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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627985093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627985093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Deacon on 18 Feb. 2014
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This was my first foray into the novels of Amy Lane, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. There's something so warm and authentic about her writing, and her protagonist's larger-than-life personality leapt out at me from the opening sentence, so that I was instantly there inside his head, sharing his thoughts and emotions. In Behind the Curtain, Amy pulled me into the story from the outset, taking me on a sweetly sensual journey of love and friendship, refusing to let me go until the final page.

Long distance relationships are never easy, and this one is no exception. When Dawson Barnes falls from a lighting platform, practically landing on the head of star performer, Jared Emory, the attraction is instant. Yet, their lives are worlds apart. Dawson is a small-town boy with a loving family and quite content running his provincial college theatre, while Jared exists as a dancing superstar in the bright lights of LA. The times when they are together, intensely steamy and romantic weekends snatched amidst Jared's hectic schedule, are amazing. All the same, Dawson finds the endless weeks of separation increasingly hard to handle.

The one thing that keeps him going, besides his growing feelings for Jared, is the knowledge that his lover views Dawson's little flat as a safe haven. Also, being estranged from his family, Jared quickly adopts Dawson's circle of friends as his own. However, when he arrives for an extended visit, weak and desperately ill, it becomes clear to Dawson that Jared isn't just lonely. He has been keeping the dark truths about his past locked away, and unless he's willing to allow Dawson in, their tenuous romance may be over before it has properly begun.

What I loved most about this novel was the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debsmg. on 27 Feb. 2014
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The only thing I didn't like was the abruptness of the ending. Dawson made me smile and laugh out loud, Jared made me want to cry and hug him! Another winner from Amy Lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ayesha Millward on 16 Feb. 2014
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Another amazing story by Amy Lane, made me laugh, cry, and just want to skip to the end to make sure everything would get better!,
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful read by an accomplished author. 16 Jan. 2014
By Diana Copland - Published on
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Dawson is a geek. From his pitcher ears to his flailing, bony arms and legs to the tip of his toes, he's a geek. He and his best friend Benji are techs in the theatre department just beginning to get guild jobs, and they are adorkable. Benji is madly in love with Darian, a trainer at the local gym, and Dawson, God love him, is unapologetically gay, and an almost twenty one year old virgin. They are setting up for a show, and through a comedic misunderstanding one leaves a book on the catwalk and the other thinks he needs it, and this all ends up with Dawson almost falling on top of one of the most beautiful men he's ever seen in his life.

Enter Jared Emory, golden boy of American Ballet. He's all black hair and laser blue eyes and square jaw and muscles just everywhere, and Dawson, running true to form, makes an utter fool of himself for the first day of their acquaintance. Jared is an egotistical ass, and Dawson is all set not to like him AT ALL, and then he's asked to help with a workshop Jared does for disabled children. A workshop he is so passionate about that he wants each and every child to feel like a star, including music cues and spotlights, and everything Dawson thinks about Jared begins to change. He sees chinks in the Prince's armor, and realizes inside of that armor is really just a man. A lonely man at that. One so damaged by the rejection of his parents and a series of disastrous relationships that he's cut himself off from everything but dance, convinced the only place he actually matters in on stage. And Dawson begins to realize that while he may be a nerd in a small town college, he's never questioned his own worth the way Jared does every single day.

God, I loved these men. They will stay with me for a very long time. From the beginning of this unlikely relationship through the last words of the book, they captivated me. Dawson, so damned cute and funny and open. His relationship with his best friend is real and his dad is just what every gay child deserves and unfortunately sometimes doesn't have. He loves his big gay son, and is unapologetic about it. Benji's girlfriend Darian and goth tech girl Amber round out this family, and a family they are. I loved the interaction between them, the bar b ques and movie nights and dinners at Denny's, and I loved watching as Jared faced all of it with bemusement. He's never had this, ever, and their acceptance of him into their family circle was poignant.

And Jared. *sigh* Oh, beautiful Jared. He is so broken. Such a sad man, so ill used by those he should be able to trust. In the beginning he seems the more mature of the two, but as the book progresses the reader begins to see that it's Dawson who is the grown up, and Jared the abused child. He broke my heart. He broke Dawson's heart. But Dawson's love, steadfast, unwavering, is what begins the long process of putting Jared's broken being back together again, and I rooted for them and cried with them, and fell more deeply in love with them with each successive page. I will read this book again, and again, and I think it may have just become my number one 'go to' book when I need to believe in love again. Because if Jared and Dawson can make it, anyone can. And you believe it because Amy Lane is just that damned good.

