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Dark & Dazzling

(Sassy Boyz #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Z doesn't need a hero…

Azariah "Z" Hayes is a diamond. Equal parts strength and sparkle, he's more than capable of standing on his own stilettos. So if waiting tables and stripping at The Vibe are what it takes to keep a roof over his head, well, there are worse ways to earn a living.

Connelly is a white knight with a badge…

For NYPD detective Connelly Reid, to serve and pro
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published November 7th 2016 by Carina Press
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Quirah Casey The main character for this book will be Z. She has a blog post on her author page her that has the synopsis for the book.
Elizabeth Varlet It can, but I recommend reading them in order so you are familiar with the supporting characters.
It can, but I recommend reading them in order so you are familiar with the supporting characters.

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I love this wearing make up,long hair and dancing in heels .....just my thing and couple them with a hot rugged man and I'm practically growling.

Azariah/Z was introduced in book one and I couldn't wait for his story.
A bit like Ansel(from book one) he's had a troubled past but has managed to turn his life around.But he's at a low point when this book opens.Without giving too much away he's put in an almost impossible position which causes him to make a monumental decision.He's way t
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Love was intense like that.

It made you feel untouchable—more fierce than a pair of red-bottom heels ever could.

Azariah is an angry, dark-haired angel. He's proud and stubborn, unwilling to ask for help even as his life crumbles around him. He'd rather put himself in danger's way than be seen as weak.

Left an orphan at an early age after his accepting, free-spirited mother passed away, Azariah was raised in a cold and conservative Orthodox Jewish household. His favorite color is blac
5 BIG stars

I love, love, love Elizabeth Varlet! Her writing style is just my favorite!

I absolutely adored Fierce & Fabulous and I couldn't wait to read the second book in this series. The waiting drove me crazy! So to say I was surprised when I received the ARC via NetGalley is an understatement.

At first I read the the first two or three free chapters on the author's page. Reading the beginning of this story made me crazy with the need to read more. The beginning of this story is HOT, with ju
Dark & Dazzling is very, very dark and not all that dazzling.

We were introduced to Azariah "Z" Hayes in Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz, #1) . We already know he is from the streets and he and his three dancing partners at The Vibe (The Sassy Boyz) are family. Not by blood, but by choice. Z is the dark one. The one who chooses pride over everything else. He's a tough nut to crack.

Dark & Dazzling is Z and Detective Connelly's book. Z is as dark as ever and we meet Connelly, a police detective wh
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 STARS!
Hero Rating, Azariah ~ 4.5 Dark & Dazzling STARS!
Hero Rating, Connelly ~ 5 Hot Fudge STARS!
Ending ~ 5 Huge Grinning STARS!
Overall Rating ~ 5 Rainbow, Unicorn & Picket Fences STARS!

Dark & Dazzling is the second book in the Sassy Boyz series and once again I was blown away! Elizabeth Varlet sure knows how to write M/M romances unlike ANY other’s that I have previously read. I can HONESTLY say SHE IS MY FAVORITE M/M romance author! W
Tanu Gill
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

I've recently been a sobbing mess, so I'm going to keep my review short and to the point and try to control my ramblings.

This book is actually what the title says. I have to give kudos for this to the author. For both the books in this series, she has chosen perfectly apt titles. Where Ansel impressed me with his fierceness and soft pain, Azariah (I wish I knew that I pronounce it correctly!) has simply annihilated me with his dark story. God,
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I'm renaming this thing Tempermental & Tarty because it's more apropos. And p.s. when the hell are one of these Sassy Boyz actually going to be sassy?

This is almost a carbon copy of Fierce & Fabulous in plot which annoys me with its lack of creativity. Not as much as these two characters, but still.

Z is also a Sassy Boy. He's the "dark" one which translates to he likes to wear black.

Oh, he plays at being a hard ass but it mostly comes across as posturing. He has the requisite sad backstory like
5 Dazzling Stars

I am totally addicted to this series. I love these sexy men that Elizabeth Varlet has created, The Sassy Boyz, who are not afraid to let their sparkle shine or as in this book dazzle us with darkness. These men are complex characters who have had tragic pasts and who have formed their own family and support system. In addition, they know how to dance their asses off in heels and sexy clothes while sexing up the crowd and shakin' their asses to the beat!


This is book two in the S
~Mindy Lynn~
4.25 Stars!

