Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Tackling the Tight End
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #3
Heroes: Raven Nez/Dennis Hascomb
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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?
Review: This author is a given, I will read her stories without even looking at the blurb or the cover of the book. But then, you give me this cover of a beautiful Native American and I am caught…hook, line, and sinker. Just look at him!!! I had to read this one.
Tara Lain stories are like crack for me. They are fast and easy reads…until they aren’t so easy. Dennis is one majorly complicated guy with a history that’s too horrific to imagine. He was so completely unlovable in Outing the Quarterback and continues his evil ways in this book, but now we find out the “whys” and the “how comes”, and they ain’t pretty. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty despicable and sickening. I can’t even fathom how horrific it would be to be raised in that type of household.
Raven is the gorgeous, out and proud, tight end for his college football team. He is loved by his family, his team mates, his best friend, basically everyone loves him…including Dennis. Unfortunately, Raven is forced to do what he doesn’t want to do for his tribe, the same as Dennis is forced to do things by his family. These two have a lot to overcome, and it’s not fast nor easy.
Tara Lain has taken a detour to the dark side, and I liked it. It was still sexy, still sweet, but with just enough of a taste of the eerie and obscene that I was left turning the pages until it was over. This was not a hard read, but it wasn’t pleasant either, yet it was entertaining, it was sexy, and the bad guys get it in the end with our lovers, Raven and Dennis, getting each other.
As usual, I highly recommend this author and this series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*