Dark & Dazzling

Elizabeth Varlet
Dark & Dazzling
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2016
Book 2 of Sassy Boyz
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Z doesn't need a hero…

Azariah "Z" Hayes is a diamond. Equal parts strength and sparkle, he's more than capable of standing on his own stilettos. So if waiting tables and stripping at The Vibe are what it takes to keep a roof over his head, well, there are worse ways to earn a living.

Connelly is a white knight with a badge…

For NYPD detective Connelly Reid, to serve and protect is just another day at the office—even if that means protecting himself from his own true desires. He's been curious about Z, his waiter, for months, but it's not until he sees him in his makeup and heels that the curiosity becomes a fierce attraction. Z, despite all his over-the-top dazzle, might just be the man Connelly has been waiting for his entire life.

But when Connelly investigates underground porn and drug activity with ties to The Vibe, one thing becomes very clear—acting on what he knows is going to hurt Z, financially and emotionally. And though Connelly would love nothing more than to fix all of Z's problems, no amount of mind-blowing sex can make Z comfortable becoming dependent on his lover. Yet if there's one thing Connelly knows from his years on the force, it's this: when things go bad, you need a trusted partner to have your back.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Nov 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
177 people found the following review helpful
DARK AND DAZZLING is the second book in the Sassy Boyz series, and is definitely a shade darker than the first. There is no trigger warning except for the carefully worded last sentence in Z's part of the synopsis. If rape fantasy is one of your triggers, then please be aware of this!

So, moving along from that, we meet up again with the Sassy Boyz, only this time they're not all in it as much. The focus is definitely on Azariah and how he tries to deal with everything by himself, instead of asking those he loves for help. Of course, Connelly is almost the opposite of that, and tries to fix everyone he meets. As you can imagine, these two have quite a journey to make.

Yes, this is darker, and yes, I was amazed at the direction in which the story went. I had no idea it would go that way (I won't say anything else so I don't spoil it). However, the story did flow with a smooth and steady pace. It was extremely well written, with insights into the main characters. Back up was provided by Ansel and Fitch (who I still love), so that was a good thing.

This story, although harder hitting than the first, is an excellent addition to the series, with the story moving along, and new dancers introduced too. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait for more.
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