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The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings

(Black and Blue #1)

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  57 reviews
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 disinclinati
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published November 14th 2019
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☆ Todd
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was such a fun story, with loads of intrigue and digging up the past, sometimes quite literally.

London resident and recently-single Levi needed a major life change, so after his partner cheated, he moved to York to fix up a (HAUNTED MURDER!!!) house that he'd recently inherited.

Then, as Levi began to realize the he was indeed the proud owner of a haunted murder house, that gave him the perfect opportunity to finally approach his blue-haired cutie crush, who led the local ghost tour, to ask for information on (and help with) his new home.

["My" interpretation of Blue...]

I adored Blue, and hearing his story of being homeless since age 13 was heartbreaking, so never having known real love, he was beyond wary of his developing feelings toward Levi.

This book had a bit more serious tone to it than some of Lily's very comedic reads, but it had a lot of feels and some funny moments. Like the "tea towel incident", which made me laugh extremely hard.

The horror elements were pretty spooky, although not all of the ghosts that Levi and Blue encountered were of the murdery variety, which was nice.

Like the kitchen scene where Levi's spirits inexplicably lightened and he found himself dancing to an old song from his childhood, but also doing much more at the same time. GAH! Touching scene was very touching.

The story had manageable levels of angst throughout, but I can happily report that there was no "Big Misunderstanding" driving the drama train here. That was handled nicely by a steady stream of ghost-related events that moved the story along at a decent pace.

In regards to steam, this book was an extremely slow burn, with any "real" steam being held off until around 80% or so (I think?)

As for the side characters, I totally fell in love with the old, fussy bookseller, Tom, and Blue's best friend, Will, and am dying to see where their stories go as the series proceeds, although Lily told me that the next book(s?) would be a continuation of Levi and Blue's story.

This story ended at a good place, but with a bit of a "WTF, Lily?" moment, so this wasn't a full-on HEA just quite yet, but I would anticipate that big step happening by the next book.

I'd rate this book at around 4.25 stars and kudos to the author for the inclusion of the Sam & Dean Winchester references, which made me laugh.


My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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This was a pleasant surprise.Something very different from Lily Morton.Ghosts,things that go bump in the night,a plot that had me guessing and hanging on every word to get to the end and a blossoming romance between two highly likeable men.

Levi is ready for a fresh start after the end of a long term relationship.Moving from London to a new house in York he's inherited seems like the perfect solution.The house is in serious need of renovation and straight away the reader is pulled into it's mystery and secrets.
The city of York is the perfect setting hesurprise.Something

I am gonna be honest here and say that so far 2019 has been a bit of a let down bookwise... Especially when it comes to the mm genre, I wasn't as blown away as I was the previous years. You know who absolutely didn't let me down? Lily Morton !! She wrote some pretty awesome books and I have to say that this book, it took the cake and it will definitely go on my "Top Reads of 2019" list. 

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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Two things:

1 - If this hadn't been written by Lily Morton I would never have read it as I don't really do ghosts and ghouls any more.

2 - It was set in York, a city that was almost a second home to me in my younger days and which I love, living as I do only 35 miles away.

So, the book. As you can probably tell by my rating and where I've shelved it, I absolutely LOVED it. Lily is without doubt one of my absolute favourite authors, and this had all the hallmarks

I can't even read this one at night, LOL.

When I thought Lily Morton only writes fun adorable funny romantic books, then this book came from her, and I was like...damn this woman can write and I'm easily craving for her every book.
The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is a spooky scary story about murder ghosts in York and I couldn't wait to go there someday. LOL.
This book I believe could fulfill ghosts and paranormal fans out there, with all the ghosts, the mysterio
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful start to a new series.

This book is different from Lily's usual fare, but it's still wonderfully funny, wonderfully snarky, wonderfully written, and, of course, wonderfully British.

It's a creepy thriller, with just the right amount of fearful suspense to keep you on edge. There's never a quiet moment in this chilling tale. My first reaction would've been to head for the hills!

As usual Ms Morton's characters are delightful. Her main characters are always well-de
Ana  Nimity
Each time Lily Morton releases a book, I say that she's outdone herself. It's always true, of course, but with The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings, she's crossed into a new subgenre - paranormal. Make perfect sense for England, right? York feels almost like another character in the book, it's so vividly drawn. And talk about vivid characters! Blue Billings and Levi Black are almost corporeal they're so alive. I fell in love with them and their slow-burn, opposites-attract story, and enjoyed ...more
Emily  Muddle
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gahhhh, I absolutely loved this book! The author's venture into the paranormal in this story was done phenomenally, with all the banter, humour and heart-fluttering romance still heavily present. From the first day Levi steps foot into his new home, he's faced with a malevolent presence and from here, I was already hooked. Then we had the introduction of the aptly named 'Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings', and like Levi, I was done for. Under his snarky attitude, Levi is the picture of vulner ...more
Waleska 'Wally'
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black and Blue

Before reading The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings (A Black and Blue Novel Book 1) , I would have not associated Lily Morton with Paranormal , Ghosts , mystery , but now I certainly do!

