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Best Man

(Close Proximity #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,310 ratings  ·  596 reviews
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 cha
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Lily Morton
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☆ Todd
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

YAY, a brand new Lily Morton series!

This first book was a bit of a loosely-tied spin-off for the London flatmates of Eli, from "Gideon (Finding Home #3)", although sadly Eli and Gideon didn't make an appearance in this story.

The book began with a short prologue from 3 years prior, when 21 y.o. Jesse had a job interview with 41 y.o. Zeb at his very pro-LGBT "people for hire for whatever you might need" agency.

That first meeting between Jesse and Zeb was pretty funny and reminded me a bit
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Lily Morton's books make me happy, and I'm thrilled that Best Man is the first book in a series. I liked the secondary characters introduced in this book (especially Felix and Max!) and look forward to their stories.

This book features two of my favorite tropes: age gap and fake boyfriend.

Zeb and Jesse have been crushing on each other for years in secret. Zeb, who's twenty years older then Jesse, thinks he's too old and serious for Jesse, and Jesse doesn't think Zeb could ever be interested in
Wendys Wycked Words

This was everything I expected from Lily Morton ... What an awesome, fun and sweet read !!! I absolutely loved Jesse !! About as much as I love Eli, which is quite understanding since they are the best of friends ;) I wished there would have been more of Eli and Gideon, but hey...we can't always get everything we want. 

awesome and fun gif - Google zoeken

Jesse has been working for Zeb for three years now. He is what they call a "jack of all trades". Zeb's company caters mostly to the LGBTQ community and offers them everything they
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-gap, m-m, british

It was ok.

Loved Jesse,well he's slinky-enough said.

Is it just me or are these books getting very similar? Stoic,buttoned up guy and the sassy,snarky one.

READ ARIANA'S WORDS because she's pretty much explained everything i was thinking.

Available on KU.
Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus
Audiobook - 3.5 stars

Story - 2.5 stars

What is it with Lily and the horrible exes?? Ugh! ruined a good candy coated story for me.
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*3,75 stars*

I loved both series by Lily Morton, with one or two of these books on my ‘best of the best’ shelf. And of course, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

And there are lots of things to enjoy here:

- the spectacular banter and sharp humour
- Zeb for his cute grumpiness, his caring and his hairy chest (Thank you, LM! 😁)
- Jesse for his joyfulness and no-nonsense approach to life
- the age gap (20 years) which is dealt with in a very good way
- the chemistry between Zeb and Jesse (si
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, mm
Pure Lily Morton gold and I loved it! Jesse and Zeb are just the kind of characters I love reading about and, coupled with the banter and no angst on 'roids overload, this made for a brilliant read. The build from boss/employee relationship to falling so hard for each other - wonderful!

Add in the British humour and this was a slam dunk win. I laughed so hard at time, Jesse has a totally filter-less gob and some of his banter was absolutely priceless. Oh how I love me some British humour and to
4,5 stars

I absolutely loved the writing and the banter between the main characters!!!

This is the first book in the Close Proximity new series by Lily Morton. I enjoyed all the books I've read by this author and this book was no exception.

Zeb - the controlled and organized boss, who hired Jesse 3 years ago.

Jesse is everything Zeb isn't, young and causes chaos wherever he goes. "A total walking disaster" as Zeb put it.

I can't say I am a big fan of the fake boyfriend trope, maybe because it's be
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars

This one really hit the spot. Loved most everything about it.

Age Gap
Banter for DAYS
Good bit of steam

I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for OTT Nina, OTT Patrick and the OTT drama at the end. Didn't ruin anything for me but I think Nina and Patrick could have been less atrocious. And I definitely could've done without(view spoiler). Not necessary IMO.

That aside, this was a great start to what looks to be a new series. Lily Morton is a definite auto-buy au
D.L. Howe
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slow-burn, age-gap, m-m
Weekly BR with my girl Cass.

This was super cute, as expected. The usual funny banter, I appreciated Zeb’s sarcasm and sass. I loved that Jesse was so happy go lucky, always making the best even out of a horrible situation. I especially loved how protective both men are in their own way.

