(Long Pass Chronicles Series, #3)
By Tara Lain
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 really wants to work with gay kids, and while he loves his tribe and likes football, his visions for the future don’t mesh with theirs. 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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4.5 out of 5 stars
This book has a bit of a darker slant than previous books but don't let that chase you off from a well crafted story with solid characters. Raven and Dennis are struggling with choices and realities in their lives, that they are able to find each other ultimately helps both of them be stronger men. As their experiences would reveal a bit too much of the plot, I'll let you read the story and find that out for yourself.
Tackling the Tight End explores a bit inside the Native American culture and it's belief in the two-spirit. It uses the legend of the two-spirit to show the acceptance of those who are LGBT, like Raven and to explain that you love who you love. It's not the gender, appearance, or demeanor of the person that causes you to love them. It's simply that you love who you love for whatever reason is important to you.
This book also shows that our lives do not define who we are, who we are meant to be, or what path we walk in life. It shows how both Raven and Dennis become the men that they are destined to be due to their inner character and strength. Also that love CAN strengthen you enough to change the path that you are on to the path that you're meant to follow. While there are situations that might make you uncomfortable in this book, they were necessary to show what that character was facing, and how important it was for them to change.
I thoroughly fell head over heels for Raven from the start, and the story completely changed my viewpoint of Dennis from the first book. I highly recommend this one if you're a fan of the series or the author. Otherwise you should pick up the entire series and devour the goodness that is the Long Pass Chronicles.
The Long Pass Chronicles Series
About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her bestselling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soulmate husband and her soulmate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!
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