• The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings

  • A Black and Blue Novel, Book 1
  • By: Lily Morton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Categories: Romance, Fantasy
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Lily Morton (P)2020 Lily Morton

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A spooky paranormal romance!

This is the first book in the Black and Blue Novel series and can be enjoyed as a standalone. This is very different form Lily Morton's ususal genre and I absolutely loved this. The world building is engaging and the characters are interesting. This book has a little something for everyone. Angst, humor, fun and dash of Paranormal horror. This book had a bit of a spooky vibe to it which drew me in. Joel Leslie's narration was perfect for this and it was an enjoyable listen overall.

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amazing indeed!

Blue Billings has been my favorite Ebook and now, with Joel Leslie's brilliant narration, it's my favorite Audiobook. Lily Morton has written a book filled with atmosphere, humor, angst, and spine tingling horror to boot! Her characters are interesting, likable, believable, and relatable. Her description of York puts me right in the center of The Shambles in the shadows of the Minster. Please get this book for yourself - you won't regret it!

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don't fall for a pretty cover

mostly slice-of-life fantasy. the fantasy is having the money to do extensive restoration on an old house and live in a hotel at the same time. takes too long to get into the ghost story. instead obsessively reporting his personal life. kind of boring.

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Absolutely mysterious and amazing!💙

5 Blue Rose 3 Blue Flames 4 Headphones Thank the blue heavens, narrator Joel Leslie delivered a once in a blue moon, highly welcomed quirky, dark, mysterious, spooky, and totally fresh performance! His dramatic flair and the fitting voices enhance the personality of the character. After a multitude of blue-tongued audio experiences, I have to say this one I thoroughly enjoyed. Listeners can expect bouts of explosive laughs and unexpected blue feelings of sadness. The author has the impressive ability to write about broken characters, but instead of feeling somber, you end up laughing about the ridiculousness of it. But, before you can start questioning yourself about your own dark blue humor. The plot changes and distracts from your own shortcomings. I definitely recommend this audiobook, it is absolutely mysterious and amazing. Happy Listening

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AMAZING!!

Joel...you did an most amazing job narrating this book! I was held captive by every word from the first moment! Levi and Blue are so wonderful together. Love! Love! Love!!

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I loved this story

I loved this story, it is captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked both characters, especially Blue Billings, he is unique, brave and generous, he captured my heart. Levi together with Blue made an adorable couple and I loved following their relationship development. I didn't think the sexy times were super important for development of this amazing story, In my opinion it would have been great with or without the intimate scenes. Narration was ok for me. I had a hard time understanding Blue his accent was so heavy and most of the side characters sounded too similar to my ears. Overall this was a very enjoyable listening experience.

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Spirits/spooky/heartfelt

ARC provided by GRR in exchange of an honest review. This book blew me away. It is a bit out of my typical comfort zone but it was amazing. See what I did there, I know, riot. Any way, I loved this book from page one and loved it even more at the end. The story was exciting and insightful, the world building was superb and the MCs were relatable and loveable. The side characters were great as well. There is literally nothing I do not like about this book. I was scared at times, happy, sad, elated, worried and I love that in books. I thought Joel did phenomenal with this and moved up to one of my favorites from him. He has a way of making you feel so much through his narrations and this book only bolstered that.

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Wonderful! Can’t wait for sequel!

What a great series with solid characters and a tight plot. Narrator does a fabulous job of bringing characters to life! Must read!

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Liked the story loved the narrator

I actually did like the story, and even more so I really enjoyed the narrator and the way he captured the voices.

