Release Review, Character Interview, and Giveaway: Fierce and Fabulous: Elizabeth Varlet

Fierce and Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1)
Elizabeth Varlet
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Expected June 27,2016

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.

Ansel Becke Character Interview

By Elizabeth Varlet

I’m so appreciative of Tammy and Kim for allowing me some space on their blog to promote Fierce & Fabulous, the first book in my Sassy Boyz series. 
Ansel Becke is the glittery leader of the Sassy Boyz, a group of gender-bending men who dance in heels and love to wear makeup. He is everything the title of the book suggests, he is fierce and he is fabulous. And he doesn’t care who knows it.

Today, I will interview Ansel using Proust’s 35 Questions toAsk Your Character.

1.      What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Ansel: Cash to burn and endless sample sales, obviously. I mean, who doesn’t get off when they find the perfect pair of pumps at a quarter of the normal price?
2.      What is your greatest fear?
Ansel: *sigh* Why do you have to get so serious? Fine. Fine. I’ll answer but only because it’s you who’s asking. Losing my family. My real family, the one I created from runaways and miscreants. The ones who love me for me, flaws and all.
3.      What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Ansel: As strange as it may sound but I can be really insecure sometimes. Especially when it comes to believing in the good things. I’m working on that. Fitch is helping. 
4.      What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Ansel: I hate bullies. That’s not really a trait, I guess. But is there a trait that makes people think it is okay to pick on those that are weaker? How about, being an asshole? Is that a trait?
5.      Which living person do you most admire?
Ansel: Easy. Fitch. He is the greatest man I’ve ever known.
6.      What is your greatest extravagance?
Ansel: Have you seen my shoe collection? I mean, it’s insane.
7.      What is your current state of mind?
Ansel: Shocker, I’m content.
8.      What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Ansel: Purity. *naughty chuckle*
9.      On what occasion do you lie?
Ansel: *sigh* Too many occasions to count, but I’m getting better.
10.  What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Ansel: Umm…do I have to dislike something? Cause I’m gorgeous.
11.  Which living person do you most despise?
Ansel: Stupid question, my mother. Isn’t that obvious?
12.  What is the quality you most like in a man?
Ansel: The willingness to bottom for me. *another naughty chuckle*
13.  What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Ansel: The willingness to let me borrow her shoes.
14.  Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Ansel: I probably curse way too much, but I’m not going to stop so people can just F-off.
15.  What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Ansel: Fitch would kill me if I didn’t say his name first, but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention my Louboutins.
16.  When and where were you happiest?
Ansel: *secret smile* I think that’s between me and Fitch, sorry.
17.  Which talent would you most like to have?
Ansel: I would love to be able to sing, but I can’t carry a tune to save my life.
18.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Ansel: Nothing. I got where I am today because of what I’ve been through and what that made me. I wouldn’t give up my future with Fitch for anything, not even a different childhood.
19.  What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Ansel: Falling in love.
20.  If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Ansel: I would love to be a cock. A really nice one, thick and long. Yeah…preferably belonging to a gay man.
21.  Where would you most like to live?
Ansel: Wherever Fitch is.
22.  What is your most treasured possession?
Ansel: Fitch’s heart.
23.  What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Ansel: A broken heel…no, kidding. Um, I don’t know. I’ve been through a lot but none of it ever felt like misery.
24.  What is your favorite occupation?
Ansel: Professional shoe buyer. Oh, is that not a real thing? Monogamous porn star? Fine! Dancer, then.
25.  What is your most marked characteristic?
Ansel: My sassiness, clearly.
26.  What do you most value in your friends?
Ansel: Their ability to forgive all my bullshit. Seriously, I love them for that.
27.  Who are your favorite writers?
Ansel: Tough question. I have a few, but Henry David Thoreau is top on my list.
28.  Who is your hero of fiction?
Ansel: Um, Wonder Woman? She had killer boots and awesome cuffs.
29.  Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Ansel: Seriously? How am I supposed to answer that? I have no F-ing clue.
30.  Who are your heroes in real life?
Ansel: Ray. Then there’s Ange, Lirim, Z, Tam, and Fitch. Oh and Mr. and Mrs. Donovan. And Meg.
31.  What are your favorite names?
Ansel: *raises and eyebrow* Next question.
32.  What is it that you most dislike?
Ansel: I hate honey. I absolutely hate it. It’s the grossest thing on the planet.
33.  What is your greatest regret?
Ansel: Not being able to save Ray. I know there’s nothing I could have done, but losing him…*rubs eyes*
34.  How would you like to die?
Ansel: In my sleep, surrounded by my shoes, holding Fitch’s hand, when I’m 110 years old.
35.  What is your motto?
Ansel: I stole this from Dory: just keep swimming.

