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I would highly recommend this and I will be trying out more from her!
Simeon is a model battling substance abuse that almost cost him his life. In his darkest lowest point, Simeon lashed out at his best friend and love interest, Pieter, with a rumor that threatened his modeling carrier. Two years after his breakdown he is out if rehab and looking to make amends. Pieter, who has a child now, forgives him and invites Simeon to his girlfriend's art exhibit opening, where he meets Bastian. Their encounter is explosive, charged with sexuality and goes out of hand. Now Simeon and Bastian need to find the strength to grow and lev the past behind them, together.
This book 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, it was almost unedited, where some parts were overly detailed and repetitive and others flew by and appeared under developed. I am glad a pushed through and finished it but there were still many 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.
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, the complimented each other almost Ying 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.
The rating for this book had me torn. To be absolutely honest, I’m still not completely sure what I thought of it.
Firstly, while this is book two of the series, it’s definitely a standalone. My understanding is that book number one is the story of Simeon’s friend Pieter and Emily, the woman that Pieter falls in love with. This is when Sim’s life explodes in a rather spectacular fashion and leaves him near death locked in a rehab facility. Which is where book two begins. For those who like to stick solely with m/m, Sim’s past is covered enough in this book that you can skip Pieter’s book.
I loved the European feel to this story. Simeon is French and Bastian and Pieter are both German and I felt the atmosphere of the book reflected that. I can’t say if the author’s French or German translations were any good, but I always think it’s a brave writer who includes multiple languages in their stories, because readers fluent in them always tend to find fault.
I also really liked Simeon. I liked watching his pouty, hissy fit attitude morph into a more thoughtful and mature manner. Okay, he was still pouty, and loved being the center of attention, but he grew to consider other people rather than focus completely on his own wants. Simeon was fun and over the top, and you could see how money and fame would cause all sorts of issues for someone like him. Moderation was not a word in his vocabulary, until he was forced to use it.
Unfortunately, while I loved Simeon, Pieter and Emily, I never grew comfortable with Bastian. And it wasn’t the fact that he assaulted Sim the first time they met – be aware that there is some dub con/non con here. In one flashback Bastian’s ex-lover, Matti, finds Bastian masturbating at work over a photo in Matti’s employee file. And I just could not get past that. You know how sometimes there is one scene in a book that ruins the whole thing for you. Well, that was mine. I just found that totally ick and it coloured my perception of Bastian from that point. Then there is the fact that Bastian calls Sim a naughty boy during sex, the exact same thing he use to say to Matti and the fact that Bastian thinks courting Sim after assaulting him is a feasible plan. Nope, Simeon and Bastian just didn’t work for me as a couple, and that obviously makes enjoying the romance element a battle.
Hopefully my issues with Bastian were just a personal thing, and if you decide to give this a book a try you’ll be sold on these men together. Like I said, I enjoyed every other aspect of Sweet Thing, and I especially liked the meaning behind the title.
Original review posted at Love Bytes Reviews
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