4.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Karen, Sean Kennedy

Review: Tigers on the Run by Sean Kennedy

Title:  Tigers on the Run (Sequel to Tigerland)

Author:  Sean Kennedy

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count:  260 Pages

At a Glance:  Tigers on the Run took the couple that we grew to love as we watched them grow to love each other, and showed us how to keep that love going.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  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 thousand-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.

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Review:  The first book in this series was on sale, and I hadn’t heard about it before, but it sounded alright so I figured I would give it a shot… I am so glad I did! As soon as I finished the first book I moved on to the second and then, luckily for me, Tigers on the Run was just about to be released, which was good because I would not have been happy having to wait to get more of Simon and Declan!

Tigers on the Run takes the couple that we grew to love as we watched them grow to love each other, and showed us how to keep that love going. Did they always get along and everything was perfect? Nope. As a matter of fact, it seemed as though there was one thing after another testing them, but they always came back to each other.

I have to say that I really loved Jasper throughout this series.  Although he was the cause of a lot of the turmoil in the story, the interaction either with Simon and Jasper, or just Simon in reference to Jasper, had me cracking up. You have to love a story that makes you laugh out loud, and I did numerous times throughout this one.  But, Jasper isn’t the only one. Sean Kennedy not only has you loving Simon and Declan but the entire supporting cast as well.

I have read many books that are set outside of the US, and of course, have come across a few terms that I had no idea what they meant. After a while it can get a little frustrating, but with this one I happily had my phone at hand, ready to Google anything I wasn’t sure about, so while an enjoyable, fun and relaxing read, I even learned a little bit too!

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Wings of Equity by Sean Kennedy

“The people choose to call me a hero. I don’t think what I do is heroic. It’s just doing what’s right for those who are worse off than you.” – Icarus

Sean Kennedy’s Wings of Equity is a cleverly steampunked tale filled with airships and flying trains, amazing machines and advanced technology, in a world where a dirigible captain turned bounty hunter, Ezra Kneebone, seeks to collect the price on the head of a Robin Hood-like vigilante dubbed Icarus, who soars through the skies on mechanical wings as he conspires to rob from the rich and give to the poor, rebelling against everything his wealthy and estranged father represents.

Ezra and his partner Jazille fly upon the Lilliput, dreaming of a day when they might craft a whole new fleet of airships, for which they need a lot of quick capital. Capturing the elusive Icarus and collecting the bounty seems to be the ideal way to make that happen, giving Ezra what he needs without becoming financially indebted to Jazz’s lover, the wealthy Lady Bart. It seems like the ideal plan, but as is usually the case with ideal plans, there’s one major complication—Ezra isn’t the only man looking to capture that prey and collect the reward, and the danger to himself, Jazz, and the Lilliput, not to mention to Ezra’s own conscience and personal integrity, quickly becomes a price that’s too high to pay. Especially after Ezra meets and loses his heart to the man he’s supposed to turn over to the government.

If you’re a fan of steampunk and all the imagination that goes into creating a world where technology conflicts with the times, Wings of Equity is a great read, filled with fun and humor and fast paced adventure, loads of danger and chaos, air battles and falling flying machines that only borrow their place in the sky before they surrender to earth’s gravity, in a sometimes spectacular fashion.

There were times I thought the romance between Ezra and Icarus, who will eventually come to trust Ezra with the power of his true identity, was overshadowed a bit by the world building, and even, to a certain extent, by the relationship between Jazz and her lady, Bart, but the thrills and danger came fast and frequently enough that, in the end, I didn’t miss the message of Ezra and Icarus’ relationship, which, for me, was that there are times when the heart and the conscience must overrule ambition and force you to see what’s truly imperative, not giving up on your ideals and dreams but adapting them to include the ideals and dreams of someone you love.

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