Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2) by Tara Lain ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

CanningtheCenterAUDLGTitle: Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2)

Author: Tara Lain

Narrator: John-Paul Barrel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/20/2015

Length: 09 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


A Novel in the Long Pass Chronicles

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?

Story Review:

I enjoyed this story. There was so much more going on here than I anticipated. This was not simply a story about a professional athlete battling for the strength to come out. It was a story about truth in all its many forms and how truth eventually comes to light no matter what.

There was so much to recommend this tale. There were secrets, sexy football players, hate crimes, drag queens, super smart mathematicians, LGBT supporters, a loving and accepting family, and a man who gets what is coming to him. There was a story that carried this tale forward while being driven by the unfolding romance. I really connected with these men and their love. I enjoyed their story.

Trevor/Trixie and Jamal were unique characters and had great chemistry in every incarnation. As a woman Trixie was sensual and sexy. As a man, Trevor was everything Jamal had ever wanted. The way these men just accepted each other and the way they dealt with their secrets and truths was very grown up for two younger men. I enjoyed watching things unfold and evolve and was routing for the best possible outcome.

I hope to see more from these men in future books, though I am struggling to determine who would be the MCs if this series continues.

Narration Review:

I enjoyed this narration. I felt this story was read well and the characters and emotions were clear. My biggest issue was that Jamal’s voice was not the same as in the first story. Granted, it was a bit more mature sounding in this one, but I have a hard time believing that a man’s voice would change that drastically in his last year of college. I may be wrong on that, but it bugged me that he did not sound the same as he did in the previous audio version by the same narrator.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Canning the Center (Long Pass Chronicles #2) by Tara Lain ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

  1. PizzyGirl, what a wonderful review. I’m honored you listened to my book. This is a favorite of mine and your review is a fave as well. Thank you! : )

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