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Book Review: Micah Johnson Goes West (Get Out, #2) – Sean Kennedy

Date of Publication: April 4, 2017
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ Young Adult, Homophobia, Sports, HIV
Format: 186 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
ISBN: 1635333644 (ISBN13: 9781635333640)
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Characters: Micah Johnson

I was not the biggest fan of Micah Johnson. I didn’t like him when he first appeared in the third book off the Tigers and Devils series but after reading The On-going Reformation of Micah Johnson, I realized that he wasn’t that bad. I was actually excited to read this one but I got hesitant when I’ve read its blurb.

BLURB: On the outside, Micah Johnson seems to have everything. He is proving his worth on the field during his rookie year with his new professional football team, the Fremantle Dockers, but his personal life is a mess. Homesick, three thousand kilometres away from his family and friends on the other side of Australia, Micah isn’t coping. He’s using casual sex, alcohol, and drugs as crutches since he doesn’t feel comfortable approaching his foster family with his problems, and he’s left with nowhere to turn. It isn’t until he experiences a health scare and a friend is rocked by a personal tragedy that Micah realises he does have the strength to succeed at a new life in the West—but he has to learn to ask for help

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed it. I loved that Micah is maturing overtime. He still got a lot to work on especially when dealing with his emotions but I ought to give him a break I guess because he’ still very young after all. I loved that the story arc is very relevant what with different athletes coming out of the closet and bravely enduring the taunts of closed-minded people who still thinks that no gay men could ever play sports. I also adore his friends and family and how supportive they are with his budding career. It was a really good read and another top notch sequel from the author. Fans of the first book won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com

 

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Book Review: The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson (Get Out, #1) – Sean Kennedy

Micah JohnsonDate of Publication: April 7, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ Young Adult, Comedy, Sports, Bullying, Homophobia
Format: 190 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
ISBN: 9781634765473
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Characters: Micah Johnson, Kyle Marks, Declan Tyler

I prayed for this to be as awesome as the Tigers and Devils series and the gods heard my chanting because this one is just fucking marvelous!

First, this one is separate from the Tigers and Devils series but I’d say that it’s in the same universe.

Is it stand-alone? In some way it is, but I think some readers would probably be a bit clueless about who Dec was and the story behind his character (obviously) if they have not read the Tigers and Devils series.

Micah Johnson is the runaway kid / football protégé of Declan Tyler from the last book (Tigers on the Run) of the Tigers and Devils series. Here, Micah is trying his best to ‘reform’ his attitude which dramatically changes after his spectacular ‘coming-out.’ It’s Micah Johnson against the world in his self-pitying opinion but he’s got to keep his opinion to himself if he wanted to get to his goal of getting drafted into the Australian Football League (AFL).

Second, fans of Dec and Simon (especially Dec) would love this one because he’s in here half the time.

Yay! I totally missed these guys! I loved seeing Dec working post-career as an AFL player! I loved what he’s doing for the future ‘gay’ players and especially loved how he’s very supportive with Micah! He’s going to be a great dad and I’d expect a baby in the (hopefully) next Tigers and Devils book!

Third, the genre is young adult so no-excessive ‘sex-ing’ here.

But hello!? We’re talking about Micah Johnson here so expect naughty stuff to come out of his potty mouth! Haha!

Fourth, you wanna see baby Simon? Well, Micah’s basically Simon who plays footy! Hah! You’d definitely loved Micah’s voice. You can feel the angst, his dry humor and his overall Simon-ism.

And the secondary characters aside from Dec: Micah’s parents, Emma, Alex, Jack, Will and even Boyd! Gawd! Perfection! There’s a unique voice in every character and I just totally adore Alex and Jack! Please, tell me Mister Kennedy that we’ll see more of them in the future! Please, please!

What an amazing, amazing story! I cannot wait for the follow-up! Hurry-up pleasssseee!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com

Book Review: Tigers on the Run (Tigers and Devils, #3) – Sean Kennedy

Tigers On The RunTigers on the Run is by far my most favorite Tigers and Devils installment for oh-so-many reasons! Here, Simon Murray and Declan Tyler are still stronger than ever on their eight years being together (Wow! I’m getting good at rhyming!). Simon was still adorably snarky, cynical and sarcastic – traits I loved most about his character. I laugh out loud and giggled so many times with all of his antics here. I just really loved this guy! Declan Tyler™ is still swoon-worthy and always the perfect boyfriend! These two are totally one of the loveliest couples in the genre.

The story was solid-proof that their magic’s still there and I’m sure any fans of the series will enjoy it and won’t complain one bit about it. There are times that I feel that Simon was right about Declan taking everyone’s side except his side but yeah – I could relate more with Simon because I am a bit cynical at times, so at first I was totally on his side. I know this is getting weird but yeah Dec of course wanted the best for Simon, is all I’m saying but still…tsk.

I loved the angle about Coby! I thought he should’ve grovel more though. That traitor. I may have been hoping for a massive catfight but we all know that Simon is such a class act. LOL

“Didn’t Jesus forgive Judas? I like to think, in my own way, I am like Jesus.”

“Don’t forget,” I called after him. “Only one sugar. I’m sweet enough as it is.”

“Then we’ll make sure Jasper gets the poisoned chalice.”

Then we have little Micah Johnson and all of his shit. He’s just seventeen alright but he’s fucking annoying as hell! I still loved his part in the story though. It says more about Declan and Simon and the dynamic of their relationship. I’ve a feeling that we’ll be hearing more from him. A spin-off series Mr. Kennedy?

