Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain

by Beth Kery

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Overview

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…

MATURE AUDIENCE

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594840435
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 136,473
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Beth Kery is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books, including Glow, Glimmer, The Affair, Since I Saw You, Because We Belong, and When I'm With You. She lives in Chicago with her family. Visit her at bethkery.com.

Maxine Mitchell is passionate about animals, traveling, coffee, a good bottle of wine, and great stories. Raised an Army brat, she had a mobile childhood (affording her the opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds) that she would not trade for anything. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Behind the Curtain 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story starts off in the present time when they first reconnect, but it quickly switches gears to the past. We get to watch as their romance blossoms and as they deal with their differences. I loved the way the author wrote Asher. While he is this rich kid, he isn’t privileged by any means. He wants to make a name for himself and he doesn’t want to take over his father’s business. He also recognizes Laila’s heritage and customs and isn’t afraid to ask her about certain things. I thought his consideration was extremely endearing. While most people would look at Laila and think her weak, I don’t. I grew up as a middle-class white female, but I had a very close friend who is Hmong. Her family was VERY strict. I was never allowed at her house because I was not family, and therefor she wasn’t allowed to my house or any of my birthday parties. Her family was very traditional and my friend did not want to go against her family in any way… but she did secretly date a Caucasian boy in middle school. Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I totally understood Laila’s reservation about going against her parents because I saw it in my friend growing up. While I do like Asher and Laila I will say that I was a little disappointed in them… especially Laila. Mainly because there is a snippet of cheating in this story. She does fess up to it and breaks it off but it’s there and I know it’s a hard limit for some of you. While it is for me too, it doesn’t happen until you’ve already invested in Laila and Asher. So it’s hard to picture the one without the other. I thought that Behind the Curtain was a great romance. While there was cheating involved and that’s a hard limit for me, I oddly didn’t get horribly turned off by it. So I suppose that speaks to the author’s writing and the characters themselves. The author was able to weave a story together that mixes a lot of different tropes together, she kept it steamy, and yet still didn’t fully give the characters a happily ever after. It was more realistic and I like that she kept true to the characters.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 4.5 Stars For starters… Chicago. My favorite city. Bonus points from the get-go :) Aside from the setting, this second chance romance is exactly what Beth Kery is known for. Her ability to pull you from every direction emotionally is a unique talent, and BEHIND THE CURTAIN does just that. Asher and Laila are strong, well-developed characters who have undeniable chemistry. Their story unfolds slowly at first, but when it picks up, you had better hold on to your hat. It’s sexy. It’s steamy. And it’s full of passion (in true Beth Kery fashion!). This is definitely a book you’ll want to read when you have a lot of time, as it’s nearly impossible to put down. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
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krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just too good! Love Beth Kery's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right mixture of angst, love, sorrow & steamy passion
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Beth Kery is a stand alone, erotic, romance story line focusing on journalist and heir to a media fortune Asher Gaites, and singer/song writer Laila Barek. BEHIND THE CURTAIN is a second chance story of discrimination, family, heartbreak and betrayal for two people who fell in love years before. Told from dual third person points of view (Laila and Asher) using both the present and the past, BEHIND THE CURTAIN follows the building but forbidden relationship between Moroccan-American/Muslim Laila Barek, and WASP/heir to the Gaites-Granville media empire Asher Gaites. Eight years earlier, Asher and Laila met while on vacation in Crescent Bay, Michigan but due to our heroine’s strong ties to her family and their cultural beliefs, a then twenty two year old Asher and nineteen year old Laila, had to keep secret their friendship and love fearing cultural backlash and discrimination. But secrets are revealed, lives are destroyed, and Laila is forced to push Asher out of her life. Fast forward eight years wherein Asher will come face to face with the woman he has always loved, a woman who has stepped out of the family bubble but not far enough to defy the people she loves. What ensues is the rekindling relationship and romance between Asher and Laila, and the fall out when their relationship is, once again, revealed to the people in charge. BEHIND THE CURTAIN has a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Laila’s over protective and culturally distinct extend family, her cousins and best friends Zara and Tahi, as well as Asher’s pals Jimmy Rothschild, and Rudy Fattore. I am hoping for future story lines focusing on the couple's friends. BEHIND THE CURTAIN symbolizes the secrets, the lies, the life lived in the shadows for a woman whose strong family background, cultural differences and belief systems are in opposition to everything she wants, and the man that she loves. Beth Kery writes a story of forbidden romance, a Romeo and Juliet love affair between two people whose lives went in opposite directions: one hides behind a veil of secrecy while the other travels the world searching for freedom from the ties that bind. BEHIND THE CURTAIN is a unique, exquisite and intimate look at an ill-fated relationship doomed from the start. There are moments of joy and love; heartbreak and sorrow; acceptance and moving forward. The premise is inspiring; the characters are colorful, dynamic and passionate; the romance is fated and moving. BEHIND THE CURTAIN is a slow building yet refreshing change of course from the usual romance story lines offered. The book is divided into two parts-the past and the present-there is no flip flopping, back and forth between time lines. Asher and Laila do get their happily ever after-at a cost.