Sean Kennedy was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.
You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com
My first review vanished mysteriously, and I don't want anyone to miss this great book, so I'm leaving another. The main characters are well-written, imperfect heroes that sometimes make you want to smack them, but you fall in love with them so you hang on for the ride. The secondary characters are all well realized as well, making them fun to read. Even some of the less pleasant people in the book are believable. The romantic couple clearly enjoy each other, but the sex is alluded to, making this a book that almost anyone would be comfortable with. I know I'll be rereading it and I highly recommend it. It's funny, angsty and romantic.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in gay romance, because it is a romance, not full-on erotica. The sex is discreet, mostly referring obliquely to what happened off-screen, so I think that for most people, it wouldn't be uncomfortable to read. All of the characters are extremely well developed and written, even the most minor are interesting. The two main characters, Simon and Declan, are both not expecting what they get when they find each other, and have to learn to adjust to expectations and very differing lifestyles. The book is also very funny, although it tackles some difficult issues, like a public sports figure choosing to acknowledge publicly that he's gay, and what happens to an "out" partner who dates a closeted man. The story is poignant and realistic as they struggle with some people with negative reactions to their relationship. Both men have friends who attempt to support them, even when they're being jerks, snarking at them when they deserve it, but giving them a swift kick when they need it. I enjoyed this book without reservation, it's a novel that I will be reading again, probably every year.
Simon, a stubborn, self deprecating, pessimist finds himself guilted into going to a party with his best friends Roger and Fran. Little does he know that this party will be the catalyst that throws his life into a whirlwind of drama. Simon finds himself willingly back in the closet only to be thrown out of it with a force that throws his life into chaos and uncertainty. Tigers and Devils will captivate and keep you on your seat with drama. With well developed characters that you come to love and hate then love again this book will definitely satisfy the romantic in you. Definitely a must read!
What a good book! Tigers and Devils is a terrific story and beautifully written. The structure is very tight; this book has been carefully planned and executed with cheerful style and refresjomg verve. I'm dazzled by Kennedy's skill at describing a real relationship with living people at the heart of it. Its funny, wry, kind of wise and sublimely heartening like all the best romances.
The story is told through a lot of very well constructed dialogue; I read some aloud to a friend (try it, its fun) and he said it sounded like things he overhears on the subway. Its that natural and free. No stereotypes here, these guys are men, flawed, young but men who learn a lot as their friendship grows. Its one of the most realistic depictions of a gay love affair I've read (at least according to my experience of such things). Highly recommended and yes, it would make a wonderful movie, too.
I absolutely adored this book. Not only is it a fantastic M/M romance, but it's also set in my hometown of Melbourne (Australia).
`Tigers and Devils' doesn't have any smut - absolutely no explicit sex scenes - but it is thoroughly romantic. Simon and Declan are a very sweet pairing, especially because they are total opposites. Simon is an `arty wanker' who organizes Melbourne's local independent film festival. Declan is AFL's star football player and deep in the closet. This is such a great case of `opposites attract' - Simon and Declan could not be more different, but they work because they revel in each other's differences.
It becomes pretty clear early on in the story that the possible `climax' in Declan and Simon's relationship will come if Declan brings Simon to AFL's coveted awards ceremony, the `Brownlow'. The Brownlow is AFL's version of `The Oscar's' - the actual ceremony is very boring (basically counting scores) but the red carpet is scrutinized by the Australian media and is a very big deal in the AFL community. It's all about who the players bring and what their WAG's (`wives and girlfriends') wear (or don't wear).
I love the fact that `Tigers and Devils' surprised me with regards to plot - Sean Kennedy took the story further than I predicted. After the `happy ending' Kennedy examines Declan and Simon's adjustment period and fall-out from Declan's `coming out'. The second-half of the story was brilliant and made for a far more in-depth romance. And I think 'Tigers and Devils' is also a very honest story of what it's like to be homosexual in Australia. Kennedy explores family dynamics when a relative comes out of the closet - Simon's parents are only just (after 6 years) starting to feel comfortable discussing his love life with him.Read more ›
This novel belongs in the hot-athletes-could-be-gay-too genre, which I fall for nearly everytime. Falling for the Tigers and Devils fantasy was incredibly easy, as each of the main characters, Simon and Declan, is winning in his own way. Simon is entrely believable as an "arty wanker," and if Declan seems a little too good to be true, well, it is fiction after all. Kennedy puts the two into situations that seem plausible, given their situation, and that makes it easier to suspend disbelief at Simon's incredible good fortune to have hooked a football god. A good read, all-in-all.