Fierce & Fabulous, by Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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.
I thought this book was great with one huge “Gay For You” exception. If you’re cool with GFY or it just doesn’t bother you as much as it does me, then skip the next paragraph and keep reading.
I wanted so badly for Fitch to acknowledge his bisexuality, so it was such a disappointment to find that all the way up to the very end he wouldn’t even consider that he might be anything other than straight. All it would’ve taken is a quick sentence to explain that he’s still figuring it out or that he’s not sure about labels. Something. I will say that I appreciated that once Fitch gets over his initial denial and shock of being attracted to a man he takes the revelation in stride.
Something else that bothered me enough to mention was the frequency in which Fitch uses Angel as an endearment for Ansel. It is thrown in there so many times that it started to feel forced which was distracting. I feel like half the Angels could have been edited out and the point still would’ve been made.
There’s insta-lust, too, which may bother some but I actually don’t mind if there’s good chemistry between the characters. Sometimes we meet that certain person who hits all our buttons from the word Go. I love when this happens in real life, especially when you consider the thousands of people we meet who have no affect on us. What it is about this person that makes them different from everyone else?
There are many facets to Ansel and I think Fitch complements him well. Ansel has an abundance of demons he needs to shake but Fitch’s personality helps to ground him and makes him see that there’s no need to run and be self-destructive. It just takes Ansel awhile to figure that out.
There’s an overwhelming amount of drama which I think could’ve been toned down a bit. Fitch and Ansel were jumping over never-ending hurdles, and when the writing starts going overboard with character issues it becomes less believable that they’d be able to work it out. That said, when it’s good between them, it’s really good, and I could easily see them living happily ever after. ❤
For as hot as the sex was between these two I think my favorite part was when they were sitting and talking in the diner. Those moments when you’re just getting to know each other, stealing glances, unsure of what the other person is thinking. That’s the stuff that gives me all the feels.
While I enjoyed this book, I think it could’ve been entirely about the Sassy Boyz and I would have hungrily devoured every page. I loved the dynamic of this group of guys, and add in the heels and dancing and I was completely hooked. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Elizabeth Varlet is a nerd at heart and spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows. If you love Doctor Who, Supernatural, Stargate, Star Trek, Sherlock, or Firefly you are already her best friend.
She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now, her characters like to get frisky under the covers – or the stars, they’re not picky. She’s a thirty-something, newly married, world traveler who devours books like they were candy.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.