I think my issue, and I’m sure it’s a me issue, is that I’m getting burnt out. It doesn’t matter how wonderful these books are, I suppose I’ve just reached my limit at the moment.

Having said that I found some o
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have a love/"hate" relationship with Lily Morton (don't worry, she knows how I feel and we're good 😊 ).

I just get settled into finally declaring a favourite couple (Gideon & Eli) and then she puts out a new book which has me changing my mind yet again.

So far, every book without fail has seen me revising to take account of the latest unique and brilliant pairing she so skillfully crafts into real and wonderfully flawed characters that feel like people I want to know.

With Jesse and Zeb Lily cam
Vanna (on a semi-hiatus due to onslaught of work)
4.5 Stars!!!🤩Absolutely loved it!💕😍. Ms. Morton has come through again. What a lovely story!!💖l loved it despite the familiar fake-boyfriend-trope. 👬It had everything that her books are known for; adorable characters, witty banter, sassy humor, incorrigible side characters, sizzling sex🔥low angst and a fabulous HEA. 💝
Zeb and Jesse are complete opposites. Zeb is serious and organized, Jesse is funny and impulsive; Zeb is forty four, Jesse is twenty four. Add to that, Zeb is also Jesse’s boss for
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, age-gap
I'll be the party pooper here. I think I started on the wrong foot with this one because who in their right mind would accept to be the best man to the guy who cheated on them with his best friend and never even expressed any kind of remorse? Zeb's reasons never resonated with me, not even when he tried to explain himself. Also, Patrick was either stupid or a lunatic IMO.

OTT is what I expect from Lily Morton and I usually eat it with a spoon but, for some reason, this was the first time the OTT
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I loved it. It’s taken me far too long to actually read it but that’s because life’s been very busy lately. At times like this most of my reading is done in bed. But due to my constant laughing and giggling my grumpy hubby couldn’t sleep. So the book had to be put down.

Like I said I loved this. Jesse was a breathe of fresh air and exactly what Zeb needed in his life.

It’s funny and sweet and while I can’t wait for Max and Felix’s book. I think I
Lily Morton quickly soared to my best of the best authors list a few years back and she’s continued to hover there ever since. When she releases a new book, I follow my finger’s natural instinct to one-click on amazon. Sometimes I can’t wait and crack it open as soon as it completes the download. On the other hand, some books will sit safely on my kindle until I’m desperate for a good book. After a disappointing read the other day, I knew what I needed. A Morton fix! The Best Man was the cure fo ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who can turn a frown into a smile? Why, Lily Morton can!!

There’s nothing like a Lily Morton book to brighten your mood! The snark and sassing her characters give us are priceless! 👏👏❤️❤️

That being said, the plot in this fake boyfriend, May-December storyline felt a bit off. Some things just didn’t make sense in the way that they were overly dramatic or too easily resolved. I’d go into details, but no spoilers!!

Still, this is Lily Morton we are talking about and even if some situations felt like
DNF 71%
The beginning had some really great banter that sucked me in but it got old quick. There was just too much and some of it was veering into slapstick.

I’ve read a lot of “fake relationship” stories and this one felt like much of the same. The jealous ex about to remarry. The cold bride. The ex’s whole family hating on a MC...the list goes on. And while I like Jesse I’m not fond enough of Zeb to keep going. This did have some good bits but not enough to hold my attention, which is disappoi
L Ann
The similarities between this story and Lily Morton’s earlier work, Rule Breaker, are glaringly obvious; right down to the spiteful superficial ex and the gorgeous flatmate with relationship issues. Unfortunately, this wasn’t nearly as enjoyable. It isn’t a bad story, per se, and I really enjoyed the humor in the beginning. I just thought it was dull and kind of… shallow? The main characters were already attracted to each other and the only conflict was that Zeb thought he was too old for Jesse ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019, humor, banter
Jesse is a twenty-four year old graduate that has a CV full of odd jobs in a wide range of themes. He is funny, loud, kind and fiercely loyal. He manages to land job with an agency that people hire when they need help with something as simple as doing their weekly shopping or mowing the lawn or something more unique like needing a fake boyfriend for an event they're attending. Jesse, who loves people and is easily bored doing the same thing over and over again, turns out to be the perfect fit fo ...more
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,
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
It's getting repetitive. I think this book came before the other book in a diff series I just read. Same premise. Boss and employee. An event that brings them together. The boss having a past that prevents him from going after the employee. He resists. The employee who is snarky, sunny, sociable, attracted to the sophisticated older man. Age difference. Even the descriptions of the boss (physically) and the employee are similar.

