Friday, December 28, 2012


Title: Tigerland
Author: Sean Kennedy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-028-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Since Declan Tyler retired from the AFL, he and his partner, Simon Murray, have made a good life together. Their professional lives still keep them in the public eye but they try to stay away from the media with their personal lives. That changes when Greg Heyward, Declan’s ex-partner and team mate decides to retire and come out of the closet the same day. It wouldn’t matter except Greg intends to use the revelation to gain attention and plans to drag Declan and Simon’s name into the spotlight. Initially Declan’s furious. He refuses to speak out in their defense, insisting it’ll blow over, except it only gets worse.  Can Declan and Simon’s relationship survive Heyward’s lies? Will it make them stronger as a couple or drive them apart forever?

Tigerland is the newest release by Sean Kennedy and is the sequel to Tigers and Devils, which is also the series name. Please note the books should be read in order or you’ll be lost.

By the end of the last book, Declan and Simon were an established couple but here they’ve even more in love and the author’s done a great job showing that their relationship is deeper and more committed. You can’t help but root for these two. I loved the hilarious, bantering dialogue between the various characters. It often helped lighten the mood and kept the story from bogging down, and besides it’s just plain fun.

There’s plenty of returning secondary characters—friends that play important roles in Declan and Simon’s lives. There’s also family, Coby (Simon’s assistant), and Heyward, the attention-seeking problem to deal with. For the villain, Heyward’s pretty annoying and the author supplied just enough information about him to make his character seem real. A jerk still, but real. Lastly, I liked how the author handled the media coverage and showed how pushy they can be to get a story. I don’t know about you but taking away a person’s privacy under the umbrella of the people-have-the-right-to-know is nuts.

So, off my soapbox. I enjoyed this entertaining and well-written story. The pacing is smooth, the personalities nicely developed and the relationships believable. I don’t know if another book is planned, so keep checking the author’s website for updates

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