From the moment I read the blurb , wanted to read this book. Yet, I was a bit apprehensive. You see, I loved all the other books I read by this author and just didn't know , if this new series, would live to my expectation or /and liking.

But silly , silly me!! Ms. Morton blew me away with The
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Once again Lily Morton has brought us some snarky, crazy beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down, I had to know what was going to happen. I mean a haunted house that comes alive all on it own, how could you stop?

Levi inherits a house that he never knew existed. He needs a change and this is the perfect place to start. Or so he thinks.

Blue has had to struggle all of his life. He sees things that others can’t see. He does what he has to do to survive but then Levi walks into his life and everyth
Colin Hardy
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel is written in the third person and, once the reader gets acquainted with the characters, it becomes a dual point of view presentation. This works well and it provides a dynamic to the story. It also has one critical weakness. The style of dialogue for both of the main characters is indistinguishable. Yes, the author puts the name of the character focus at the beginning of each chapter, but it is too easy to forget whose mind we are in and have to rely on pointers in the dialogue to re ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! This review and lots of other book-y things can be found at Love Bytes Reviews

Levi has recently lost his mother, discovered his long term boyfriend has been cheating on him and inherited a house. That’s quite a lot to manage all on its own. But then things go even more sideways as he takes possession of his house in York. Frankly it’s in a shambles and while he’s determined to stay there during the rehab, it’s made clear to him, both by the solicitor handling the estate as well as
Dieter Moitzi
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I’ve read and reviewed an amazing Ghost Novel somewhat less than a month ago (“Something Wicked This Way Comes”) and was therefore thrilled to open this book, because it promised to be in the same class: a paranormal plot involving ghosts, set in the UK, in the North of England to be more precise, and coupled with a nice gay romance. Well, to put
I love Lily Morton and I loved this.

It's different than her usual romance book and I absolutely loved it. I loved how she was able to deviate from her norm so well but still keep the romance as wonderful as she usually does - with some humor here and there, even if it was less than usual with what was going on in this book.

Having watched The Haunting of Hill House and having been thoroughly freaked out and scared shitless by that show, reading this reminded me greatly of
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best way for me to describe The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is that it is, well, mysterious and amazing. Have you ever read a book where you slow down your reading because you don’t want it to end? That was my experience with Blue. It is part romance and part mystery of the ghost hunting variety, with the two main characters, Levi and Blue, working to uncover who or what is haunting Levi’s newly inherited house, and expelling the spirit. When Levi is first subjected to strange and t ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sprites & Butterflies

I am so, so happy that Lily Morton ventured into the paranormal! It's my favorite genre and I will never turn down more of her snark, humor and cleverness. Mystery surrounds Levi's new house and strange, creepy things keep happening to him. I can only imagine his surprise and disbelief when he discovers the history behind it from Blue. I would have a serious case of buyer's remorse. Ohmygosh, what a memorable and eye-opening meeting they had. By the way, I really enjoye
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I promise.” He leans down and kisses me softly. “I’ve never made promises to anyone before,” he whispers. “So you know I’ll keep that one...”

Ugh THESE TWO IbSWEAR! They melt my damn heart.

So first of all for some reason my brain snagged on the idea that this was a Vampire book. I knew it wasn't, I read the blurb and some reviews before I started the book and yet my brain was convinced it was. Maybe because the cover has a vampy feel to it, or just that I automatically go to va
Joyfully Jay
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is Lucy Morton’s first foray into paranormal and I absolutely went crazy for this one. You probably know I am an enormous fan of the author’s humorous contemporary stories, so I was really eager to see how things would go with this new genre and I was just blown away. The story is everything I want in a scary paranormal — interesting world building, great suspense, a good dose of horror, wonderful romance, and just enough hu
I'm not surprised I enjoyed The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings because I always gobble up this author's works. Even still, this book ended up catching me off guard. It's definitely one of my very favorites from this author, if not my new favorite, and without doubt one of my top reads of the year.

