The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film —in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other's lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon's support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan's homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.
Being an American I was totally confused by 27% as to which sport Declan was actually playing. I did what most of us do when we need to know something...I googled it!
Australian Rules Football is a combination of several sports we play here in the US...Check out this video on You Tube.
It explained a lot and gave me a much better understanding of what was going on in the book.
As for the story, it took me a little bit to really get sucked in. I really loved Declan and Simon but their serious lack of communication was frustrating. They had a ton of outside forces working against them and they added to it by not talking things out.
Neither one of these characters had any kind of break. It was constantly something nagging at them. If they could have just gotten away from it all they would have finally had a bit of peace with each other.
I really enjoyed reading this book, once I was pulled in the story flowed nicely and I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book and I will be looking for more by Sean Kennedy.
Overall Rating: 4*
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