Title: Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1)
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Page Count: 246
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
A very weird thing happened with this book. It was filled with things that usually piss me off but for some reason, not only could I not stop reading, but I had a hella good time doing it too. Go figure.
Ansel is one of the 4 ridiculously fab sassy boys. He is femme, he is hot, he takes no prisoners, and he is lusted after by the regulars at the bar where the sassy boys perform. Enter Fitch. Hot does not describe him. He is at the bar for his sister birthday party and ends up getting a seriously dirty lap dance by Ansel, all the while getting the hots for him.
The chemistry between Ansel and Fitch is explosive. No kidding. It’s been a while since I read about an mm couple so combustible. All the stars for the smex here. Plus, there are feelings that develop slowly but surely, besides the lust, and it’s like the cherry on top of a mouth-watering cake. Yum!
I really liked that the book delved into some more serious issues. Ansel is struggling with his alcohol addiction –which he does not admit he even has for a good part of the book- and derails rapidly. His choices are often driven by a self-destructive streak a mile long and he does nothing but alienate the people around him one after another. I thought that was handled very well and the juxtaposition of Ansel’s outwardly ethereal image to his very ugly emotional world was superb.
But, there were issues. My main niggles:
-Fitch maintains he is not gay for the majority of the book. Not even a sliver of a doubt as to his hetero-machismo was expressed. Get outta here with this shit dude.
-Good luck disentangling the personal pronouns –hideous use throughout, forcing me to reread sentences trying to parse out who the author was talking about.
-The brother subplot. They just happened to bump into each other on the road, in a huge city like NY?
-Fitch’s dad’s medical condition. Memory problems, confusion, disorientation, all amounting to a potential dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis but we were left with no clear answer in the end.
-Ansel’s parents subplot. Completely OTT set-up, cartoonish villains, showing up at just the right time to play the boogie man and set a bunch of shit into motion for Ansel.
Final verdict: The book came with plenty of flaws but the premise was amazing and the story managed to keep me interested and invested. I will continue with the series. My friends on GR are divided on this one so I am not sure if I should recommend it or not. Do check other reviews out. I personally had a blast –mostly– while reading.