As one of the top trauma surgeons in Plenty’s ER, Dr. Taggart Hayes knows how to fix broken things—fractured legs, ruptured spleens, allergies, and traumatic brain injuries. He can put them back together good as new.
A broken heart, though? That’s a bit trickier. Especially when it’s his own.
When Tag swipes on the photo of the hot man in the dating app, he just wants a distraction from the wreck that used to be his life. A one-night stand with a safely inappropriate stranger, no names, no feelings, and no complications.
But the headless photo on the app belongs to a man who isn’t so easy to forget the next day… or the next week. And it becomes increasingly clear that Bass is neither safe nor uncomplicated. Drawn into the dark, criminal underworld his lover inhabits, Tag has to decide if the cure for his broken heart is worse than the disease.
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release: December 31
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with my new contemporary novel SWIPE by TA Moore. Check out it. I had a lot of fun writing this book, and hopefully you guys will have fun reading it too.
A swipe right is what kicks off the story in Swipe. Tag Hayes needs an easy win. He’s an ER doc, one of the best in Plenty, and he’s not used to feeling like a loser. Or, at least, he wasn’t before his boyfriend had an affair with a younger nurse and became his ex-boyfriend. Tag hasn’t exactly bounced back from that when the book starts, but when his ex and the younger man turn up at a funding event he’s at he decides it’s time he did.
So he grabs his phone and opens a hook-up app, where he finds a hot dude that turns out to be just what he needs to scratch his itch.
It used to be that online dating and hook-up apps were something people resorted to, the last resort of the terminally socially awkward. It was embarrassing if you couldn’t find a partner the old fashioned, if you needed the internet to midwife that connection for you.
Still is, I guess, to some people. Yet there’s so many dating apps now that they have started to specialise, to fulfil niche dating demands like ‘uniforms’.
It’s terrible and awesome, much like everything else about human development since we started to build huts. I mean, people who are against dating algorithms mourn the death of spontaneous, unmanaged human attraction. At some point, though, there were people of a similar mindset decrying the fact that young people these days were just meeting people themselves instead of waiting for family to introduce them. Or roll it back far enough and some caveman would be there complaining that all this ‘talking to people’ was ruining the pure physical connection they used to depend on.
Dating has always evolved alongside society. Besides, all that ‘better in the old days’ nostalgia rarely takes into account how hard it was for anyone who didn’t want the relationships that they were expected to pursue. I grew up in a small town, and everyone knew your business. For LGBT people that’s not just occasionally embarrassing, it could be–it usually was– dangerous. For some people, it was too dangerous to even take the risk of trying to make a connection.
Others took the risk, of course, and they found ways to connect and communities that were safe. Safer, at least. There are people in the LGBT community as well who feel that something has been lost as the dating world moves more online.
Personally, I still think that the benefits outweigh the costs. Datings apps and online dating help people make the connections–intimate and not–that they need at that moment in time. Sometimes that’s all they need, sometimes more develops.
Hopefully, for most people, not as dramatically as it does in Swipe.
TA Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humour a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, ‘she’d laugh at a bad thing that one’, mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. TA Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write.
Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.
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