Title: Fierce and Fabulous
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #1
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Available: 27th June
The first book in a scorching new male/male series by Elizabeth Varlet. Behind the Sassy Boyz’s seductive smiles and sinful dance moves are desires that will leave readers breathless.
Fitch Donovan never thought a lap dance could change his life, but from the moment the gorgeous dancer’s lips touch his, his world comes screeching to a halt. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t shake the desire that rocks him to his core. He’s longed for this passion all his life—he just never dreamed he’d find it with another man.
Sharing a soul-shaking kiss with a straight boy is the kind of drama Ansel Becke just doesn’t need. Spotlights aren’t made for two and Ansel prefers to keep things on a one-night-only basis. So when Fitch shows up asking for an encore, Ansel knows he should send his gorgeous ass packing.
Though Ansel tries to pretend that what’s between him and Fitch is far from fabulous, there’s something about the big, burly contractor that makes Ansel’s world sparkle in a way no amount of glitter ever could. And Fitch will do whatever it takes to convince Ansel that when the thing you need most in the world falls right into your lap, you’d be a fool to let it go.
Source: ARC from Carina Press via NetGalley
I completely fell for both Fitch and Ansel in this book. The pair of them are amazing together, but even apart they caught my attention from the start and I love reading about them and getting an insight into the rest of the Sassy Boyz.
Fitch is amazing. He’s so incredibly accepting. He’s straight, yet he feels attracted to Ansel, so he tries to figure out if maybe he’s straight, or bi, or anything else he never expected, and along the way he educates himself on how best to be with another guy. All without ever freaking out. He’s just astonishing. I loved how he handled his emotional earthquake and how he pursued Ansel afterwards. He might be a touch too perfect at times, actually, but I still loved him anyway.
Ansel is not like Fitch. In fact, he’s sadly messed up, thanks to his childhood and his serious self-esteem issues. He’s also beautiful and sassy and sexy and utterly bewildered by Fitch. I loved how Ansel’s fear of relationships was balanced by Fitch’s tentative explorations, and how they somehow met in the middle and were perfect together. But, as I said, Ansel is seriously messed up and has a lot of soul-searching and growing up to do in this book. Some of which I could be more sympathetic about than others, since he does have a strong self-destruct tendency and isn’t always kind to those who love him.
And, if I’m totally honest, I would have liked more discussion on Fitch’s new, more fluid sexuality, because this is a guy who is willing to turn himself inside out and potentially ruin his family life and business, for a guy he’s barely just met. The emotional progression, particularly on Fitch’s side, is super swift and he doesn’t think this is really all that strange, despite him never having fallen so hard before, female or male. He still regards himself as straight, except for Ansel.
It’s all just a little too neat and a little too perfect. Even the bad stuff mostly falls within well drawn lines, and if Ansel doesn’t quite discover a magic fix, it came close. However, I still really enjoyed this book – the characters, the smoking hot scenes, the chemistry, even the romance, swift and sometimes baffling though it was. So I’m choosing to regard this as a kind of sexy fairytale, with a self-destructing prince in heels on one side and a handsome, questioning knight in armor on the other, with a bit of stripping on the side.
It worked for me and I can’t wait to read more about these Sassy Boyz.
Fierce and Fabulous is out June 27th!
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