(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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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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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Who cries at the END of a book? Me! Why? Because it was beautiful, so very beautiful!
This is book 3 in the Series, but i haven't read any of the others, and wasn't confused at all.
Raven 'The Medicine Man' Nez is the tight end for SCU. His father has big dreams for him, first pick in he NFL draft, managing the casino, modeling and sponsoring a clothing line, all in the name of his tribe. What Raven really wants to do? Become a youth counselor, specifically to the LGBT youth community.
Dennis Halcomb is a film student at SCU, who gets recommended to Raven's father to help in an ad for the casino. Ravens father puts him in charge of coordinating everything with Dennis, and that's how the two meet. But Dennis is quite reluctant, he's never had friends before and there's a reason for that. Under the control of his parents he is very limited to what he can do, and anyone he may get close to, his parents may try and use that to their advantage. Dennis can't resist though, he's falling for Raven, who has opened him up to a whole new world and outlook on life, if they could both just get out of the grips of their parents.
This story was so good. The whole time you're wondering about the true nature of Dennis's parents and where his sister is and your gut just clenched waiting for the other shoe to drop. His parents are the lowest and pretty frightening, really. But when they try to bring in an innocent, Dennis has enough and takes matters into his own hands.
The Native American back story with the folklore intertwined in it is just brilliant, and absolutely beautiful. Tara did a wonderful job with the Serpent and Black Bird and the Two Souls lore. The ending just really brings a whole new perspective and I see a lot of truth in it, its very inspiring.
4.5 happy tears stars
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