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Fierce and Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet
Series: Sassy Boyz #1
Genres: M/M Romance
Fans of Heidi Cullinan will devour this 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.
Ansel was so different from any other character I had ever read before. He just knows who he is and it was something he knew at a young age. His parent’s belittled and ignored him to the point that he left home at age 17 struggling up until now. At 23 he is working towards getting his life on track although his past is something he just can’t seem to let go of. Along with his three friends he performs as a stripper which is how he meets Fitch.
Fitch is almost 30 and has spent his life putting himself last in everything. He is out with his sister when the blonde women on the stage turns him on. The thing is that “woman” is Ansel and while Fitch isn’t gay he is turned on even when he discovers it’s a man. The lap dance that Fitch gets is off the charts HOT! Fitch finds himself enamored with Ansel who is just as captivated with Fitch but of course his past is an issue for him.
I loved this story! Both of the men had to deal with things and although the lust jumps right off the pages at you it is the connection they have is almost tangible. It is something that is so strong it can not only be felt through the words on the pages but seen as well. I can’t wait for the rest of the guys to get their stories.
Interview with Elizabeth Varlet
1.) I love the cover of Fierce & Fabulous! While we should never judge a book by its cover I admit that the cover is what draws us and what made me want to know more about your book. Can you tell me who designed the cover and how much input you added?
Isn’t it awesome? I was so lucky and really appreciate all the hard work the Carina Press team put in creating such a great look. The artist is Blake Morrow who will also be doing the cover for Dark & Dazzling.
2.) Are either Fitch or Ansel based on any men that you know? If not directly perhaps various traits?
I think a lot of Fitch’s traits are reflections of my husband and my father. They are both very loving, loyal, and responsible. Actually, Fitch’s father reminds me very much of my own.
3.) The way that Fitch and Ansel meet is very interesting to me. I have seen it typically in M/F romance books but I think this is my first in the M/M genre of romance. Did you know that was how you wanted them to meet starting out or was there a moment when you just said “that’s it”?
I knew from the beginning that it was going to be a “GFY” story and that I wanted Ansel’s androgyny to be a factor that confused Fitch at first. So the scene just logically grew from there.
4.) I have to ask, how much research went into Ansel?
Lots and lots. Although what I call research some people would call vegging out watching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race or various dance & choreography videos on YouTube. 😉 Honestly, most of this happened before Ansel was fully formed. Once I had a decent picture of who he was and what he wanted I did a lot of research on androgyny, gender identity, and sexuality. Not to mention the numerous articles I read regarding homeless LGBT youth in NYC.
Also, I’ve spent hours looking at maps of NYC & New Jersey and reading various books and articles about the neighborhoods I feature. I’ve been to the city a number of times but never spent more than a few days so I did my best to get the right feel and even recruited natives as my beta readers.
5.) I love that Fitch seem reversed from the stereotypical role readers would imagine. Instead of the big, burly contractor jumping from bed to bed and not caring, he is very deep and yearning for passion. What was you thought process when creating him that way?
Fitch needed to be the type of man who wouldn’t get flustered easily. Who could stand up to Ansel’s wild nature and tame him just by being nearby. He needed to be unflappable and unconcerned with labels. He needed to be the type of man who didn’t feel the need to prove his masculinity and who wouldn’t be ashamed of someone that society deemed different. He needed to be able to shoulder all of Ansel’s baggage and do it gladly for a chance at true love.
These character traits didn’t lend themselves to a typical bachelor manwhore.
6.) If you could have readers take away one thing from Fierce & Fabulous, what would you hope it would be?
Just like people come in all shapes and sizes, so does love and attraction. It’s not one size fits all. What’s right for one person will be different for another, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong or unrealistic.
I know some people will read Fierce & Fabulous and they won’t believe someone like Fitch can actually exist. He’s too accepting. He doesn’t struggle with his attraction at all, but I like to believe if two people can connect on a deeper level everything else becomes unimportant.
Perhaps some people will think it pure fantasy, but that’s the world I want to live in— the one where love makes everything possible.
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