Title: Buying Thyme
Author: T.J. Hamilton
Format: Paperback and eBook
Source: Smexy Fab Four Tours
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: The Thyme Trilogy
Best Read in Order: Not Required
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About the Book:
Miranda is a high-class escort at the most prestigious escort agency in Sydney, Australia. Her Madam, Miss Stephanie commands the highest standard from her working girls and has taught Miranda the very best in the art of seducing men. Although it was never the life Miranda imagined for herself, she makes more than a decent living from it and always seems to be in demand from the Agency’s top clients.
American-born Joe Tench is one of Sydney’s most prominent businessman, owning the majority of the nightlife in Sydney, and across the country, but there is a dark side to Joe Tench. He is a regular client of Miranda’s, he is also demanding, dominating and hard to handle. Miranda finds herself falling for Joe Tench’s unfamiliar, yet enticing charm. Until she meets Tom Smythe, heir to a wealthy mining company and is amongst the top ten wealthiest families in Australia. The two develop a strong friendship after a chance meeting. Miranda is caught between her feelings for these two very different men until a personal tragedy sees Miranda embark on a journey of discovery… and into a world she finds difficult to escape from.
Interesting premise that had a bit of a slow start for me and the ending felt rushed, but the high points of the story more than made up for the issues. Hamilton has created a story that is rife for discussion, her main character Miranda is a prostitute, and that alone is a different perspective. Her development and character are well-crafted with a solid sense of the conflicts that she has in her chosen position, and how she attempts to maintain a more normal and socially acceptable life in her off hours.
Sydney is also a character in this story, with specific detail that will speak to residents and visitors, bringing a whole new view on the city with the famous Opera House. Also the incorporation of multiple characters from different cultures is very true to the city, and provided a nice slice of life that was very realistic and honest. While the sex trade does play a large part in the premise and the construct of this story, most is handled with a deft hand and feels less ‘dark underbelly’, partly due to Miranda’s very succinct and concise approach to her position, and the well-written sex scenes that don’t venture into the overly raunchy while maintaining their steam factor.
Secondary characters are well drawn and introduced with solid voicing and traits that allow them to be distinct and relevant in their input and interactions: every character has admirable and not so admirable traits and beliefs keeping us out of the territory of total fantasy and providing characters that are easy to understand, even if relating to them is too much to expect.
Hamilton has started a series that will have many fans. Even with the slow starts and occasional dragging as scenes are established, the supposed allure of this career choice are clearly defined and exampled, and give a sense of the reasons why it would be an option for some.
I received an eBook from the Smexy Fab Four for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
TJ Hamilton is a former cop turned writer. TJ uses her experiences over the years of working the streets of Sydney as a tough cop to now write sexy stories of mystery and intrigue. Her first love, the city of Sydney, is a perfect base for her stories and she loves using actual locations to add a little realism to her books. TJ’s sits back to enjoy her time as a devoted momma and wifey to a handsome model, and spends her days re-living the action packed life she may have once had through her fictional characters.