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Behind the Glass (State Street #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realiz ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 324 pages
Published February 22nd 2020 by Tamarind Hill Press (first published June 30th 2014)
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May 09, 2020 marked it as to-be-review  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this book up awhile ago, and I DNF it at 10% because it was just not what I want at that time. I want to give it another try. I won a kindle edition of this book from goodreads giveaway. I will post a honest review as soon as I give the book another try.
Anna’s Readings
Kristen has a very special writing style! This book is third person but I thought it was written in a more artistic way and beautiful sentences than most books. It is a contemporary, slow burn romance but it also nailed a lot of issues for me. As someone that loves art I can relate in how hard it is to find someone that appreciates it the same way. It also helped me understand a bit more with being cheated and the guilt that comes from it.

“How could she open herself without getting hurt?” The q
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Behind the Glass” is an intelligent romantic story about a young woman with outstanding moral values. Her life motto could be a famous quote of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” Can you imagine the turmoil in her heart when she meets a love of her life while being in a relationship with another man?
Great book! I can't wait to read more from this author.
Kristen Granata
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I. Love. Michael! I related a lot to Rebecca because of her introspective personality & battling with herself. There were lots of descriptive details throughout. It’s a realistic story about how timing isn’t always on your side when you meet the person for you ... but life takes you on a path you never saw coming & everything works out in the end. Emotional & engaging read!
D.D. Larsen
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great feel good romance! Love the story and the emotion she writes into her characters. Makes me want to pick up a camera and take some photos!!!
Trisha A.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Story

Kristen Morgan did a wonderful job penning this beautiful love story. The struggles of two people caught up in their emotions and the complications they encounter. A true angsty love of two soulmates.
Amelia Foster
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this is such a decadent read. Straight off the bat I was completely consumed into Rebecca's world. Ms. Morgen is a master of creating rich descriptions and fabulous world building that puts you smack in the middle of everything. It's the first time in a while that I was walking in the land of the characters in the first five pages. 

Not only were the descriptions lush and beautiful, but so were the emotions. I felt every tug and pull as Rebecca and Michael walked their path to learning more
Lexi Miles
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novel: Behind the Glass
Author: Kristen Morgen

Author Website:
Rating: 5 STARS
Reviewer: Lexi Miles
Posting: MF, HEA, Contemporary Romance, Stand Alone, Head-Hopping
Released: June 2014
Review Date: Oct-30-2019

The forbidden romance everyone needs to have in their lives!–Lexi Miles, Romance Author/Reviewer

BEHIND THE GLASS starts with Rebecca going through the motions of life both in love and romance. She knows what love is supposed to be, witnessing it firsthand in her f
LianaReads blog
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

A very romantic love story with two characters that are meant to be together from the first time they set eyes upon each other.
Finding The One sometimes feels unreal but when it happens, you can’t get it out of your head.
Great writing, slow burn and great characters.
Would you be willing to wait for that one person?
Tammy Sutcliffe
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love characters with morals and integrity!!! This author has romance and isn’t afraid to use it. A feel good read that moves smoothly and takes you there!!
I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

Michael and Rebecca meet by chance one night, and there is no denying that there is an instant connection. But, Rebecca is with someone, who just happens to be a mutual friend of Michael’s. Though they both have strong feelings for each other, they back off their feelings to honor Rebecca’s commitment to her boyfriend, until he is found cheating on her. Then she has to decide whether to risk her heart again with Mic
Cori Beasley
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks goes to the author for sending me a copy of her book to read and review!
First and foremost, I liked that it was a quick read. It fit nicely in between the more drawn out and heavy novels I’ve been reading lately. First thing I noticed was the sweet dedication at the beginning. Sweet and wholesome message to her daughters. ❤

“It was quiet at this late hour, other than the faint echo of a distant conversation and the soft music playing over the sound system…The inviting smells of rich c
Remnant Inklings
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main protagonist of this novel is Rebecca, an aspiring photographer. She works two jobs, one to support herself while the other gets her some much-loved photography experience. She has a wonderful, loving boyfriend and some of the best friends a girl could ask for. However, her entire world is flipped upside down when she meets Michael, an art-loving gentleman who frequents the coffee shop Rebecca goes to every week. The book follows Rebecca’s journey to find true love, despite the many obst ...more
The Reading Realtor Michelle Diomede
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I am voluntarily reviewing this ARC.

