Dark & Dazzling by Elizabeth Varlet

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Title: Dark & Dazzling by Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #2
Release Date: November 7, 2016
Pages:262 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
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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.

four-stars


Alot more angst then I’m willing to read. Jeez, it was hard to wade through at times.

Hmmm…. This book was a lot to take in. Z and Connelly were two completely different guys from Ansel & Fitch. I like that they were different, but goodness I would have rather the romance to just have been the focal point. You have Azariah,  who will never except a handout or help. Connelly is constantly helping out. It’s a clash waiting to happen. For Azariah, he’s never depended on anyone and will refuse help just to not look weak or needy. That’s all Connelly knows. He is the person who will help until its not fair to him anymore. They don’t call him Boy Scout for nothing. I wanted him to be a lot more selfish earlier in the story. He has so much on his shoulders that he’s not living life to me.

It wasn’t fall in love fest like book one. I wasn’t immediately smitten with these two. It took time, and work for them to payoff. I think because the plot played such a heavier influence on these two, that it was barriers put up between the two. I hope you get what I meant. Connelly’s job played a bigger role in who he was. All his life he’s had to help out, and be the surrogate man in his family’s life since his father passed, that it is no wonder he goes for the fixer upper guys. Every single one of his ex’s needed help and after getting any form of help from Connelly they bounced. I don’t know if Connelly liked it that way, but he wasn’t able to ever see a future with anyone because of his loyalties elsewhere. I think the chemistry between these two were electric. I like that Azariah wasn’t so passive when it came to Connelly. They just seem to mesh well with one another. Azariah is a hard nut to crack. When it actuality he isn’t. He’s used to be on his own, and to be so young he’s super cynical when it comes to love. This is a man who’s only form of love died when he was 12. His mother is the only person ever in his life to see him shine, accept him, and love him unequivocally.

“I’m a realist all the way. Reality is dark and gritty and completely fucked–up.”

There was a few moments that Azariah completely pissed me off. I thought he was completely selfish, but I had a hard time staying angry because Connelly was super accepted. I think he accepted it shows more to his nurturing side as well. I do felt like the plot was a bit to much at times. I wish it could have been toned down so we got more time for these two to grown and love.

It was a really good story. I enjoyed seeing more of the Sassy Boyz and can’t wait to read Lirim’s book next. That boy is just asking to be held and protected. I liked these two together and yeah they haven’t been together that long by the end of the book, but I can see these two together for a while. Their personality just meshes well together.

About Elizabeth Varlet

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.

To contact Elizabeth, send her an email to elizabethvarlet@gmail.com. Or follow her on any of her social media sites.

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