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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 8, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079Q914DH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Denver, of 'Time of My Life' by Nora Phoenix, is desperate to get his life back. He's been a victim of an abusive relationship that almost killed him. Denver needs to rebuild his life and restore his self-esteem and wining the contest on the television reality show, 'The Right Note', will help him go a long way toward doing so. Theoretically, it will help launch the music career he's dreamed of for years. The last thing Denver needs to think about is a relationship. He can't afford to feel that vulnerable, ever again. At the audition, Denver spots a charismatic stranger, Judah, who is entertaining other contestants. Denver tries to ignore him, but Judah has already caught his eye. When he approaches Denver, he doesn't want to seem rude so he talks and ends up making music with Judah.
Raised as a Hassidic Jew, Judah loves music as well and wants to pursue it but can't do so in his religion. Judah is smothering under its control and knows he has to get out. When Judah has all he can take, he decides to tell his father that he can't be a priest as his father always expected. Judah tells his father that he no longer wants to live in their strict, religious community. What Judah does not dare tell his father is that he is attracted to men. His father throws him out with one condition; he can come back in the fold if he repents and gives up his “evil ways”. Alienated from his family and his faith, Judah still strives to live a pious life and remains celibate in hopes that his family will see he's still faithful, will forgive him, and take him back. Homeless and broke, Judah heads to New York to audition for 'The Right Note'. He feels this is his final chance to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. While waiting for his turn, Judah notices a young man, Denver, across the room. He feels inexplicably compelled to meet him. One thing leads to another and they spend some time singing together. Judah knows that his attraction to Denver may be disastrous, but as hard as he tries, Judah can't manage to stay away from him.
Denver has had enough trouble in relationships to last a lifetime, but he can't pretend not to be intrigued by Judah. He's difficult to figure out though and confuses him, but there's just something about him that Denver can't ignore. One moment Judah is flirting and the next, he's avoiding him. Denver decides the best course of action is to just let it go. Yet, when Denver sees that Judah is upset and needs help, his kind heart won't let him ignore it. Denver's generosity, even to someone who has been rude to him, softens Judah's heart. Denver's goodness draws him in. Things go well until it's time for a break from the show. Although Judah and Denver have never discussed it, Denver assumes that Judah will come home with him. When Judah's friends, who have come to see the show, find out Judah is homeless, they invite him to come stay with them. Denver overhears the offer before Judah has even had time to answer his friends. All of Denver's insecurities erupt to the surface and he overreacts in a hurtful, inappropriate manner. Before Judah has time to explain that he hasn't even agreed to go with his friends, Denver decides that Judah has betrayed him and storms out. With no prior experience in relationships, Judah has no idea what to do, so he says nothing and leaves with his friends instead of Denver. Their budding relationship seems to have withered and died.
Judah and Denver are victims of their past—Judah with his strict, unbending father and for Denver, his abusive lover, turned stalker. It's extremely difficult for them to trust their own feelings, much less each other’s. Once Judah accepts that he's gay and that he loves Denver, he's patient and understanding with him and, Denver, with his emotional swings caused by his anxiety and PTSD, needs all the support he can get from his boyfriend. My favorite part of the story was the 'finale.
If you like stories with young sexy men, angst, music, and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, then you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Nora, for the inspiring story and for reminding me that “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”
Originally published at Rainbow Book Review.
The Time of My Life is the story of two young men who met during the open auditions for a singing competition TV show, much one that you might find on television.
The early attraction was mutual, one that both young men avoided, at different times and for different reasons. Judah stole my heart early as I accompanied him on his journey. I knew that he had secrets. Some I could guess and some were outside of my comprehension. His shy nature is hidden behind his performing persona. He has learned to hide behind his guitar and no one really knows Judah.
Denver was every bit as loveable. He seemed better prepared for the competition, having studied the process over the previous ten years. He seems pretty well adjusted which goes to show that everything isn't as it seems. It is time for Denver's luck to turn around after a disastrous year, emotionally, physically and financially.
Denver was captivated by the guy he nicknamed “rocker guy”, singing and leading the crowd while waiting for his audition. Rocker guy who immediately named Denver “pretty boy” because in addition to having the voice of an angel, Denver sure was pretty! Judah knew that he had nothing in common with this well-to-do pretty boy.
Even though Judah was his competition, Denver soon found himself sharing with him, supporting him, teaching him.
There are interwoven themes of family, culture and religion, trust, and self-acceptance. Judah is from a deeply religious family and consumed with self-loathing because he can’t be the man that his parents want him to be. He does not want to be gay. He simply can’t be gay and he can’t do anything about his ill-fated attraction to Denver. Denver knows who he is and comes to care about Judah but Judah isn’t always easy to like. He has secrets of his own that prevent him enjoying a close relationship with his parents or friends.
I can’t express every emotion I encountered when reading but when someone said “all the feels” this is what they mean.
The author brings all of her characters to life, primary and secondary characters including family members, bodyguards, and other contestants. One characteristic of a great author is to always leave the reader wanting more and I absolutely do want much more.
I sure would like to have a visit with bodyguards, Tim and Nathan, soon as their relationship is fascinating and edgy, I suspect. This book is a keeper, satisfaction guaranteed.
Once I started, I was completely lost in the book and oblivious to the outside world. This is such a page turner with surprises around every corner. She keeps you on your toes. Whether it is the suspense or the romance. She nails it every time.
She is a master in bringing the characters to life. She adds so much personality to her men. Denver is a happy, bubbly guy, full of life, a wonderful musician, sassy, bossy. A guy after my own heart. Judah is quieter, almost shy, but very confident about his musical capacities, and such a sweet guy he will melt your heart. Denver and Judah are both flawed and broken, both have secrets, but Nora Phoenix doesn’t make them victims or whiny men. They are real men with a backbone of steel. Showing their vulnerability is a sign of inner strength.
When they are together the chemistry is sizzling, heating up my Kindle and warming my heart. It wouldn’t be a Nora Phoenix book if it hadn’t a lot of smoking-hot scenes, but they are always in balance with the overall story.
Once again there is so much humor. Even during the hottest sex scene or the fiercest argument, these guys are bantering. It enlightens the situation, but at the same time, it deepens it.
I can go on and on about how I love this book, but I can’t ever express how much. The only thing to do is to recommend this book. Grab it immediately so you can experience it yourself.
One last word. The end. It is magical.
Now, I've had the time of my life, and I owe it all to you, Nora Phoenix
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