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Behind the Curtain

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  509 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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
Paperback, 393 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Berkley
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Olga therebelreader
**5 stars**

This story was captivating. The writing was engaging and I was immersed in Laila and Asher from the opening chapter on. Scene after scene, and page after page, it was only getting better and better. I loved both Laila and Asher. They were amazing together. And, oh my, all those hot, steaming hot, scenes. I love them all. Please give it a go, I promise you it’s worth it!

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 5/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angs
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of second chance romance
Behind the Curtain is a beautiful second chance romance that I thoroughly enjoyed--I even got a bit emotional and teared up at the end!

The story is told partly in flashback from the time Asher (now 30) and Laila (27) first met 8 years ago while both were vacationing at lakeside Crescent Bay, Michigan. Laila and Asher had an instant physical connection--like being struck by a thunderbolt--and it was just a matter of time before they were involved in a sizzling summer romance. But Laila's age, her
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Forbidden, provocative, intense, passionate, and emotionally driven.

It's very rare, but sometimes you come across a story that touches you in the most unexpected way. It reaches down into your soul and changes the way you view things in your life. BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Beth Kery was that story for me. The minute I started this, it was like I was transported to my own little world where nothing and no one could reach me. And from that moment on it was just myself and these incredible characte
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

Part of you is always a bit of a mystery to me. Uncommitted. Unavailable. A little bit of you is always veiled.”

Shivers. I have honest to god shivers. This author is simply incomparable. She writes such raw, emotional, sensual stories that are unlike any I've ever read. What makes them so memorable is that they're just so...real. They're immeasurably satisfying but without having to be wrapped up in a perfect little bow at the end. I truly believe that Behind The Curtain is Ke
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
If you like angst, emotional young love, and a books that give you "all the feels" Behind the Curtain is for you. We start in present day, with our hero Asher returning to Chicago for some relaxation before he starts his new job in London. Asher has been traveling the world as a reporter, stationed mostly in the middle east. His family owns a large media company and it was assumed he would work for his father, but Asher wanted to travel, and make his way on his own. He gives up his trust fund to ...more
Maria Rose
My introduction to Beth Kery was her erotic One Night of Passion series, originally started under her pen name Bethany Kane back in 2011. I love that series, and it put her on my radar. Since then, however, the majority of her books have been released as serials which are not my cup of tea. Behind the Curtain in contrast is a complete novel, and one I am quite happy to have gotten into my hands. It contains some of my favorite themes – a summer ‘first love’ relationship that is bittersweet, and ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story that made my heart ache and swell with the hero and heroine in the story.

This book portrayed the intricate relationship between couples from two different culture perfectly.i have learn lots about Moroccan Culture through this book, how fascinating.

Absolutely lovable hero and heroine, expertly written dialogue and plots. A wonderfully written book.

Jessica Alcazar
First things first, because it is what I do .... #CoverWIN!!

Now on to the book .... what an emotional ride this was! One of the loveliest second chance romances that I have ever read! I've said this many times before, it's very rare when a story has such an impact on your heart that it just settles there for the long haul. Most of the time, it's the characters that will settle in your heart, if anything at all. You can still enjoy the heck out of a book, but when a story reaches in to your soul
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 kn
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an utterly beautiful story!
Not only is the chemistry and connection between the hero and heroine fabulous, but there is some good digging into the meaning of family and what it means to walk the line between personal freedom and familial duty.
Gina *loves sunshine*
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, ebook
This book came at the perfect time - the end of summer and I was ready to curl up with a little story about 2 people who meet on the shores of lake Michigan.

Behind the Curtain starts out present day Chicago (another favorite setting of mine) when Laila and Asher are surprisingly reunited for a brief moment. In that instant you can feel the connection and the pain! You are immediately transported back 8 years as their story unfolds.

I was so mesmerized!!! A definite 4.75 stars! This was a beautif
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars because of that ending. Why end the book like that?! Is there going to be a book two or an extended epilogue?! Why waste time on those sex scenes if you're going to end the book like that? Why not skip some of those scenes so that we could have a great ending? Ugh so many questions. I don't like open endings ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Behind the Curtain is one of Beth Kery’s best book to date. This is a multi-cultural Contemporary romance that has so much win on the pages. Not only does the main couple have incredible chemistry, but the underlying message here is powerful. It’s all about destiny and fate, but also doing what’s best for yourself, even though your family, and some of your friends may be against it. This has a Romeo and Juliet feel to it, based on the flashbacks of our heroine and hero when they were young. Thes ...more
Michelle Dare
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Behind the Curtain isn't your typical love story. Well, it is in the sense that it's boy meets girl. But this boy and this girl are from two different worlds even if they are both staying in the same town for the summer.

