4.5 Stars for Behind the Curtain by Amy Lane #MM #Sports @amymaclane @dreamspinners


Title: Behind the Curtain
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 6, 2014 – 266 pgs


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.

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**Audiobook Review**

This story broke my heart. Seriously BROKEN.. There was a lot of times where I wanted to cry for what Jared was going through in his career… but then again, that is what a dancers life looks like. Strict diets, injuries, traveling, the whole lot.
I have to say I really didn’t read much of the synopsis on this one, simply wanted it because Amy Lane is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are simply… amazing. They are in a league of their own. There is a bit of the hot stuff I love, but really the characters and plot are what do it for me in her books. They are so unique and different and suck me in each and every time I pick up one of her books.
I really connected with Dawson and Jared for the most part, however, I felt there was a bit of childish inner dialogue with Dawson at times… especially when it comes to his over the top noises and underwear moments.
However, this won’t stop me from reading more of Amy Lane.
The narrator, Hugh Bradley, did a pretty good job. However, I found that I found nothing remarkable with his job here. It could be because I was so invested in the story line and characters or maybe it was that nothing he did made me sit up and say ‘wow this narrator is fantastic’. However, nothing made me think he didn’t do a good job either so it was just and okay audiobook for me.


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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at www.greenshill.comorwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.


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