Behind the Scenes by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Behind the Scenes by Karelia Stetz-WatersBehind the Scenes by Karelia Stetz-Waters
Published by Forever on January 31, 2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Behind the Scenes

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 of creating incredibly tactile (if surprisingly sexy) mindfulness videos. So why does it feel like it’s not quite enough? This 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?

My thoughts about Behind the Scenes

This is an achingly lovely story of redemption and finding yourself while discovering love. Expect adorable pugs, sisterly support, competence porn, hurt comfort, and smoking sapphic spice that includes sex toys in this opposites attract romance. Includes fun peeks at indie movie-making and ASMR videos. This book hit me with giggles and a few tears during Rose and Ash’sjourney to their HEA. Could not put this book down!

In closing

I couldn’t put Behind the Scenes down. It captivated me from page one and I had to keep reading.

For fans of Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun, or I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston.

Thank you Forever for the ARC.

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About Karelia Stetz-Waters

Karelia Stetz-Waters remembers a time when happy endings romantic love was a holy grail she thought she would never find. Stories about lesbians all ended tragically. At seventeen, she was certain the best she could hope for was to die nobly for the woman she loved (who would never love her back, of course). Four years later, she saw her true love across a crowded room, and they have been together for twenty-plus years.

Knowing that happily-ever-after is possible for everyone, Stetz-Waters has made it her life’s mission to craft happy endings about women finding true love with other women. She is also on a quest to spread “cliteracy” across the country, using her work as a romance writer to teach readers about female sexual anatomy, desire, and pleasure.

When she’s not shopping for model clitorises or writing love stories, she’s teaching writing at a community college in rural Oregon where her students inspire her every day with their bravery, creativity, and perseverance. She also teaches for the Golden Crown Literary Society Writing Academy, a creative writing program for queer women. It’s been her honor to mentor writers who are now her peers and colleagues. Karelia also loves to garden, draw, and play with her pug-mix, Willa Cather.

Karelia has a BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College and an MA in English from the University of Oregon. She is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

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