Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Documentary producer Simon and ex-footballer Declan are taking some big steps toward a lasting life together. They’ve bought a house, and they’ll need it for the family they plan to start. Their friend, Nyssa, has made the generous offer to be their surrogate, and Declan couldn’t be more excited about the idea of a baby.
Simon knows fatherhood is a huge commitment, and though it’s daunting, he sees how much Dec wants it, and he’s sure that together, they can succeed in anything—despite the worries nagging at him.
But just as their new life is taking shape, a health scare disrupts their plans at the worst possible moment. With time running short, Simon and Dec will have to bare their fears and doubts to each other so they can face them before their world changes forever.
It might mean a literal leap of faith.
Tigers and Devils won a place in my heart from the first novel where I met this couple, Simon and Dec, and from there the extended family of friends and enemies who traversed over into frenemies themselves. It’s a wild ride that’s careened emotionally all over the place. We’ve gone to the heights and depths with these men, in and out and in and back out of the closet with them, Through injuries and finally to a deep relationship and commitment.
Tigers on the Way (Tigers and Devils #4) by Sean Kennedy find them in no less tumultuous circumstances. All will lead up to a decision they made in the previous story to have children via surrogate. As with everything else these men have done, nothing is easy, not even decisions previously made.
I forget between books, how complex in nature these men are, how imperfectly perfect the dynamics of their relationship that flows off the page, through actions and dialog. And I remember again how much I love them so with each snark, each argument, and bout of love why they feel so real, their pain so believable, and their fears so authentic.
Kennedy writes human beings, all the elements that make us both flawed and worthwhile. And then he built that into these characters. All of them. Each and every one is a pleasure to spend time with, hashing out issues with, pouring out or rather refusing to talk about their fears. They are recognizable and for that, we can relate and do.
There’s a side bit with a ghost that I wish had been developed more, perhaps that’s coming in the next story. It’s hard for me to believe that there’s not a bigger role to be played here.
Simon and Declan have so much more to their story to tell. I hope that Sean Kennedy intends to take us there. I’ll be waiting eagerly for the next stage in their lives to unfold.
None of these books are standalone. Instead they are to be read in the order they are written. It’s a grand series and if you haven’t found them, pick them up and start reading them now. I highly recommend them all and the associated series as well.
Cover Artist: Catt Ford. Even with the title smashed across the faces of the models, the cover just doesn’t work. The models are too young, they don’t match the characters, especially the massive Declan, God of Footy. Nice emoting but really, just no.
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English
Series Tigers and Devils – on Goodreads
The First Supper (1.2)