Title: Behind the Curtain
Author: Amy Lane and Hugh Bradley (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: June 24th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Dawson Barnes recognizes his world is very small and very charmed. Running his community college theater like a petty god, he and his best friend, Benji, know they’ll succeed as stage techs after graduation. His father adores him, Benji would die for him, and Dawson never doubted the safety net of his family, even when life hit him below the belt.
But nothing prepared him for falling on Jared Emory’s head.
Aloof dance superstar Jared is a sweet, vulnerable man and Dawson’s life suits him like a fitted ballet slipper. They forge a long-distance romance from their love of the theater and the magic of Denny’s. At first it’s perfect: Dawson gets periodic visits and nookie from a gorgeous man who “gets” him – and Jared gets respite from the ultra-competitive world of dancing that almost consumed him.
That is until Jared shows up sick and desperate and Dawson finally sees the distance between them concealed painful things Jared kept inside. If he doesn’t grow up – and fast – his “superstar” might not survive his own weaknesses. That would be a shame, because the real, fragile Jared that Dawson sees behind the curtain is the person he can see spending his life with.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s a sweet, humorous, and romantic love story. Of course, since this is Amy Lane, you have to know the other shoe will drop and your heart will be ripped out at some point. Because that’s how Amy Lane rolls.
I loved both characters and thought their long-distance relationship was handled really well. Hugh Bradley’s narration kept me entertained, the story got me to laugh and ugly cry (in public no less, thanks Amy Lane!), and I was rooting for Dawson and Jared until the very end.
The supporting characters here, Benji, Darian, Amber, Dawson’s dad elevated this for me from a sweet, lovely story, to one of the top three Amy Lane books I’ve read. I had one issue with the whole agent mess toward the end which I didn’t buy in the slightest and felt was misplaced, but other than that niggle, I had a great time listening to this and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this, especially for those who enjoy the lighter angst-filled side of Amy Lane.