Reviewed by Ami
Title: Tigers on the Way
Author: Sean Kennedy
Series: Tigers and Devils #4
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 236 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Documentary producer Simon and ex-footballer Declan are taking some big steps toward a lasting life together. They’ve bought a house, and they’ll need it for the family they plan to start. Their friend, Nyssa, has made the generous offer to be their surrogate, and Declan couldn’t be more excited about the idea of a baby.
Simon knows fatherhood is a huge commitment, and though it’s daunting, he sees how much Dec wants it, and he’s sure that together, they can succeed in anything—despite the worries nagging at him.
But just as their new life is taking shape, a health scare disrupts their plans at the worst possible moment. With time running short, Simon and Dec will have to bare their fears and doubts to each other so they can face them before their world changes forever.
It might mean a literal leap of faith.
Review: Simon and Declan are one of the first MM couples that I read almost a decade ago. They ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. I’m trying not to spoil much in this review, because I think the joy of reading Simon and Declan this time around, is to experience the ups and downs that happen along with them.
If you read book #3, you know that Simon’s good friend Nyssa suggested the idea of surrogacy to Simon and Declan. In this book, they are taking that next step – which also includes buying a new house! – to expand their family. As always, Simon entertains me with how he approaches this new phase on his life. The scene where both men go to the clinic to deposit their sperm, for example, is such a delight to read.
BUT, prepare yourself, because there’s a surprise coming as well. The blurb of this book mentions health scare, so that’s all I can say about what kind of surprise it is. But, it was something that made me sit up and pay attention.
What if you are not sure about what you want, but before you’re comfortable with your decision, the option is taken away from you?
This book explored that – from Simon’s perspective, with his trademark snark. His way of dealing with it may frustrate you as a reader, just like it does Declan and Simon’s family and friends. But that’s what makes Simon, Simon, you know? And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I reached the end, I thought, “this was a book with a story line that I didn’t know I needed”. It made me think about that difficult journey for same-sex couple to get their family. Personally, I thought it was the best Simon and Declan book so far, in terms of seeing how they grew up as individuals and as a couple.
I really hope that Kennedy will finally get to the historic December 2017 timeline, when the Australia Parliament finally legalized same-sex marriage in the Land Down Under. Just FYI, this book takes place in 2016.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*