Dark & Dazzling

Z doesn t need a hero Azariah Z Hayes is a diamond Equal parts strength and sparkle, he s 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 proZ doesn t need a hero Azariah Z Hayes is a diamond Equal parts strength and sparkle, he s 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 protect is just another day at the office even if that means protecting himself from his own true desires He s been curious about Z, his waiter, for months, but it s not until he sees him in his makeup and heels that the curiosity becomes a fierce attraction Z, despite all his over the top dazzle, might just be the man Connelly has been waiting for his entire life.But when Connelly investigates underground porn and drug activity with ties to The Vibe, one thing becomes very clear acting on what he knows is going to hurt Z, financially and emotionally And though Connelly would love nothing than to fix all of Z s problems, no amount of mind blowing sex can make Z comfortable becoming dependent on his lover Yet if there s one thing Connelly knows from his years on the force, it s this when things go bad, you need a trusted partner to have your back.
Dark Dazzling Z doesn t need a hero Azariah Z Hayes is a diamond Equal parts strength and sparkle he s than capable of standing on his own stilettos So if waiting tables and stripping at The Vibe are what it takes

  • Title: Dark & Dazzling
  • Author: Elizabeth Varlet
  • ISBN: 9781460397503
  • Page: 347
  • Format: ebook
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    1. I love this seriesn 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 too proud to [...]

    2. 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 black, and he [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Story Rating ~ 5 STARS!Hero Rating, Azariah ~ 4.5 Dark & Dazzling STARS!Hero Rating, Connelly ~ 5 Hot Fudge STARS!Heat Level ~ 4.5 DRENCHING PANTY 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 [...]

    5. 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 dete [...]

    6. *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, [...]

    7. 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 Sa [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. ***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 sistera man who admires Z's fierce strength and independence and just w [...]

    10. Wellspite 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 and his [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. Sigh what a hot mess of a book. I realize I'm probably in the minority here at , 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 where Z works as [...]

    13. Bueno, ya está bien de procastinar con la reseñas, al lío. BR hippie con mis nenas, Elsa e Izen.El libro anterior, que fueron otras 3 estrellitas, me animó a continuar con la serie, y la historia de Z y Connelly, pintaba bien, el 40% inicial me tenía enganchada, es muy insta, como el anterior, pero llevadero, el estilo es ágil, la autora no escribe mal, ahora, en algún momento, desconecté, y básicamente es por Z. A ver, que entretiene, no me entendáis mal, pero cuando un MC se te mete [...]

    14. 2.5 starsI’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)[between the MCs, which it didn [...]

    15. 3 and 1/2 starsI 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 [...]

    16. 4 StarsDefinitely 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 restrai [...]

    17. 4.5 StarsI 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 [...]

    18. En realidad sería un 2.5. Es dificil que se disfrute una historia cuando los dos personajes principales te caen como una patada en el hígado, absolutamente OTT, los dos.

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 2.5 starsI 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 ch [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 hi [...]

    24. 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! ;DIt 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 opinion this wasn't [...]

    25. 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”.H [...]

    26. My Review:OMG, this book is all about Z for me. This kidI 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.n't. He's recently lost his roommate and is on the verge of losing his apartm [...]

    27. REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCEThis is the much anticipated second book in the Sassy Boyz series by Elizabeth Varlet and it didn’t disappoint.The Sassy Boyz are a group of friends who dance together and who live through each other’s dramas – in book 1 it was all about sultry Ansel Becke but in Dark and Dazzling the spotlight is firmly on Azariah Hayes, or Z as he is more commonly known, and it is a very different story.Z is an island. An angry man that can’t and won’t accept help and [...]

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