Tigers & Devils

Tigers & Devils

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by Sean Kennedy
     
 

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The most important things in Simon Murray's life are football, friends, and film-in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour

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The most important things in Simon Murray's life are football, friends, and film-in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler-unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.

Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods-until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.

But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy-for himself or for others.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press (March 2009)

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ISBN-13:
9781613727034
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
943,099
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Tigers & Devils 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
h2olvr More than 1 year ago
bookshelves: grabs-my-heart, makes-me-laugh, romance-contempory, sports  Read in June, 2013 What a wonderfully written story. There are no bad guys (some annoyingly rude reporters). There is no mystery. There is friendship, love and heartbreak. There is sex but the reader is not privy to it. That was disappointing.  Simon is funny and irritating. He is smart and capable. He is out. He is not close to his family but not because they reject him. They just do not understand him. Simon is lonely.  Declan is a sports personality. He is well known and always in the public eye. He is in the closet. He has an ex who cheated on him and did not value him. Declan is used to people wanting to be around him because he is a football star. Declan loves Simon smart mouth and the way he does not crave the spotlight. Both men have a deep friendships that run throughout this story. Their friends are there for them. All the characters in this story are so clearly drawn and have multi-faceted personalities. I did get a little irked at Roger by the latter half of the book.  We experience Simon and Declan try to form a lasting relationship first in the closet and then in the spotlight. Neither is conducive to a lasting commitment. I loved this story. It was beautiful.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
Even though we are focused in on two MC, Simon an arty film guy, out and proud and Declan, super hot foot ball player that is closeted from his sexual orientation from everyone but a handful of people. We also have Simons best friends, Declan best friends both playing major roles and lots of secondary people. Simon and Declan meet at a party but it’s not until the next day when he gets a phone call from Declan asking him out for coffee. That one phone call starts an amazing and very bumpy friendship in to a relationship that lasts.  What an amazing tale of two less capable people of being able to have a talking relationship. All through the book, you’ve find yourself just saying to the pages ‘just tell him, sheesh!’ And when you get that emotionally involved, it’s a fabulous story. This is set in Australia so a lot of the words and mannerisms are unusual but not difficult and I applaud the author for not ‘Americanizing’ the book. I see that too much, and it just doesn’t work.  I love how throughout the book Fran and Lisa stick by their men but will call them out in a heartbeat! It’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve read women characters that I can actually enjoy. My only complaint is the length, coming in at around 370 pages, it’s a doozie, and I’m not sure we needed that much seemed to drag in places. I have to say, I started the second one in the series on audio book, Tigerland. And about 30 minutes into the audio I really wanted to get to know these people better. I wasn’t getting confused, in time the author had done a good job getting me caught up. But I found I just wanted to know. Well done and capturing the audience!  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many Reviews  
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This is a true love story from start to finish. Between the lack of communication, miscommunication, self doubt and self depreciation, I felt like the story has us all pegged. Relationships begin (and sometimes end) the same way across the board. I fell in love with all of the characters, and after googling Australian football players, I gained an immediate appreciation for the "Adonis"physique. MUST READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Loved the entire book. Looking fwd to the next one. Keep them coming. :)
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Great story
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I just finished reading this book at 2 am....I couldnt put it down and I am estatic to learn there is a sequel out!! I have read books that made me laugh and shed a tear, but never one to make me do both on a single page! Awesome book, loved every character.
Fritz409 More than 1 year ago
Due to a chance encounter at a party he didn’t want to attend, Simon meets Declan, an injured but famous Australian football player, and they embark on a clandestine affair due to Declan still being in the closet. But, with the media spotlight that a famous athlete has, things don’t stay hidden, and they are subjected to the scrutiny and pressures of trying to maintain their relationship while the whole country watched and commented. The characters in the book really sold me on it. I loved Simon, pessimistic and sarcastic, going along with keeping their relationship a secret, but hating how self-conscious and paranoid it made him feel. His sarcastic banter with his friends had me outright laughing at so many points, and that alone was well worth buying the book. Declan was wonderful. Sweet and kind, trying to have a normal life in the face of the media blitz of being a professional football player in Australia. The pressures that they faced were very realistically done, and I hurt for them when those pressures increased. Fran and Roger, Simon’s best friends were hilarious. All of the secondary characters were well developed and interesting, even down to the gossip columnist who was a bane in Simon’s life. Even when the two main characters weren’t interacting together on the page, my interest was held the whole time because of these wonderful secondary characters. It was a fantastic book, one that I’ve found myself going back to again and again so that I can enjoy it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a mediocre m/m romance book, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the author's ability to present some fun, loveable real life characters. I would cite this book as by far the most entertaining dialogue I have ever read through, and I am a big reader. I actually laughed a few times. The romance was realistic, dramatic, totally heart tugging. Other m/m romance books out there are a total drag, 95% sex and 5% plot, boring as heck. This one was 100% plot and awesome relationships. After getting through the first few pages and googling what Australian football is, I couldn't put it down and finished the entire 1000 pages in one day! It also sparked me to start drinking coffee (at 24), bitter as it is, just because I loved the book so much. I am definitely reading more of Kennedy's works.
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