TJ Hamilton’s Buying Thyme is a naughty book that’s easy to read. The debut novel from a former police officer-turned-writer draws on her experiences working in Sydney where she was forced to mix with underground figures. Hamilton does a great job of really humanising and creating an engaging main character named Miranda, a girl who loves wearing old INXS t-shirts and jeans by day even though at night she is a much sought after and well paid escort.
The novel begins with a lot of sexiness and secrecy, at times even sharing a few things in common with 50 Shades of Grey. The reader gets exposed to a lot of graphic and explicit sex scenes as Miranda shows how much of a hold she has over her male customers. But Miranda is also quite a vulnerable character and the tables are turned when some of her clients start pulling tricks on her.
Miranda is in a bizarre love triangle and her feelings are torn between two men. There’s the rich and powerful, Joe Tench, who becomes more attractive after he drops his domineering mask and shows Miranda his softer side. But she’s also drawn in by the allusive Tom Smythe, a mining heir who holds his cards very close to his chest.
This book really gets interesting about half way through when the suspense kicks in. Buying Thyme is actually the first book in a two-part series. There are no surprises that the ending here is rather unsatisfying because it leaves the reader hanging. Buying Thyme is ultimately a high-octane story that will draw readers in and leave them wanting to hear more stories about Miranda’s tales of sex in the city.
***Please note: a free copy of this book was given to the writer through a Beauty & Lace giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/book-club-buying-thyme#comment-132408