Monday 29 July 2013

Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton - Review

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.


I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I started to read - though I was good to read about my home town Sydney and knowing about most of the places written about.

Miranda is a working girl, a high class escort, pleasuring the rich, famous and not so famous of Sydney, and yes, even though sex and the lifestyle are a big part of the story, it is not all it is about.  We get to see the other side of Miranda, the normal, regular girl doing the mundane things in life like the groceries!

I loved the diversity of the 3 main men in Miranda's life - the underground figure Joe, the nice guy Tom and her gay best friend Charlie.

The Miranda-Joe storyline has a Pretty Womanish feel to it, which is mentioned in the book
Well, it starts that way anyway.....

Nice guy Tom - well, wasn't their a twist in the tale with him!

And Charlie.... we needed to know more about and hear more from Charlie!

I felt that the story was a little slow to get going - the first quarter felt a little dragged out - but the ending a little rushed, all wrapping up nicely in the last couple of chapters.

I am looking forward to reading the next 2 books in the series