Behind the Curtain by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Talented but insecure Nicholas Bellerose is set to play the lead in his theater company’s upcoming production of Cyrano de Bergerac, a romantic tale of poetry and unrequited love in 17th century France. To make things even better he’s just found the perfect man to play the second male lead, the gorgeous Clayton Alan. New to the city, Clay is as handsome as he is naive and as kind as he is hopelessly shy. As Nick coaches the inexperienced Clay, crafting him into an actor that can rival him in natural talent, he realizes he’s beginning to fall in love for the first time. But Clay has fallen for the beautiful Renee Sutherland, a journalist reviewing the play. Nick, struggling with the realization that he’s in love with a man and afraid of losing their friendship, agrees to help Clay win over the woman he’s in love with, even as the feelings between them grow more intense by the day. Meanwhile, the acting company is in dire straits as a rivalry with Eric Matthers, rich and insufferable son of New York aristocracy, escalates towards dangerous heights that could mean curtains for all of them. Can Nick overcome his fears and win Clay’s heart in time? Will the show go on or will this be the company’s last performance? As the play begins on opening night, will the curtains rise on romance victorious, or on a tragedy of Shakespearian proportion?

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novel, approx. 60,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: I cannot wipe the smile from my face! This is my latest favorite by this author. The characters draw you in and are so believable and alive. The descriptions perfectly set the mood and frame the scenes. I almost want to complain that it’s too short because I loved it so much I just wanted it to keep going. I want to know about the other characters. But this book is just the right length for this story. It’s just that you never really want great things to end. This story is addictive and I can tell it will be one I enjoy rereading in future as well.

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