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REVIEW: The Quiet House by Lily Morton

57437366._sSY475_The Official Description: Levi Black has mostly recovered from the events of a year ago. The only lingering effects are that he’s much more well known in York than he’d like to be, and he’s a lot more cautious about walking around his house naked. However, those events brought him the capricious and fascinating Blue, so he’s not complaining. On the contrary, he’s happy, in love, and looking forward to Blue finally moving in with him. And if sometimes he wonders what Blue sees in a boring cartoonist, he keeps that to himself.

Blue Billings is finally ready to throw off the memories of his past and move in with the person who means the most in the world to him. His psychic abilities have grown in the last year to his mentor Tom’s consternation, but Blue is determined to look on the bright side. He’s also focused on ignoring all the warning signs that he’s received lately.

However, even deeply buried secrets have a way of rising to the surface. And when a surprise from Blue’s past turns up and draws them away to a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors, Levi and Blue must fight for their survival once again.

From bestselling author, Lily Morton, comes the second book in the Black & Blue series. The books are intended to be read in order.

Just the facts: M/M romance, paranormal activity, trademark snark and sweetness

Another great book from Lily Morton. This one is an edge-of-your-seat adventure! It’s got spirits, danger, love and a lot of snark. – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit:  Blue Billings and Levi Black are back for another great full-length novel! “The Quiet House” by Lily Morton is out now. If you haven’t read the first book, then I suggest you pick it up. Not only is it a fantastic book and a wonderful beginning to a series, but it also has a truly stunning cover.

The second book in the Black and Blue Series picks up about a year after the first one ended. So, if you are going to read the first book – “The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings” – don’t read this review. You can head out and buy the first book now. Here is the link on amazon.

Slight spoilers from this point forward! 

Blue is finding his place in his world and beginning to understand how he and Levi can be in each other’s lives. Of course, things can’t stay as happy and peaceful as they are. Out of the blue (on pun intended), Blue finds himself face to face with his estranged father. The man he doesn’t really even remember requests his presence at the most haunted house in the country.

Blue, Levi and Tom head out to the offered job… and perhaps Blue is mostly there because he thinks he might learn something from his father. This story is like a cross between the horror of “House on Haunted Hill” movie and adorable snark of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (yes, it’s old but it was so funny!). 

Blue is truly snarky. He’s quick-witted and lovely, complex and a little wounded. He’s strong, and independent and I love the way that his relationship with Levi has progressed. There’s a lot of growth in this second novel, and it was such a pleasure to read about the two men as they grew closer together. There is real depth to the relationship between Blue and Levi. I love that they are both sweet in their own way, but Blue has the snark market cornered. There were so many times when I found myself giggling away as I read this book despite all the trouble that was packed in!

Blue is a really complex character and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his story. It’s been really interesting to watch Blue grow and change from the beginning of the series to the end of this second book. It feels realistic and I enjoyed the way that Morton has written his strength. Blue has been through a lot and the strength that kept him going in the past has served him well even as it complicates things for him sometimes. Being independent and self-reliant is the way that Blue has survived but he has to find a way to let Levi in. I really loved the progression they made. Great writing and really authentic feeling.

The action is pretty constant in this instalment of the Black and Blue series. I really didn’t want to put this one down. The story unwinds at the perfect pace and Morton is really a master of suspense. I will be looking forward to any more books in this series!

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) Descriptions of violence, gun violence, choking, unconsciousness.

Links: Goodreads // The Author 

I received an ARC of The Quiet House by Lily Morton from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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