is my favorite author when it comes to contemporary romances. I’m so so happy that she came up with a new, wonderful series.

Zeb loves disciplined, neat and everything in order. And being his own boss assures he can stay away from the messiness he so desperately afraid. Jesse is polar opposite of Zeb who’s messy personified. With a considerable age gap of 20 years between them and Zeb being Jesse boss, the two men secretly withheld their attraction to each other thinking the other man wouldn’t like him. When Zeb needed a fake boyfriend to attend the weddding of his cheating ex-boyfriend, Jessie is the first man he thought of. Two men who are secretly attracted to each other being fake boyfriends attending a destination wedding, sparks flew and attraction became irrestible and undeniable. Both men tentatively walked on a patch which will forver change their lives.

I love that we get to see the characters from previous books in Lily’s other series. I loved Eli and I’m so happy Jessie is his very best friend. Zeb can be a bit uptight and serious at times but I’m so happy that he was finally able to admit his attraction to Jessie and finally begin their wonderful realationship. Witch Lily’s brand of patented snark, wit and fun banters with Joel’s Leslie ahhhhmazing performance, this is no doubt an eargasmaic listen. Highly, highly recommended.

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Love this

I absolutely loved this sweet adorable romance.

Such a great book with a solid storyline and great characters.

I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author.

Loved the audio delivery and narration

A definite recommend!

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Funny!

Zeb agrees to serve as best man at his ex's wedding. To avoid looking like a loser, he hires his employee, Jesse, to be his fake boyfriend. Sure, he's attracted to the guy, but who wouldn't be? Jesse is gorgeous, playful, and irreverent—the perfect foil to Zeb's more serious nature. But with a 20 year difference in their ages, nothing romantic can happen between them. Can it?

This book is so funny! It's cringey in the best way that the bisexual groom is marrying a woman to satisfy his homophobic family—and that Jesse continually calls people out for their nonsense. He and Zeb are adorable together, and it's lovely how patient Jesse is with Zeb in helping him overcome his misconceptions and insecurities.

Thanks, Gay Romance Reviews, for the audio ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Steamy. Snarky. Sweet.

Best Man is an entertaining and funny story , full of snark and banter with very explicit and steamy intimate scenes , and minimum amount of drama and conflicts.

A light hearted , Rom-Com tale that made me laugh out loud and swooned with delight.

As for the narration - full disclosure - Joel Leslie is a hit or miss with me and for a while have stopped listening to many books narrated by him . Why? He - at times - tends to be unnecessary over dramatic in his performances.

However, because I love all Lily Morton's books I have read , - own/read them all - enjoy/prefer - listening audiobooks than reading and she seems to have Joel Leslie - exclusively- narrated all her audiobooks; I always take the chance - get the audio - and hope it will be a hit instead of a miss.

And folks, Joel Leslie narration good. He didn't over played and exaggerate his performance. His voices sounded natural not forced.

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Utter perfection

Listening to a Lily Morton story performed by Joel Leslie is like a warm, cozy blanket, hot cocoa, and hanging out with your very best friends all at the same time. Best Man just reinforces this. Lily’s writing is hilarious, and heartfelt, and pure magic.

Joel’s performance is so incredible you forget that there is only one of him and you’re not actually listening to the characters telling you their story.

I will never have enough words to adequately recommend Lily Morton audiobooks narrated by Joel Leslie. Go Listen Now! You won’t regret it!

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another laugh out loud HEA, from Lily Morton

This is a low angst book that has great wit and will keep you wondering just who will get their hea. The characters are great and you can't help but to fall in love with Jessie. another 5 ☆ book from Lily Morton. the narration was done by Joel Leslie, who can do snark and treat you to an array of voices so there is no problem telling everyone apart. Well done Lily and Joel

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Really Enjoyed This

Full of fun snarky banter, humorous and sexy. Put in my will listen to again folder.

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Lily and Joel always deliver

Fun, funny, but emotional story great narration...another classic from this duo.
Jesse and Zeb are so good together, and Joel Leslie brings them to life.

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  • Magnus
  • 10-24-21

Brilliant

Another fantastic start to a new series by Lily Morton. Jesse and Zeb were great characters to get to know and they story kept me hooked. Joel Leslie did a super job with the narration. Have loved all of Lily Mortons stories.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Delano
  • 10-02-21

Another Brilliant book and fantastic audio

I love Jess and Zeb, I did want to hit Zeb a few times but so did Jess. Brilliant book and always fantastic audio by Joel (may accented) Leslie. Sigh now Bring me some Charlie Sunshine.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-20-22

Loved it

This audiobook was great I just loved the characters and the storyline, it had wonderful snarky dialogue which made me laugh. Joel Leslie was brilliant as ever can't wait for the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-11-22

Loved it

A beautiful story about life and opposites attraction. Jess and Zeb have a rollercoaster time

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  • Gwen
  • 10-25-21

Total opposites!

I enjoy this book, with Jesse Jesse and Zeb starting out as a fake couple. There’s age gap, close proximity and polar opposites. There’s romance, bit of comedy and adorable characters. They have some hot chemistry. Will they be able to acknowledge when the fake is not fake anymore? I love the accent… great narration by Mr Leslie.

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  • choccygrl
  • 10-25-21

Loved it just as much in audio

I adored this story when I read it but revisiting with Joel Leslie's performance was just brilliant. Took the story to a whole new level bringing the characters to life perfectly.
So many tropes: May to December, colleagues to lovers, fake boyfriends, conniving ex.
Jesse is wonderful but it is Zeb that stole my heart as he learns to trust not just Jesse's feelings but himself.
The side characters were either lovely or villainous depending on their role. The writing is excellent and there was enough angst to make my stomach flutter and enough romantic moments to make my heart soar.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 10-24-21

Laugh out loud fun

Can I just say how much I love Lily Morton? Funny, sarcastic, caustic (but in a good way) and witty as I’ll get out. Brilliant. And Lily Morton narrated by Joel Leslie? Well, frankly, perfection.

