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Canning the Center

(Long Pass Chronicles #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 hes 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 ...more
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Published December 17th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
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Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 STARS


Canning the Center is a lovely story about friendship and love, loyalty and honesty and accepting who you really are.

We meet both main characters in the first book in the series, Jamal as Wills friend and Trevor as Trixie, the drag queen who was manipulated in ruining Wills future. This is not a sequel, so you can read it as a standalone.

Jamals dream was always to be a professional football player. Hes bisexual, but he knows not everyone will accept this like his family. When he
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Can authors PLEASE, for the love of maple bacon cupcakes stop naming their Black male characters Jamal, Leroy, Darquan or whatever "ethnic sounding" name in their limited vocabulary? We DO have Black men named Steve, John, Robert, Michael and Kevin (and some of them are actually FOOTBALL PLAYERS). Really, it's okay to name a Black hero like you'd name a White one.

I really wanted to read this (and I still might though I'll grit my teeth), but the stereotypical name fail just ruins what sounds
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

So much to say about this one! I have to just start spewing things out before I forget!

I want to talk about the narration of the audiobook first because I think that that was key to my overall feeling/rating for the book. This was a very difficult book to narrate, both because of the range of voices required and how much they needed to differ in tone. John-Paul Barrel did a very nice job differentiating between voices. In fact, I was really impressed how he managed to go from the super deep
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
OMFG, what a lovely great story, I didn't read book one but it didn't mater at all, in my humble opinion this sequel stand alone.
I don't know shit about American football, but it didn't mater that I din't know about the sport either, I think both the plot and the characters in this book kept me interested.
Jamal and Trevor are one of my favorite couples.

❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 AFREAKIN'DORBLE Drag Queen Lov'in Stars!

Jamal and Trevor/Trixie together ...OMG, Loved!

This writer has a way with her flamboyant characters. And I have a very BIG soft spot for cross-dresser's for personal reasons. So for me this book was a win win. This writer IMO did Trevor good❤

In this book, Trevor, was my flamboyant wonderfully written cross-dresser. And he was written to perfection.

Smart "A mathematician"
Talented...but, I wished (view spoiler)
Truuss / Loveislovereview
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3,75 ⭐ It was a entertaining read. Sometimes I little chaotic. It would had be nice if there were more space between chapters. It was somewhat confusing.
Trevor/Trixie a sweet and high math intelligent drag queen. And there is Jamal so sweet and endearing giant with a poetic heart.
When he sees Trixie performing it's BAM. Jamal had made the decision to come out to his football team. But then his teammate gets dismissed when he told the coach that he was gay. Jamal decided not to say anything about
Eli Easton
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was able to beta this story and I loved it. I love all of Tara's work for her quirky sense of humor and way with steamy scenes. As usual, this is a fun and sexy story that nevertheless has some serious dollops of angst and deeper meaning. Recommended.
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

A story about a hot football star falling for a gorgeous cross-dressing genius? Oh, hell yeah. I. Am. Riveted.

Lauren Conrad Attention

Add tons of humor and sexiness with the delightful narration of John-Paul Barrel...and you have one happy girl here.

Lauren Conrad Happy

I really enjoyed John-Paul's narration. There were a couple of breathy points and some editing drops, but they go by quickly and don't make a great many appearances, certainly not enough to diminish the enjoyment of the story.

Unfortunately my Big Pet Peeve
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Blogger Girls

Tara Lain knows how to bring a story to life; she knows how to make football palatable to those who are not fans of the sport; and she knows how to create a smoking hot couple that blows the top off with their compatibility and smexiness.

We met Jamal in the first book, Outing the Quarterback, and he was such an amazingly good guy in that book that I was super excited to learn he was getting his own story, and his own man. Jamal is surrounded by his incredible family and friends,
4.0 F*ck yeah stars

I really liked this book. Was it perfect? No. There were cliches and some cheesy parts. There was a sh*tload of subplots and, honestly, some detracted from rather than added to the story. But this book had what every good book has: characters I fell in love with. I absolutely adored Jamal and Trevor/Trixie. Adored! They were so wonderfully real and imperfect and made for each other, I couldn't put this book down. I read this puppy in one sitting and that always counts for
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
That was lovely.Really interesting and engaging.Maybe because i have a soft spot for crossdressers:) The first of the series i didn't like so much but this one...yeah.And what an epilogue ,people!I cried my eyes out!
3.5 Stars

I started listening to the audio book but had to change to the ebook version after the first 2-3 minutes. Everything Heather says about the narration is spot on , so read her review. I'll also add that the dialogue was very...well, I want to say stereotypically "urban" and so his performance of it felt forced.

And I really hate the way the language/slang is used. I mean, there's even an "ax" instead of "ask" right there in the first chapter and rather than throw the Kindle across the

BR, December 17th, Release day with Julie.

3,5 stars

So this was better than the first installement!!! I loved Jamal in Outing the Quarterback, so I was exited him getting his own story!!

Jamal is bisexual. I have read more stories about bisexuality and find it difficult to understand. It almost always develops in having a strong preference in just one sexe...
But in this story, the bisexuality made sense for me. Jamal had always been attracted to women and men with female features.

So I was not
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it :(

Maybe 2.75 stars?

