Title: Sweet Thing
Author: Isobel Starling
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, tragic love story, loss, betrayal, substance abuse, second chances
Page Count: 237 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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’ 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.
Wow, this is truly a tragic love story. It has heartbreak, loss, new beginnings, relapses, secrets and truths and above all love. It is one of those books that will make you smile in one chapter only to have you in tears the next. Like I said……tragic love story.
Simeon is one of those individuals that has an addictive personality. Because of this Simeon has found himself recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. It took losing his best friends Pieter in the most horrible betrayal that Simeon could have facilitated towards an enemy much less a friend, to find himself in rehab getting himself straightened out and working through some strong issues of his past and present.
One of the things on his sober and recovery list is to seek forgiveness from Pieter. So when Pieter not only accepts his apology but also gives him a second chance as his best friend Simeon is over the moon. Little does Simeon know that because of this his life is about to change forever.
Through Pieter and his wife Emily, Simeon is about to meet a man who rivals his crush on Pieter. Bastian is unlike anyone Simeon has ever met. After some unfortunate events that take place the first night these two meet, Bastian and Simeon start a cautious relationship together. Before either knows it they are completely wrapped up in one another and falling in love with the other.
Just when things look like they cannot get any better Bastian’s past comes back to haunt him and causes major issues for both Bastian and Simeon. The issues are so bad that there may be no turning things around for these two men again unless something major happens.
This book was such an incredible read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is definitely a book about learning from mistakes and learning to live and learn again. Isobel Starling did an amazing job on this book and I definitely look forward to more books by her in the future.