Blog Tour ~ The Quiet House by Lily Morton (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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The Quiet House by Lily Morton


Black and Blue, Book 2

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 and Blue series. The books should be read in order.

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It’s ten in the morning before I remember the old man from last night. I’m unpacking a new box of books, sitting cross-legged on the floor in the book shop surrounded by stacks of books and bubble wrap, while Tom sits at the counter clutching his ever-present cup of tea with his face screwed up into grumpy lines.

“I’m just saying that you’re opening yourself up too much, Blue.”

“That’s never been a complaint before,” I say lightly, grinning up at him as he rolls his eyes.

“Lovely as this glimpse is into your private affairs, I must move you on.”

“Private affairs? I’m not Prince Charles.”

“And that’s a shame. That lad talks to plants. You struggle with humans.”

I shake my head. “I’m pretty sure that comment wasn’t meant for me. Know yourself.”

“I’m very good with humans.”

“What about yesterday?” I say, putting down my scissors and staring at him. “I’m pretty sure it was you who told the lady asking if we took cash that you weren’t the Bank of England.”

“You’ve been dreaming again.”

I roll my eyes. “If I’m dreaming about you, I definitely need to get some professional help.”

He huffs and helps himself to another biscuit from the Incredible Disappearing Biscuit Tin. I don’t know where the fuck he hides that thing. One minute he’s chomping down on a Hob Nob, then I come to take a biscuit, and it’s gone. Vanished.

I eye him affectionately. This crotchety old man is one of the most important people in my life. I’ve known him since I was a scrawny, scared kid who hitchhiked my way to York and never left, pinned here by a sense that I’d found my place. Tom never asked questions, just fed me and then later on when he revealed himself to be psychic too, he became my mentor. Sort of like Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi, but with very poor people skills. Tom and my best friend, Will, are only topped by Levi. No one will ever shift Levi from heading the list of my most favourite people in the world.


5 Stars

This book is very different from the past romances I have read by Ms. Morton. While book one in the Black and Blue series had its intense moments, be prepared for the Quiet House. The fear factor and some seriously dark elements have been added. This heart-stopping novel puts to test the resiliency, and commitment of Blue and Levi’s relationship. I would suggest reading book one first to give you a larger view of the complex world of Blue Billings.

Levi and Blue are together and their commitment is strong and secure. Levi is the family that Blue never had and he is thrilled with their relationship. Levi adores Blue equally, but—ironically—the tables have turned, somewhat. Levi feels Blue might get bored with him, being a plain, old cartoonist without any supernatural abilities. These guys need to seriously talk!

Blue’s deadbeat father, who he has never laid eyes on before, appears at their home with a very odd challenge. The stunned man receives an invitation, from his non-supportive dad, to attend a three-day retreat—which will be sort of a psychic showdown. A very rich investor has a huge home isolated on the Yorkshire Moors. The plan is to renovate this macabre mansion into a luxury hotel for the super-rich, that possess rather eclectic tastes. Blue is pulled to his father, wanting info on his past. He accepts the challenge to visit this creepy home to assess the rooms and tell the owner what he “feels”. After all, Blue is a genuine psychic and this should be easy, right? Well, there is much more to this request than meets the eye, and I will let you discover the supernatural surprises in due time.

This was a much darker and terrifying story than I imagined, but with all the fun and quirky dialogue you can expect from Lily. The novel was a page-turner and I could not stop. It’s like I was possessed. I thoroughly encourage you to enjoy this romantic paranormal that will make your heart race. Happy reading!

* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. * * *

The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings

5 Stars!!!

So, I’m weird and I’m one of those strange persons who can’t watch horror movies, I really enjoy horror/ghost books, though. And this one was quite a treat!

I loved Levi! He’s so supportive and sweet and I just wanted to cuddle him, especially when he broke down grieving after his mom. That was such a poignant, heartfelt scene. I loved Blue, too. He had such a hard time growing up, even before his mother died. His insecurities and uncertainty that he could be enough for Levi were completely understandable, even if unfounded. It was obvious Levi and Blue were made for each other, they were just perfect together.

The whole thing with Levi’s house was intriguing and scary and had me at the edge of my seat. I was swept away by the mystery and the twists and turns. It was all so interesting! I adored Tom and Will and I hope to see more of them in the next book, which I’m starting right after this one. This is definitely a book I have no trouble recommending!


The Quiet House

4.25 Stars!!!

I enjoyed this second book in the Black and Blue series. You absolutely need to read The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings first, though, but I promise it’s so good.

I loved Blue and Levi together, and while they went through some relationship growing pains in this book, they came out stronger (and luckily alive) after it. I love Tom and Will and even Rosalind. I wish I could say the same about Declan, Blue’s father, but I guess he wasn’t completely bad.

It wasn’t as scary as the first book, but it still had a couple of places that made me jump, and even if I was kind of annoyed that they were thrown in danger’s path again and again, I still found The Quiet House entertaining. Recommendable

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


~ * ~ Amys Review ~ * ~

4.25 Stars

Here, in book two, we meet up with Blue Billings and Levi Black again. It’s about a year (in the book) since the end of the previous book, and they are doing well and still together.

While these men are very much in love with each other, their love story was not the main focus. The plot begins when an unexpected visitor shows up on their doorstep. Things soon go from good to worse. This book was a bit darker than the previous one, but just as sassy and funny. I still very much enjoy our dynamic duo. Blue’s come a long way since we met him.

This was an entertaining story written with such detail that it was easy to picture. The characters were a delight. While the main characters were the main draw, Tom was a hoot. He needs his own book. I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. It will be fun to listen to it brought to life on audiobook.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***


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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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