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.
Even though we are focused in on two MC, Simon an arty film guy, out and proud and Declan, super hot foot ball player that is closeted from his sexual orientation from everyone but a handful of people. We also have Simons best friends, Declan best friends both playing major roles and lots of secondary people. Simon and Declan meet at a party but it’s not until the next day when he gets a phone call from Declan asking him out for coffee. That one phone call starts an amazing and very bumpy friendship in to a relationship that lasts.
What an amazing tale of two less capable people of being able to have a talking relationship. All through the book, you’ve find yourself just saying to the pages ‘just tell him, sheesh!’ And when you get that emotionally involved, it’s a fabulous story. This is set in Australia so a lot of the words and mannerisms are unusual but not difficult and I applaud the author for not ‘Americanizing’ the book. I see that too much, and it just doesn’t work. I love how throughout the book Fran and Lisa stick by their men but will call them out in a heartbeat! It’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve read women characters that I can actually enjoy. My only complaint is the length, coming in at around 370 pages, it’s a doozie, and I’m not sure we needed that much seemed to drag in places. I have to say, I started the second one in the series on audio book, Tigerland. And about 30 minutes into the audio I really wanted to get to know these people better. I wasn’t getting confused, in time the author had done a good job getting me caught up. But I found I just wanted to know. Well done and capturing the audience!