Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Brave and Beautiful
SERIES: Sassy Boyz Book 3
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Varlet
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2017
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.
Book 3 is Tam’s story who is our quiet, introverted and badly damaged choreographer. But with his damage and his troubled past comes a quiet defiance that he will make it and things will be ok – he just needs to remind himself of this often. Absolutely rocking his high heels, lace pants and walking with a sway in his step Tam is battling hard to get the Sazzy Boyz back on track and back in business. What he didn’t expect was a distraction that comes in the shape of a brooding biker who is scared to stand still for more than a few weeks at a time.
Driver Ellis can no longer remember what it feels like to just stop and breathe as he has been running away with just his bike for company for more years than he can remember. He lives with crippling grief and guilt which has left only the sturdiest of relationships going – his life includes a couple of good friends and his grandparents who he can barely look in the eye.
Driver and Tam come together in a pretty explosive way once a few misconceptions are cleared up but they seem doomed from the start with so much baggage between them. This is angst central for a while whilst both men work past their demons but for all the anguish they put themselves and each other through the outcome is more than worth it. Tam is a character that as I reader I fell for and was rooting for from the start. Driver took me a bit more time to warm up to – his flight mode seemed selfish to me at first, especially when it hurt Tam so much and the reasons for him to stay were so obvious to everyone but himself.
This series just gets better and better and Elizabeth Varlet has once again delivered a brilliant addition to an absolutely fantastic series.