Review: Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1) by Elizabeth Varlet

June 22, 2016 Review 2

Review: Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1) by Elizabeth Varlet

The first book in a 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.

Title: Fierce & Fabulous
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dark and Dazzling, Brave & Beautiful
Series: Sassy Boyz
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dark and Dazzling, Brave & Beautiful
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: June 27, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 246
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Ansel to Fitch “Stop looking at me like I’m special.”

To say Ansel’s life is messy would be an understatement. Some of his mess was thrown at him by the people who should have loved him most in this world. Some of his issues are the problems he pushes aside, buried, and just doesn’t cope well with. Far too much of Ansel’s chaos is his own making. He lives to push boundaries. Some of that pushing puts hims in situations with straight men that are expecting something different than what Ansel is really under the makeup and sexy clothing. The thing that makes Ansel interesting is that he totally owns what he is all about, he just doesn’t deal with some of the repercussions of it all.

Fitch to Ansel “Never, ever dull your shine, Angel not for me, not for anyone. You make the world a brighter place.”

The gay for you troupe has always made for amazing reads in my opinion. Fitch likes the ladies. He always has, believed he always would. His baby sister’s birthday outing changes everything for Fitch, and eventually Ansel. From the very beginning Ansel is never the first guy that Fitch notices. To the very end of this book Ansel is the only guy to turn Fitch’s crank. This makes for some awkward situations, it puts the character into some intense positions, but when read it makes for such an amazing book. Fitch is honest and wholesome. He’s a stand up guy that always does the right thing. Once he acknowledges his attraction to his sexy dancer he does the only thing there is to do, he lets him know he’s interested and gives him his phone number.

Elizabeth Varlet packs so much awesome into her first book in what I know will be an incredible series. Her Sassy Boyz are exactly that, their sassy and bold, and I can’t wait to see each of them get their happily ever afters.  

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About Fierce and Fabulous  

About Elizabeth Varlet Sassy Boyz

Elizabeth Varlet is a nerd at heart and spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows. If you love Doctor Who, Supernatural, Stargate, Star Trek, Sherlock, or Firefly you are already her best friend.

She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now, her characters like to get frisky under the covers – or the stars, they’re not picky. She’s a thirty-something, newly married, world traveler who devours books like they were candy.

Find Elizabeth: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter |Tumblr

L.A. Witt

Q: Would you please start by telling us a little bit about yourself?


Hello! And thanks so much for having me here at The Jeep Diva. I’m not very good at talking about myself. I never know what to say, so I’ll start with the basics. I’m a thirty-something, married, dog lover. I was born in Upstate New York and pretty much lived there until I moved to Europe over a decade ago.


Q: What inspired you to create the Sassy Boyz?


Honestly, I don’t know. Everything! There isn’t just one single thing that sparked the idea. One day, Ansel was alive and in full color in my imagination. I have no idea where he came from, but I can point out a few things that certainly helped in his creation.


  1. (when I saw this music video I was amazed at how they moved in heels)
  2. RuPaul’s Drag race, especially Willam Belli & Courtney Act. Willam’s sarcastic attitude is where Ansel’s fierceness comes from.
  3. And, of course, Yanis.

Q. Several scenes in Fierce & Fabulous take place in a dance club, did you have a playlist while writing, what were some of the songs from that?


Oh yes. Music was key in my writing process for this book and the entire series. The most important songs for Ansel’s story are:

  1. Jessie J – Do It Like A Dude
  2. Sia – Chandelier
  3. Kesha – Boots and Boys
  4. Britney Spears – Breath On Me
  5. Katy Perry – Unconditionally


Q: How do you envision the future for Ansel and Fitch?


They both still have a lot of growing to do so I imagine they will struggle to make their relationship work. I’m hoping to write a few freebie scenes with the boys so you’ll have to stay tuned for more on that. Sign up for my newsletter & join my reader group for first notice when these stories become available. (links below)


Q: I love the gay for you troupe. What is your favorite troupe to read or write?


GYF is one of my favs too. I love when the power of love can overcome traditional boundaries and makes labels pointless. I also enjoy forbidden love tropes and the hate to love stories that show each character’s growth.

Q. What was the most difficult scene for you to write in Fierce & Fabulous?


Good question. I have to say, the very first scene. I actually wrote three different version of the opening scene before I finally got one that worked (and even this version went through changes during editing). The opening is so important to this series because it’s our first introduction to the boys (and me as an author for a lot of people). Plus, it sets up Fitch’s entire motivation so it needed to be powerful and believable.


Q: Ansel’’s story is quite heartbreaking, how emotional was it for you to have his story come alive?


I cried. I’m not ashamed to say it, because I love him so much. I’ve loved Ansel since the moment he popped into my head. I wanted to skip all the torture and just give him a happy ending. The last scene with his mother…ugh. My hands shook while I was typing that out and it was a wonder I could see the words on the scream because my eyes were filled with tears.


Q: Would you like to share anything about Dark & Dazzling to your readers?


I would! But, as I’m writing this in early June, I can’t. All I can say is Z’s story is a rollercoaster. Check out my blog on June 30th for a cover reveal and a sneak peek at Dark & Dazzling. (link below)


Q: I’m a bit of an author stalker and I love going to signings and conventions. Do you have any upcoming appearances?


Nothing solid at the moment. It’s difficult for me because I’m in Belgium, but I do hope to get to conventions soon. If you want to keep track of me the best way is to subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on social media. (links below)




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2 Responses to “Review: Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1) by Elizabeth Varlet”

  1. barbara elsborg

    Sounds intriquing!!!! Right – let me try again – Sounds intriguing. You’d think I could spell! But the story sounds great.

  2. Nikolina

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!