Title: Brave & Beautiful
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.
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Fierce & Fabulous, Dark and Dazzling
Series: Sassy Boyz
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Fierce & Fabulous, Dark and Dazzling
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: October 9, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Brave and Beautiful is the third installment of Elizabeth Varlet’s Sassy Boyz series. It is Tam’s book. You can easily step (dance) your way into this series with any book. They each work as a stand-alone. I loved the first two so of course I just had to read this one as well. I can honestly say I enjoyed it but it is my least favorite of the series. I can also blame that solely on Driver.
Tam and Driver both bring so much baggage to the table. Tam’s past is horrible. It is something that no one should ever have to suffer especially a child. Tam has come out of it and is doing a great deal to live a normal life. He has a job he enjoys. The Sassy Boyz is looking for another venue to perform at regularly. He’s recently acquired his own apartment. He has amazing friends that offer amazing support to each other. They are a family, his family.
Driver has been living the life of a carefree drifter for far too long for him to give up that lifestyle. He goes from town to town looking for the next adventure until the money runs out. He picks up odd jobs to fill his pockets enough to move on to the next town. In reality he’s running. He doesn’t do commitment for anyone, ever. His friends and family can’t even get him to commit to sit down for a meal with them. In need of a place to crash while he fills his coffers lands Driver in a friend’s apartment to pet sit.
A chance meeting in the laundry room puts Driver and Tam together for this really sweet romance. Tam is shy and new to dating and discovering he may actually want to experience all that there is with relationships. Driver is charming and charismatic. I absolutely loved his reaction to finding out that Tam is a man. Best response to that ever can be found in this book. Driver has all the perfect words to help draw Tam out of this shell that he has shielded himself with. There’s a but though. Driver is an ass, a childish ass. And it has everything to do with that baggage that I mentioned earlier.
There’s a lot of baggage between these two. Once it is spilt all over their sweet happy little romance you can see that some hurts are worse than others. I think that was the thing that really got me with Driver. When he has that moment where he pours it all out to Tam I sat back and had this huh moment. I don’t think for their relationship to work that Driver’s damage needed to be as big, hurtful, or damaging as Tam’s but I was left wondering what Driver’s issue was. How could he rationalize the running for all those years over that? Perhaps it was his age when it happened and his mind stayed stuck on how the fourteen year old Driver handled it.
I didn’t reflect this is my rating but it annoyed that crap out of me. Motorcycles do not have an accelerator. I have never driven my Harley anywhere. Driver not only “drives” his Harley he also “hits the accelerator.” I’ve twisted the throttle, I’ve rolled the hand grip, a riding buddy claims to have cranked the throttle, but none of us have ever hit the accelerator.