There were so many points of interest for me here, yet I really did not care for the finished product.
I loved the drag aspect, the football aspect, the gentle giant idea of the hero- but the writing style just drove me to drink! I hated all the itiallics of thought before every response. The thoughts seemed to be so juvenile in nature. I hated the writing attempt in the authentic dialect, because it In fact did not feel authentic but that it was trying to
♥~♥❇ ★~Lyne~★ ❇♥~♥
What a great follow up to " Outing The Quaterback" Tara has outdone herself with Canning The Center". I fell in love with Jamal and his amazing family in book one and I am happy to see his story was just as amazing. Tara created two characters you couldn't help, but fall in love with. What I really love about this book, is the fact it dealt with more personal issues... Trevor is dealing with a lot of personal drama between his mother alzheimer's, his brothers hatred of him because of his quirk ...more
Jacq ~
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
One name Trixie La Rue...

I so enjoyed the good chemistry with the MC's.

This read had the BITCH, The VILLAIN, HERO and then there was TRIXIE.
The character of Trixie, was well thought out and well defined in to a likable/lovable person. She was the driving force in this read!
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Beautiful, hot, realistic and well written!

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet baby jesus Jamal and Trixie/Trevor have a hot story. I wanted more from every chapter! I never thought I'd hate fictional characters like I did some of them in this book but OMG! The depth of the characters draw you in and you go on the journey with them. There were points I wanted the story to keep going and not switch, but then when it did I still wanted the same.
If you thought Will and Noah had a good story Jamal and Trevor have them beat hands down. I really can't wait for Ravens
Buffy Kennedy
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
GREAT! This was a well woven sequel that had it all. Cameo from the couple in the first book, some mystery that kept me guessing, diverse characters, and a totally sweet romance. Jamal and Trevor are so freaking cute together you will feel nauseated in a good way. I dont even know what else to say, except that I enjoyed Jamals story every bit as much as Id hoped!

Canning the Center kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There are some surprises and in the end, youll be left with a smile!
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lbgtq, 2-ibooks
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What more could I ask for football and drag queens?!?!
I LOVE BUNNY and TRIXIE!!!!! They make me =)
Lena Grey
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Jamal Jones, from Tara Lain's 'Canning the Center', thinks he's got it all when he is picked up by a professional football team. He's getting paid to do something he loves, but Jamal hasn't considered what he might have to give up to do so. Jamal is bisexual and intended to tell his coach, but when circumstances show him how homophobic the owner of the team is, he has second thoughts and decides to try
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, love-bytes

Jamal Jones doesnt want to spend his entire pro football career in the closet. He sees the love between his best friends and he wants the chance to have what they have a relationship where theyre free to love each other out in the open. However, the night that he finally works up the courage to come out to his coach turns into a disaster when he discovers that hes been drafted to the Diablos to replace another gay center who the bigoted team owner wants gone. If theyre willing to dump
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the hours I spent reading these two mens story. While I didnt read the first book in the series, thats my loss and not for long! Both men, while very different, had their strengths and their flaws, and had to work their way to an honest relationship.

Jamal, the soft spoken rookie NFL player, knows going in that being open about his bisexuality is going to create friction. If not from his fellow players, then from management, and hes not encouraged by the object lesson that puts
books are love
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love love love Trevor/Trixie. You can see he is unsure of himself and also lying to himself about things. He doesnt trust easy and has had a tough life. Hes brilliant though and this I think has gotten in his way and he is too afraid to use his mind to help himself. This stems from his mom, dad and brother and how they verbally treated him. When he meets Jamal and is waffling as to what to do youre reminded that everybody is afraid to take a leap of faith to be with someone and get to know them. ...more
Audiobook review

Canning the Center was a fun listen. It is the second book in the Long Pass Chronicles, but you dont need to have read the first book to be able to enjoy this one (I havent). The first couple does make an appearance, but you are never left feeling like youve missed something vital.

Jamal Jones is the new center for a football team with a new owner that does not know what the word acceptance means, neither when it comes to skin colour and even less when it comes to being gay, or
Morgan  Skye
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Loved Ferdinand!

This is the sequel to Outing the Quarterback. We met Jamal as Wills friend, the awesome family that supported him when he came out to his family. We get to spend more time with that family, especially Jamals sister (a lesbian) Ev.

Jamal meets Trixie doing a drag show when Noah and Will bring Jamal to Trixies show. Trixie hits bi-sexual Jamal on all his buttons. Trixies buttons just happened to be pushed by all that is Jamal.

Trixie, who is Trevor in other parts of life, doesnt
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 3/4 stars

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. Trixies alternate role as a brilliant mathematician and gay activist complicates Jamals 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
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The sweet chocolate bunny...*sigh*... Jamal was everything I hoped he would be! After meeting the man in book 1 I had to know more because he seemed so sure of himself. This book gave Jamal depth and a sweetness that made me swoon. Trixie/Trevor was amazing and I hurt for her because she couldn't see herself as clearly as Jamal did. I loved the journey of these two and I can honestly say that I'm torn between loving Will (from book 1) and Jamal lol.
Lila Hunter
Other than the insta love, I enjoyed this book. It worked great with the first one in the series since most of the previous characters are part of this book too.

The MCs were a nice couple as well as the new additions. The plot was good, even when it moved too fast at the end.

Overall a good book #2. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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