Title : Be Dazzled
Author : Ryan La Sala
Narrator : Pete Cross
Release Date: 05 Jan 2021
Format: Audiobook Arc
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.
Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making―for creation. He’s always chosen his art over everything―and everyone―else and is determined to make his mark at this year’s biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There’s only one small problem… Raffy’s ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition.
Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store―or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca’s insecurities and Raffy’s insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can’t ruin.
But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he’ll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he’s ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Thank you netgalley and Dreamscape Media.
This was my first ever Ryan La Sala read and I am in love. He is about to be added to my auto buy list.
The story follows our Raffy. Raffy is trying to juggle first loves, his love and skill for cosplay, and a very unsupportive mother. Let us start with the cosplay and the Cons. It was shown off so well. I felt like I was building, thinking, and sewing with Raffy. The world was represented so well.
Now the romance. The story is in the past and present every other chapter. Raffy and Luca’s relationship is put through the test many times. Luca is in the closet with his bisexuality and of course, that has added some strain. His mother has one of the best lines in the WHOLE book. So if you do not want to be spoiled skip to the next paragraph. She says to him “Then I’m staying too, I never missed a game in your life and I’m not missing this. I am your mother and I cheer you on no matter what okay?” LIKE WHY DID YOU TO MAKE ME CRY LIKE THIS?
I love the different side characters and friendships we got to see in this as well. Raffy really came full circle thanks to them.
The narration was great. Pete Cross voiced Raffy perfectly. He showed emotion through his voice so well. I could hear and feel the different cadence of every emotion. The only downside for me would be there was not much of a change in voice for the other characters. Solid four stars for narration.
One million percent ADD TO YOUR TBR. Five stars.