Another beautiful sunny day and another good day for sitting out and reading giving me time to get to the end of this little gem – Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy
Blurb: 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.
My thoughts: Now this is a book I might never have normally come across – but after glowing recommendations from a friend it did seem like a read worth checking out – and I was right 🙂
The opening of this book was a little slow as we learned of the football loyalties of the different characters but thankfully, despite one of the main characters being a football player, football isn’t any real major part of the story. The real strength of this book in my opinion is the characters. When you simultaneously want to hug and shake a character then you know the author is doing something right 🙂
Simon is a decent guy with great friends and a job he loves, what he doesn’t have is a boyfriend, and he’s pretty okay with this – or so he tells himself. When he meets the superstar football player Declan Tyler however everything changes. Any new relationship can be difficult but when you’re openly gay and the man you are falling in love with isn’t, and believes he can’t be, things are never going to be easy… but some relationships are worth the hardships.
With the kind of best friends we all need behind him Simon learns what it’s like to fall in love with a man who’s private life is public property. No matter how hard they try nothing can stay secret forever.
A great story, love and friendship and all of the ups and downs that go along with any kind of relationship… very enjoyable read and I’ve already started on book 2 🙂