The compelling and erotic m/m romance titles penned by this author continue to blend an entertaining and spicy tale with glimpses of the often daunting challenges faced by those who are different, whether because of race, culture, or sexual orientation. It was fascinating to read a story that is a melding of issues which have been prominent in the news recently with the twist of an exploration of the difficulties of coping with the social pressures facing a cross-dresser and anyone who cares for him. The poignant situations that face both the massive football player whose family has nicknamed Ferdinand the Bull, and the sensitive yet brilliant man who captures his heart, is one that will tug at your heartstrings even as the incandescent passion that soars between them burns up the pages. I adore Jamal’s family and am always delighted to read about level-headed, loving and accepting folks who make the world a better place by their existence. As usual, this author points out the importance of being true to oneself in an engaging tale that combines passion, humor and an intriguing storyline that enlightens without preaching, and I look forward to other tales in the series.
“Canning the Center” by Tara Lain is part of ‘The Long Pass Chronicles’ series and features Jamal Jones as he starts his professional football career. His buddies, Noah and Will, take him to a club where he becomes enchanted by the drag queen known as Trixie LaRue. Trixie’s alternate role as a brilliant mathematician and gay activist complicates Jamal’s decision to refrain from coming out to his team, as he falls hard for both aspects of the complex and beautiful man. Unfortunately, each of them has significant baggage to work through before they can truly form a relationship, and it may be over before it truly begins.
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?