- File Size: 1619 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018MWT31E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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He's Behind You (Treading the Boards Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I find that I have mixed feelings about this story. Technically, it should have worked for me. I like the premise and the first half was pretty entertaining but somewhere along the way, I started to find myself getting a bit bored. It was as if I was just watching these two men fumble their way through a relationship without anything really momentous or exciting happening. Even their sex was a bit boring. The scenes where over so quick that it was like it lasted two strokes and bam they're done. One of the MC's even goes through a moment of feeling inadequate in bed because it doesn't seem to last more than a minute or two. While this may be realistic for many, this is fiction and I'm reading for enjoyment and entertainment. I want the fantasy.
As for the characters, I was not a huge fan. Craig had self esteem issues that wound up getting on my nerves by the end. He was very adamant about thinking that Jason would leave him for someone better and he kept telling him he should see what else was out there because there was someone better than him for Jason. Ugh, it annoyed me to no end. If I were Jason, I would have said you're right and walked away.
I never really figured out what it was that attracted Jason to Craig. I didn't get the connection between them and I definitely didn't really feel much chemistry. It was basically as if they didn't want a casual hook-up so they decided to be boyfriends (this is something they actually agree on) and then found they got along so, hey, why not just stay together? There was no passion involved, IMO.
Overall, the writing was well done and the premise interesting. However, the execution left something to be desired and the characters were completely forgettable. I don't think I'd recommend this one unless you are already a fan of the series.
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the Author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
This Christmas story doesn’t feature Christmas day, or Christmas Eve for that matter. It does feature a Christmas party, the headache of Christmas presents and, most importantly, the most British (and Irish) of pivotal Christmas events: a pantomime.
I liked the idea of Jason only getting around to embracing his true nature in his late thirties, after a marriage and kids. It gave the story a ‘real-to-life- feel for me. I loved Craig’s double role; insecure as he is, he suddenly finds himself trust into the role of experienced and knowledgeable partner when it comes to his relationship with Jason and it is fair to say it takes him a while to come to terms with it. He doesn’t find it any easier to believe that Jason might really be interested in him. Jason not being very communicative until it’s almost too late, doesn’t help matters at all.
I liked that the story read a bit like a pantomime, with the players being blind to things which were blatantly obvious to the audience / reader. At times the quips between Jason, Craig and some of the others had that borderline vulgarity of pantomime humour to them—although in true pantomime there’s nothing borderline about it of course
This was a very enjoyable, feel good romance which I mostly read with a broad grin of my face. The one or two more angsty moments were resolved quickly and didn’t interfere with the overall happy feeling of the story. If you’re in the mood for an uplifting, funny and festive story you could do a lot worse than picking up He’s Behind You.
I love this series, and this was a great addition. These all match really well with my own somewhat snarky sense of humor, so that's probably what I've enjoyed most.
I really liked the dynamic between Craig and Jason. They both had their own insecurities, and they both had ways in which they were able to be the voice of reason for each other. For such a short story in which the main characters pretty much start dating right away, there was still a lot of delicious slow build.
I'm a sucker for a good story about nerds, and Craig was in fine form throughout. I often find nerd stories woefully lacking in actual geekery, so it was an absolute delight that Craig had honest-to-goodness geek-out moments. The tension over Jason's son enjoying the same hobby was a really nice take on the age gap.
Jason was a treasure as well. Coming out later in life can be handled so poorly or fall into several bad tropes, but Jason wasn't a stereotype. I loved his ex and his kids, and it was nice to see a bit of how they rebuilt in a new way after their divorce.
All in all, this was a fun, smart read and I enjoyed it very much.