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5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Tackling the Tight End (Long Pass Chronicles #3) by Tara Lain #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Tackling the Tight End (Long Pass Chronicles #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 15, 2016 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez—and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive.

Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?

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FiveStars

Ah.. This was an interesting swing in this series. We got to see a lot more about the kid we didn’t like so much from the first book, Dennis.
There is a lot of hardship and struggles in this book, just like the first two. I have to say I applaud Ms Lain for being able to write three books that all have very different struggles that gay men or people in general have to deal with when in the spotlight, although this one isn’t so much about being famous as the expectations of family.
There is definitely some dark themes in this book, although they are very lightly touched on, their effects are long lasting as we see Dennis struggle with them.
I hope we get more from this series as it is such a captivating and touching series.
Renee

ThreeandHalfStars

The third book in the Long Pass series takes readers back to SCU. A few years after Will and Noah’s story, Raven Nez is SCU’s new star football player. Even from the outset, Raven is the perfect leading man. He is out and proud. He is confident with his native heritage and he works to support his band when he isn’t supporting troubled LGBT youth.

As Tara Lain doesn’t do angst-free romance, her other leading man is enough of a hot mess to fully compensate for Raven’s perfection. Dennis is the villainous blogger who outed Will during the first story. Readers who loathed him in that story have to wait quite a while in this one to find any redeeming qualities in him. Even when I finally started to see him as a victim, I struggled to like or respect him. And I certainly didn’t trust him.

In a romance, I need to feel balance between partners if I am to believe in the chemistry and a HEA. Here, Raven was just too strong and Dennis too weak for me to see them as a pairing of equals.

There were parts of this story I really loved. Raven’s native identity is fascinating. I loved the complexity of his relationship with his family and his band. I loved the complexity of his relationship with football. But whenever the story flipped to focus on Dennis, I struggled to stay focused and involved in the story.

I have really enjoyed this series so far. I love the diversity of Tara Lain’s leading men and I secretly enjoy the OTT angst in each of these stories. I just didn’t enjoy the pairing in this book as much as I did the pairings in the first two stories.

Sarah

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TWO 5 Star Review for Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2) by Tara Lain #MM #Sports @taralain

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Title: Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Six foot seven inch, 300 pound Jamal Jones loves football, so when he finds out the ultra-conservative owner of his new pro football team fired their current center because he’s gay, bisexual Jamal decides to stay in the closet and hang with the females. Then, at a small drag show, he comes face-to-face with his sexual fantasy in the form of Trixie LaRue, a drag queen so exquisitely convincing she scrambles Jamal’s hormones — and his resolve to nurse his straight side.

Trevor Landry, aka Trixie LaRue, hides more than his genitals. A mathematician so brilliant he can’t be measured, Trevor disguises his astronomical IQ and his quirk for women’s clothes behind his act as a gay activist undergrad at Southern California University.

To Trevor, Jamal is the answer to a dream — a man who can love and accept both his personas. When he discovers Jamal’s future is threatened if he’s seen with a guy, Trevor becomes Trixie to let Jamal pass as straight. But Trevor risks his position every time he puts on a dress. Is there a closet big enough to hold a football pro and a drag queen?

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FiveStars

Cheesy, tired plot-devices aside, I loved this. Jamal and Trixie/Trevor are really brilliant characters. Vulnerable in his rookie NFL year, Jamal is away from his huge supportive family for the first time, learning about the price of fame. Brilliant mathematician Trevor is hiding away as an undergraduate student by day and hiding even further as drag-queen Trixie by night.

Other reviewers have said all that needs to be said about the plot. It is more than a little melodramatic, creates OTT villains and leaves subplots dangling. It’s not perfect. But I would argue that the Jamal/Trixie/Trevor pairing is both original and beautifully written.

I liked Jamal in the first book of this series as Will’s friend. I absolutely adore him here, leaving college behind, choosing his adult identity and struggling to make good decisions.

Trixie/Trevor is a wonderfully unusual m/m hero. The author could have stopped at an androgynous identity, but instead she crafted an insecure mathematics genius behind the pretty face. It works. Well. Trevor and Jamal’s strengths compliment each other perfectly.

This is my favourite book in the series so far and I’d love to see the author craft more unlikely heroes in the future.

Sarah
FiveStars
This was another great story in this series about finding out who you are and what is most important in the grand scheme of things.
This is becoming one of my favorite series because of how it pushes the characters to look deep within themselves to figure out just what they want from life and when push comes to shove to decide what they need most.
I have to say I particularly loved that this one had to do with a cross dresser and the way that opened new possibilities along with all the trials that comes with it.
I don’t want to say too much about the actual story because I don’t want to give anything away but there are some unexpected twist and of course, people out for themselves that made me want to throw the book in frustration because the poor men had so much to deal with that was unfair.
Can’t wait for more!
Renee

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