Title: Dark & Dazzling
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Sassy Boyz #2
Main Characters: Z and Con
Release Date: November 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
OMG, this book is all about Z for me. This kid...I want to just gather him up in my arms and take care of him and give him a safe place to love Con. Loved the two of them so much, but it's definitely Z that stole my heart.
As one of the Sassy Boyz, Z is no stranger to hardship. That's been the theme to his life. That's why he can't allow himself to get involved with Con. Con is a cop and has his life together. Z...doesn't. He's recently lost his roommate and is on the verge of losing his apartment because he physically can't make enough money to make the rent. And most guys just don't understand him and the side of him that needs makeup and the heels.
Con not only gets it, he embraces it and is turned on by Z when he's fully made up. He sees the real Z, even though Z has built up walls with everyone else. Somehow Con has sneaked under all those and gotten inside. But life isn't perfect for Con either. He's a cop and he's gay. He has a history of being harassed at work. Dating someone like Z, who can't be overlooked, isn't going to make that any easier. (Note: OMG, I adored Raoul, Con's partner, who is the best partner around...he always has Con's back...even in the midst of the harassment and I adored that about him.)
And this is not an easy book...omg, heart breaking. I felt it during the reading of this one. This book is an action packed, emotional rollercoaster ride...and I loved every minute of reading it. My heart broke, it soared, it hoped, and it cried. But in the end it celebrated because this is the way a love story should be told. I absolutely loved getting to watch Con and Z fall in love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.