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“Promise?” “I promise.” He leans down and kisses me softly. “I’ve never made promises to anyone before,” he whispers. “So you know I’ll keep that one...”
Ugh THESE TWO I SWEAR! They melt my damn heart.
So first of all for some reason my brain snagged on the idea that this was a Vampire book. I knew it wasn't, I read the blurb and some reviews before I started the book and yet my brain was convinced it was. Maybe because the cover has a vampy feel to it, or just that I automatically go to vampires when I think of paranormal. So I just had to get used to it not being a vampire book lol!
It may not have been a vampire book but holy sheesh was it a brilliant creepy ghost-y book. I was hooked. And creeped out but fully invested and I don't do creepy. No thanks. But Lily Morton's writing is brilliant and I was sucked in with my anxiety in tow.
The snark in this book is definitely present but for me it wasn't as biting as it usually is in this author's books (which I don't have a problem with), it's more understated, if that's the right word. It's still there though and the humour is brilliant, I laughed quite a bit but oh, man, Lily Morton came through with them damn feels. Blue caught me by surprise, he comes across cocky or at the very least confident and comfortable and then he's not quite that and before I know it he's got my damn heart in his hands. Then we have Levi who is so sweet, determined and grieving. The two of them together just click and work and they are wonderful together and I swear, in the midst of terror and chaos they have the sweetest freaking moments. Gah. They're so lovely together. It's rude how mushy they make me.
Speaking of mushy, I love Tom. So much. That Grumpy old man is wonderful. Then we have Will who I hope will get a book eventually or at the very least we get to see his story develop through Blue and Levi.
Lily Morton can write Paranormal. I enjoyed this one immensely even though every time I see something out of the corner of my eye that I might cry a little. I am hungry for more. Can't wait to see what's next.
1 – If this hadn’t been written by Lily Morton I would never have read it as I don’t really do ghosts and ghouls any more.
2 – It was set in York, a city that was almost a second home to me in my younger days and which I love, living as I do only 35 miles away.
So, the book. I absolutely LOVED it. Lily is without doubt one of my absolute favourite authors, and this had all the hallmarks I’d expect from her, but it was also quite a departure in storytelling.
Not that all the Lily Morton elements aren’t there. This book still has two characters who will steal your hearts. It’s still full of British banter and snark, and it still has a heart-meltingly good romance anchoring the narrative.
BUT helpful ghosts and malevolent spirits are not the usual fare from Lily.
Painful pasts and annoying exes, and a real sense of place, which is vividly drawn in the location and the interactions between the main characters and their surroundings, are her hallmarks and are executed with flair here.
Lily slowly builds up the tension as poor Levi’s unexpected bequest of a house which overlooks Minster Yard (and OMG can I be jealous of a book character because those properties are stunning!) starts to feel just a little bit dangerous.
I do love a good ghost story, I just rarely read them any more, or visit York Dungeon, or walk down spooky streets late at night, because I’m no longer the devil may care young person I once was and I couldn’t run away if something popped out of a gravestone 🤣
But not only did I read this one, I read it all in one go, not finishing it until gone midnight and I couldn’t put it down. Everything is perfectly placed.
The slow reveal of the mystery (and okay I guessed it at the start but that’s just because I usually do – I think it comes from years of devouring Agatha Christie as a teenager) was so very well done. I loved the different feel of how all the spirits interacted with both Levi and Blue. My heart hurt a lot but there’s also great joy in this book.
And, can I say, as secondary characters go, Lily not only has such a knack for creating ones which linger in the conscious and make you want their own stories, but she crafts them so real you can totally visualise a small bookshop, tucked away in site of the Minster, with a crotchety old man being rude to his customers but with a twinkle in his eye.
I LOVED Tom. I also vividly pictured Will and, while I know there’s another book at least for Black and Blue (and can I just say I love this title!), I wouldn’t be averse to seeing Will fall on his arse in love with someone (a rare breeds farmer would be perfect here, just saying Lily…)
If you hadn’t considered this book because it’s not Lily’s usual fare, please, please pick it up and read it, I promise you won’t regret it, because it pays homage to all the best things about this time of year.
And, if you’re ever up in York, take yourself on a Ghost Walk, they’re worth every penny to find out more about the secret side of this ancient and most beautiful cities. Pop in to the Minster while you’re there too, the Undercroft is worth the entry price alone.
Lily Morton is a fabulous author and I recommend every single one of her books. In this case Levi has moved to York after inheriting a house and ghostly goings on lead him to meet Blue (ghost tour operator and psychic). The shenanigans lead into a great paranormal adventure with lots of twists an turns and a very satisfying outcome!!! Lily made the characters come alive and her references to York gave me a warm fuzzy feeling reminding me of the last time i was there and I could nearly see and smell the markets, the Shambles and York Minster. Well worth a read and I hope there will be a follow up book.
