Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Fierce & Fabulous
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #1
Heroes: Fitch Donovan/Ansel Becke
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 255 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: Oh yes, I did! I loved this book. It was rocking my socks from page one and it didn’t stop until I’d turned the last page. I knew almost instantly that I was going to love this story, and I was not wrong. Elizabeth Varlet is a new author for me, but she is fast becoming a favorite and I can’t wait to see which of our sassy dancers is next. And it doesn’t really matter because I loved them all.
Ansel is one of the Sazzy Boyz; four beautiful and talented guys with a rabid group of fans who bend over backwards to get a peek, or a lap dance from our ultra sexy and super femme dancers. Ansel is always being mistaken for a woman, and a very beautiful woman at that. Even Fitch, our super straight, not even questioning, protagonist is shocked by his attraction to Ansel. Fortunately, Fitch is man enough to admit it, and at least try to figure out what’s going on with him.
I would definitely tag this story as a true gay-for-you. Fitch is only attracted to Ansel, and he should know since he researched this new and unexpected development in his life by watching gay porn. Some parts were really funny and super cute, Fitch was truly a good guy, and even though it takes Ansel a while (okay a long time) to catch on, these two were absolutely perfect for each other.
Ansel came from a horrid past, with parents that should have been neutered before they could procreate. That past is why he struggles to believe in himself. He is talented, he is beautiful, and he knows that, but what he doesn’t believe is that he is worthy or deserving of love. He truly is a beautiful tragedy. There were many instances where I wanted to give him a good shake to open his eyes to what was before him, but he needed to lose everything before he could learn to move forward. Sadly, that is what it takes.
This is such a well written, beautifully portrayed romance between two totally different men. Watching Ansel and Fitch learn to be together as a couple and overcoming so many obstacles was hard as hell, but also super sweet, too. These two have more than their fair share of issues, but the love and trust that develops between them is the catalyst for the perfect happy ending.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*