Azariah "Z" Hayes, like the other Sassy Boyz, has known hardship and has been through enough to know that he can only depend on himself. He has recently lost his roommate and is on the verge of losing his apartment. He works as a waiter and gets his boss Sal to give him more hours but still it won't be enough. Dancing is his escape and his other source of income. He and the Sassy Boyz dance at a club called Vibe and then do some more private dancing after their routine for tips. But
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
***3.5 Stars***

"You take what you want and give only what you're willing to lose."

Pride. That is the biggest conflict in this book. Z's pride.

He's a realist, he says. People will eventually let you down and leave you, he says. Relying on someone else and asking for help makes you weak, he says.

And Connelly....well, he's a helper and a fixer. A detective who needs to solve every case, a brother who drops everything to help his sister...a man who admires Z's fierce strength and indep
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
Well....despite my hesitancies I am really glad I ended up reading this one.

Was it super hard to read at times? Absolutely. Z was fiercely independent and prideful and because of that his decisions were a bit self-destructive. And that's just hard to read about.

But I loved Connelly and his protective, sometimes meddling ways. He just wanted to help Z, boy scout that he was.

There are definitely aspects in this book people will not like and it won't be for everyone. But I was super proud of Z an
Sigh ... what a hot mess of a book. I realize I'm probably in the minority here at Goodreads, but honestly? It was a major let-down from the first book in the series Fierce & Fabulous which I thought was all kinds of sexy and .... well, fierce ... and okay, fabulous.

Detective Connelly Reid is out (but doesn't seem to be terribly proud) and has a nickname of "Boy Scout" at the precinct, while Azariah "Z" Hayes calls him "Hot Fudge" because he orders a hot fudge sundae everyday at Sal's Place whe
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pre-Review Disclaimer: I will not apologize because I loved this book but I will warn you, there are probably wayyyy too many quotes and gifs in this review.

5 Sexy Stars from me - this book was everything I wanted and more! I honestly wasn't sure if I loved or hated Azariah, but that sassy bitch killed it even without the heels.

When I sat down to read Dark & Dazzling I was both uncontrollably excited and afraid. The first book in the Sassy Boyz series (Fierce & Fabulous) made my top 10 of 2016 l
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, hurt-comfort
2.5 stars

I’ve read a lot of reviews that say this second installment is dark. Way darker than the first one in the series. And for the first half of this story I didn’t get it. It didn’t feel all that dark at all, and I was enjoying it.

But then in the second half all the anger and relationship angst happened. And I didn’t like it.

I also read about dub-con/non-con, but no details, so I was prepared. But I also thought the non-con would happen (view spoiler)
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars
I think if I see the guy in the black jacket one more time on the cover of another mm romance I'm going to scream!
Now I took that out of my chest, let's get to the review.
Nobody does angst like The Sazzy Boyz, people!
This book was ok. I'd have liked it even more hadn't I found it very similar to the first one in the series.
Z was the darker version of Ansel and Con the gay version of Finch. Femme guy meets amazing butch guy, they fall instantly in love. Femme guy gets evicted fro
4.5 Stars

I found this to be a grittier and more emotionally draining story than its predecessor Fierce & Fabulous. I felt more, which is always a good thing in my books.

Azariah (Z) is a character who pulled me into his proud and determined headspace from the beginning, and kept a tight grip on me even when he faltered and became scared, hopeless and heartbroken. I felt so much for this guy. Sorrow, anger, disbelief, heartache, respect – he demanded (and deserved) it all. To say that Z made some
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

Definitely dark, this was more harsh than the first story, but like Fierce & Fabulous, it all starts with a kiss - a kiss that ignites and doesn’t let go.

Connelly is a cop and has white knight syndrome, ready to come to the rescue for anyone who needs aid. He has admired Azaria from afar, sees his strength and knows there are some secret struggles going on… he just wants to help to show he cares. When they act on their mutual attraction, it’s so very hard for Connelly to restrain himself
2.5 stars
There really wasn't much I liked about this one. Azariah was a hard character to like. He did so many self destructing things that it became tiresome to read. I honestly could not understand Connelly's attraction to him. There was never a spark for me with their relationship, in fact, I had no clue why it started in first place.
Really wish there was more sassy boys in this one. Anyways, I hope the next is better because I really liked book 1.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Darkness, angst and heartbreak are feelings that overwhelm this book; I expected it to an extent because Z was presented to us (in book #1) as dark and moody, an angel who is anything but pure and bright. Z doesn't believe in happily ever afters, rainbows, unicorns or white picket fences. Z is not made for love; his life is driven by a pride so strong and foolish, it leads him to make awful choices that he'll have to live with forever.