The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is different than this author's other works. Not only is the paranormal world central to the story, but the plot also has more of a dark, quiet edge to it
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic intro into this new series from Lily Morton.
I was so drawn into this story right from the beginning with mystery and intrigue for what Levi is experiencing in the house he has inherited. When he overhears what his house is known as by the guides of the Ghost Tours, he goes in search of the attractive blue haired man that stopped a group outside of his home. Blue Billings has so much going on with his character. A man who can see, hear and talk to spirits but i
4 chill bump raising stars!

First, let me start by saying I loved every second of this book. I read it in one day, not wanting to put it down.

This was Lily’s first paranormal romance novel and I’m having a hard time believing that. The way she wrote this doesn't come off as her first time writing in this genre. I’m thinking she’s been holding back on us 😱.

I thought I was getting a creepy, spooky story about ghosts and got a creepy, spooky story about ghosts, a house AND two adorab
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A departure for this author but nonetheless full of her signature clever writing, strong character development, well plotted story and heart tugging emotions. And of course…humor!

Th main characters, Levi and Blue, connect over a house he’s inherited that is well and truly haunted. Levi doesn’t believe in such things of course and Blue sees ghosts so you can imagine how the relationship is going to progress! Levi feels an immediate connection though and wants to help Blue. Likewise Bl
caroline wilson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book by the author and this is my honest opinion.
This is a book cover that just makes you want to read this book, and one what would look stunning on a book shelf in paperback form😍.
Okay I'm going to stop rhapsodizing about the cover 🤓 and start on the actual book. One word, brilliant! That about sums it up, it gave me the thrills on how the story unfolded. You know that book where your feeling giddy and just want to find out what happens next,? Well this book did it
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book, like it’s going on my favorites list! I’m not a big paranormal reader typically but there was something about this blurb that I just couldn’t resist and I’m so freaking glad I found this book! This was a perfect blend of humor, horror and romance and I was completely captivated!

Levi inherited this amazing house in York at a time when some things need to change, so he makes the decision to move. The house seems a bit strange, he hears noises but doesn’t t
Sarita Chapdelaine
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is an amazing start to a new series and I love everything about it. The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is a well written, convoluted and spooky story with many surprising twists, ghosts, a compelling storyline, engaging characters and a sweet romance. I love how Levi and Blue are so perfect for each other even though they are complete opposites with very different backgrounds. Levi is a beautiful person inside and out with a huge heart and he is drawn to Blue after he gets glimpses of ...more
Mrs C
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black and Blue off to an amazing start

This book ticked so many boxes for me. I am not usually into ghost stories but it was Lily Morton so it’s an automatic read for me. And that cover 😍. Let’s start with our two main characters. Firstly we have Levi Black who is so kind and gentle. He is going through a bit of a rough patch after the loss of his mom and the breakdown of a long term relationship. He moves to York after inheriting a house that has a few extra guests 😬 that he did not expect. Ent
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute brilliant start to a new series.

Wow, this wonderfully written, descriptive original storyline had me hooked from the very start. The pacing was so I good I had to keep turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. Add in some truly realistic and likeable main characters and I couldn’t put this book down.

Levi is funny, witty and a genuinely nice guy to all. He moves to York into an inherited house that has a very sinister history.

Blue is fierce, loyal, prickly and funny.
OMG I just finished what I would deem to be THE COOLEST BOOK I have ever read!! Lily Morton's The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings (A Black and Blue Novel Book 1/KU). WOW..JUST WOW!! This is ghost story..I have only read 2 others before and it is not a typical read for me but if Lily writes it, I will read it. It was AMAZING..It was so damn funny, sweet, emotional and SCARY!! Like I had incredible chills and goosebumps and I found myself holding my breath quite a few times! Blue and Levi are ...more
Christopher Mealey
Another Great Read

Ugh! Why do read Lilly Morton’s books so fast? I told myself to savor it, planned on reading it slowly to enjoy every word... three hours later and here I am...

Another great read by an author swiftly becoming one of my favorites. This one has a love story, beautifully drawn characters, and great snarky dialogue as always, but it also has a ghost, or two, or maybe more than that.. I so enjoyed the characters in this story, the MC's were well developed and drew m
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, awesome-saga
I loved this book. It is much different from Lily Morton's other works but I think this might be my favourite. Blue completely stole my heart.

I love ghost stories and the mystery and the reveal was stunning. Blue and Levi are so domestic. I love them so much. Tom is another one of my favourite characters. Cranky old man being rude to customers but has a heart of gold? Absolute favourite! I really want to go visit York now. I love the mystery and suspense but this story is much more than that. R
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