“You’re a sweet little thing, Aria. A very sweet thing.”
Coming off of JA Huss’s book, Pretty Thing, I suppose I was expecting a more angsty, deep story. I am not saying that Sweet Thing doesn’t have its angsty moments, but this book is, instead, incredibly, incredibly sexy.
Ryker and Aria are very, very different. Aria begins the story as a 17 year old graduating high school student, who turns 18 several days into the story. Ryker is a developer, a thirty-something businessman/drummer. They meet when Aria acts as a house-sitter for her older sister. From the outset, Ryker is drawn to Aria as he has a predilection for younger women: “I want to corrupt her. That’s my sick reason for liking them young. I want to corrupt them.” Unfortunately, he has never dated someone as young as Aria, so he battles with his attraction to her. However, his attraction wins out. On Aria’s birthday, he decides to act upon it.
Aria is drawn to Ryker. On the one hand, she recognizes his age, and she struggles with her attraction to this older man. On the other hand, Ryker ignites an excitement and passion in her. She becomes his “dirty girl,” and the two, who believe it will be a passing fancy, recognize a deeper connection. Sadly, extreme May-December relationships cause problems with Aria’s family, namely her father, who is a potential business associate of Ryker’s. Herein lies the angst and struggle of this story.
I’ll be honest. This book is one sexy fire of a story. Yes, we learn about Ryker’s background, a background that informs his decisions in the story. It’s sad, and your heart breaks a little for him. But Aria and Ryker together is straight up fire. Anything goes in this relationship, and Ryker teaches Aria every dirty thing you can imagine in the bedroom. Even more, Aria becomes an accomplished student at his hand.
One would think that this extreme age difference between the H and h would make for some uncomfortable moments. And it does. However, it isn’t at the level the reader would imagine.
I really did enjoy this book. Ryker and Aria made me laugh and tear up through their struggles. In the end, though, Sweet Thing is a sexy, story of forbidden love gone right.
“She is everything I’ve ever wanted. Young and pretty, sure. Sweet and dirty, yes. But most of all she’s just…mine.”
In love and romance,