5 stars Action/Adventure Angst Level Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Exploration Football Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat Mystery New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Virgin

Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain

release day review

Long Pass Chronicles Book 3

Dreamspinner Presents


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?


I’m going to say right now that Tara Lain is an amazing author. I was SO uncomfortable reading this – a hallmark that she really made the characters and their situation come to life.

I’m not going to give a summary because the blurb tells the highlights and I don’t want to give too much away.

It is HARD to read about Dennis and his “activities”. SO HARD. I was skeeved the hell out and wanted it to all stop! I knew he’d be redeemed in the end and I needed it to come quickly because my heart was seriously hurting for all his family’s victims.

Raven is so perfect.

He’s the all-American boy (only Native American!) and tries so hard to do the right thing all the time that it’s tearing him up inside. Life isn’t black or white and he has some really hard decisions to make.

I found their relationship so fascinating as Dennis opened up to his newfound sexuality and Raven let him in.

I also really loved Walter. What an amazing friend and what a clever twist on the “beard”.

In terms of reading this – I’d tell you to brace yourself for some serious ugliness. The first half of the book is painful – but sets things up beautifully for a fantastic HEA at the end.

(When this goes to Audiobook I hope Andrew McFerrin does it – he did Andrew Grey’s Good Fight series and I really liked his accents.)

Highly recommended but be warned – you’ll work for your HEA.

5 of 5 stars


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