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Review: Brave & Beautiful by Elizabeth Varlet


35501509Sexy, 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.


Some hearts understood each other even in silence.

Brave & Beautiful by Elizabeth Varlet is book three in her Sassy Boyz series, and the first one I’ve read by this author. I was blown away by this quick-paced novel that clutches at your heartstrings and brings to life some charming boys to fall in love with.

Driver is a drifter. When his friend asks him to housesit, he’s not sure how long he’ll stay especially with his demons clawing at him from the outside in. That’s when he meets Tam.

Tam is a dancer, and he’s trying to land his next gig with his group, Sassy Boyz. He runs into Driver one night and his whole world shifts. But there’s a lot of pain bottled within Tam and the last thing he needs is a man exploding through his defenses.

He was such an odd mix of innocence and eroticism. Driver wasn’t strong enough to resist the temptation.

These pages were seeped in emotion. I spent so much of this book clutching my heart and even more reading through a watery smile. Tam has so much vulnerability to him, but there’s strength there too. Dance has gotten him through a lot and his interaction with the other Sassy Boyz stole the show.

Then there’s Driver. Tattooed and motorcycle riding hotness, but he can’t settle down and he doesn’t want to. Tam comes into his life like a rocket, and Driver has to decide to let Tam in or shore up his defenses.

It needs to be nurtured because this life is nothing without art.

I was pretty frustrated through the second half, however. There was a bit too much back and forth and I wanted more good moments because these two were just heart wrenching together. The ending dragged a bit too, but overall? I was blown away by the depths of passion explored. I’m going to pick up the rest in this series as soon as possible. I was never less than one hundred percent invested, and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Varlet takes readers next.

4 stars!

*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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