Author: Sean Kennedy
Narrator: David Gillies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Story Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/21/2016
Length: 07 hours 53 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Sequel to Tigerland
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 1000-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.
Why was this a book? No, seriously, why was this a book? This was what went through my mind as I was listening to this. There was really no point to this story at all. It was mostly Simon bitching about Jasper the entire time.
The blurb makes it sound like the story focuses on Micah Johnson, but in reality, he’s a side character that’s only important in the last quarter of the book. The story should’ve been told from Micah’s point of view and given his story, with Simon and Declan being in the background. Instead we’ve got a story that reads like Tigers and Devils fanfiction.
There was really nothing to keep me invested in this book. Unless you’re a die-hard Simon and Declan fan, skip this book, especially the audiobook. It’s just too boring to be worth it.
God, could this guy read any slower? I actually had to bump the narration up to 2x just to make him talk at a moderate speed. The only thing this narrator had going for him was the accent needed for a story about Australian men. (At least they didn’t use the guy with the American accent from Book 1).
The guy sounded whiny too, which I guess kind of worked since all Simon did was whine throughout the book, but it was still annoying to listen to. I couldn’t wait for this book to end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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