Review: The Time of My Life by Nora Phoenix

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Vibrant Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

There are books that are too short; there are books that are too long; and then there are the books that are just right. Nora Phoenix's latest novel, The Time of My Life, teeters into the second category, which I've noticed is where her past work also fall into. That doesn't mean that this standalone doesn't contain between its covers isn't a good read. It was. I enjoyed the love story about two men who saw a reality talent show as their shot at finally getting the public to listen to and fall in love with their music. For twenty-five-year-old middle school teacher Denver Emerson, this was his chance to finally perform rather than teach music--a chance to start over without his abusive ex-boyfriend. For twenty-four-year-old aspiring musician Judah Simons, this was his last shot to get his foot into the music industry--an industry that hasn't seemed all that interested ever since he started trying. Every contestant on the show wants to be the last person standing--the one taking that step towards stardom. Denver and Judah want the same thing, but when that want turns to wanting each other, will one step back for the other?

Experience has taught me that Nora Phoenix loves to write angst; I love angst--even just a hint of it--in my reads. Naturally, I can't help myself when it comes to Phoenix's books. The angst is ever-present, and I'm not talking about minute doses of it either. She enables my addiction to angst, and she's also very conscious of adding trigger warnings, which, sadly, some authors seem to forget or don't bother with. Here, she's put together two guys who should be each other's biggest rival and yet end up falling for each other. They have challenges and issues to overcome--including a vile ex--as well as the title of winner of The Right Note. There are a whole lot of heated moments between the two of them, but there are also the sweeter ones, just like there are lighthearted times that balance out all the angst. Like I mentioned at the beginning of my review, I felt the book to be a wee longer than need be, but of course, that could very well be mere preference on my part. Don't let that take away from the fact that The Time of My Life was a wholly good read, and the one I'd readily call Phoenix's best (for now!). Four stars. ♥

Date Read: 24 February 2018

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