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Sweet Thing

Pretty Boy
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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
  • 11-11-2018

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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  • Dana Piazzi
  • 02-05-2018

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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  • Kate M
  • 27-04-2018

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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  • The Book Maven
  • 14-05-2020

I'm taken 🖤

I read the first two books in this series via ebook because that's the only format available for them, however, I bought this one on audio first and definitely enjoyed be able to journey with this narrator. What a sweeping journey of many things, pain, loss, love, fresh starts, and heart. I enjoy any story that takes place abroad and this was no exception in that, but I felt so far away from knowing what was going to happen, although I wound up sound.

The characters are all damaged and finding their way. Their challenges are not so easily overcome and I truly enjoyed this series. This book in particular via audio allowing me to indulge longer periods of time.

Plan to see what else the author has in audiobooks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2019

Realistic

Well written and the characters are realistic and deep.
The narrator is very good.
No evil crazy character just the mind set of the characters who are struggling to find them self after hard life experiences.
I had great time listening. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 28-12-2019

Beautiful story

First of all, Gary Furlong gives a great performance. I loved all the voices.

Isobel is fast becoming one of my favorite writer's in this genre. This story was written so beautifully with an almost heartbreaking journey from rock bottom to love and happiness. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.

so worth the credit.

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  • PattyH
  • 27-11-2019

Love it!

As far as love stories go, this is on of the best I've listened to. Through tragedy and heartbreak. Real lasting love wins Everytime.

I love the narrators accent,. it adds passion to this story.

I received this audible free at my request. I'm thrill to be able to leave my review

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 05-11-2019

A Wonderful Second Chance Book!

This is the second book in The Pretty Boy Series. A riveting book the writing was great. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters captivating. The characters were well developed and thought out. Simeon and Bastian are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, models, Art Gallery, a car crash, paintings, skinny dipping, a lavender bouquet, betrayal, German and French languages and so much more in this book. I really enjoyed this book my only complaint is that with the other languages I didn’t always know what was being said. Other than that, I thought it was a fantastic book. The narration wasn’t my favorite, but he did try to have a different voice for each character. The flow was good and he did succeed at it not being monotone.

Here is a quote from the book, “So What do you think of the work? She asked. Cute British accent, Sim thought absently. “I really wanted to hate it, but she’s … amazing,” Simeon admitted, his internal filter seemingly broken. The woman’s eye’s widened as if she was startled by his honesty. “That’s a strange thing to say. Why did you want to hate it, do you have a history with the artist?” “Something like that,” Sim replied coyly, “But how could I hate someone who can paint his soul onto canvas? No matter what our history, I can see a little of what he saw, I get it.”. There is more but you will need to read/listen this book which I can highly recommend. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Inga Deborah James
  • 24-09-2019

Sweet Thing (Pretty Boy)

Complexities of love.

I love books (in every genre) that know how to build people's characters in a way that seems real and believable.

Isobel Starling wrote a story about people who share connections, who are struggling & need to take a leap of faith while entering a new relationship. I enjoyed the journey they took to heal themselves.

Well narrated by Gary Furlong who always manages bring to life in an animated way each character.

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  • Ginger
  • 19-09-2019

Reviewed for Audiobook Boom 💥

I have to first admit this story was not quite what I expected, when I requested it, it was so much more. Two lonely souls trying to find there way back from loss and hurt. There beginning is rocky, but when the heat hits ooh la la.
Gary Furlong really brought these characters to life, with multiple accents.

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  • Thing
  • 29-02-2020

Mileage may vary

I think it's a testament to Starling's ability to write and Furlong's performance that saw me finish this.

When the two MC's of a romance are unlikeable, it makes for a difficult read. Of course, some readers love petulant bratty boys and older overbearing dominant types, but I find them respectively annoying and creepy. If they are the types of characters you like (along with unhealthy relationships) then I can highly recommend this story.

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  • emmy247
  • 03-05-2020

Gary Furlong is the star of this read!!!

I listened to the audiobook and Gary Furlong deserves all 5 stars for such an amazing performance. He is a dream narrator, and I'm happy to listen to him anytime..

Sweet thing was a journey through, addiction, unrequited love, new love, lies and secrets, but above all else how true friendship and real love is all that matters, it is the support network we all need in life.

This was my first from this author and I will give some of her others a try, as much as I enjoyed listening, I didn't really connect much with this one, but it certainly hasn't put me off her other books.


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  • Scotty
  • 11-10-2019

Heartbreak and Love

Two broken characters finding themselves and each other.

Another fantastic story by Isobel Starling, with complex characters, and an eventful plot. Despite Sim's flaws, it's easy to love him, and I was shouting at him at times to do the right thing. I'm hopeful for a sequel!

The narration was perfect, with Gary creating mesmerising accents (he can talk French to me any day of the week).

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  • Booklover 876🇯🇲
  • 04-08-2019

This romance is a Sweet Thing

First book by this author and I love it. Found out this is book 2 and I'm gonna need to read the first one. I enjoyed every moment of this story. From slutty manwhore to a sweet thing. From heartbroken with grief and loss to a sweet thing. Oh the feels. At first Simeon didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities, but after getting to know him you have to admire his strength. Bastian and Simeon's first encounter was the worst and I couldn't see how they would move on. They worked it out slowly though and the relationship blossom into something beautiful. Gary Furlong narration was beyond perfect. He changes accents and character voices seamlessly. I'm in awe of his performance . I was given this audiobook by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 31-07-2019

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-11-2018

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 🤓
  • 08-11-2018

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
  • 17-10-2018

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
  • 27-04-2018

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
  • 20-04-2018

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.