Title: He’s Behind You (Treading The Boards #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Rebecca Cohen (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 2nd 2015- 140 pages
It’s panto season for the Sarky Players, an amateur dramatics society based in Greenwich, South London. With the traditional Christmas play around the corner, it’s time to get ready for more larger than life performances—on and off stage.
While Craig Rosen is happy with his quiet life playing Warhammer and working in a university lab, a new colleague thinks he needs more excitement and drags Craig along to an audition for the Christmas pantomime, Aladdin.
Corporate lawyer Jason Carter accepted he’s gay a little later in life than most, but now divorced and in his late thirties, he’s ready to embrace who he really is. He can’t believe his luck when he runs into Craig at the audition and the cute younger man agrees to help him navigate his new life. There’s no doubting the attraction between Craig and Jason, but with Craig’s insecurities and Jason still finding his way, they’ll need to make sure they don’t veer off script.
I love this series, and this was a great addition. These all match really well with my own somewhat snarky sense of humor, so that’s probably what I’ve enjoyed most.
I really liked the dynamic between Craig and Jason. They both had their own insecurities, and they both had ways in which they were able to be the voice of reason for each other. For such a short story in which the main characters pretty much start dating right away, there was still a lot of delicious slow build.
I’m a sucker for a good story about nerds, and Craig was in fine form throughout. I often find nerd stories woefully lacking in actual geekery, so it was an absolute delight that Craig had honest-to-goodness geek-out moments. The tension over Jason’s son enjoying the same hobby was a really nice take on the age gap.
Jason was a treasure as well. Coming out later in life can be handled so poorly or fall into several bad tropes, but Jason wasn’t a stereotype. I loved his ex and his kids, and it was nice to see a bit of how they rebuilt in a new way after their divorce.
All in all, this was a fun, smart read and I enjoyed it very much.
My next release will be ‘Overly Dramatic’ (a rom-com novella) 19th Aug 2015.
My current WIPs are ‘Avarice’ the final in the ‘Reagalos’ series and ‘Making History at Saving Crofton Hall’, part of the modern Crofton series ‘Stately Pleasures’.