Declan and Simon are back again, in a not as hot and steamy, but just as romantic a tale as Tigers and Devils. I read Tigers and Devils several months ago, so looked forward to reading this next in the series, and sharing my feelings about it.
The story once again delves into the lives of our heroes as they put up with their friends dramas, and a public who is fickle and quick to judge. This is also the story of Declan and Simons dealings with Dec’s ex-interest, Greg, as he chooses to come out, and to seek publicity and fame at the expense of Declan and Simon’s relationship.
It is partly the story of Simon’s best friends Roger and Fran as they attempt to start a family, and the problems they are having with the situation. Simon is his usual flip but very caring self, and Declan is the mature, loving, non-judgmental, and tolerant person we all remember from the first book. They offer what advice and help they can give, often with not quite the expected developments.
And that’s not all! Lisa and Abe, Declan’s best friend and his girlfriend are having problems, and Simon and Declan try to figure out what is going on in their relationship. Being the unusual foursome of friends, it is a very interesting time, and addition to the story.
And as if that isn’t enough, Dec’s ex, Greg Heywood, decides to make a loud entrance into the gay life, by publically coming out and in the process, using deception and out and out lies, is making life for Dec and Simon more complicated than it already is. He throws accusations here and there designed to raise his sympathy in the public eye, all to sell more books that he has been deceptive about all along.
Although I read the book quickly, and basically enjoyed it, I would have loved to have some steamy scenes between the two heroes, as I think these could have been quite intense and fun. Simon, the fun, energetic man, and his romantic, sensual counterpart could have made the book much more sexually exciting to read, but it’s romantic sense, and the touching scenes between the different friends and our two guys, make this a fun read. It is definitely for the romance readers. It has some very heartfelt scenes that make you want to tear up.
I still love Sean Kennedy’s writing, and look forward to more from him. I think he gives you a great grasp of the characters, and you can come to care for them, and feel what they are feeling. He keeps his stories moving along, so they keep your interest. Sean uses emotion to keep you wrapped up and in touch with the characters. More please, Mr. Kennedy!