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RELEASE DATE: 02.08.18





Denver is determined to realize his lifelong dream of becoming a singer. That’s why entering in The Right Note TV contest is the biggest opportunity he’ll ever get. After everything he’s been through with the boyfriend (now ex) from hell, he will not risk losing himself ever again, especially over a guy.

Judah has almost hit rock bottom. His dream to make it as a singer and musician is all but dead. Added to that, he’s broke and he’s about to outwear his welcome with his friends. Taking part in The Right Note is his last chance, but he cannot afford to show who he really is at the risk of permanently alienating his conservative family.

Denver doesn’t want to be drawn to Judah, ‘cause the guy spells trouble in every way. But the heart wants what it wants, and Denver seems unable to say no, even when Judah keeps switching from hot to cold on him.

When Judah meets Denver, he knows he’s in deep, deep trouble. He fights the attraction with everything he’s got, but Denver draws him in like the sun. Being with him comes at a price, however, and it’s not just jeopardizing winning the contest. When Denver’s ex stirs up trouble, Judah has to make a decision. Is Denver worth putting everything on the line for?

The Time of My Life is a steamy stand-alone MM romance with a sweet HEA. Please note trigger warnings for domestic abuse and rape. 97k words.

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“Are you about done pretending to ignore me?” Judah asked.

Busted. Denver looked up, caught Judah smirking at him. “I was trying to be polite,” he said in a weak attempt to defend himself.

“The polite thing would be to offer me some underwear, since I didn’t have time to bring any.”

“Underwear,” Denver repeated. His brain seemed to have stopped working at the mere thought of Judah being naked under that towel. Of Judah wearing Denver’s tight boxers, which would be even tighter on him since he was bigger.

“Yes, underwear,” Judah said, that smirk broadening into an irresistible grin. “You know, those boxer or brief type of fabric men tend to wear under their pants. Unless you want me to go commando?”

Naked. Naked under that towel. Naked wearing only sweat pants. It was hard to think when images were assaulting his mind. Very visual images. Denver swallowed.

“Think you could get to it anytime soon?”

Denver finally managed to get up from the bed and walked to the closet as if in a daze. He took the first pair he could find, the same dark blue he was wearing.

He didn’t trust himself to get too close to Judah, wasn’t sure if he could keep himself from reaching out and touching. Touching that chest dusted with dark hairs, or the happy trail leading to… Yeah, he needed to stay away. He threw the boxers to Judah, who caught them with his left hand.

“I’m gonna… I’m gonna step out for a second,” Denver mumbled. He didn’t look at Judah as he quickly stepped into the hallway, softly closing the door behind him. Judah’s soft laughter followed him, tickling his belly.

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When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.

Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.


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A Jeri Review: The Time of My Life by Nora Phoenix


Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

I really liked this book. Why? Because it was different.
Denver and Judah meet at open auditions for a fictional reality show (how’s that for an oxymoron!) similar to The Voice. They connect right away when Judah singles him out to sing along while they are waiting. But then kind of turns into a jerk.
Judah is deeply in the closet- so much so that he has been trying to ignore the fact that he is gay to hopefully win back the love and respect of his deeply religious family. Ironically, he wasn’t kicked out of the family for being gay, but because he didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Denver is still getting over a horrible 3 year relationship that has turned into stalking. So they are both wary. But they are continually drawn to each other.
What was fun about this story is that it is told through the audition and filming process of the reality show. There is very little told outside of the show. Meaning the 1 and 2 month breaks the contestants get in between the different rounds. I thought that was really cool.
There were aspects of the book that I didn’t like so much. BUT the reason I didn’t like them is because I know quite a bit about the religion Judah came from. One town over from me is the biggest population of that religion outside of Brooklyn. So in my NJ grew up with this mind I often said “nope, nuh uh, wrong”. But again, 99.9% of the population wouldn’t blink an eye at those things. So I mention it, but I am not bringing my number of stars down because of it.
I did want to know how Judah got so into music- especially rock/classic rock- after living such a sheltered life. But that was never addressed.
And while I think some people might not love the ending- I thought it was absolutely perfect.
Cover art is perfect.
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Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Nora Phoenix
Original Title The Time of My Life
Edition Language English