Review: Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet

Posted June 27, 2016 by collecto in Book Reviews, Books, Release day / 0 Comments

Review: Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth VarletFierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet
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Published by Self Published on June 27th 2016
Genres: M/M, Romance
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Source: NetGalley
four-half-stars

The first book in a scorching new male/male series by Elizabeth Varlet. Behind the Sassy Boyz's seductive smiles and sinful dance moves are desires that will leave readers breathless.

Fitch Donovan never thought a lap dance could change his life, but from the moment the gorgeous dancer’s lips touch his, his world comes screeching to a halt. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t shake the desire that rocks him to his core. He’s longed for this passion all his life—he just never dreamed he’d find it with another man.

Sharing a soul-shaking kiss with a straight boy is the kind of drama Ansel Becke just doesn't need. Spotlights aren't made for two and Ansel prefers to keep things on a one-night-only basis. So when Fitch shows up asking for an encore, Ansel knows he should send his gorgeous ass packing.

Though Ansel tries to pretend that what's between him and Fitch is far from fabulous, there's something about the big, burly contractor that makes Ansel's world sparkle in a way no amount of glitter ever could. And Fitch will do whatever it takes to convince Ansel that when the thing you need most in the world falls right into your lap, you’d be a fool to let it go.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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Caro’s Review: 4,5 stars

four-half-stars

“Fierce & Fabulous” is the story of Fitch, a straight as an arrow guy, who is dragged into a gay-bar by his sister. There, he meets the younger Ansel, who’s a dancer for the Sassy Boyz and he immediately piques Fitche’s interest. How big a chance may there be for a guy who’s into women and a guy, who’s gay but a commitment-phobe?

Well, this book was quite interesting! I loved the sound of it and the actual book even more. I mean, for someone like me, who’s always on the hunt for the unusual love-stories, a book including GFY (Gay For You) and a very androgynous (looking) guy, is like the top score.

The story itself was very believable and tender(-ish). But what stood out to me were the sex-scenes. Oh my goodness. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! I have read my fair share of M/M and M/M/F-books, but the sex in this book was off the charts hot. Maybe it was because of the tender bond blooming between the two men, but whatever it was – I was in a permanent state of arousal for the length of the book.

One of my biggest fears before starting with “Fierce & Fabulous” was, that the androgynous – or more feminine sounding – MC Ansel would be described like an ‘Anthony’ from Sex and the City, or for everyone who doesn’t know who Anthony was, an overly gayish gay male. Sorry, I don’t know how to describe it otherwise. And whereas this was fitting in parts, for the biggest chunk of the book, Ansel was a very adorable and not-annoying person. Sure, there were some things that made me roll my eyes about him, but all in all, I was very positively surprised!

There were some issues for me though. The biggest one being, that Ansel has been made up to be of German origin. There were parts of the story, in which he spoke to his German mother – or rather she to him – in German. I have no idea, if it was meant to be this way to show her now being American and all or if the author/editors just didn’t know better. But they literally slayed my mother-language to death in the few sentences. A little advice from my side: Either you phrase it in English and then only indicate to the reader that it is spoken in German by telling them or let it check by someone, who knows the language. Maybe everyone, who doesn’t speak it too well won’t notice the difference, but then again – maybe it’ll get to a German reader, who’ll then have to deal with this slaughter of language. From experience, the mixing of languages never really works too well in such books, but this was the worst example ever. Plus, the author made a few sarcastic remarks about us Germans, which didn’t faze me in the least, but still – if you want to make jokes about something, make sure you know your game first. Ansel is a typical FRENCH name, we don’t have it that often in Germany!!! Just sayin’.

All in all, I rate “Fierce & Fabulous” with 4,5 stars and can recommend it to everyone, who can keep an open mind and loves M/M-boooks with hot sexy times in them! Readers should be 18+ due to explicit sexual content, violence and references to alcohol- and drug-abuse.

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Guest Review by Paola: 4 Stars

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Fitch Donovan was at his sister’s 21st birthday party who chose a gay bar for a wild night celebration.   Fitch found himself mesmerized with the beautiful blond girl performing on stage; but what a shock when he realized that it was a man, a very feminine one who draws his attention, when as part of the fun that night his sister asks for a lap dance for Fitch from the object of his lust and this guy Ansel kisses him, its like the world stops. After this kiss he can not take those beautiful lips off his mind and starts to develop feelings for another man for the first time in his life.
Ansel Becke, is a dancer of the Sassy Boyz, a flamboyant and fascinating gay guy who loves heels and sparkles, and who had struggled most of his life with the absence of love from his family and when he feels that strong pull from this construction brown eyed man he tries to denied it a run away from it.

What I admired the most about Fitch Donovan is that even when there was confusion and some emotional struggle while trying to understand his sexuality he is honest and real on how he assumed that strong connection.  It was not based in gender but in how unique could some feel for certain person and that he would not let it pass inadvertently just because Ansel is a man.

I really enjoyed to read their story especially how real Fitch and Ansel families were described and their reaction to their relationship, and how they showed Ansel and Fitch their love and acceptance (in Fitch’s family case) it was very real and touching.

This book have very interesting secondary characters that I can’t wait to read about. Apparently, Z’s  will be next!

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