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French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do.

Two years after a breakdown, Simeon is off drugs and booze and wants to stay that way.

On his road to reclaiming his life and modeling career, Sim first needs to apologize to the man he hurt the most - his ex-best friend and object of his unrequited affection Pieter Bayer. Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven, with whom he shares a baby son. Sim is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology, and invites him into his family.

Closeness to Pieter sees Simeon's longing for his friend is rekindled. But then, when Simeon meets an attractive older man, Bastian Roth at an Art Exhibition, he realizes that there is a soul more broken than his, and Simeon feels compelled to help. Simeon's connection with the troubled Bastian Roth turns his world upside down. He has to decide whether to allow himself to fall for the man who wants him or pine for the man he can never have.

This book can be heard as a standalone.

Please note: This story contains graphic descriptions of gay sex.

©2017 Isobel Starling (P)2018 Isobel Starling/ Decent Fellows Press.

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Oh the feels

Sweet thing is not your typical sweet and fluffy romance. My emotions were all over the place listening to this book. Simeon is recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. His past is a mess, so much that he ruined his relationship with his best friend Pieter. Luckily when Simeon gets out of rehab Pieter forgives him, and they work on rebuilding there friendship.
Bastien has a sad past. He had a homophonic father and his partner died in an accident. Simeone and Bastien first encounter was terrible. I kept thinking how are they going to get past this?? They work things out and a relationship blooms. Sweet thing is about second chances. It’s incredible emotional. It’s sad, sweet and hot. There were some twist and turns I wasn’t expecting. I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator did a really good job. I definitely recommend this book 😍😍

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 05-17-18

SIMEON AND BASTIAN!!! MEANT TO BE!!

Simeon and Bastian definitely had a lot to overcome...but together they were lovely!! I loved the imagery and the passion of this book...this writer is a great story teller and you can never go wrong with her books..this was the first full length one, I have listened too and I really enjoyed it!!

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more than 5 stars 💫💫💫

I'm feeling starry after this book I love that very much the book was lovely and very well written I loved the story very much it was a little bit fuzzy and cute and adorable
the narrator was perfect love the accent
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An excellent narration

Simeon Duchamp’s personality disorders almost ended with him dead. Now he has to make up for the past mistakes, and try to live without the alcohol and drugs that helped him face reality. An old love, a new love, and his inability to cope with rejection, may be fatal for him…
Bastian Roth knows a lot about rejections, and about losing the person you love. Stranded in a haze of sorrow, Simeon becomes a beacon that may help him find his footing again. But a wrong reaction to a secret revealed threatens to send Simeon away from him forever….
This is a bittersweet love story, about a young male model who fell in love with his best friend, made a series of wrong decisions that almost ended with him killed. Simeon is a difficult man, and needs continuous support to be able to function. I could not bond with him, and that’s my only regret about this book. Simeon seems to me too spoiled and flighty to be able to relate to him. Enter Bastian Roth, a bit older, and heartbroken since the death of his lover. Bastian finds in Simeon the spark the needs to feel alive again. There is a lot of bedroom action between these two, and their chemistry is obvious. After a bit of anguish and some trouble, they get the sweet HEA they deserved.
The story is well-written, the plot engaging, the chemistry hot, but what makes it really special is the amazing performance by Gary Furlong. His ability to provide the characters not only with different accents, but also with a full variety of nuances makes listening to this story a really delightful experience.

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Wonderful, sweet story

I loved this audiobook. Simeon was so sweet and cute (and hot!), but also funny. I loved the way Pieter and Emily were so forgiving and wanted to help Simeon’s recovery, and I loved the way that also inspired Simeon to forgive and want to help Bastian. Bastian’s tragedy, and the betrayal when it came out, broke my heart, but I was so glad to see him and Simeon come together. All around, a fantastic story of love, redemption, and forgiveness that I will definitely revisit in the future.

The narration by Gary Furlong was exceptional. He is one of my favorite narrators. He does such a great job giving distinct voices to each character and he is always spot on with expressing the characters’ emotions.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Surprising sweetness and unexpected turns

This is my fifth Isobel Starling book and I had high hopes for it because I adored her books Silken, As You Wish and Illuminate The Shadows. This is also another audio performance by the talented Gary Furlong, a narrator I have adored pretty much ever since I started listening to audio books. as I wrote below, I did have some issues with the story, parts I felt could work better, and I have read it when it came out a while back. I was sure that the re-read on audio will give me the same feeling regarding the story. HOWEVER, the narration by Furlong added another dimension to the story, a layer of emotions so subtle and yet complex I can honestly say I hardly noticed the issues I had while reading on ebook. This is a complex book character wise. with many accents to nail, three languages AND a baby. Furlong took it all with the ease of a true voice actor and really emphasized the differences between each unique person. He flows seamlessly from French to German, effeminate to ,masculine, young to old and made this book that much more enjoyable the second time around.

