Author: Lily Morton
Publication date: November 14, 2019
Length: 278 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
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.
Levi is both excited and trepidatious about his new home. There’s lots of renovations to be done to the place he’s inherited before he can actually move in but still it signifies a new beginning in his personal life. His ex-boyfriend cheated on him after five years of being together and Levi is ready to put it all behind him and start over. It’s odd though how both the estate man and the contractor are hesitant to tell Levi much about his new home. When most of the dust settles and Levi moves in he quickly realizes why. There is someone or something else in the house with him and it wants him gone. Levi has never really given much credence to the idea of ghosts but York has a history of ghost sightings. So when Levi needs help he turns to one of the men who make their living giving tours—Blue Billings.
Blue has never had an easy life—he’s done things to survive which he is not proud of but he gets by—barely. When the flustered man who now lives in the notoriously famous murder house asks him for help he can’t help but agree. That decision sets off a series of events that lead Blue and Levi deeper and deeper into the unknown and further into danger. Along the way Levi will unlock Blue’s secretive past, fall in love with him and try to convince the man that some things do stay—and he intends to be one of them.
Lily Morton stands out for me as an author who not only writes incredibly good stories but develops characters with depth and charisma. The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings is an outstanding example of this author’s amazing talents. Not only is this a gripping tale that begs one to leave the lights on while reading it, the two main characters and plethora of side personalities are so interesting and intriguing that one is immediately drawn into the story. While Levi is almost a near perfect individual with kindness and understanding to spare, he never feels unrealistic to me—rather he is the kind of person we all want to have in our life—one that never judges and always remains faithful no matter how bizarre things get. For Blue, he is the first man who both overlooks his somewhat tawdry past and also believes in the extrasensory abilities that Blue has always had. Finally Blue finds the one person who gets him who desires him as a whole person with all his baggage, and not just as an easy lay one can later discard. So many have discarded poor Blue-it is heartbreaking to learn his backstory but Levi turns out to be a sort of redemption for Blue in so many good ways. Now if only Blue can accept what Levi is offering.
The ghostly paranormal aspect of this novel is downright terrifying and the mystery surrounding it all is not one that is easily unraveled by the reader. I loved that. A good mystery is worth its weight in gold and this story offers that in spades. So we have romance, macabre goings on and an evolving mystery all rolled into one in this novel and the author keeps all the different plot pieces floating effortlessly.
With a friendship that grows into more for both Blue and Levi hanging in the offing, it is imperative they rid the house of whatever or whomever has taken deadly ownership of it. That is the gist of this marvelous story, The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings, and if you have not yet read this incredible book then I suggest you do so at once. I can only hope that the author writes the sequel to this one soon.
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