Monday, October 9, 2017

Brave & Beautiful by Elizabeth Varlet

Title: Brave & Beautiful
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Sassy Boyz #3
Main Characters: Tam and Driver
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.


My Review:
Wow, what a powerfully moving story. I loved this one (although, honestly, I've loved the whole series).

Tam's story is nothing short of heartbreaking. Abused from an extremely young age, Tam is not someone who has sexual urges. It's just not a thing he wants to have anything to do with, and that's been the case ever since he escaped that reality. But then he meets Driver and for the first time feels true attraction to someone. 

The problem...Driver isn't a guy to stick around. Driver has his own ghosts haunting him. At the age of 14, his entire family died. Ever since then, he's run from reality. Life gets hard, he moves. And this time living across the hall from Tam is no different. This is a temporary arrangement. It's going to end. Neither one of them can get attached. 

But they do. In fact, they both find a ton of healing with each other. 

I loved both of these characters. They are so wounded and so broken. It's a beautiful thing to watch them begin to heal. I was VERY emotionally involved. There is lots of angst in this one, lots of emotion, lots of drama, but none of these guys has had a normal background. There are wounds and scars that they have to work around to find their ways to love, and that makes their stories all the more beautiful.

I love the Sassy Boyz. Their career has had a lot of upheaval through the series. I loved in this book that things are beginning to look up for them, but dang...I'm worried about Lirum (and I totally have that name wrong, but I don't have time to go back into the book to find it...this is where ebooks hurt...LOL). But anyway, I love these boys and am cheering them on as they embrace their sassy souls. This is an awesome series and I'm so happy to be reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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