Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more—from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.
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 would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of Behind the Curtain for an honest review.
Behind the Curtain is a sexy, romantic, deeply moving novel. I love Beth Kery’s books and this was definitely different then her last few. The cultural influence and struggles that they face made for a really great change of pace. It had the Rotating POV’s and going from current day to back to nine years prior when the couple first meets. I like how this gives a well rounded history from both sides and then allows us to go back to where we are currently at. The topics addressed in this book are real issues and I love how they were addressed. It had me wondering how much research Beth must have put into this book to get all the cultural details down.
Asher has just come home from working overseas as a journalist and meets up with a couple of his friends to see how things have been since he was gone. He soon realizes how much he missed them but when they start reminding him about his parents and all of their expectations he quickly knows why he stayed away for so long. They expect him to join the family business and follow in their footsteps. They are a very wealthy traditional southern family.
His friends decide to take his mind off of his visit with his parent scheduled the next day by taking him to a new hot jazz club that has an amazing singer that dances sensually and hides behind a sheer curtain to add to the provocative mystery. Asher is soon lured in and believes that he has heard that voice. He is determined to find out if it is the women who broke his heart and haunts him from the past. He waits for her one night and when she gets on the subway and the have a door close between them, they both are thrown back to the past and what happened between them.
Laila met Asher nine years before in a secret swimming spot they share between them one summer. They both love the escape that the place has provided them. Liala and Asher are both drawn to each other but Laila knows how difficult her family can be and she knows it is hard for her to get away and spend time with people so she worries that Asher won’t be interested in someone with complications and not the free time for fun he may be looking for.
Laila loves her family and spending time with them, she is Moroccan American and it is hard to explain to Asher at times her frustrations but that she is also not resentful and wouldn’t change her family. Asher has a different relationship with his family, they have expectations and he is resentful and does distance himself because of them. They are very different when it comes to their values but they still seem to like that about each other and understand each others pressures and struggles.
What happened between Asher and Laila that summer to make them not speak for nine years? Will they have a second chance at love? Will either of their families accept their dreams? You have to read to find out.
Behind the Curtain is a great novel, that deals with real issues. The struggles made this a realistic book, I just had a hard time with the ending and that it felt not as true to the story as the rest of the book, and that is all I will say about it. I really did enjoy the relationships between friends and the couple and their aspirations for where they wanted their life to go. This also has one of my favorite covers. I am giving Behind the Curtain 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Beth Kery is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of over thirty novels, novellas and serials. She writes contemporary romances as well as erotic contemporary romances, her hallmarks being emotional intensity, leap-off-the-page realistic characters and steamy sexual tension.