‘The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings’ (A Black and Blue Novel) by Lily Morton #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MM

Erryn reviews The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings (A Black and Blue Novel) by Lily Morton. Published November 14, 2019, 278 pages.  The audiobook was released November 18, 2020, is 10 hrs and 15 mins and is narrated by Joel Leslie. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read it: I have heard amazing things about this book.

Levi Black is at a crossroads. After suffering a loss and breaking up a long-term relationship, he’s looking for a change. When he receives the news he’s inherited a house in York, he seizes the opportunity to begin a new chapter in his life. 

However, when he gets there, he finds a house that has never kept its occupants for very long. Either through death or disinclination, no one stays there, and after a few days of living in the place, Levi can understand why. Strange noises can be heard at all hours of the day and night, and disturbing and scary things begin to happen to him. He never believed in ghosts before, but when events take a sinister turn, he knows he must look for help. He finds it in the unlikely form of the blue-haired leader of a ghost tour. 

Blue Billings is edgy, beautiful, and lost. Utterly lost. He conceals so many secrets that some days it’s a miracle he remembers his own name. He knows that he should ignore Levi because he threatens the tenuous grip Blue has on survival. But there’s something about the kind-eyed man that draws Blue to him. Something that demands he stay and fight for him when he would normally run in the opposite direction. 

As the two men investigate the shocking truth behind Levi’s house, they also discover a deep connection that defies the short length of time they’ve known each other. But when events escalate and his life is on the line, Levi has to wonder if it was wise to trust the mysterious and amazing Blue Billings.

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My review:

I’ve made no secret of my love for Lily Morton and Joel Leslie.  Separate they are both talented.  Together they are dynamite.  This book is just proof of that.

I knew this story was going to be a bit different than Ms. Morton’s usual fare.  She serves up snark better than just about anyone writing contemporary gay romances today.  I love her snippy dialogue, intriguing characters, and unique stories.  I adored her Finding Home and Mixed Messages series.  Some particular scenes I return to again and again.  And although it’s usually the funny moments I remember, there are poignant ones that stick around as well.  There was one scene in this book that was especially poignant and I found myself reduced to tears.  Well done, Ms. Morton.

This book is also funny.  It’s a ghost story and I love those.  Levi Black inherits a house in York and even before he moves in, strange things happen.  He’s happy to move in once the renovations are complete.  He’s even happy to walk about his new home naked, although that might not be the best idea.

Levi has spotted a young man he’s nicknamed ‘Blue’ several times, but it’s only when Blue reveals he knows about the ghosts in Levi’s house does Levi approach him.  Blue is, frankly, a unique character with singularly unique abilities.  Abilities that, it turns out, Levi needs.  Blue was also an incredibly empathetic character and I wanted to wrap him up in a blanket and hold him tight.  I liked that once Levi came into his life, positive things started happening.  If anyone deserves something good, it’s Blue.

But those pesky ghosts have their own agenda and soon Blue and Levi are dragged into the nightmare that is the murder of prostitutes in the past in York.  Blue and Levi will have to solve the crime if they’re ever going to find peace.  Just quickly, why go into the cellar?  Asking for a friend.

This book is labelled as a Black and Blue book with the implication there are more to come.  Uh, yes please.  I’ll happily be the first in line to get the next one – especially if it is narrated by Joel.  More of Blue’s talents and more of Levi’s adventures.  And I wouldn’t mind seeing Rosalind again.

Another great book and one I will add to my faves list.

My rating:

10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars

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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 got her 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 would she get to spend her time with hot, funny men?

And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.

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