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?
Raven Nez is blessed. He is HOT, talented, and gay with the acceptance if not blessing from his parents. He is being scouted by the pros for the NFL draft. He should be on top of the world. But The NFL and running the Casino like his dad is his parents dream for him. He would much prefer working at the shelter helping out the gay kids that have ended up there when they were forced from their homes.
Dennis Hascomb is a physically blessed young film student who is living in a nightmare. The attraction between Raven & Dennis is instant and combustible but they will have a lot to overcome to be together.
Tackling The Tight End is a sweet often angsty tale of love, betrayal and expectations. It deals with abuse, cultural identity and expectations. This book will keep you thinking long past the last page. Well done Ms. Lane.