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Tigers and Devils

(Tigers and Devils #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,397 ratings  ·  762 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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Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancy by: Lily
Posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted

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 creat
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-
Kaje Harper
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
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This was so well done and realistic with a touch of humor. 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.

Simon is a
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.
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Might contain spoilers* ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

The book centers around richmond football fan and director of the Triple F film festival Simon Murray (27) and football star Declan ‘Dec’ Tyler (27). They met at a party where Simon ends up both complimenting Declan and insulting him without knowing that Declan is present; this is the beginning of their relationship. A relationship that is hard because Declan is in the closet while Simon is out, but has to go back in for Declan. There's also the media an
4 Stars

I enjoyed the heck out of this story. I was extremely apprehensive going in, mainly because many reviewers seemed miffed by the long length of the story and the lack of explicit sexy times – as it turns out neither of these things deterred my enjoyment in the slightest.

I loved the relationship development. I found these two characters (Simon and Declan) and all the roadblocks they faced, fairly relatable (weirdly considering the sports and media, and public image themes involved in the st
Heather C
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
Hours after my original DNF review....

So I couldn't let it go and decided to keep on trucking- I should've left it alone. Omg, these two: it was more of the same. Misunderstandings & makeups--> until the very end. It was so frustrating. As lovable as all the chatacters were, I can't go higher than 2.5 Stars. This story had so much potential, but I can't look past the story being solely based on misunderstandings.


DNF 40%

This is going under "everybody loved but me". It started off cute,
DNF at 26%

Despite being ready to give up at 10%, I persevered because so many of my GR friends love this book and I hoped it would grow on me, but nothing is working. The writing isn’t bad, I like the premise the story begins with, I don’t completely dislike Simon’s voice and I would be interested in finding out more about Declan and that’s about all the positive I can find.
Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d read it years ago when I first added it to my TBR, but right now I’m finding it ver
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars

So I kinda liken this story to the movie Notting Hill.

You've got regular bloke Simon, who meets and falls in love with national, footy superstar Declan, where said relationship has to be hidden because Declan is not out. Eventually of course, everything comes to light and chaos ensues. Simon and Declan not only have to navigate the muddy waters of burgeoning relationship highs and lows, but a very sensational public outing. It shows in all its glory, the strain on friendships, the awkwa
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
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how to rate this book. On one hand, I love Declan and Simon when they're TOGETHER and getting along. Unfortunately, their relationship is full of misunderstanding, non-communication and drama which, after a while, started to really irritate me.

I was strongly compelled to read the entire book because I wanted to see how it all played out and to verify they were going to get their heads out of their asses and make it all right. But they were both, at times, so irritating. Especially w
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 is a great story. I loved all the characters and the plot. The story did drag towards the 70% mark and I skipped parts because nothing was happening. The big break up did happen, not as dramatic as I thought, but the reason for it wasn't too surprising. I do recommend.
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.



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.

Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

BR, July 8th with Paul and Sonia.

Review to come

Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars
Mar 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is definitely NOT a sports M/M Romance (in the sense that you will get to read a lot of “on the field” action and detailed play by play. In fact, there is barely anything except for the basics). It is a very well-written story and I think it is one of the most realistic depictions of what a closeted gay professional athlete has to go through in order to come out and face the world when in a new relationship. It is also a very good image of what “the other party” experiences and how much his ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lori by: Kaje Harper
Shelves: 2015, 2015-favourites
Thank you, Kaje, for this recommendation - I absolutely loved every word. Review later when I'm not on my kindle with the cat headbutting me for attention!

Okay, I finally have five minutes to write a review - only problem is, I've read all available books in the series now, this makes it hard to remember back to the first one. Though I guess the fact that I devoured an entire series in a matter of days is a good indication of how much I loved this book. It was exactly what I was looking for, wha
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love this Sporty & Sweet Love....BUT....

Simon...drove me bat sh*t crazy.....

Yet, Declan, was simply persona perfection. And, Declan I loved.

Gosh, I really loved this romance.....and the layout of this book, quarters, half time ect. Footballer AFL style. And, I loved so much more about this book...

1. I Love, loved loved Abe. Gosh, just for being Abe!

2. I Loved the coming out

3. I Loved the parents.

4. I Loved the media craziness.

5. I Loved the pacing...until...... about 75% ...that is when I sta
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
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