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Entertaining

I mostly enjoyed this book. The good parts are that Levi & Blue seem to be mostly nice people with decent senses of humor. The problem is that humor is generic. Then the decisions they make, or maybe the way their decisions are revealed, in the big action sequence was irritatingly dumb. If they were truly following Blue’s instincts/ perceptions, they should have considered them before deciding things, not after doing the stuff that gets horror movie extras killed. I almost wallbanged it but was nearly done so powered through that scene. It was kind of redeemed, but there were a series of bad choices that didn’t make sense in the order presented. I guessed the villain from the jump but wasn’t exactly reading for that reveal, more for the specifics & the relationship so it was fine, just not tricksy. If you want a generally pleasant romance with generally decent guys and weird ghosts doing inexplicable things that are only scary or gross a few times, then this book is a fun little jaunt with a little bit of grim. Levi, generally, is kind of a blank. He has a dead mom & an ex and no other friends which seems odd. He has a solitary job drawing cartoons that seems to pay a lot more than I would expect since he can live 6 months in a hotel & never winces at room service pricing. He’s nice enough, I guess, and one financially comfortable person who is unsettled himself can’t solve the systemic housing problems of a city, but dragging Blue out of a hovel doesn’t give him a personality. He’s a stubborn clueless bumbler who at least can learn when his head gets knocked in, but he feels non-specific to me. Tho an artist who draws, He draws one thing for Blue that is mentioned once and forgotten utterly, when I thought Blue would treasure it, then later uses Blue as a muse without telling him, which I think is not ok for public sales. But his art isn’t integral to the story or character aside from his having a studio at all. Blue is a little more fleshed out but relies a lot on being a manic pixie dream boy. He has a couple friends & some fans. He can see dead people. I’m not sure if he and Levi have complimentary senses of humor or the same generic sense of humor but it feels like the latter. He stops dying his hair blue and we aren’t told why. (We can guess he doesn’t want to stain things but Levi doesn’t care about stains, so?). He makes some odd decisions generally, that maybe we’re supposed to chalk up to his chronically underfunded background but I felt like his broke-broke background didn’t inform his actions consistently enough to make him feel true. Worldbuilding: I was hard to tell how many characters were in on the part where the ghosts were real, and I would have liked more certainty. I did like the nods to Supernatural; that was cute. Steam: Med. There’s some M/M sexytimes on page with copious spitting. But I was annoyed when a scene played out that seemed like Levi was coaching Blue, a former sex worker, on the most basic of basics of bottoming. Basics of emotion, sure, that’s where Blue’s life was lacking. How to relax enough to take one finger? Just wrong. Consent issues were ok but weird because Levi was right to be concerned about power dynamics while Blue has made his own decisions for over a decade and thus is more than capable, but capable or not was reliant on Levi for housing. Wasn’t done badly and points for trying but still kind of missed the point. Narration: As an American listener, I thought the accents were fine & understandable. An above average job for this narrator. YMMV.

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  • Loulou
  • 01-14-21

Highly recommended

I love Lily Morton's writing - her characters are so individual, but nearly always at least a bit snarky, which I love. This was slightly different to her usual tales, as it was an appealingly creepy ghost story. Joel is a very talented voice actor, and as always did a great job with the different characters. A compelling story, with top notch narration. Highly recommended.

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  • Mama H
  • 01-10-21

Ghost story romance

I love this book. It has it all, ghosts, good mystery, unique characters and a slow building romance. Narration is, like always, brilliant! Blue's accent was a bit hard to follow at first (as English is not my first language) but I learned to like it.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 12-30-20

Excellent!

I wasn’t sure what to expect as this isn’t Ms Morten’s usual style of storyline - but it was brilliant!! Joel Leslie as usual excellently narrates this audiobook and really brings the characters to life. Really looking forward to hearing where the story goes, as guessing there are going to be more as it says it’s book 1 of the Black and Blue series. 5🌟’s for definite! 😁

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 12-09-20

Love love love this book

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.

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 12-09-20

Hilarious, spooky and charming!

I love the wit Lily injects into her characters that makes them come alive and embody a new fresh character each time. Blue and Levi are no exception! I love how I'm laughing out loud one second then on the edge of my seat the next. I feel Lily used her sass and humour wonderfully in this book and added the perfect comic relief to what would or could have been dark and scary moments. She reminds you to smile and laugh even in darkness 💜 I feel Blue was such a unique and complex character. I liked his depth and backstory and the fact that he isn't just "fixed". He still has his issues and insecurities but is opening up by the end of the book. While I guessed much of the "bad guy" from the start the process, journey and details were amazing and in moments unexpected which is awesome. I loved this one and can't wait for more of Blue and Levi (and Tom 😂) As ever Joel has done an exceptional job narrating these two and I love his tones, accents, dialects and all around talent. A great book all round!!!!