Buy this book. If you love m/m romance, you have to buy this book. The first time Jared makes love to Dawson is worth the price. It's hot and sexy and freaking hilarious, and that is hard to make work. Amy Lane does. And she makes Dinners at Denny's magical, and not every one can manage that!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable! 17 Jan. 2014
By jonboy - Published on
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An inspired romance that is well written and very compelling. The characters are quite real, very well developed and likable. Take time to enjoy every word of this book. It is a great example of how well a story can be told. Ms. Lane's use of prose is excellent, with endearing use of situations that tug at the heart. Highly recommend!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another wonderful performance! (maybe a slight spoiler?) 13 Jan. 2014
By Ravenous Reader - Published on
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I think I can safely say that I've read every book Amy Lane has written and I continue to stand in awe of her talent and ability to write at the rate she seems to be writing (a book a month, that's all we ask ;)). And I'm grateful, because reading an Amy Lane book is a guaranteed good time, even if it's not always an easy read. Try Chase in Shadow and you'll know what I mean.

What I like the most about Amy's writing is that she makes her characters walking, talking and breathing people--we can get to know them, warts and all and watch her create a family of disparate parts, each equally in need of family. Because that's what I think Amy Lane's books are all about. Romance definitely, with two main characters, but she always creates a strong supporting cast who all become very important to each other and the MCs. I think this book is especially about finding love and family when you're resigned to never having your own love you as you are.

And as well as finding family, Amy Lane's books are about acceptance. Her talents are such that you think you're reading about these interesting people find love in fraught or not so fraught situations, but what you're also reading about equality and tolerance. A lot of M/M books are about this, sure, but Amy is a master at showing that love is love is right and good without a lecture or an essay.

Amy's stories are also about wish fulfillment and she knows better than anyone that 'a dream is a wish your heart makes.' The MCs may start out with no idea that they were each other's soulmate, but by the time the book is done, those hearts and souls are signed, sealed and delivered and we, as readers, get to watch them live their story, written with skill and deep understanding of the human heart. The sex scenes are pretty good, too, but that's not why I read Amy Lane. If she tossed her MCs into bed for rousing and completely satisfying sex in the first (or any) chapter I wouldn't be reading her books.

The plot doesn't matter so much to me, but I do learn about something new with every book, whether it be environmental biology, basketball, horse ranching or stagecraft. In fact, in Behind the Curtain, some characters from a former book show up in conversation and we get to see them from the perspective of the current characters. That was interestingly topical. I always know I'm in good hands with an Amy Lane book.

Maybe I'm too much of a fan to review Amy Lane's books. Suffice to say, this was a good one, of a satisfying length with sufficient bumps in the road for the MCs, a great best friend, a rescued stray, a wonderful dad, mean parents and an evil villain. With a big sigh at the end for the HEA.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! Another great one! 8 Jan. 2014
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Another amazing book by Amy Lane..... Fabulous characters and a great story, mid to low level angst.

Dawson was so sweet, he started out pretty innocent and a bit goofy, but by the end he had on his big boy pants and was awesome! Jared was dark, lonely and provided the angst, very well! I liked him, but he's harder to get to know. The building story between the two of them, Jared's jaded attitude versus Dawson's innocence was beautiful to watch. The extra characters were nearly as good as Dawson and Jared! Benji and Dawson are attached at the hip, but seems to be in a healthy way. Benji turns into a bad-ass when Dawson needs help. The girls provide a bit of sweetness and light, and Dawson's dad the stability they all need.

Lots of theater and dance performance information I didn't know about, or really think about I guess, what a hard life.

Sweet beginner sex with the innocent Dawson, that turns nice and hot when he's ready!

Drama with Jared and the horrible Dolph, with a great ending. Oh and a mention of Xander and Chris!

Just a great book, not as dark as some of her other books, which is great, she's had some lighter ones out recently, I appreciate her lighter books and her darker books equally.

Yeah Amy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lovable 8 Jan. 2014
By Miss - Published on
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Behind the Curtain is one of those stories that warms your heart. The friendship between Dawson and his best friend Benji was heart warming. The love and acceptance between Dawson and his father was beautiful. Dawson's need to love and provide stability for Jared and friends was sweet. Dawson is so adorkably cute that you can't help but love him and want nothing but the best for him in life.

Angst level was low compared to a typical Amy Lane read, but the story was sweet and definitely worth the time spent reading it.
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