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Brave & Beautiful

(Sassy Boyz #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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-q
ebook, 249 pages
Published October 9th 2017 by Carina Press
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4.5 Stars.

It's no secret I absolutely adore femme men so this series is totally my thing and I think Tam has just become my new favourite Sassy Boy.

Tam is the groups choreographer and has a quite determination about him-he desperately wants the Sassy Boys to get back on track with regular work.He's sweet and a little bit shy and doesn't seem to realize how stunning he is.Due to a traumatic past he feels no sexual desire but things are about to change when he meets Driver.

Driver comes with his ow
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Despite the heartbreaking themes of loss and sexual abuse, Brave & Beautiful felt hopeful and redemptive.

Unlike Ansel and Z, the Sassy Boyz from the first two books, Tam, the group's talented choreographer, doesn't have a mean streak. Tam is quiet and withdrawn. Having survived a horrific childhood, Tam feels no sexual desire; he's not even sure if he's attracted to men or women. He's far stronger than he thinks, but he doesn't trust easily.

All the darkness in his life had made it p
~Mindy Lynn~
3.5 Stars!

I have to say I am a bit disappointed that I didn't fall head over ass in love with this book as so many of my fellow goodreads peeps did. I thought Tam's story was going to be a possible favorite, but it didn't succeed in grabbing me and keeping me. I struggled with keeping my focus on the story and not letting myself get distracted with other things.

Tam's backstory is pretty horrific and me explaining much of it will give too much away. So I will just say his past has kept him from
Tanu Gill
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I have voluntarily reviewed an ARC generously and lovingly provided by the author.*

This book was a sweet yet heart-wrenching addition to the series. I read the first part with a small, involuntary smile on my face, loving the charm pouring off Driver (wow, it’s really a name!) and the sweet wooing Tam went through.

Then came the tense part, and I spent that with an almost frown on my face and my hand on my stomach to help it digest the pain that was being shoved down its channel with Tam’s bruta
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

I really, really love this series.

Rounding down because it kind of just ended, felt a bit abrupt.

Otherwise, loved it! Makes me want to go back and read the other books.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This was amazing! Best one in the series so far. I was in hurt/comfort heaven with this.

We know Tam as the choreographer of the Sassy Boyz and as somewhat of a quiet guy. The reason he is quiet and not all that approachable is because of his past. (view spoiler) And despite the fact that he has made a good life with some precious frie
5 bleeding stars

This is Tam's story and the third book in the Sassy Boyz series.
I still can't believe Fierce & Fabulous was Elizabeth Varlet's debut book. I loved Ansel so much and it pained me to wait *not so patiently* for the next books.
I was lucky to receive an ARC for Dark & Dazzling and I adored Azariah's story!
I can't explain in words how much I wanted an ARC for this third book and what a huge joy it brought to me when I received it. I started peeking even if I had to study ha
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Man, did I love this one! It just clicked for me.

-From how Tam & Ellis met.
-Their banter.
-Complex characters.
-Hurt/comfort/healing. There was some f*cked up sh*t.
-Despite the heartbreak in their backgrounds, this story is full of hope.
-The pace was smooth.
-Steam factor is high.
-The best part of this book though is the relationship development. So. Freaking. Well. Written.

I can't recommend Brave & Beautiful (Sassy Boyz #3) by Elizabeth Varlet enough. 4.5 Stars.
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***

"And if there is one thing I've learned from my life it's that scars make us stronger, but only if we let the wounds heal first."

Oh I loved this! I could have read it all in one sitting if time allowed.

Tam, Tam, darling Tam. He broke my heart and healed it too. He's been through so much ugliness in his life and yet even with heaps of self-doubt, he's still such a strong man. A survivor of sexual abuse, Tam struggles with sex, desire, and intimacy. Uncomfortable with
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arcs
4.5 Brave and Beautiful stars.
This was my first book of the series and I'm happy to say it was really good.

Tam is such a sweet character. I wanted to protect him from the world.
Driver was a hardhead and dammit I wanted to punch him in the junk a few times but even if I didn't liked it, I understood the reasons behind his decisions.

Tam had a very hard past, it's discussed and we see him trying to move on with his life.
I appreciate the fact that there weren't graphic flashbacks, it wasn't nece
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely my favourite so far in this series and the one which ties in the closest to the dance related theme on which the books hang.

Surprisingly, for a character who has suffered so much in his relatively short life, Tam was a beautiful soul, and I never found this story to be particularly depressing or overly angsty.

I also didn't really find Driver to be an ass, as others have pinned him, I understood his need to run, to try and escape from feeling anything real. Yes, he was a dick, but it w
Best one of this series. Definitely will be rereading this book!!




Love men on heels....
I was provided an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First let me say I missed the boat and haven't read Fierce & Fabulous or Dark & Dazzling. Grr!!!! But, never fear! For those of you haven't read them either, you don't have too. :) I was fully able to enjoy Brave & Beautiful and not feel lost or as I was missing the inside joke. In my opinion, this can be read as a complete stand-alone. Do I wish I had read the previous books? Of course, but only
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Driver and Tam have past that still haunt them.
Driver is used to running away from his past.
Tam is used to putting up walls.
The two meet and struggle through their demons.
Lots of hurt/comfort.
Overall a good read.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
- 4.5 dazzling stars! -

I have to admit that I haven't read the previous books in this series, but when I saw the blurb for this book, I was immediately intrigued. After reading some reviews that said that this book can be read as a standalone, I was on it, and I'm glad to say that it didn't disappoint, I seriously loved this story!