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WHAT I DID LIKE is the way the story unfolded, with twists and surprises along the way, like Isobel does best. Their relationship was sweet and touching, even with its rocky violent start. I loved how they both had something the other needed, they complimented each other almost Yin and Yang like. This book revolves around healing and understanding past mistakes, and I felt it was incorporated into the story very well most of the time. I like that they talked about things and did not just rush in and deal with the fallout. I feel like she managed to create a wide range of relationships between many different characters and it made the book rich and beautifully layered.
This was a good book to me mostly because of its potential, and I wish it was more consistent. while reading it (before I listened to the audio) I had some issues with the book and at times it confused me. Some parts were delicately handled and the characters rich with depth and uniqueness and others were almost soap opera shallow. I have to say I did not like the beginning, where some parts were overly detailed and repetitive and others flew by and appeared under developed. I am glad I pushed through and finished it but there were still parts I felt did not balance well. I was surprised by that because as I said I loved her books, and her writing style is usually more cohesive and consistent.

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Amazing narration and story

Absolutely loved Sweet Thing by Isobel Starling.
Gary Surlong made the story come to life and put the narration at another level.

Definitely worth the credit for this one. You won't be disappointed as it has all the feels.

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Great narration really adds to the story.

The narration: If you haven't listened to this narrator yet, you definitely should. He performs so many accents in a way that seems flawless to me. I am always impressed by his variation and his ability to emote. Listening to a book narrated by him only enhances the enjoyment of the story.

The story:  Sweet Thing is book 2 of a series and can definitely be read as a standalone. The first book is an m/f book, some of Simeon's backstory seems to take place in it. The author catches us up enough that it doesn't have to be read first, but I did find myself adding it to my to-read list.

Simeon is kind of a broken character. He is on the mend after rehab and counseling for drug and alcohol addictions. His addictive personality disorder isn't something that will go away so it's a constant struggle to stay away from his former vices. And not to form new ones. He finds himself having to apologize to his very best friend Pieter, who he hurt in book one. There is such a history that is glossed over in this book, but you can feel their bond. Hence my wanting to read book one. Through Pieter and his wife, Simeon meets Bastien.

Bastien is broken also. Pieter and Emily encourage the relationship between Simeon and Bastien, thinking that two broken men can help each other. It's debatable if that is a good idea, but their intentions are good. Bastien's problems are with intimacy and while Simeon is able to help, Bastien is also dealing with loss and a lack of closure from his last relationship. He cares for Simeon, no doubt, but he has a lot of issues that don't allow him to put Simeon first, and things between them hit some rough spots.

There is some angst in this book, but it's not overly emotional. I felt disappointed at times in both characters. Which means they aren't too perfect to be real. It's a love story between broken and flawed men. I enjoyed the story and really liked Pieter and Emily's place in the book. I'd say they are the most prominent secondary characters and they add to the story. Overall, I would definitely recommend the book, especially the audio version.

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pretty good

A lovely romance full of compassion. Simeon and Bastian both have a darkness in their past that they must overcome in order to move forward. Even while battling both of their pasts these two find peace by trusting each other enough to open up. I love Simeon and Bastian, they are absolutely amazing together

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  • MaryD
  • 04-27-18

Perfectly Sweet and Sexy

Simeon and Bastian are two lost broken souls and Isobel Starling has crafted a wonderful journey where they found love and acceptance. By the end of their journey the cracks have healed but they are still there beneath the surface. Simeon loves his best friend Pieter. But Simeon doesn’t understand why the love he feels is not returned. He then does something stupid and jeopardises that very friendship. What I liked about this story is the the positive rebuilding of relationships and in doing so Simeon is able to understand there are different kinds of love. He is then able to help Bastian heal. The road for them is not smooth and this, along with the very hot scenes, kept me riveted. The scenes were so hot I found myself double checking that no one else around me could hear them! And such a perfect ending, left me feeling uplifted.

Gary Furlong is such a talented narrator. His characterisation of Simeon, Pieter, Bastian and Emily was excellent. His use of language and accents (French & German) fleshed out these characters and brought a new dimension to the story.

I was given a audiobook copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

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  • Mary
  • 04-20-18

Starling and Furlong- an amazing team

When I see a new release by Isobel Starling with narration by Gary Furlong it's a must buy.

SWEET THING is not your run-of-the-mill tale. It deals with hard subjects like unrequited love, betrayal, loss, addiction and second chances at life and love. The writing is realistic and well observed. It is at times very funny and sweet, and at other times devastatingly gorgeous and heartbreaking.

Simeon and Bastian are beautifully broken and their journey to love is not an easy one, but my goodness its a rewarding listen.

Gary Furlong never ceases to surprise with his range of accents- in this he is English, French and German for multiple characters. Each character is well-defined and individual. He even speaks effortlessly in French and German (which is suuuuper hot!)

The story twists and tangles your emotions in the best ways and the ending is just perfect.
Another masterpeice. Highly recommended.