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 a contemporary political romance. Timothy Mitchell is a struggling Political Science student who, like many students, is low on money. Unlike most students though, Timothy solves this problem with his body first as an art model, then as a stripper and finally as an escort. That’s where he meets the high-powered mystery man who steals his heart.
Coin of the Realm had so much potential. The premise could have gone any number of ways, but at least for me, it fell short. While Timothy was a likeable character, everything in the book was so far-fetched that the required suspension of disbelief was just too great. I couldn’t buy into the connection between Timothy and the mystery man.
Aside from one likeable main character and a few funny scenes, Coin of the Realm did not keep my interest. However, I am sure many other readers will have a different opinion.