Laila is smart, beautiful, and very musically talented. Her family is Moroccan and her parents expect her to marry a Moroccan man. But what happens when she falls for someone who isn't?

Asher. Oh, how I love him. He comes from a very wealthy family who has expectations of him wor
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Omg I'm so excited for this one <33


Dinese E.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Asher, Asher, Asher and oh did I say Asher? There were things I loved about this book (um, Asher) but other things I did not.

I don't think Beth Kerry has ever broached interracial relationships before in her novels and if she has I've never read it and I've read many of her books.

Asher is American, Laila, the heroine, is Moroccan with strict family values. One of them includes marrying her own kind because her parents feel it would be easier. And at 19, she still has to follow their rules as she
Novel Grounds
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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I love a good flashback-time jumping read and this book gave me that in troves. We started in the present and then jumped back. Second chance romances always warm my heart and this book was no different.

Beth has us dive into this book in the present, then we backtrack and get the ENTIRE history of these characters. You truly feel like you get the tragedy before the HEA. It was a great way to read the story.

Laila and Asher hurt my heart. Also, t

Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Does love really conquer all?

Behind the Curtain was unlike any Beth Kery book I've read before. This 2nd chance romance took me back to a time of young love that was cut short by the interference of family. They were so young, and struggling with finding themselves, but they had no problem finding each other. "She felt a pull toward him, like a magnet had been installed in her lower belly. And he was pure iron."

The author did a beautiful job of drawing me into their struggle. I was their
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Behind The Curtain was a very interesting, poignant romance, with the majority of the book taking place as a flashback.

Asher knows the moment he hears her voice onstage, behind a veil, that the woman singing is the one woman who brought him to his knees years before. Having been out of the US for years, and only newly back on home soil, he’d only wanted to get out and enjoy an evening with his friends. Instead he finds himself instantly reliving his past in the sultry voice of the woman he once
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one, review to follow.
Annie L
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For Contemporary / New Adult Romance fans, here's yet another by Beth Kery for you. If you're into Second Chance Romance, then this story will hit you from all angles. There's that taste of young love, bordering on naive (but in the sexy way) to adult love in which you're older, know yourself a bit better and how well (or not so well) you fit with someone else.

Image it's yet another summer of the traditional, "we've been going here since I was a kid", family vacation spot. Except this year is d
Heather andrews
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

There are times Laila can have quite the backbone, “that’s not fair! What exactly would you have me do, Asher? You’re here for another week. Do you want me to drive you up to my parents’house and explain to them how we’re sleeping together every chance we get, because apparently we have no self-control when it comes to each other?” I loved sweet Asher, "he cut her off by seizing her mouth in a quick kiss. “Don’t let them get to you. You’re too special for that, Laila. You’re worth a thousand of
Lisa Immell
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Beth Kerry fan. I usually cant wait to read whatever she writes and was so looking forward to reading this latest one. However I can hardly believe that she wrote it. It is so phoned in and disappointing , it lacks her usual steamy scenarios and great sexual chemistry. It's just another generic romance that could have been written by anyone. I defiantly wont be per-ordering her books any longer. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by this love story.
I’m a fan of Beth Kerry, but this book was so dull, I even skimmed the sex scenes.
Wit & Wonder Books
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** ARC provided by the author in exchange for honest review ***

Inviting, provoking and steamy! Whew, this second chance romance will leave you breathless and yearning for more!

Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery is a beautiful and heartbreaking romance that takes you in the past and present between two different characters who try to make love work in their struggling lives.

Asher Gaites-Gainville is supposed to inherit the family media fortune after graduating college, but he would rather work as
Not perfect by any means, but so unputdownable.

I loved this relationship, and the book was so steamy:

Marla Dudak
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Really good book about a rich WASP who falls in love with a Moroccan singer. Beautifully told from past to present. Really enjoyed it.
Jane Stewart
Interesting premise, but not enough story. Mostly angst about wanting and not having someone.

They fall in love at first sight, but they can’t be together because she feels she must please her parents. It’s mostly about their feelings. Not enough other stuff happens. It was too slow. I was impatient for things to happen. There is a happy ending many years later. I’ve enjoyed some of B Kery’s other books, but not this.

The audiobook narrator Maxine Mitchell was good.

Narrative mode: 3rd person.
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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.

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