Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Young Australian Micah Johnson is the first AFL player to be out at the beginning of his career. Retired professional football player Declan Tyler mentors Micah, but he finds it difficult, as Micah is prone to making poor life choices that land him in trouble. Nothing Dec can’t handle. He’s been there, done that, more times than he’d like to admit. Being Simon Murray’s partner all these years has Dec quite experienced in long-suffering and mishaps.
As usual, Simon thinks everything is going along just fine until his assistant, Coby, tells him a secret involving an old nemesis. Simon and Dec’s problems mash together, and to solve them, they must undertake a thousand-kilometer round trip in which issues will have to be sorted out, apologies are finally given, and a runaway kid is retrieved and returned to his worried parents.
I was kind of worried from the blurb that this was going to be more about Micah with only bits of Simon and Declan but thankfully I was wrong. This story picks up a bit later, the guys have been together 8 years now. The are stable and strong and as great together as always. This book is again told by Simon in his snarky way:
“……and those people will always be bitter fucking arseholes.”
“Have you ever thought of becoming a life coach?”
“No, but maybe I could write kid’s books.”
“Yeah, Life Sucks, and Then it Sucks Some More by Simon Murray.”
“It’ll prepare them early.”
Not a lot of angst here like in the first two books but that is good in my opinion. I was glad to see a continued story that lets us revisit a couple we love without drama. The story moved along quickly, the gang was all there, there were some laugh out loud moments and some beautifully sweet moments between Simon and Declan. These two remain a favorite m/m couple for me. And yay for the ending. Looks like we’re going to get more stories.
I’ve done this entire series on audio and have loved all of them. The narrator is the same for all three books and I think he does a good job. There’s something about doing a series on audio. I think it makes the characters come alive more. It’s almost like listening to a story by a friend.
Cover art by Catt Ford: I like the cover by Catt Ford. It fits the others in the series in the trademark style they all have.
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Release Date Jun 21, 2016
Type Contemporary Novels, Series