This story begins as Rebecca visits a coffee house she loves. On her way to her favorite chair, she spots a painting that calls to her. Next thing she knows there is a very appealing man talking to her, admitting to having seen her before. This first scene was full of emotion, and a beautiful fated meeting. The intriguing stranger is Michael, and as drawn as they are to eachother, she is in a relationship and would never cheat
Waverly Alexander
Behind the Glass is a perfect mixture of a soulmate love story and a slow burn. I really like this twist to the soulmate storyline because often it's an all or nothing, dive in head first kind of romance. While there's plenty of whirlwind moments, longing, and unbelievable chemistry, I loved that we got to know both characters so well and there wasn't instant gratification. A main focus of this book are the choices people make and how it can change their relationships. Real, raw relationships do ...more
Jillian Yetter
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was just perfect. It is sweet and honest and just a beautiful love story. I kept catching myself grinning from ear-to-ear unknowingly the whole time I was reading it, and having to stop to catch my breath. Honestly, this was a new experience for me as I am rarely drawn to romance, but "Behind the Glass" was an absolutely beautiful introduction into the genre. Everything about this love story was so meticulously done with tropes nodding to the genre but a purity of love and connection t ...more
R.J. Rome
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally I prefer to read romance with darker elements and more angst between the characters but Ms. Morgen's writing is done well, creating scenes you can imagine in your mind and the whole time I was reading I felt like I was there with the characters. Rebecca and Michael were immediately attracted to each other despite the timing being off. Michael is a gentleman, attentive to Rebecca's needs and wants and Rebecca is the girl next door. I would've liked a little more dimension and banter fro ...more
Ursula Visser
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

This is a warm love story, which starts with Rebecca.
Right from the start, it is clear that she is a hard-working woman and there is more to her than a beautiful face.
When she meets Michael, there is an instant attraction. Hard to resist, but she does.

I liked this story because of it's moral on both sides of the MC's. Finding a way to be together isn't easy, because Rebecca would never betray Brett, her boyfriend. Even though the end is predictable, getting there was a real struggle f
Rebecca Henry
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dr. Leanna Floyd
Behind the Glass is a romance novel that will keep you captivated from start to finish! Kristen Morgen has an exceptional way of taking you with her into her story filled with scenic descriptions and picture perfect scenes that make you feel as though you’re a part of the adventure. This novel is full of unexpected surprises as you are taken on a journey and pulled into two lovers’ worlds as they fight against all odds to be together. This book is a must read for those individuals looking to get ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was a magical journey of two people's unrelenting love for each other and the belief love at first sight really can exist. It was beautifully written and was intriguing how instead of rushing in, the story unfolded with details about Rebecca that a reader could really relate themselves to and through that brought Michael and Rebecca Together *Swoon*
Cannot wait to see what other amazing work this author does 😊
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
These two characters were amazing to read about. The author did an excellent job in the plot as you found yourself turning the pages faster an faster. The past with these two is fun to read about and actually relaxing; no hopping in and out of bed with someone.
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Mary Ann
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sweet soulmate love story. Michael's moral compass was almost too good to be true. Rebecca's grappling with her feelings seemed to take an exceptionally long time to resolve, especially given the multiple opportunities she had to witness Michael's love for her and willingness to wait. The writing is well done and the scenery well described. If you're looking for a gratifying, sweet romance, you can't go wrong with this one. ...more
Nighat Jahangeer
A romntic book full of emotions and feelings. It is beautiful description of love and friendship. The writer skillfully describe the characters and scenes. This book paints the story in readers head. Readers can easily feel themself in the minds of characters. An intresting book which keeps you far from the world and which shows the importance of love and friendship in relationships.Highly recommended to those who want to read a romantic book.
Heather M. Harvey
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like a fly on the wall for every single page of this novel. No detail was left out, so much so that as I read, I could truly see each scene play out in my mind. I could even feel the emotions as the characters felt them. The love story is refreshing, raw, honest, and feels like a modern-day fairy tale. I fell in love with the characters as they fell in love with each other. Beautifully written.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Behind the glass was a beautifully told story full of deep emotion and two main characters you can’t help but root for every step of the way. It was a fairly quick read but it is well developed and thoroughly enjoyable love story.

Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully romantic...
I was so lost in the moment when Rebecca and Michael first meet I nearly missed my tube stop. If you're after a sweet, slow-burning love story about friendship and true connection, this is the story for you.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Captured the realities of people in this situation. I have been there so I relate to this authors storytelling. Won from goodreads.
Skye Yanovsky
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic love story

Beautiful love story. I was captivated by this story and the writing. Both were absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend this book as this tells the story of an epic love like the Titanic or The Notebook.
Rachel Leigh
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written love story. Rebecca and Michael were destined to be together and you can’t fight destiny. The author did an amazing job with the storyline. It was never too much or not enough. Highly recommend.
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