Boss: hairy chest, muscular, bulkier, broader. dark wavy hair. scru
I love Lily Morton!! Her writing style is so hilarious. The banter is amazing combined into a love story
Can't wait to read the rest of this series ❤❤❤❤❤
Best Man was a really great addition to Lily Morton's catalogue. However, I might have a little too high standards for her book. I'm expecting to be blow away by her work and while I really liked this book, I wasn't blown away.
With that said, I'm a sucker for fake boyfriends. And age gap. And England. So there was a lot for me to really like about this book.

Jesse is young and vibrant. Zeb a bit older and in need of having control. Yet, he makes a promise to his ex to be his best man at said ex
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh lord I adore Lily Morton... this book was everything- sweet, smart sassy and a whole lot of vulnerable ❤️ Jesse was a fabulous character and perfect for Zeb.. special mention to Felix & Max who I hope are book 2 and a high 5 to Jesse’s Dad - stayed up all night to read this in one hit so it can only be a 5 for me !
The Queen of Snarky Banter, Hilarious Dialogue & Unforgettable Heroes Does It Again!

Long live The Queen !
With her trademark character-driven, delightful , vivid and humorous writing style Lily Morton give us Best Man . A must read MM Rom-Com !

I had lots of fun with Best Man. A boss/employee, hilarious , low angst, quirky tale. A well written and crafted, age gap love story with lots , and I mean A LOT, of passionate , hot AF , deliciously descriptive sexy times


I thought that nothing co
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
We're going to play a little math with Best Man by Lily Morton. Why? My ride was a little bit rocky.

I loved, loved the characters. Jesse was funny, adorable, and were his heart on his sleeve. Zeb, on the other hand, was more reserved and orderly, but Jesse always managed to make him smile.


The first quarter of the book I enjoyed. We're introduced to the characters, backgrounds, and how they react when they're around each other. It was light, fun, with some UST.
4 Stars

This b
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
Yet another rom-com series from Lily Morton **dramatic eyeroll 🙄**. The question we should be asking of course is 'can she write anything else 🤔'??

Yes, I liked the characters but unfortunately the author's work seems to be on a rinse and repeat cycle, revolving solely around the same sort of storyline for every series. One character who seems to have lost the plot [usually the older one], one who is younger and has more sense and sass, and all set in an imaginary world where nothing really bad
**Reread 9/16/20-9/17/20. When nothing sounds good, I go for comfort rereads. I loved this ALMOST as much the second time around. I say almost because the end bugged me a tiny bit this time around. Not enough to change my review or rating though.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars. Rounding up!

"I grin at him. Somehow it's become second nature to smile at him. He brings them out of me like the sun brings out the daisies."

I was so anxious and excited to read this book that I was sitting, with my ipad in hand,

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 sex-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.

I received an audiobook copy of Best Man for the purpose of my honest review
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Loved, loved, loved this. Classic Lily Morton book and it was what my heart desperately wanted!
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“It’s not about over-the-top gestures to me,” he finally says almost shyly.
“It’s all the tiny moments that go to make a real love story. The funny things that go wrong like when one of you forgets your anniversary or does something silly. They all become part of your story. And you add to it with every argument or slammed door that you have. Every birthday or Christmas that you mould into a thing that only the two of you recognise. It’s taking care of each other when you’re throwing up or have a cold, it’s huddling under the duvet together laughing so hard your ribs hurt. It’s holding the other one when they’re frightened, knowing you will do anything to make them feel better again. It’s like being two pebbles on a beach. You start off individual shapes and then the weather and proximity means you rub the rough spots off so in the end you’re smooth with a patina that only echoes one other person.”
“This is like the Geneva Convention version of hide-and-seek,” I whisper. “I vote we go and do something else.” 0 likes
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