This was a fabulous story if you like supernatural mysteries with MM romance. I liked that it depicted a person who was reasonably comfortable financially and one that wasn't. This was an important factor in the story, and Blue's situation was starkly portrayed, however Levi treated him with respect and admiration. Both had suffered loss, but this was depicted so sensitively. I worried that one of the character's fears about his ability to settle down would cause a long drawn out angst ridden story arc, but this wasn't the case. The characters' banter was skilfully written so that you smiled along with them as their relationship slowly developed. The mystery element was creepy without being overly gory. It was perfect really. After finishing it I wondered if there was another in the series, and when I couldn't find one I was almost relieved as it would be difficult to match. I would like Will to find his HEA though.
I really enjoyed this book with its quirky characters and very English setting and I hope there's more books to come.
The story is based in York which is known for its hauntings. The story revolves around Levi who inherits a house with a murder past and Blue a true psychic who wants to help him.
I don't want to give too much away but when things start to go bump in the night Levi and Blue must investigate the hauntings in Levi's home before another accident befalls the new homeowner. What they discover is much worse than either man expected and they must work together to get to the bottom of the mysterious ghosts pasts before it's too late.
I love Lily's books...I think I've found one to equal Gabe (Rule Breaker)...Levi and Blue are perfect together...Trying to find out what happened in Levi's house takes them on a scary discovery...The story is done brilliantly.....I love these kinds of books and Lily did it great....I loved Blue so much....x
So where to start? I really enjoyed this book as its quite different from other books by this author. There are supernatural elements, which I am a big fan of, with a mix of mystery, another favourite of mine, along with the great romance. Those supernatural moments weren't terrifying but they did give me chills, especially when first starting the book, which only made me more excited to see how Lily tackled the supernatural/mystery genre.
These characters really left an impression on me, probably because 1. I didn't consume a full book series of main and side characters in a short span of time (like i did with Mixed Messages & Finding home, but I blame my excitement) and 2. Blue being psychic and a medium made him much different from other characters from Lily's stories. Levi and Blue's relationship is lovely from start to finish and I love the development between them. I do admit due to Blue's abilities he does out shine Levi where I ended up forgetting Levi's name after reading the book for the first time (which I only finished about 10 minutes ago) But I'm also one of those people who needs to read a book twice to really soak up the characters properly when reading a physical book. Not to mention I did read this book in probably just under 24 hours and being a fast reader does not help me with my memory. But as I write this review the story sinks in more and more.
Levi and Blue have great personalities that compliment each other. Levi gives off this creative and playful personality which has been dimmed by his mothers death while also showing his excitement to be living in this big old house and having a place that completely belongs to him, along with it seeming to be only good thing to happen to him in that point in time. Levi also has a stumbly and awkward side, which is shown best when he starts to interact with Blue. Not to mention he is ridiculously sweet and caring.
Blue has a very good acting face. Pretending to be alright and witty even when he isn't. Both him and Levi share the sass which works well together. I also love that, just like Levi describes at one point, where others would laugh Blue doesn't, as he see's things much differently then others, quite literally. In these moments he's very thoughtful, which gives Blue a seemingly big contrast to his quite sharp tongue and theatrical personality, which he is forcing at the start, until he becomes more confident in himself and his abilities. Like Levi, Blue is very caring but has hung that part of himself up to protect himself. That's obviously changes when Levi offers a much needed and kind hand (and bed~), letting Blue's more witty, thoughtful and playful sides to come out.
I very much like that being gay isn't an issue in this story. These characters have already discovered that part of themselves and don't need to explore that. And considering the events, they have more pressing issues to attend to. It isn't another sexuality discovery story for the characters, and while I love those types of stories, I love how these characters have discovered who they are and they are just adults trying to get by. If anything that on top of the main story, would just be too much to focus on. Lily has already touched and wrote about characters discovering and accepting themselves for who they are, so it's nice change from the regular romance.
Lastly I think what impresses me most about this book. The story. I am a very sexual person and sex is already on my very active mind most of the time. So when I find a story that makes me completely forget about anything sex related, and just has me focused on the characters and their development along with the stories development, I treasure that story. Especially if I feel like skipping the sex to get back to the main story, but I didn't cause I'm me and it is development between the characters. This is what this book did for me. Most of the time I think of the sex in the story before I even read it, but if a story manages to make me forget all that as soon as a start reading, then I am a major fan. So far all a Lily Morton's books have done that for me, yes the sex is great, but I want to fall in love with the characters first.
This is, I think, the first time Lily Morton has written a ghost story, but she does it so well. The back stories for Levi, Blue and our ghosts are well- thought through and so well told. The scenes with the ghosts were, in turn, frightening, sad and loving, and there were times that the story genuinely chilled me, times when it made me cry and many times when it made me laugh out loud. Her trade-mark warmth and wit are here, and I simply adore both of our main characters. Excellent, and highly recommended
I loved this book and it draws you straight into it from page one. Levi inherits a massive house along with a missive problematic ghost. He asks for help from Blue a guy who runs ghost tours round the city of York. The two are total opposites but gel beautifully. It’s a great read and quite scary in places but don’t miss reading it