Now, now, now – that ending was exciting though. Am I right to assume that my boys will soon be shopping for cribs and little bassinettes? God, I hope so. I keep on hoping that they’ll have it by the end of the book but knowing Sean Kennedy – he’s surely a believer of happy endings but he just want to drag us all to that journey and that is totally cool with me so bring it!

What a fabulous follow-up and long overdue as it was – the wait was all worth it. It was just perfect! Thank you Mr. Kennedy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars   

Published July 13th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Author
Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com

Book Review: Tigerland (Tigers and Devils, #2) – Sean Kennedy

Tigerland[Book 2 of Tigers and  Devils]

Over three years after coming out of the closet, football god Declan Tyler is now working as a commentator after injuring himself when he left the Devils and went back to play in Melbourne and be with Simon. Simon now works as a producer in a community TV program and they are now comfortably living together. Things are going smoothly for them until Declan’s ex-beau who’s also a football player decided to come out in the closet just before retirement and drag him and Simon into the spectacle.

This was a great follow-up to Simon and Dec’s story. The story was a trying time for the couple and it shows the domestic part of their relationship. I loved that about this couple. It was still surreal in a good way and it’s beautiful to watch them grown into the relationship.

At some point in the book, I’d really like to hit Grey Heyward [Declan’s ex] – Gosh, he’s just a relentless sod. I can’t believe he could be that low. I didn’t even like that it all came out easy for him until the end. I was hoping that he’ll self-destruct until the end but alas – the author went the “right” way. He should’ve given us a little fantasy and have that prick run over by a pick-up truck or a train or something.

So like what I’ve said – the couple had this massive thorn thrown into their relationship but they stayed resilient through it all. It was true love people! The development of the story was still great – Sean Kennedy was able to maintain the charm of all the characters except for the evil ones, of course.

I sure hoped that this isn’t the last installment for our couple. I would’ve liked to see Dec being the green-eyed monster in this book but I guess it was too much to ask with Heyward getting all the press here. I’d really like Simon’s ex’s to haunt Dec in the coming installment – let’s just hope there’ll be one. As expected, Sean Kennedy delivered a superb sequel which I am so thankful because I came to really love Simon and Declan – that easily! People, go buy your copy of this series now!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published October 15th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 14th 2012)

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About The Author
Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com

Book Review: Tigers and Devils (Tigers and Devils #1) – Sean Kennedy

Tigers & Devils[Book 1 of Tigers & Devils Series ]

I’ve been meaning to read this book sooner but I never got the chance to do so until the early week of December. It actually took me almost a year to finally get a hold of this one – I remember earlier this year when I first got this along with the Cut & Run series and I decided to go ahead with Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban and I never turned back after that. Now, since I’m on a break from the Cut & Run universe and have read tons of books in between then and now – plus my penchant for books set Down Under (big thanks to the Red Dirt Heart series and to the mouthy Mark Cooper via Mark Cooper vs America – or it simply must be the accent!) I finally decided to give this one a go. And folks, let me tell you loud and clear – the author just totally smash it for me!  Mind you, this was his first novel!!

It introduces us to Simon Murray, a single gay man who manages a film festival and is cynical about life in general and to the football god Declan Tyler who’s also very much in the closet as they foray into a secret relationship that neither of them, their family and friends to come through.

What I really loved about the book was the immediate chemistry between Simon and Declan. Simon’s cynicism and dry humor very well complements Declan’s personality. I loved how they are very much protective of each other even earlier in the stage of their relationship. Roger’s character [Simon’s best friend] kind of irked me though; he was a bit clingy and whiny. I didn’t especially liked the way he acted towards Dec at their first proper meeting but I kind of got his point about him [Dec] dragging Simon back into the closet but still, it was a mutual decision and I feel like kicking the prick out of him.

The outing of Dec was especially scandalous but I loved how the author weaved that part of the story. It was very realistic and I’m so glad that Dec isn’t much of a dick about it. The whole debacle about Simon doing a Yoko Ono on Declan was unfair to say the least but it was the realistic reaction of mindless pricks so it’s perfect in a sense.

I guess the most charming part of the story comes from how Simon sees Dec and vice versa. At first, it was like Notting Hill of some sort and as the story progresses, It became apparent that it’s more of a search for companionship, on that one person who you can trust your life with wholeheartedly and Dec saw that in Simon. It’s truly a beautiful story with inspiring, charming characters to boot – highly recommended and a must-read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published August 31st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 9th 2009)

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About The Author
Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com

Book Review: An Australian Christmas In New York (Mistletoe Madness) – Sean Kennedy

An Australian Christmas in New YorkThis was an oh-so quick romantic story of an Australian guy in New York getting homesick for Christmas down under. Vince has been living in New York for the past four years with his partner Chuck. As Christmas approaches, he found himself missing the tradition of the Aussie holiday. Little did he know, something’s up as the big day arrives…

The title itself was a clear giveaway. I loved short stories like this one. It makes me feel good and happy. It’s only a few months before Christmas and this story makes me homesick for Christmas at home. What a happy shorty. Yup, go read it you saps! *grin*

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Sean Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but currently lives in the second most isolated city in the world (although there still seems to be conjecture over whether it is actually number one). Living in such deprived circumstances can only affect his writing, which is published by Dreamspinner Press.

You can find him at http://www.seankennedybooks.com