Five Things About Tag Hayes
by TA Moore
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. I had a lot of fun writing the books, so I hope you guys enjoy reading it!
When we meet Tag Hayes at the start of SWIPE he’s a hot shot trauma surgeon, after an easy romantic win to help him get over being dumped by his ex for a younger nurse. Of course, there’s more to him than that. So here’s five things about Tag Hayes going into the book.
1: Tag drives a fire engine red Mustang. Well, that’s a recent development. For years he kept a red Mustang in a garage under a tarp and periodically thought about selling it. Mostly when his boyfriend, now ex, complained about the space it took up. Tag never quite around to it, though. Since his ex got their Range Rover in the break-up, Tag has got the Mustang back on the road. It’s a beautiful car and it’s fun to drive, when it starts and doesn’t make weird noises, but at least 25% of the satisfaction in getting behind the wheel comes from how annoyed his ex would have been. Kier always said the car looked like a mid-life crisis that Tag had scheduled early.
2: When Tag broke up with Kieran, no one was happier than his sister. