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Charlie Sunshine (Close Proximity, book 2) – Lily Morton

RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: Charlie Sunshine (Close Proximity, book 2)
AUTHOR: Lily Morton
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2020
SETTING: London, England
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
GENRE(S): Adult Contemporary Romance, LGBT, Friends to Lovers, Mental Health


Sometimes love is a lot closer to home than you think.

Charlie Burroughs can’t keep a man. All he wants is a good relationship like the ones he sees his friends having, but none of the men he picks ever work out. Despite him trying to be the perfect boyfriend, the men are either threatened by his looks or his epilepsy or a combination of the two. It’s lucky that he has his best friend Misha to turn to. The two of them are closer than peas in a pod and fiercely loyal to each other. He can’t imagine his life without Misha in it.

Misha Lebedinsky is the complete opposite of his best friend. Being the support system for his mum and twin sisters leaves Misha with neither the time nor the inclination for a relationship. Quick and frequent hook-ups are his favourite means of communication and any other pesky emotional needs he has are met by Charlie, who he’s devoted to. He lives a life of happy compartmentalization with no intention of ever changing.

All of this changes when the two best friends move in together. Being in close proximity means that they suddenly start to see each other in a very different light. But Charlie struggles when his drive to be the perfect partner clashes with the fact that he’s in love with a man who knows every little thing about him. And even if he can get past that, can a relationship ever work with a man who’d need a dictionary to tell him what love means?

Charlie and Misha were literally made for each other!

This was the second book in the Close Proximity series and follows the kind and beautiful Charlie and his best friend since childhood, Misha. The love that blooms between these two is so wonderful.

After Jesse moves in with Zeb, Charlie decides to move in with Misha. This is the best move, since Charlie’s epilepsy is flaring up and his seizures are becoming more frequent. Charlie’s boyfriend Harry is absolutely worthless and no help with Charlie’s condition (nor does he really want to be).

Misha tells Charlie that he will play matchmaker and find him a proper bloke, but as soon as he does, he becomes insanely jealous. The two both realize that they are feeling things for each other that they never have before. They are both looking at each other differently, unable to stop having fantasies about the other.

Their friends can see how inevitable the relationship is, but once they give it a shot, can they be what the other needs without insecurities getting in the way?

This was so unbelievably sweet! I adored them so much.


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