Z is a character that DEMANDS attention and will not let you
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I think I would have liked it much more, if I hadn't read the first book in the series.

I had expected it to be somewhat different from the previous novel, so I quickly got annoyed with the fact that Dark & Dazzling pretty much followed the same formula as Fierce & Fabulous . The same knight in shining armor, the same beautiful, troubled hot mess of a guy in desperate need of saving.

The only difference for me was that this book was a bit darker and angstier, and it lacked the chemis
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

3,5 stars.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one more than book one. I'm not sure just what it was, but I had more sympathy for Z than I had had with Ansel, even though most of Z's problems were caused by his own pride.

I loved Connelly though, even if he was a bit of an idiot to not tell Azariah that he'd paid his back rent for him. His whole character was unapologetically caring and he tried to do his best all the time.

I wouldn't say this one was particularly dark though, there's two scenes people have highlighted as being po
Z has grown up in the school of hard knocks. He will do what he needs to to survive. More comfortable dressed in heels and full make up, he is flamboyant, flashy and tough. Stripping by night and waiting tables by day, he found himself attracted to one of the regulars at lunch time.
Connelly is a detective, a knight with a gold badge, rugged, tough and few know he is gay. He makes a point of eating lunch at the same restaurant just to see the waiter who seems to light up the room whenever he is t
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Dazzling indeed. Azariah Hayes aka Z is definitely the dark one of the Sassy Boyz. Nothing in life has ever come easily for Z. He wears his armor of sass, attitude, and cynicism behind a wall made of glitter and high heels. For the most part this has worked for him. Z has survived, he’s a survivor it's all he knows how to do. Readers get to know Z at a point in his life where he has one very simple choice to make. All he has to do is ask one simple thing. He chooses to do it all on his ...more
Riina Y.T.
Facts: Azariah was introduced in Fierce & Fabulous, Sassy Boyz #1. Dark & Dazzling follows the events of the previous book.

I could already tell that, next to Ansel, the star of Sassy Boyz #1, Azariah would be my favorite Sassy Boy. Mouthy little thing :)

Much like Ansel, Z has got attitude, is full of snark and delivers a lot of sass. He calls himself a bitch and princess. He’s strong and an amazing character. He never backs down from a challenge, loves to argue and “bitch around”.

His sarcasm
Christi Snow
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
OMG, this book is all about Z for me. This kid...I want to just gather him up in my arms and take care of him and give him a safe place to love Con. Loved the two of them so much, but it's definitely Z that stole my heart.

As one of the Sassy Boyz, Z is no stranger to hardship. That's been the theme to his life. That's why he can't allow himself to get involved with Con. Con is a cop and has his life together. Z...doesn't. He's recently lost his roommate and is on the verge of losing h
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
Dang... it's two o'clock in the morning... if that tells you anything! *headdesk* LOL!!!

What can I say, I couldn't put it down... it was really well-written and I spent half the time wanting to wring Azariah's and Con's neck and the other half cheering them on when they would finally get something right... ugh, they exhausted me! ;D

It had its dark moments and it had its dazzling moments... wow, those boys can still dance! *fans face* Lessons were learned and love was found... yep, in my humble o
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, read-2016
3.5 stars – As is often the case when I read and review a second book in a series, my immediate reaction to Elizabeth Varlet’s Dark & Dazzling is to draw comparisons between it and its predecessor, Fierce & Fabulous. Both of these feature a go-go dancer who prefers to dress with gender-bending flair being paired with a more stereotypically alpha masculine love interest. Both also have a troubling darker side to them to keep them from being all glitter and glam. Even with these similarities, thou ...more
DNF at 35%.

The 1st book on the series is one my favorites of 2016...too bad this one didn't live up to it :/
Sassy Boyz, Book 2

I am loving this series and cannot wait for the next. Azariah is struggling with life in general and Connolly just wants to step in and fix everything for him but Azariah has trouble trusting anyone to just help him and is used to fending for himself. It takes a while for him to let himself open up to Connolly and Connolly does mess it up on occasion but there's no mistaking the love between these two. These books are off the charts HOT and I, for one cannot wait for more.

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Elizabeth Varlet is a nerd at heart and spends way too many hours binging on episodes of her favorite television shows. If you love Doctor Who, Supernatural, Stargate, Star Trek, Sherlock, or Firefly you are already her best friend.

She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now, her characters like to get frisky under the covers – or the stars, they’re not picky. She’s a thirty

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