Tam is a beautiful dancer with a difficult past. Terrible things happened to him when he was younger, things that affect him to this day. You see, he doesn't feel any
3 stars – Even without reading the blurb for Brave & Beautiful, the third novel in Elizabeth Varlet’s Sassy Boyz series, I knew it would be a story with a good bit of angst and drama because the previous books were. I also knew it would be a story pairing another of the dancers who are all about being fierce performers while wearing heels and make-up with, most likely, a big, masculine guy. Both of these things were true, but even though I liked the story enough to continue through to the en ...more
4.3 Stars

Tam's story is so well-handled; I think he's my favorite of all the Sassy Boyz considering what he's been through. I can definitely see why Driver would look up to him, see him as strong and heroic. Driver's angst was harder to relate to - mainly because, while the grief felt real, how he handled it (running away from emotional attachment) was a little OTT. *shrug*

I don't know why but I kept worrying about people from Tam's past cropping up to cause him maybe the mysteri
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, part-of-a-series, arc
~3.5 Stars ~ (I apologize for the long review/rant)

After struggling with this book for the most part, I'm heartbroken that I didn't like it more. I found this to be the weakest book in the series so far, mostly because of Driver's immaturity and overall annoyance his character invoked in me. There were many little details that just didn't work, and all put together they interfered with my enjoyment of this book. All this considered, Brave and Beautiful was still a good book.

Tameron Kis, the tale
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Brave and Beautiful is the third installment of Elizabeth Varlet’s Sassy Boyz series. It is Tam’s book. You can easily step (dance) your way into this series with any book. They each work as a stand-alone. I loved the first two so of course I just had to read this one as well. I can honestly say I enjoyed it but it is my least favorite of the series. I can also blame that solely on Driver.

Tam and Driver both bring so much baggage to the table. Tam’s past is horrible. It is something that no one
Loved it! Tam is my fav Sassy Boy! and Driver is dreamy... when he gets his shit together. He is the typical bad boy with a good heart who ends up being a sweetheart.
Recommend 100%
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Tameron Kis lives for dancing as his escape from his past and his lack of fulfillment in his present life. He is fearful, cautious, quiet, and just getting his life together and living on his own. His looks and manner of dress make him appear more feminine. He has not really been interested in sex or relationships, due to some personal issues from his past. His dance group the Sassy Boyz are still looking for a new place to dance after their previous club closed down, but they are still
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of all of the Sassy Boyz books, this one is my favorite because of Tam. In each of the books of this series, Varlet has done an amazing job telling a story about each of these boys. She brings in elements of their past that are holding them back or maybe hindering their progress and she (previously) presented almost flawless love interestes to help them realize their full potential, but I didn't get that same feeling from this book.

Sure, Tam was letting his past hold him back, but not in a
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Brave & Beautiful is the third book in the Sassy Boyz series, but all three books can be read as stand alones focusing on a new couple in each book. This is Tam and Driver's story, but the couples from the previous stories pop in fairly often. This one has been my favorite of the series so far. I really loved these two, and I was happy to finally get Tam's story.

I really loved Tam. I just wanted to wrap him up in my arms and protect him. He has had a very traumatic past that he still strugg
Really enjoyed this. Both MCs deal with some heavy subject matter and I appreciate the way both are handled with respect and it just felt real. I can see why both are they way they are. Once I understand that I can give a lot of lee way, but that said Driver still got irksome after awhile. Just grown up and stick around already sheesh! But overall I like the way the relationship developed. I like how Driver was respectful of Tam's wishes but still didn't let him run him off. I wish more of the r ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, 2017
4.5 stars.

This book was beautiful. I fell in love.

Full review to come.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Emily Seelye
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, own
4.5 stars

I really liked it, but Driver drove me nuts. Why didn't his grandparents get him help for his grief sooner?
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
Tam and Driver had all my feels people. I really loved this book, and my rating was on the way to a full 5 stars but I needed more of an ending, epilogue or something else. Basically, I didn't want their story to end. Tam, the introverted was so stellar in this book, his story really showed him in a different light. He's a fighter, he's a survivor, he's a dreamer, and a believer. I really felt for Tam, but not pity at all. I felt pride for him. He took his life and fought for everything he's wan ...more
Caroline Brand

4.5 Stars

Book 3 is Tam’s story who is our quiet, introverted and badly damaged choreographer. But with his damage and his troubled past comes a quiet defiance that he will make it and things will be ok – he just needs to remind himself of this often. Absolutely rocking his high heels, lace pants and walking with a sway in his step Tam is battling hard to get the Sazzy Boyz back on track and back in business. What he didn’t expect was a distraction that comes in the shape o
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookfaerie by: Dia
This story was a surprising struggle to finish. I wasn't finding anything luring me to really get lost in the pages. When life demanded that I set it aside, I never felt anxious to get back to the story. It was very lukewarm for me.

Both MC'S are fairly likable. However, Tam's inability to stick up for himself with regard to Driver and express his unhappiness toward Driver's actions is annoying to me. He buries his anger and keeps just welcoming Driver back without calling him out when Driver mis
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this one is the best written of the three books so far. Tam's backstory is darker than Ansel's and Z's in a lot of ways, and as the quietest and most passive of the Sassy boyz, we'd expect to find his romance a little tame.

But no. This is sexy seduction, and the best combination of lust and love.

Trust with Driver needs to be built slowly, and while Driver is the perfect foil to Tam's skittering stand-offish-ness, we also realise that he has deep dark depths to, that need to be confronte
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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

Other books in the series

Sassy Boyz (4 books)
  • Fierce & Fabulous (Sassy Boyz, #1)
  • Dark & Dazzling (Sassy Boyz, #2)
  • Mad & Marvelous (Sassy Boyz, #4)