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Sweet Thing

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Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Independent Audiobook Award 2019 - LGBTQ+ Category 

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. 

Contains mature themes.

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

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  • Dee Winston
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 11-11-18

In love

Getting to know Simeon has been wonderful. He's a man who is trying to find himself in a sober world. He's messed up and now is trying to make amends and find out who and what he deserves. And he finds it in another who has been struck by tragedy and finding it hard to move on. Watching Simeon and Bastian navigate something they've never done before has been a joy. Both men deserve to be happy. I couldn't get enough of these two.

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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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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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Wonderful

Sweet Thing wasn't what I was expecting. It was such an interesting and emotional story. I really recommend it. Gary Furlong's accents and narration were amazing.

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Truly complex and interesting story

Okay, this was the kind of book in which you find yourself disagreeing (LOUDLY!) with most of the characters, most of the time. And yet... you can't stop listening because the storyline is too alluring to allow you to stop.

I had a lot of issues with Bastian. And not just for his first interaction with Simeon, no. His first interaction with his former lover has also non-consensuality issues (he said he did not want to be photographed, and Bastian still went ahead with it). And Bastian's obsession with that former DEAD lover is also unhealthy. And I suspect there were more there than just an idealized lover, something was telling him that there was something wrong there... and he was right, of course.

So, we are not talking about two broken men here: we are talking about two men with mental issues. Not the best option for them to be together when each of them needs to be really careful with their lives. Particularly Simeon. And Simeon's friends pushing him into a relationship, when he is still so fragile... I wanted to shake them really, really hard :/

And yet, the writing is so delicious, and Gary Furlong's narration so delightful that I just HAD to keep listening. And let me tell you this: Furlong and French are a match made in heaven :P I thought nothing could be better than his Scot, and then... FRENCH! *laughs*

So, yes, this was a wonderful, difficult story, and I loved it. I really, really loved it :D


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Sweet thing

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The ups and downs Simon and Bastion went through to get their happily ever after we’re remarkable. Their love proved that if you really want something and work hard to be open with each other you can attain the love of a lifetime.

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Love this!

This is such an emotional rollercoaster story and I just loved it so much! Simeon and Bastien's story is just amazing. And listening to Gary Furlong narration to this story just makes it even better. I can't get over how amazing he does all his voices. It just really pulls me into the story. Love it!

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Emotional beyond measure

Gutwrenching, raw. heart gripping , and absolutely hot beyond words! But I'll write a few. The struggles literal and figurative are real. and they are coming out the better and stronger due to that challenge! Bent but not broken, and beautifully salvageable; I loved these men and their journey so much. I listened to this on audible, and the narrator made it all come to life for me. awesome job.

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A great story and a fantastic audio performance.

I have heard so many great things about this audiobook but just never got around to adding it to my library. When the author recently offered me a free code to get the book there was no way I was going to turn her down.

I have to admit that for some reason I was a bit confused when I first started listening to this. I'm going to attribute that to starting it when I was already involved in doing something else. Most of the time I can listen and work around the house at the same time but the beginning of this story needed more of my attention. Later on I was able to resume working around this house while I listened.

Once I settled down and could give this my full attention, I immediately fell in love with the story and all of the different voices that Gary Furlong did for the characters. I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed Sweet Thing nearly as much if I had read it; Gary's performance was just that fantastic.

This is the first audiobook I've listened to with characters that have so many different accents. Simeon is French, Bastian is German and I think there were also a couple of different British accents for other characters. The voice he used for Simeon was the perfect combination of petulant and sultry; Bastian was wonderfully growly.

The story is pretty angsty and deals with things that some might be sensitive to: a recovering addict, previous suicide attempt, and a spanking that got out of control. But both Simeon and Bastian are broken and the story shows us all of their broken parts and, just when you think there is no hope, manages to put them back together again. There was also a twist in the story that I never saw coming.

While I did receive a complimentary code to purchase this audiobook, my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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Simeon the not sweet

A good audiobook. Gary Fueling does an excellent job. His voice is just perfect.
I really enjoyed the audio, don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much.
The story just did not do much for me. The characters are good and developed.
Would have enjoyed this way more if Simeon was a vampire too.
(Given a copy for an honest review)
(Thanks)

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  • 11-13-18

Absolutely stunning

I love redeeming characters and Sim is definitely redeemable. After leaving the clinic he sets out to make amends for all his wrong doings and along the way he meets the man who will complete his life. True love doesn't run smooth for Sim though and there are a few bumps in his road of recovery. It's such a beautiful story. The narrator is absolutely perfect. If you love English/French accents then omg you'll love this story. It's one of those books you don't forget.

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  • DML 🤓
  • 11-08-18

Excellent

To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story and I was not sure what it was about but as I had listened to the Shatterproof Bond set I knew I couldn’t go wrong.
I loved this super story about Simeon and Bastian. The relationship starts out badly with both having issues and you want to be involved and right there with them as they work out their problems and miscommunications. Can’t give too much away so take a chance and listen to this.. I adored the accents Gary gave to all of the characters, superb choice of Narrator..

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  • Debbie
  • 10-17-18

Emotional slow burn romance

This is the first book I have read that is set in a different country to America or the UK, that isn’t just mc’s visiting. I loved that I didn’t know the area and wow do I now want to go travelling!!!

Bastian and sim are two broken men who find that love can work when you get to know each other and work at the relationship. I loved this story, it had me laughing, crying and shouting no no don’t do it a few times!! Word of warning don’t listen in the car because you get weird looks when you get to your destination and can’t leave the car because you are so engrossed in the story!!!! I liked both mc’s equally and was cheering for them both, this is a slow burn story where they get to know each other and build trust before they get intimate. There were few sex scenes which were relevant to the story and flowed through the story line.

Although I found Gary’s narration hard to get used to for the first 10 minutes, I think it was because of the heavy accent, but I quickly got used to it and feel it would have been strange without it and the story would not have been so deep had he not used the accents. I loved the voices he used for each character.

Really enjoyable story that I will be listening to again and again. Will also be checking out other books by the author and narrator.

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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.