Fierce & Fabulous

Elizabeth Varlet
Fierce & Fabulous
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Carina Press
Release Date
June 2016
Book 1 of Sassy Boyz
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Fans of Heidi Cullinan will devour this 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.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
May 13, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
206 people found the following review helpful
Sassy! Sexy! And so not straight… Ansel Becke is a troubled boy who loves to dance. And he does it so well in heels and a sexy gender bending outfit. Fitch Donovan is a man's man. He works construction and runs his father's company. To date, he enjoys women until he witnesses Ansel on stage dancing. This story reminded me of Yanis Marshall whom I am an absolute fan of. Reading the author's note, it seems Ms. Valet and I share this love.

This story, I'm mixed about. And here's why. Ansel is a man who loves cock and men. He has absolutely no desire to be a female or to be a shemale. What he does like is clothing and make-up that society dictates is for women only. Interestingly enough, if one goes back into history, there is evidence of men who were not gay wearing cosmetics, wigs and skirts. Still, Ansel is decidedly male yet comes across physically as a very hawt female.

Fitch Donovan loves Ansel's look. He is attracted to Ansel's feminine looks. So, is Fitch really gay? Questionable. Is this really a gay for you trope? Questionable. What I do like is the gender fluidity here and specifically how Ansel and Fitch connect from a personality standpoint.

Ms. Varlet does an excellent job of creating memorable characters. Ansel is the troubled and unloved child. Fitch is the golden boy. When their worlds collide, what happens? I am very impressed with how Fitch handles it. I am also saddened yet understand how Ansel goes in a downward spiral. Still, this is a story of personal growth and loving a person for who they are, not what they are. This is what I really enjoyed about the story.

Ms. Varlet is a new-to-me author whom I will be keeping an eye out for because I like her writing style. I enjoy her characters and her references to pop culture speak to me. There is only one little pet peeve that bugs me. Specifically early on in the book, there is straight-shaming which really irks me.

"Damn it, Meg."

"Seriously, it's just a lap dance. It's not like I'm asking you to kill a puppy."

"A lap dance—from a guy."

At his tone, both Ansel's and Meg's eyebrows lifted almost like they were connected by some invisible string.

"What, are you suddenly homophobic? Is my only brother a bigot and I somehow missed it for the last seven years?"

Fitch turned a bright shade of red and rubbed his palms over his scruffy jaw.

"No, Jesus. I just, ah, fuck."

"It's not a big deal," she countered. "When I came out, you said—"

"Yeah, yeah, okay. Doesn't have a damn thing to do with this situation, though." He sighed and pushed a hand through the mess of dark hair atop his head.

"It's just a dance, for fun. Please?" (Kindle loc. 196-203)

This bugs me because Meg, Fitch's sister, is a hypocritical bitch. This is no different than if Fitch were to force Meg to have a straight guy give her a lap dance when she has no interest. Just because a straight person has no desire to have the same sex dance all over them does not mean they are a bigot or homophobic. This kind of reverse discrimination is annoying for me. It is hypocrisy disguised in some kind of gay righteousness. And before anyone tries to tell me it's different because I don't get it, let us be clear, I'm pansexual so I am not coming at this from a "straight" perspective. I digress.

The sex in this story between Ansel and Fitch is hawt, sweet and kind of endearing. Their chemistry is so good, even when Ansel freaks out. Their relationship is not perfect; instead there are ups and downs. The story shows how difficult it can be for someone who is outside societal norms. And for this, I really appreciate the story. This m/m romance is recommended for those who see past the physical and cherish the very best of a person's essence.
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Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Nov 17, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
173 people found the following review helpful
FIERCE AND FABULOUS is a Gay For You story involving Fitch and Ansel. Fitch is 29 when the book starts, and single. He is out with his sister, celebrating her 21st birthday. She takes him to a gay bar where Fitch feels very uncomfortable. However, things look up when a dance group take the stage, and Fitch appreciates what he sees. He gets a shock when he realises that the dancers are men, although he readily admits he should have realised. The attraction between Ansel and Fitch is off the charts and instantaneous. With both of them carrying different baggage, it makes for amazing reading as they try to work things out, and see if they can be together.

I loved this book! Fitch is fantastic, and I loved it when he did his research. Ansel is deeply hurt by events in his life, and doesn't feel like he can be, or should be, loved. These two just... fit.

With an amazing cast of supporting characters - from Fitch's family, to Ansel's, this story leaps off the page. Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I definitely recommend this book.
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