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Title: Dark & Dazzling
Author: Elizabeth Varlet
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: N/A
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 11/07/2016
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 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 more 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.
Songs that Influence Z
Music has a very strong influence on the entire Sassy Boyz series. From developing the characters to making the scenes come alive. I have a few songs that are all about Z and I listened to them on repeat while writing Dark & Dazzling.
The first time Connelly sees Z dance it’s to Selena Gomez’s Good for You. This song is so senual and sexy I thought it worked perfectly for that scene.
Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware is one of the songs the speaks directly to the heart of Azariah. When I wanted to connect with him more deeply I’d play this.
The same goes for Sam Smith’s Stay With Me. I honestly listened to this song a thousand times while writing. I find it fits perfectly for Z and Connelly’s first time together.
The next song has a hauntingly sad melody and the singer’s voice is so beautifully meloncholly. I think it works for Z so well.
Lastly, the song that starts it all…sort of. Is the crazy FiyaCraka by Korra-A. I came across this song because I follow one of the dancers featured in the video. I needed something with a really fast beat and I thought this hyper dance groove would be perfect.
I hope you enjoyed these videos. Tell what songs you love that you’d think fit the Sassy Boyz series. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire me. 😉
About the Author
Elizabeth Varlet is a thirtysomething 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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