Title: Coin of the Realm
Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 15th August, 2016
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Timothy Mitchell worked his way from humble beginnings to graduate school in Washington, DC. The end is in sight—but so are his funds. Determined not to let his dream slip through his fingers, Timothy goes from part-time jobs to modeling for art classes, to stripping, and finally to working as an escort to pay his tuition.
The nation’s capital is full of powerful men and secrets, which Timothy learns firsthand when he takes on a client who demands absolute anonymity. Even though Timothy realizes he’s sleeping with one of the most influential men in the world, he must keep up the facade. Despite that, their association moves from sex to love.
But power and secrets also mean danger. When Timothy is violently abducted off the street, all because of what—and who—he knows, his lover must make a decision: risk his power and position or lose the man he loves.
“Coin of The Realm” by Michael Murphy is my first read by this author. I am all for fairy tale romances and this read can be categorized as one but it did not float my boat at all. It was not believable and all the predictable twists and turns were not able to glam up the read any further.
There was very little depth to the characters and I could not connect with them. Jared and Timothy’s romance was unconventional and could have been really hot if you are into the “clandestine affair” type but the author could not pull that off. There is a little action/mystery here but the villain was very, very obvious and the entire thing was very badly executed. More back story on the characters would have been great. I am still not sure how old Jared Maxwell is.
The ending was unrealistic. Timothy had hooked up with quite a lot of dudes before the President so I kind of anticipated a huge fall out in public when his romance with Jared is splashed all over the media, but apparently they were all very decent human beings and could not be used by the President’s opposing party to slander himeye-roll So, yeah the political aspect of this book plays no role at all. I liked Agent Robinson quite a bit. He was smart, intelligent and just what is required to protect and aid the President.
I did not enjoy this book and cannot recommend it.