Author: Beth Kery
Title: Behind the Curtain
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There’s something about this woman…
On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago—and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil…
…That could bring a man to his knees.
The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family’s values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he’s shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago…
Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them…
I felt it a little odd that there was so much emphasis on the fact that Laila and Asher were of different races, I understood they were different and that it was an issue for them personally but there is so much opposites and tension in our characters just on their own that it spills over into their relationship which kept me from really investing in them as a couple.
Same thing can be said for everything in this story for me is that there is a lot of push and pull of the environments being described one way but then being another the characters being one way but doing another.
Another thing that didn’t quite feel organic for me was why so much time was spent on certain details that in the end wound up not really mattering at all.
Behind the Curtain was a good read and the whole sort of romeo/ juliet feel to the whole thing was okay but the natural even flow of the story and the romance between our h/h felt a little disjointed and out of place which made it a little difficult to enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Until next time book lovers…
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