Erica's Review: Tackling The Tight End 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’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 enjoyed reading about Raven Nez. The one of his best qualities is he is out and proud 

and didn’t let anything stand in his way.   He was sexy, down to earth, and 

understanding.  He was every woman/man dream.  In the beginning of the book I hated 

Dennis Hascomb.  I think everybody didn’t until they had an understanding of Dennis 

life.  Once I got a full view into his like I wanted to love and hug him.  I loved how Raven 

loved his family and wanted to make them happy. But I also loved how he had a mind of 

his own and followed his heart.  The characters were well developed.  The story flowed 

perfectly.  I loved how Tara introduced the theme two spirits; it was something I never 

heard of.  This was an around good story. 

 I gave it 4 stars.

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