Title: Behind the Curtain
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Gay/ Contemporary/ Coming of Age
Jared hid painful things from Dawson during their long-distance relationship. If he doesn’t grow up he might not survive his own weaknesses.
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 have read everything that Amy Lane has written and I have never been disappointed.
This story started with the tale of Dawson and his best friend Benji who is like a brother to him.
Since second grade they are inseparable. These two have discovered a deep love of the theater, and since they cannot sing or dance they work behind the curtain.
Jared has made a name for himself in ballet and Virginal Dawson is lost the moment he sees this beautiful man dance.
Amy takes us on a journey of Dawson who shares his wonderful friends and exceptional father with the lonely and beautiful Jared who is so broken and starved for affection he just broke my heart.
Behind the Curtain is an extraordinary story of love and friendship.
I highly recommend this book, it is one I will be reading again, and again.
Reviewed by: Cheryl