Monday, August 15, 2016

Release Day Review ~ Coin of the Realm by Michael Murphy

Release Day Review ~ Coin of the Realm by Michael Murphy 

Title: Coin of the Realm
Author: Michael Murphy
Release Date: August 15, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 210

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.

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The dialogue is a little too formal and stilted for me. I found it hard to believe quite a few things about this story, but mostly my problems lay in the how unnatural the dialogue was. There were way too many sappy comments, monologues and conversations. 

I found the characters likable and thought they seemed well-suited for one another, although I wondered about the age difference for most of the book. There is a lot that happens in this story and while it may only cover about a year total, Timothy definitely went through a lot.  For the most part, this is a pretty sweet read but there is a small section that surprised me with its darker tone.  It doesn't last too long and things eventually go back to super sweet but it's definitely a turning point in the story.  

Overall this book was good, entertaining and easy to read.

3.5 Stars!

***A copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest and fair review***

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