I hope this interview gave you some insight into Ansel Becke’s character and intrigued you enough to want to read his story.
Let me know what you think about Ansel. How would you answer some of these questions? Leave a comment below and be entered to win a Sassy Swag Bag full of goodies.
Grumpy Bear meets Sparkle Pants

Fitch Donovan is a serous, straight man who runs his family's construction company. When he celebrates his little sister's twenty-first birthday at a gay bar, he had no idea that it would challenge everything he knew about himself. A lap dance from on of the Sassy Boyz dancers, Ansel Becke, sets him on fire and gets under his skin. And Fitch seems to affect Ansel just as much. Ansel is a man who wears what he wants and acts how chooses with no ties to gender. He likes make up, heels, glitter, but also embraces his male parts and makes no apologies for it.

This is a new and confusing situation for both of them. Fitch has never been attracted to anyone as much as Ansel. He has lived a straight life and never been attracted to a man at all. He works in a male dominated profession where image can be an issue. Ansel's past has left him guarded, mistrusting, and a commitment-phobe. He does not truly love himself and copes with his past with poor choices and numbing his pain.

Ansel is a runner for self protection, but also thinks he needs to protect those around him. He is afraid to trust, believe, or hope that he deserves happiness or that someone will truly love him. Fitch has his own issues dealing with his new discoveries about himself and how being with Ansel could affect his life. He is a giver and has a tendency to push forward that just scares Ansel and makes him retreat. Fitch took his new desires and feelings in stride and sometimes I thought maybe he should be a bit more conflicted about it, but he was an easy character to like.

These two men never expected that they would change each other's lives. They have struggles, pain fears, passion, and hope. But they have a lot to overcome personally and with each other. These characters are intriguing, complex, and flawed. It was told in third person dual both points of view giving us understanding of their confusion and inner turmoil. 

It is a powerful story about tolerance, acceptance, and a need for self love and love of those you trust. My heart hurt for these guys especially Ansel when he was so raw and vulnerable. But at times I wanted to shake sense into him when he was self sabotaging or running. But I also felt for Fitch because he was earnest and had such a big heart. He became so accepting and open, but he could easily be hurt when Ansel pushed him away. This book is about embracing uniqueness and loving differences, as well as shedding toxic influences and holding onto hope. It illustrates the importance of taking a chance, living life, and being yourself no matter what others think. It was a journey for both of these men: Ansel needed to heal, take charge of his life, trust and believe he was worthy.  And for Fitch to start living and go after what he wants despite challenges. It was a beautiful coupling of apparent opposites that was very emotional, passionate, and intense. These two had serious chemistry that went from insta-lust to a deep want and need. 

The side characters of the Sassy Boyz--Tam, Z, and Lirim, Fitch's sister Meg and partner Tara, and Ansel's best friend Ange were fun, quirky, supportive, and protective. I am looking forward to Z's story, Dark and Dazzling, next in this series. The antagonists in this one made my skin crawl.

This was an engaging MM/GFY story that was written in a way that pulled me in and made me feel for the characters. Even though I do not typically read books with such flamboyant characters like Ansel, he won me over with his vibrant personality and broken spirit. And Fitch was sweet, sexy, and swoon-worthy. This was a funny, sexy, emotional start to a new series by Elizabeth Varlet and I look forward to learning more about each of the interesting, flashy Sassy Boyz. 

I was gifted a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Elizabeth Varlet is a thirty-something, newly-married, world-traveler who devours books like they were candy. A nerd at heart, she spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows and dreaming of the day she can adopt a dog—whom she’s already named.

She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now, her characters like to get frisky under the covers. Or the stars, or in a car, or up against the wall—they’re not picky.

Elizabeth believes in love of all shapes and sizes and wants nothing more than to share the beauty in the form of stories.

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