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Tigers and Devils (Tigers and Devils #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  5,445 ratings  ·  550 reviews
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 th ...more
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Published August 31st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 9th 2009)
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Feb 26, 2015 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nancy by: Lily
Posted at Outlaw Reviews

Declan Tyler is a famous, but closeted, football player. Simon Murray is a film festival director. These two very different men meet at a party that Simon is forced to attend by his best friend, Roger, and his wife, Fran. Declan and Simon hit it off instantly, but they are in for many difficult times ahead.

Because of Declan’s fame, both men have to deal with lots of media attention, which eventually casts a spotlight on Declan’s sexuality and creates problems for Declan a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I am again going to be in the lonely camp of those who didn't love this book.

I was really expecting to love it and for it to be another The Locker Room for me, but alas, it wasn't exactly to my tastes.

What did I like about this book? Many things, really. I liked when the guys were playful and affectionate towards each other. I craved the scenes when they showed some real feelings. I also liked it when Simon was flirty and snarky, but in a cute way. I also dug the idea of a jock and the out-of-s
Jordan Price
I find it ironic that I just told someone two days ago, "There's nothing in the world I care less about than sports," and then I proceeded to get completely and utterly sucked into a book about a regular guy (okay, an arty wanker, which I can relate to) coping with the stresses of being involved with a hugely famous athlete.

I love this book. I'm sad it's over and I can't wait to read it again.
I'm so glad I finally read Simon and Declan's story. I've had this book for a while now but for some reason kept passing it over to read other books. What a big mistake. This was a fabulous story that from page one to the very end had me totally hooked. Told in first person POV from Simon's perspective Tigers and Devils is an entertaining, funny and romantic story featuring two very appealing and likable men. Simon, who is a film festival organizer and Declan, an Australian Rules football player ...more

Simon and Declan

I absolutely adored this book, which details the ups and downs in the relationship between Simon, a prickly, cynical and extremely cautious film festival manager and Declan, an Aussie Rules footballer, who is obviously in the closet, but all the things that Simon is not - warm, laid back, personable and rich (and totally hot to boot!). The relationship is fraught with problems as you would expect, and the superb way that the couple deal with everything that life throws at them
Heather C
Mar 10, 2011 Heather C rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather C by: Marisa DaSilva
This is one of those goofy-grin books. You know, one of those where you're glad no one else is in the room to see the silly smile on your face. Well, that's how this book was for me. I found myself giggling and the silliest moments. Simon and Declan were so sweet and cute together.

I loved the characters and the dialogue. And the relationships and interactions felt so real to me. I did get frustrated with the main characters a few times because they were so stubborn. But I think that's also what
Kaje Harper
This was so well done and realistic. The characters made mistakes and didn't always forgive or do the right thing. They met outside pressures and internal conflicts head on, with a determination to make a relationship work, and yet with very natural doubts and concerns. The plot was smooth and true-to-life. The secondary characters added to the feel of a slice of real life. And the love when it came was strong, believable and warm. Highly recommended.
Really great book




This book is a sweet, angst-filled, emotional, humorous and heartwarming romance.

I really enjoyed the author's descriptions of life in Melbourne, the love for the sport of Australian Rules football the people have and the expressions they use. I live in Melbourne and I love Melbourne and everything in the book is very true.

I loved Dec and Simon and development of their relationship. They are so good to each other. The sex in this book is not explicit. While t
This felt like a very long book. It revolves around a film festival organizer and a football player...but it is set in Australia. Many of the terms were unfamiliar to me. I could figure many of them out, but the biggest one, the one that drives much of the angst and utterly stumped me was football. I am still not sure if Declan played soccer (football elsewhere in the world) or if Australian Football is that game that is sort of a cross between American football and rugby without pads. I still d ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I tagged it as stupids just cause these guys pissed me off with how little they communicated, it was just stupid.

That said Simon is just hilarious and very lovable character and i loved his narrations and perspectives of things. I also loved Declan Tyler and all the secondary characters. I would love to read more about all of them, even though the book has a lot of pages it reads really smooth and quick and I was sad when it was over.


Declan and Simon's story was funny, sweet, brave, serious, but mostly it was a fantastic story of two men becoming a couple and which that entails...It is simply very good.
Jane Stewart
I wasn’t emotionally engaged. It was educational and interesting but not entertaining enough.

Technically this falls within the definition of romance, but it doesn’t feel like romance. It’s done in first person and feels like I’m reading someone’s diary with a lot of conversation added. The narrator has a self-deprecating style which is entertaining at times, but that’s not enough to make me love the book. He was pessimistic, sarcastic, insecure, and whiny. It was like someone

DNF @70%

Even though it's told by one of my favourite narrators, Paul Morey, I had to put this book aside. I think this is the kind of story I would've enjoyed a few years ago. Now, I got too picky for my own good.

It's still a nice book though - light, sweet and funny. All those YA/NA romance lovers will enjoy it, I'm sure.


BR, July 8th with Paul and Sonia.

Review to come

Karen K
I haven't read a paperback in ages but I read all 376 pages of this last night in one sitting and it was fabulous. I'll admit my eyes glazed over a little at the beginning - the "footy" talk, but I get that why Sean had to include it. After that, the book just flew for me - I just couldn't put it down.

