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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review: Canning The Center by Tara Lain

Canning The Center
(The Long Pass Chronicles Series, Bk #2)
By Tara Lain

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?

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Viviana's Review:

After reading the first installment of the The Long Pass Chronicles Series "Outing The Quarterback" I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Canning The Center"! It did not disappoint!!

Where to start? How about Jamal! YUM! He's sweet, loving, family oriented, will stand up for his friends but he has a secret he's carrying around and its getting heavier by the day! He's at a very good place in his life and things are going great! His football career is taking off! Too bad the owners of the team are not open minded at all! At least Jamal still has his BFF Will around!! Will and Noah from the first book make an appearance, they are the ones who take him to the drag show and introduce him to Trixie LaRue! Talk about "BAM" "Interest at first sight"! And both Will and Noah KNEW IT!! They new it would occur! I smiled when I read the reactions. That's one of the things I adore about Tara's writing, you're going through waves of emotions with the characters but you feel like you're part of it.

Enter Trixie! She's the entertainer many come for her beautiful voice! Jamal is mesmerized! Can't keep his eyes off her! Yet, he knows, Trixie is a he! This intrigues him more! Here is one of my favorite interactions between Trixie and Jamal because Trixie pulls no punches and Jamals knows exactly what he wants!

As we flip through the pages we learn that Trevor is also hiding who he truly is from basically everyone! Jamal is the only one he believes he can be his true self with and that scares him. Both need to learn to be themselves before the can be with each other but the can do that together.

They truly are perfect for each other. Trevor gets a man who loves him unconditionally and all of him, both for his smarts and his dresses! For Jamal, how enjoys the ladies as well, Trevor/Trixie is a dream come true! Both get the support they need to be able to be themselves.

I'm sure you're waiting to know all about their chemistry? The guys are HOT! STEAMY!!! Yet they have their sweet moments as well! To be honest, I knew Jamal was a sweet guy but I didn't know he was THAT sweet!

Overall, a great read that you won't want to put down until you've hit the last page. Then you'll want to know when the next book in the series will be released! Can't Wait!!!!

Rating: 4.5 - Really LOVED IT!


We received a complimentary copy of the book from Tara Lain, Author, in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.


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