THE TIME OF MY LIFE
RELEASE DATE: 02.08.18
COVER DESIGN: JAY AHEER/ Simply Defined Art
BUY LINK: https://mybook.to/time-life
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.
Two more lovable main characters, you will not find. This author was new to the scene this year and to date, every word penned has been solid and each story a complete adventure, a journey you are happy to take.
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.
“You can be pretty charming. You had LaVine eating out of your hand within seconds.”
The corners of Judah’s mouth pulled up, and Denver’s heart skipped a beat. “And how did I do that exactly? Be specific on the details so I can nail my interviews, you understand.”
He was flirting. Judah was pretty irresistible even when he was being an ass, but cheeky and flirty like this? Denver’s insides were a fucking mess. Should he call him out on it? And ruin this moment, this incredible experience of having that sexy smile aimed at him? Hell no.
“Well, there was this bowing and hand kissing thing you did,” Denver said.
“Hmm. A bit much for the interview, don’t you think? Any other suggestions?”
“Smile.” It was all Denver could bring out, his brain turned to mush.
“Smile? You think a smile alone will do the trick?”
Denver swallowed thickly. “Well, it’s a pretty nice smile.”
Judah nodded, broadened his grin. “Okay, smile. Duly noted. Anything else?”
Denver gave himself a mental shake. “Compliment her. Women apparently like that.”
“A compliment. Something like ‘I love your eyes’?”
On instinct, Denver closed his eyes. “What color are my eyes?”
“What?” He heard the confusion in Judah’s voice.
“You told me you loved my eyes, so I’m testing you to see if you even know what color they are. Women will do that, you know. You have to be specific in your compliments.”
“Oh.” Judah was quiet for a few seconds. “Your eyes remind me of the ocean on a perfect day. I grew up in the city, but I’ve always had a thing for the ocean, for being out on the water. Even the ferry to Staten Island does it for me. Somehow, when I’m on the water, I feel calmer, more at peace and free. That’s what your eyes remind me of, of that feeling.”
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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