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Brave & Beautiful (Sassy Boyz #3) by Elizabeth Varlet #BookReview #GayRomance

by October 4, 2017
Overview
Author

Elizabeth Varlet

Title

Brave & Beautiful

Series

Sassy Boyz

Book #

3

Genre(s)

Gay contemporary romance

Release Date

October 9, 2017

Heat Level

Moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

The camaraderie between Tam and Driver is natural and comfortable. No awkward silences, no standoffish body language—they are, in fact, natural dance partners, and Tam’s no pushover on the dance floor. Their romance builds slow and steady, layering trust and fragile hope with each new day they spend together. Tam’s history is a brutal one, and as a child rape victim he has a lot of trauma to work past.

“I brought Chinese,” Driver said.
Tam blocked the doorway with his arm. His heart stupidly soared at seeing Driver again after what happened the night before. He’d come back. Again. Thank God. “Eggrolls?” he asked, doing his best to be detached.
“Check.”
“Duck sauce?”
“Of course.”
“Your bribe is accepted, you may enter.”

Oh this book has all the feels! Both of these men are so vulnerable and so sweet. And they’re not afraid to stand up for themselves when they need to. Even Tam, who suffers residual nightmares from a truly abusive childhood. Driver is literally running from his past, living life as a drifter, never settling on one place for long enough for the demons to catch up.

He brushed a stray hair from Tam’s cheek and kissed his head. If he could, he’d freeze time and stay here forever. Except he knew better than anyone that forever was just a word. Life consisted of moments. And moments vanished like smoke if you didn’t cherish them.

I love the camaraderie between the Sassy Boyz. The new guys—Jae and Hop—are starting to gel with the group, and Ansel and Z stay true to their trademark sass and snark. The dancing is, as usual, superb and energizing.

Driver couldn’t stop the smile that stretched his cheeks because Tam wore the tiniest lace panties with little blue flowers. Driver fingered the edge, remembering the pair he still had in his possession. “Where do you get these?” Because they weren’t women’s underwear. He’d seen enough to know the difference. These were cut to fit a male’s anatomy and to highlight a man’s best features. They were hot as fuck.

This story is more angsty than the first two in the series, and equally as heart-poundingly emotional. A solid installment in the Sassy Boyz series, Brave & Beautiful is a celebration of courage, acceptance, understanding, and the beauty of femme men and the dance that defines them.

Recommended for readers who enjoy stories about…

  • Gay Romance
  • Femme men
  • Cross-dressers
  • Dancers & drifters
  • Abuse victims who have triumphed over their pasts

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Brave & Beautiful is the third story in the Sassy Boyz series by Elizabeth Varlet, which won the GraveTells Romance award for Series of the Year in 2016. I adore these sassy, sexy men who kick ass on the dance floor and do it in killer heels. With no shame and no apologies. You could enjoy Brave & Beautiful as a standalone, but there’s a lot of history in the first two books, events and people referred to in this one. So, it’s worth picking up Fierce & Fabulous to start from the beginning. Read my reviews for the first two books here—click to read the GT review of Fierce & Fabulousclick to read the GT review of Dark & Dazzling—or just download your copy on Amazon now!

 
If you like stories about sexy men in women’s underwear, you may also enjoy Lace-Covered Compromise, coming soon from Riptide Publishing (available on 11/6/17—pre-order here). In that story, a CEO confronts his arch-nemesis—to whom his father left half his company—and can’t stop thinking about the lacy panties he surprised the guy into dropping. It’s a quick, fun enemies-to-lovers romance with some steamy hot scenes. The book isn’t available on Amazon as of this posting, so you can check it out on Riptide’s website here.

 

This review copy was provided by the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review.


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Brave & Beautiful (Sassy Boyz #3) by Elizabeth Varlet #BookReview #GayRomanceMy star rating: four-stars
Brave & Beautiful by Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #3
Published by Carina Press on October 9, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dancer, Cross-dressing
Pages: 249
Format: E-book
Source: Publisher
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

Sexy, seductive and hiding dark secrets, the Sassy Boyz return to the stage in Brave & Beautiful
There’s only one relationship that matters to Tameron "Tam" Kis—his love affair with dance. Life’s been pretty shitty, but dance got him through it and now he’s ready to focus on what he loves. He doesn’t have the bandwidth for any distractions—especially not his sexy, not-quite-straight new neighbor.
Driver Ellis doesn’t need anything but his bike and the open road. He wouldn’t trade his drifter lifestyle for anything…until his friend calls in a favor and Driver suddenly finds himself pet-sitting. Driver isn’t thrilled being stuck in one place, though things start to look up when he sets eyes on the gorgeous girl next door.
There’s just one problem… She isn’t a girl at all.
All it takes is one spontaneous dance to turn both Driver's and Tam’s worlds upside down. They might not have been looking for love, but as things heat up between them, it’s clear life has very different plans.

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8.8
Originality
9.0
Authenticity
9.0
World-building
9.0
Character development
9.2
Likeable/relatable characters
8.8
Plot tension
8.8
Flow & pacing
9.0
Heat &/or sexual tension
8.8
Technical style
8.8
Overall enjoyment
8.8
8.9
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Writing style & finesse
Originality
Authenticity
World-building
Character development
Likeable/relatable characters
Plot tension
Flow & pacing
Heat &/or sexual tension
Technical style
Overall enjoyment