Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain ~ Book Review by Caroline

23264422Title: Tackling the Tight End

Author: Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/15/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


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?

My View:

Raven Nez is a Native American college student with the weight of his tribe on his shoulders. Known as The Medicine Man around campus for his skills on the football field, he seems to be the only person not enamoured by the NFL and all it could bring to his community. He is a compassionate man who works closely with the youth at a nearby LGBT homeless shelter, an openly gay man who refuses to go back into the closet for a career, and a man who believes in the old myths and ways of his tribe. He is being pushed into a life he doesn’t agree with by his parents, in particular his father, and he is running out of time and excuses to put a stop to it all.

Then along comes Dennis Hascomb, hired by his family’s casino to make a promotional video and it all goes to hell.

Dennis doesn’t have strict parents – he has parents who control every single detail of his life, most often to his detriment but always to their advantage. Since he was a very small child he has been used and abused and they now hold something very precious over his head to keep him in line. I had to stretch my imagination just a bit to believe that a 21 year old man wouldn’t have confided in anyone, or gone to the Police about the way he was treated or what was happening to his family. His parents were plain creepy!

Dennis and Raven fall for each other quickly even though Dennis has spent his life denying he was gay. He is determined to keep Raven away from his family but when that doesn’t work out and Raven’s family become his parents next con something in Dennis finally snaps and he starts to work towards his own freedom and saving Raven’s family from their grasp.

To stay together as a couple this pair have to jump some pretty big hurdles and it wasn’t clear right up until the end how that was going to happen. This is a good addition to the Long Pass Chronicles series and I particularity enjoyed Raven’s grandfather and the stories he had to tell.


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

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