I also love there are cameos and mentions of characters from Ms. Morton’s previous books. Nothing that will detract from those who haven’t read them, but a bonus to those of us who have. I’ve devoured every audiobook she has put out, and I love them all.

This one was adorable. I loved Jesse. His enthusiasm, his boundless energy, his desire to help people…and his penchant for letting his mouth get away from him. Bit of a filter problem between his brain to mouth but nothing too bad. Or at least he’s survived most of the scrapes he’s gotten into. His job is to help LGBTQ people. Whether with gardening (those poor ferns) or being a fake date (the funeral), he’s always happy to help. His boss, Zeb, keeps Jesse on the books because when Jesse is on, he’s brilliant and when he’s not…well, it’s probably worth a laugh. Jesse has principles and will always stands up for the little guy.

Zeb has a problem. Under duress, he’s agreed to be best man at his ex’s wedding. Talk about a tricky situation. Zeb’s lovely assistant convinces him to hire Jesse to be his fake date. Classic set-up. But, of course, nothing goes as planned – for any of them. Especially because Jesse and Zeb are really attracted to each other. Despite the age difference. Despite the huge differences in temperaments. Despite the different career paths. That attraction leads to all kinds of hijinks. Broom closet, anyone?

In the end, the age gap doesn’t matter. The different upbringing doesn’t matter. That they find each other despite the obstacles speaks to their true affection for each other. And I got my HEA. Kind of swoon-worthy and I loved the list.

So, run out and get the audio. Laugh out loud. Enjoy something sweet, spicy, and snarky. Just the antidote to all that ails you. (and it’s the first in the series so try to guess who the other couples will be…)

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  • Trio
  • 10-24-21

Adorable Romance, Wonderful Performance by Leslie

Lily Morton builds such terrrifc chemistry between her characters, and I loved Zeb and Jesse together. Nice twists with the plotting ex-boyfriend, the week long house party, and the physical-romance-free dating. All the humor, British wit, sultry lovemaking, and happily ever afters that make a Lily Morton romanc so wonderful.

Lovely performance by Joel Leslie, he really was born to read this author.

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  • alias11
  • 10-24-21

Wonderful, delightful, and fun

I loved this wonderful, delightful, and fun romance. Zeb and Jesse were hilarious together, complete opposites, and yet they were just so perfect for each other. That said, Max was actually my favorite character. Along with his hook-up/temporary boyfriend, he added such levity to the pre-wedding shooting party, especially the toga get-up and shooting out Patrick's car window. Priceless! I wish we had gotten more of Max, but maybe he and Felix have a book coming. There is obviously a story there. Back to Zeb and Jesse, I especially loved their non-sequiturs, explaining where various phrases and witticisms came from. The break-up and recovery were predictably dramatic, but allowed the two to figure out what they wanted. I look forward to more in this series.

The narration was fantastic. All the character voices seemed well-suited for the individuals, and I really enjoyed the delivery.

I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Amelia
  • 10-23-21

A hilarious, feel-good romance

Jesse and Zeb's romance made me laugh out loud and swoon equally. Theirs was the most feel-good of all feel-good romances, and now that I'm done listening to their audio all I want to do is listen again. Joel Leslie brought these characters to life perfectly, and I was delighted by the way he captured the essence of their snarky, fun-loving banter. Following along on the twists and turns of their romance was a joy, and I couldn't have fallen in love more wholeheartedly.

Jesse and Zeb's first meeting was a whirlwind of quips and laughter. I especially loved the way that Zeb was so baffled by Jesse's vibrant energy, and I could tell right then that the two of them were meant for each other. Though I think it would have been fun to experience Jesse's first few days on the job, I'm glad Lily Morton chose to skip forward a few years to show how Zeb and Jesse's relationship grew over time. I wouldn't have found it believable for quiet, meticulously organized Zeb to ask Jesse to be his fake boyfriend, but after a few years of getting to know each other I could believe that they'd grown to trust each other. I don't even think Zeb realized how much he needed Jesse in his life, but the time they spent together at wedding events made it clear that their connection was special. I wouldn't quite say that Zeb threw caution to the wind to be with Jesse, because he sure did agonize over his attraction, but when he did finally let go their passion and chemistry was incredible to witness. More than the way they set the sheets on fire (but holy cow were those moments amazing), I was thrilled to see how genuinely happy Zeb and Jesse were together. That, more than anything else, made me believe in their happily ever after, even when it seemed like Patrick was going to be even more hateful than I thought possible. Not even a terrible fight could keep these two away from each other for long, and I can't even be mad when it led to some of the sweetest, most tender confessions of love. I adored the way their story ended, and if that epilogue is any indication, there's nothing but happiness in store for these two amazing men.

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

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 10-25-21

Another smart and funny Lily Morton romance!

Jesse Reed is young, messy, snarky, and fun - the perfect foil to Zeb Evan’s older, buttoned-down politeness. When Jesse talks his way into a job with Zeb’s agency, there are sparks but both men keep things professional until Zeb asks Jesse to act as his fake boyfriend at his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. While the fake relationship, forced-proximity, and odd-couple tropes are well-trodden roads, the wit and humour were wonderfully refreshing - it was just so fun to read and I can’t wait for more in the series! Audio narrator Joel Leslie’s English voices were charming and charismatic with excellent comedic expression.