4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level artists Book Contemporary DA Dancer Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series PTSD Standalone

Brave & Beautiful (Sassy Boyz #3) by Elizabeth Varlet

release day review

Carina Press


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.


If you’ve been following this series along the way, you know that the author, Elizabeth Varlet, really likes to make our guys work for their HEAs. In this sense, she’s given us a bit of a break – but only in the fact that poor Tam has already lived through his hell and is on the other side.

She makes our MCs work for it in the way that Driver is difficult to like. He’s pretty selfish and though he has “reasons” for why he acts like he does, he doesn’t have nearly the gorgeous soul that Tam does. So it’s hard to reconcile him for Tam – though it’s obvious that Tam needs exactly someone who makes him feel safe – and that’s Driver.

This is a slow burn, very romantic installment with a lot of feels. I felt like the pacing was appropriate given Tam’s history – even if I did want to jump to the part where Driver finally pulled his head out sooner!

I think this might tie for my favorite in the series – mostly due to Tam and how amazing he is as a character. I also really loved the parts where Tam was with the therapist – outlining just how important that was in his recovery.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


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