- 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 is the third book in the Treading the Boards series and can be fully enjoyed as a standalone.
Twenty-eight-year-old Craig Rosen is a lab rat, working hard and having little social life—unless you count his Warhammer tourneys. (Discosure: I will admit to not knowing that Warhammer is a tabletop war game that exists IRL. Or that there are tourneys where people battle their handpainted game pieces against other teams of players. And yet, this is all true!) Anywho, Warhammer gaming fills some gaping wounds in Craig after he was orphaned as a young teen and his foster brother got him to play as a way to bond. Sigh. Good backstory.
So, Craig’s lab mate encourages him to come out for a drink, and there he meets some of the Sarky players—because Craig’s lab friend is Stuart from Summer Season. Craig also meets a sexy older man who takes up for him against a handsy drunk in the pub. As the am drammers are always looking for fresh actors, Craig is pressed to come for an audition—and he meets Jason, his rescuer from the pub, properly.
At thirty-nine, Jason Carter is a newly divorced, newly out gay man. He has two kids, an adult daughter and a teenaged son. Jason has a close and amiable relationship with his ex-wife, and endeavors to have good relations with his kids. He’s never even dabbled with a bloke, and hopes to take off his “training wheels” with an older man—like himself—who’d be a patient teacher to him. Meeting Craig is not serendipitous. There is an attraction, but Craig’s younger than Jason had hoped for a partner. Still, they get on well, and Craig seems kind and generous.
I loved the novice feel of this story. Craig and Jason are both timid and eager. There’s so much vulnerability on the page. Craig’s sure that Jason—a dapper, successful lawyer—will leave him behind, as all the important people in his life have done. His self-esteem is rather low, despite being a brilliant man in his own right. He feels he’ll always be the geek people use until they find someone better. Meanwhile, Jason’s sure that Craig won’t want an old man as a partner very long. This idea is bolstered when both Jason’s kids are enamored of Craig, and find their dad the lacking partner in the relationship.
Expect a TINY hiccup in the form of Craig making a bad decision to preemptively save himself the brush off. It’s a small squall in an ocean voyage, and quickly resolved. I loved that this was such a low angst read. I wanted Jason to be able to celebrate his new life with a stable partner, and Craig is that. I also appreciated the frank conversations they shared. No pulling punches, or half-truths. When Jason contemplated buying Warhammer gear for Craig—as he was buying some for his son—Craig quickly disabused him of that notion. You don’t buy similar Christmas gifts for your lover and your son, man. When Craig freaked out over a small detail, Jason remained respectful, and worked to fix the problem rationally. Also, they have a delicious sexual connection, and Craig is as patient a partner as Jason could have ever dreamed.
I really liked this one, and the extended time frame of their courtship sealed the deal for me. Craig and Jason seem to build a solid, stable, and loving relationship that is applauded by their friends and family. We should all be so lucky. My biggest quibble regarding the book? The cover! It looks like two YOUNG men, and doesn’t do justice to Jason’s distinguished mature looks. (He’s the one in the foreground putting on hose for the Christmas panto show. If that’s a 39 year-old man, I’ll eat his yellow taffeta gown.)
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.