Simon is such a beautiful character - all just geeky, arsty, wankery goodness. He has the best heart, the best lines and the best personality. Declan is wonderful, too, I fell for him right away. T
I really must live under my rock because it’s taken me this long to pull out and read Sean Kennedy’s Tigers and Devils. However, in this case I almost don’t mind as I’d skimmed reviews when deciding months and months ago enough to know it was generally well received but not enough to remember specifics on what reviewers commented on. So maybe you’ve heard this all before, but if you’re under my rock with me let me tell you this is a fabulous work of fiction, even romance fiction if you have to f ...more
Let me start off this review (first one i've been bothered to do in ages) by saying that I'm not a very athletic person. Never have been. Probably never will be. I'm not one to sit down on a saturday night and watch the Brisbane Lions duke it out at the MCG for the top position on the season's ladder. Never have been. But This book could just about change that... (actually - probably not). :|

To say that I was fascinated by the world Sean Kennedy painted - a world both farmiliar and vastly alian
ootball, friends, and film are the most important parts of Simon Murray’s life, likely in that order. Despite being lonely, Simon is cautious about looking for more, and his best friends despair of him ever finding that special someone to share his life. Against his will, they drag him to a party…
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This was the most addictive book to read. Written in first person, I found Simon’s story rather difficult to put down. At times he was a bit whiny and I did get a little over hi
I love this book, it's been one of the most favorite sports M/M that I've ever read. This one is all about relationships: friends, family, lovers. It was the first MM story that I read that was sex-light and I loved that, sex was alluded to but it was fade to black for the details and that really worked for me. I adored the development of the relationship between Simon, an arty wanker, and Declan, a dumb jock. These two hit it off almost right from the start and they are definitely the case of o ...more
3.5 Stars

This was a story that I found hard to get into. It felt slow at first, I had a hard time connecting with Simon and Declan. I liked both of them but something was missing. Simon’s best friend Roger drove me crazy and more than once I wanted to smack him. It wasn’t until I was a little more than halfway in that I started to like it more. Simon and Declan turned out to be a great couple even with Simon being whiny at times. The secondary characters were all interesting and necessary for th
Simon Murray is an out and proud gay man and the director of an Australian independent film festival. But the thing he's proudest of (and most ashamed of) is he's an avid life-long Richmond Tigers supporter. (Australian Rules Football for us non-Aussies) When he meets superstar footballer Declan Tyler at a party, the two are smitten with each other despite Declan's playing for the rival Tasmanian Devils.

The two main characters are well-written, likable guys who just happen to be gay. But as wit
Ryan Loveless
Review of 1st ed: 6/14/12. A book might not be perfect, and there might be moments when you want to smack the characters, but the fact is, when you forgo bathroom breaks for 3 hrs because you don't want to stop reading and almost get hit by a car and can't sleep because you can't stop thinking about Simon and Declan, Fran and Roger, or Lisa and Abe to pay attention to the world you're in, you'd better give it five stars. And, at the end of the day, the characters smack themselves for you.

♡♥Ang ♥♡
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This book could be so much more, but instead turned more into a manual about "how difficult life can be for a gay athlete" than a true romance. Simon and Declan get into a relationship way too fast and with no background on what made Declan fall for Simon at all, as he's snurky, whinny and sarcastic but in a mean-spirited rather than fun way most of the time. Declan himself, is so perfect, he's almost a caricature, until he does something 20 pages before the end, that branded him as a huge a-hol ...more
But that’s the thing when you grow up feeling different to everyone else. And I know when you’re a teenager everybody feels different and alien to the other people around them, but there seems to be an added dimension when you’re queer. It’s because for that period of time you’re more isolated than anybody else, and you truly think you are the only one of your kind so you create fantastic barriers and defence strategies for yourself to survive. And when you get older and realise that you can ta
This is the second time I read this book in only a few months, and it’s definitely not going to be the last. Tigers and Devils definitely ranks up in my top 2 favourite MM books. There are 376 pages in this book, and not one second you’ll be bored while reading them.

Let’s start out with the characters. If I could describe Simon, the main character, with only one word I would probably say likable. There are so many books where you just can’t connect with the main character because he’s a class 1
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The Review:

Honesty from the outset~

I'm an Aussie and therefore am genetically predisposed to obsessing about following Australian Rules footy. Picking up a book featuring m/m romance associated with this sport was a no brainer for me. *g*

Did I enjoy it because it was a setting and situation I could easily relate to?? Of course, I did. Now ask me whether I gave it the rating I did if that was all I liked about it. Yeah, I didn't think so.

First things first~

Here's the plot summary so I can get o

3.5 stars

What I liked most about this was the setting -- all the great Aussie-isms, the love of football and beer. And Simon Murray. Because I have a soft spot for vulnerable, artsy, snarky types (even though they do need to get hit upside the head sometimes). Add to this a sweet and humorous story of meet and fall-in-love with football (soccer for us Yanks) star Declan Tyler. The story is also great for those readers who prefer their romances without sex as all the real action takes place off p
Trisha Harrington
I think this is a very funny and sweet book. I loved the romance and Declan and Simon were such a cute couple. This is the first book I have read with Australian characters and I loved it. If you don't really know Australian phrases it might be a difficult read but it was no problem to me.

Fran and Rodger and Abe and Lisa were great side characters and I loved the interaction with them. The sports theme in the book was not really strong so I could understand it perfectly. There was some very nice
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