The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings (Valerie’s Review)

Title: The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings
Author: Lily Morton
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: November 14, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery
Page Count: 208
Reviewed by: Valerie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.

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 terrifying occurrences, he turns to Blue, the cute and intriguing ghost tour guide, who might have some answers. I love Blue and want him for my own!

Levi rescues Blue from a sad, abysmal existence, and as they work to solve the mystery, their bond evolves from antagonism to love. It happens over a brief period of time, but it’s certainly not insta-love. Their physical intimacy blossoms more slowly because Blue is convinced he’s not good enough for Levi, and Levi is worried about triggering Blue’s past. Their chemistry is more subtle than burning-up-the sheets-passion, but I still found it gratifying and fitting for Levi and Blue.

My laughter dies away as he rests against me, his front pressed to mine and his face lifted up, laughing and so bloody pretty. His smile fades as he stares up at me and silence seems to stretch like hot toffee. Without saying another word, we move as if in a dream, and our lips touch. They rest softly for a second in an almost innocent fashion as if we’re both stunned by the change in our dynamic.

Notes of Interest

*Tom the bookseller is a secondary character who adds comic relief and serves as a kindly benefactor to Blue, with whom he forms a special kinship.

*Lily Morton is one of my favorite authors; I wasn’t sure what to expect with Blue since it diverges from her usual style. Would it have the riotous, falling off your chair hilarity of Rule Breaker or something less comedic? Well, it can’t be compared to her Mixed Messages series since it’s not a romantic comedy, but it’s wonderful in its own right.

*I am delighted that Blue appears to be the first in a series. Morton’s HEA ending allows room for subsequent books focusing on an intensifying romance and love, as well as new haunting scenarios. A little more sex wouldn’t hurt, either.

I adore this book about such an endearing couple, but I like the book more for the characters than the actual mystery. I highly recommend The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings. You wont want it to end, either.

 

Black and Blue Series


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My ideal MM Romance? A homeless rent boy with OCD, formerly the lead singer in a band, being comforted by an older ex-Navy Seal, currently a hockey player, with some witty banter, UST, slow burn, and a great HEA!! Amy Lane, maybe? Some of my favorite themes are hurt/comfort, trauma or mental illness, young adult, romantic comedy. I read MM Romance almost exclusively and have, in fact, read over 1,200 full length MM romance books in the past 3 years. Some of my favorite authors are N.R. Walker, Garrett Leigh, TJ Klune, Mary Calmes, Lily Morton, and Amy Lane.