Review: Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Title: Fierce & Fabulous
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz, #1
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: June 27th 2016

 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.

This is another series that I read completely out of order (oops!).  I read book #2, Dark & Dazzling (Z & Connelly's story), before I ended up picking this one up.  The books in this series are standalone reads so you can read them out of order and be okay.  The way the author gives the secondary characters  their own personalities and characteristics makes you want to read them all though.  I also have an ARC of the third book in the series waiting on my Kindle for me.  I can't wait to read Tam's story next!

The story starts with Fitch out celebrating his sister's birthday in a gay club.  He's feeling very uncomfortable but puts up with it because he would do anything to make his sister happy.  Including accepting a lap dance from the gorgeous blonde woman (he thinks) that he saw dancing on the stage earlier.  To his surprise, his fascination with him only intensifies after learning that the dancer is a man.  Ansel is used to being confused for a woman.  Because of his feminine features, long hair, and makeup it happens fairly often.  What he wasn't prepared for was Fitch's determination to get to know him and see where things go.  He's always down for a good time, but nothing serious.  It isn't long until they both start wanting more.  Fitch becomes completely captivated by Ansel and can't stop thinking about him.  Ansel is very attracted to Fitch but because of his past thinks he's too damaged for anyone to love him.

I was surprised at how much I liked Fitch.  Normally when we get a man that starts to question his sexuality, he does a lot of frustrating things that make me dislike him, but Fitch was not that guy.  He is a little thrown by his initial attraction to Ansel, but he handles it well.  He was so understanding and sweet with Ansel.  And probably far more forgiving than I would have been in certain circumstances. lol!  I loved that he didn't want to change Ansel at all.  He accepted him just the way he was.

“No, the real you is a magnetic, funny man who is interesting and beautiful, full of confidence and strength. Never, ever dull your shine, Angel, not for me, not for anyone. You make the world a brighter place.”

I loved Ansel but I also wanted to grab him and shake him every time he did something stupid, which was a little too often.  He has an issue with alcohol abuse, but I'm glad that when he finally accepted it, he took steps to better himself.  My heart hurt for him when we learned the extent of his mother's abuse.  I really hate that woman.  She's pure evil, and also the reason why Ansel doesn't want to let anyone get close to him and why he feels like he doesn't deserve to be happy.  I loved that even though he had a very rough upbringing, he remained true to himself.  He loved his lipstick, long hair, and heels so he continued to wear them.

This one was very insta lust-y (is that a word?? it is now!). Sometimes I can handle insta lust/love sometimes and I can't at all, I don't know why. In this case, it really worked for me.  I think it comes down to whether or not I feel that connection between the two MCs. This one definitely had it.  These two were really hot together.  There was a good amount of steamy scenes, but not an overwhelming amount.  I loved their dirty talk. 

This part is kind of spoiler-y but I feel as if I have to mention it because it's normally a big "no" for me in romances.  I was angry with Ansel for the "incident". But I also don't think he was near secure enough in his  new relationship with Fitch to handle his demons in any way other than what he was used to. Sex and booze. Doesn't mean I liked it, or that it was okay. But I did feel like it was a turning point for Ansel. 

I also have to admit that I thought Fitch's parents came around a little too fast when he came out to them.  When he first told them they be upset and almost angry, but them they call and invite him and his boyfriend over for dinner??  While it was nice, it seemed a little too fast to me.

I ended up enjoying this one more than the second one in the series, even though I had the issue that I talked about with Ansel's incident.  Whenever any sort of cheating happens in a romance it always takes a lot away for me.  I ended up removing a full star for that, but not more, just to be fair.  I really did love these two together.  It makes me smile even more when I remember little moments in book 2 with them having sweet moments.  lol!  I'm really excited to learn more about Tam in book 3!

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  1. I'm like that with insta-lust too. There are times when I can totally handle it. Other times it irritates me. I'm glad the romance worked here for you. I would want to shake these characters too haha! I'm very no about cheating in books though, so I'd have to think harrd about this one.
    Great review!

    1. YES!! So glad I'm not the only one. Almost everyone I know seems to love it all the time. haha! I really HATE cheating in books so I was surprised that I kept reading past that point. I still even enjoyed this one. Thanks, Nick!

  2. Hoo-boy not sure how I would feel about this one. There are a lot of things that seem like they would bug me yet you liked it.

    I need to think on this a bit lol

    For What It's Worth

    1. haha! Yeah, read at your own risk! I normally absolutely hate cheating in romances and that usually makes me DNF but for some reason I kept going with this one and ended up enjoying them....while hating the cheating. lol!

      If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it!


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