Book Review: Canning the Center by Tara Lain

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Canning the Center
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #2
Heroes: Jamal Jones/Travor Landry
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 250 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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?


Review: Tara Lain knows how to bring a story to life; she knows how to make football palatable to those who are not fans of the sport; and she knows how to create a smoking hot couple that blows the top off with their compatibility and smexiness.

We met Jamal in the first book, Outing the Quarterback, and he was such an amazingly good guy in that book that I was super excited to learn he was getting his own story, and his own man. Jamal is surrounded by his incredible family and friends, so it’s no wonder that he not only accomplished his dream, but also got his dream guy in the process. But it wasn’t just handed to them, oh no…

Trixie/Trevor turned out to be one of the best characters I’ve read about this year. I always say I am partial to the big, sexy, alpha males, but for some reason, this amazing drag queen stole my heart. He is not a woman in a man’s body, and he doesn’t want to be a woman, but he is very happy being a man who loves to sometimes wear women’s clothes. And that is HOT to me and to Jamal, too.

Trixie hits every one of Jamal’s buttons. Being a bi-sexual man, Jamal gets the best of both worlds in the androgynous, but super intelligent Trevor. Trevor is so amazingly beautiful as a man, but when he is in drag, he is a very convincing gorgeous woman. So much so that even the homophobic players on Jamal’s team are taken by her.

Jamal and Trevor have a hard road cut out for them. They both have secrets, and they both have demons that plague them, but together with Jamal’s family and friends, they are destined to forge a path to that happily ever after that we all clamor for in our romance novels. This book is very romantic, this book is super sexy, and their story is one that I will revisit when I need to get my fix of heart-happiness.

Highly recommended to everyone because this book is simple marvelous! Can’t wait for the next installment; I am super excited to see where Tara Lain takes us next.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*


Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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