TITLE: Sweet Thing
AUTHOR: Isobel Starling
SERIES: Pretty Boy
PUBLISHER: Decent Fellow Press
COVER ARTIST: Isobel Starling
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM,
LENGTH: 237 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book
M/M Romance sequel to ‘Fall Together’
**This can be read as a standalone novel**
French male model Simeon Duchamp has a lot of explaining to do
Two years after a breakdown fueled by unrequited love, drugs, and booze, Simeon is clean 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 Pieter Bayer.
Pieter now has a long-term partner, artist Emily Raven with whom he shares a baby son, and so Simeon is amazed when Pieter accepts his apology and invites him into his life again.
Closeness to the object of his obsession sees’s Simeon’s longing for his friend rekindled, but then Simeon meets a troubled older man who turns his world upside down. Simeon has to decide whether to allow himself to fall for the man who wants him or pine for the man he can never have.
Sweet Thing is the second book in the Pretty Boy series by Isobel Starling. I enjoyed reading this book, and I liked the main characters, Simeon and Bastian, and the secondary characters, Pieter, Emily, and baby Lukas.
The story starts out with Simeon getting out of rehab for his drug and alcohol problem and being treated for Addictive Personality Disorder and moving back to Berlin where his ex-best friend Pieter lives with his artist girlfriend, Emily, and their young son, Lukas. Simeon has come to apologize for what he had done to Pieter three years ago and to get closure as his therapist has advised him to do. Simeon is forgiven and invited to a gallery showing that night by Pieter’s girlfriend. It’s at this exhibition opening that Simeon meets Bastian for the first time.
Bastian and Simeon are both drawn to the pain, sadness, and heartache that they see in each other’s eyes and want to help each other. But both men have strong issues that they are trying to work through and what was supposed to be a simple hookup turns into abuse and ends up hurting Simeon physically and emotionally.
For Bastian, he also can’t believe what he did to Simeon, and he will do anything to make it up to Simeon if he can only get Simeon to talk to him. I wasn’t sure if I could like Bastian after what he did, but he managed to redeem himself and then he messed it up again with a misunderstanding, but everything got worked out.
I did enjoy the bromance between Pieter and Simeon, and I won’t lie, I was kind of hoping they would hook up, but they never did. I also loved Emily and baby Lukas. The book also has the characters speaking in French and German, but there are English translations, so I was able to know what they were saying. Something that I would have liked developed further was how they handled the Dom-sub aspect of their relationship, especially after what Bastian did. They had one small scene of spanking with only four smacks after the incident, but it didn’t really address the issue for me. From what I’ve read about the BDSM lifestyle, it isn’t something you can just turn off. It’s a part of your personality and how you are wired. So I would have figured they would have worked it out after being together for three years. Otherwise, the book had lots of sexy scenes and was enjoyable to read.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***