Review: Canning the Center by Tara Lain

Posted July 2, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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Review: Canning the Center by Tara Lain
Canning the Center
by Tara Lain

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 17th 2014
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: John-Paul Barrel
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Pages: 250
Format: Audiobook
 

“I will confess here that if there’s something I love to read in Tara Lain’s stories is exactly this pairing.  The big massive alpha male and the very flamboyant twink.  Jamal and Trixie have that in spades!  Sweet and sexy.”
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I’ll start off by saying this.  I was really looking forward to big Jamal Jones story from the moment he showed up in book one.  He’s sweet, he loves his family, they support him fully, there is just something special about this massive guy that makes me want to cuddle him.  And by massive I mean 6’7″ and 300lbs football player.  There’s not much about him that doesn’t say big alpha male.  He’s been open with his family about being bisexual, but after some developments with the team not being in favor of having a gay player, he’s decided to keep that side of himself in the closet.  After all, he does like the company of women as well, right?

But that all changes when he sees Trixie for the first time.  Now, I will confess here that if there’s something I love to read in Tara Lain’s stories is exactly this pairing.  The big massive alpha male and the very flamboyant twink.  Jamal and Trixie have that in spades!  Sweet and sexy.  In this case, Trixie LaRue is the drag queen persona of incredibly smart and gay activist Trevor.  And I actually gobbled up the moments these two were together because this was so fun to watch.  Whether he’s Trevor or Trixie, it added such different dynamics to their relationship.

Overall this was a really cute and sweet story!  But then, there were things that annoyed me a bit.  Lavinda, for one.  Someone really needed to put that bitch in her place sooner.  And there is the big miscommunication thing that makes me ranty.  But as much as it has moments that I think could’ve been better, this was my favorite in the series.  CANNING THE CENTER is just adorable.

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About Tara Lain

Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2010. She’s now on book fourteen and counting. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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I find miscommunication in a story annoying especially when it drags on and on

Timitra
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Timitra

Nothing I hate more than miscommunication that’s dragged out far longer than it needs to…Thanks Francesca for the review

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kathy valentine

never read this writer. love the cover very handsome guy!

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Sophia Rose

Yes, the dynamics in a relationship and the personalities involved can be the best discovery in each new book. This series sounds great and this book in particular one I’d like to read. Yeah, the miscommunication element gets me stabby, too.

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This sounds book sounds like something I’d like, adding the series to my wishlist.