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Behind the Scenes- Review

Behind the Scenes

Karelia Stetz-Waters

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIA+ Romance

Publication Date: January 31,2023

Publisher: Forever

Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Amazon Indiebound


Fans of Abby Jimenez and Meryl Wilsner will fall in love with this hilarious and refreshingly authentic novel about second chances, pugs, and finding the perfect muse . . .

Business consultant Rose Josten might not have officially reached “pug lady” middle age, but she’s already got the pugs—along with their little Gucci coats and trash-lovin’ appetites. Still, life is good, with her work, her sisters, and a secret hobby creating incredibly tactile (if surprisingly sexy) mindfulness videos. So why does it feel like it’s not quite enough? Which is exactly when former filmmaker Ash Stewart enters camera left, and Rose’s world suddenly goes full technicolor . . .

Ash never looks at anyone. Not since her ex ripped her heart from her chest in Spielberg-esque style, crushing Ash’s reputation, dreams, and directorial career in one brutal blow. But Rose is altogether different. She’s curvy, beautiful, and just so damn put together. And her business expertise might be Ash’s best bet for getting her last film—and her last chance—financed. Now if they can just keep their attraction under wraps, Ash’s lost dream could finally come true. But are they creating movie magic . . . or setting the stage for disaster?


I stayed up way too late last night finishing this book. I couldn’t help it; I was so invested and Ash and Rose. Their chemistry, relationship, support for each other was just… everything! Even their misunderstandings and reveals throughout the book were handled beautifully and just made me love the story more.

Ash is a director with a final shot to get her film made. And to revitalize her career after previous issues. Enter Rose, a business consultant, to help with her pitch. Rose has reached the pinnacle of her career to discover its not making her happy. Taking on this project with Ash does though and opens her eyes to other options. They initially fight their attraction to one another. Ash, in particular, has been burned in the past when it comes to mixing business and pleasure. This is a bit of a slow burn but honestly, you get so invested, you don’t really mind. Add a cast of supportive sisters and funny pugs, and combine with sweet moments and you’ve got a book you’re unable to put down!

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