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  • Abrianna
  • 12-08-20

Amazing story and brilliant narration

This is a different type of book for Lily Morton but at its heart, it's the same as her other books. It's well-written, the relationship between Levi and Blue is well-paced and believable, there's humor, and the story is excellent. There are a few spooky places but overall, it's a great, different read for any occasion. I cannot wait for more of Blue and Levi. They're so good together. Joel Leslie is amazing like always. I don't know how, but he manages to narrate all these books and does them so well. He could read anything to me and I would fall instantly in love.

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  • Larissa
  • 12-07-20

Perfection.

When I see this combination of names on a title - Lily Morton and Joel Leslie - there’s literally nothing else I need to know; it’s an instant one-click. There’s nothing Lily Morton writes that I don’t love and this story is no exception, despite the fact that in terms of content, it really IS an exception for Lily. This is a lovely romance but it’s wrapped up in a fantastically written ghost story. That is a departure from what Lily usually writes. But Blue and Levi and wonderfully brought to life by this author/narrator combination. They are complex, engaging characters and I adore them as a couple. One of the things Lily does best is world-building. The descriptions are so detailed and vivid that you feel like you are there in the story with the characters … which maybe you don’t want to be in this case because, you know … ghosts. 👻 I’ll be honest: I do not like ghost stories. Do not like them. At all. Yet I still jumped on board for this one because of the author and the narrator, admittedly with some trepidation. And yes, it is so well written - as usual - that it is definitely scary 😱. Joel Leslie’s narration is superb; this is one of the best efforts I’ve heard from him and everything he does is great. I could wax on at length about Blue Billings, and Joel and Lily, but just do yourself a favor and read and listen to this story. You may be scared, but you won’t be sorry.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 12-06-20

Perfect pairings

Blue and Levi just "get" each other and that makes their deepening relationship a joy to see. There is just enough spooky stuff mixed with the steamy romance and humor to make you root for them to survive everything they have to to reach their HEA. In just the same way, Lily Morton and Joel Leslie "get" each other. That Joel can do all the voices required should go without saying by now (he is stunning here with all the accents) but he also gets Lily Morton's humor and knows just where to bring it out without interrupting the flow of the serious story or going over the top. This is a 5+ star performance all the way around.

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  • KBR
  • 12-06-20

The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings - so good

Nuanced and beautiful. All the feelings and depth but levity as well. I'm left wanting more. The narration and story we're so good and together, just right! You can't go wrong with a Lily Morton/Joel Leslie collab. Just listen, it's worth the credit/buy! It

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 12-06-20

Surprising, captivating, and just really good

The author/narrator combination was the first thing I noticed about this book. From all accounts, they work really well, together. Reading the blurb, I was instantly intrigued. I don’t have a long history of reading books with a paranormal twist. I’ve just dipped my toes in with a few books prior to this one. Boy, am I glad I gave it a go, because I couldn’t put it down. This story kept me me on my toes throughout the entire book. It was well written, with dynamic characters that were completely captivating—flaws, uniqueness, and all! I went from hesitant about being interested, to completely under Lily Morton’s spell. Her humor was sprinkled throughout the book, and was an utter delight. I loved Blue and Levi. They were mysteriously drawn to each other from the very moment they laid eyes on the other. I loved how they couldn’t even explain why; they just were. I enjoyed watching their relationship progress. I also loved how much they both wanted to take care of each other, beyond just physically. They sincerely cared about each other’s well being. It just made my heart happy. Joel Leslie did a phenomenal job bringing this story to life. His talents amaze me. He was absolutely perfect for these characters. I feel like they were written with him in mind, because it was absolutely perfect. He gave the words life in a way that made this audiobook one that I think everyone needs to listen to. It’s just that good.

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  • Larwos
  • 12-01-20

Loved the audiobook as much as reading it.

I loved this book so had to get the audiobook. Knowing the brilliant reader I was confident it would live up to my high expectations. It did.