Five Things that Azariah Hayes Can’t Live Without


By Elizabeth Varlet, author of DARK & DAZZLING

Without giving too much away, there is a scene in Dark & Dazzling where Azariah must make some tough choices. When writing that scene I needed to think about who Azariah was and what he needed. Why would he hold on to some things and let other’s go?

Here are the top five things that he can’t live without.

  1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania, because a good lip color can make you feel 100% better.

  1. His Round Toed Lace-up Ankle Boots, because they are the first pair of heels he ever bought and are precious to him.

  1. His favorite black nail polish, because without nails he feels naked.

  1. His addiction, because they soothe him.

  1. Ardell Natural Demi Wispies, because even though he has naturally long lashes he loves taking things to the extreme.

Now, what’s on your list? If you could only carry five things what would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you want to take a look at more of Z’s favorites you can check out my Dark & Dazzling Pinterest board.


DARK & DAZZLING by Elizabeth Varlet

Sassy Boyz, book two

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.

Book two of the Sassy Boyz series 

This book is approximately 87,000 words

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