Book Review: Mad & Marvelous by Elizabeth Varlet

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Mad & Marvelous
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #4
Heroes: Hop Lovette/Rafe Marson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Hop Lovette isn’t afraid to take risks. Being the bastard son of New York royalty has never given him anything but heartache. So when the Sassy Boyz land a contract at club Switch, he knows it’s only a matter of time before his marvelous world is turned on its head: the owner is his childhood rival.

Rafe Marson owes Hop’s father everything, and he’s on a mission to repay his debts. Nothing will stand in his way—not even a wild, beautiful, maddening blast from his past. Not even when Hop stirs up feelings better left dormant. Not even when Hop begs to be taken.

When opportunity knocks, Hop is the one who needs to step up and help Rafe. But working together without being together is harder than they thought—and when everything they’ve been working toward is threatened, Rafe will need to prove that true love is one in a million.

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Review: Hop is a pretty awesome character, but he wasn’t one of my favorite Sassy Boyz, and I think that may have been because he was not an original and we get his story before I really got to know him. But, I know him now and, wow, who could have seen that coming? Hop and Rafe should not have run into each other again, they should not have a connection that involves Hop’s “father”, and they should not work as a couple. But they do, and they did. Hop is angered to see the man he crushed on, and then felt betrayed by, in the club where the Sassy Boyz are looking to get back on track. Seriously, how much can one guy expect to take?

Rafe cannot believe his attraction to a guy with cotton candy colored hair, and it’s ten thousand times worse when he realizes it’s the same kid he tried to protect from his “father”. Father is quoted many times here because that man is not a father, and though the storyline between Hop’s parents takes a strange turn, it did nothing to redeem the man for making Hop feel like a leper entire life. Rafe, who was indebted to the man, does everything he can to protect Hop, unbeknownst to Hop, including disappearing from his life under the guise of saving him. That fails spectacularly and from there we get to the meat and potatoes of this story and how a sworn enemy becomes a beloved lover.

I truly love this series and I totally enjoyed this story, but it was probably my least favorite of the series. But giving it four stars shows that it might not be the best (to me) but it is still really good. I can’t recommend this series enough, so go out and start reading it. You’ll love it, too.

Overall Impression: I really liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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