Behind the Curtain by Amy Lane (4 Stars)

A sweet romance with two guys trying to decide if they are good enough for each other. Told from Dawson’s POV, his addictive voice and generous nature made me love him. I didn’t feel like I got to know Jared very well, but more importantly, I struggled to understand why these two would fall in love. I just wanted more time with them actually talking to each other as opposed to being told that they had enjoyable conversations. However, I still enjoyed reading it until the last 15%. At that point, some of the things happening to Jared were too unbelievable and brought me out of the story.


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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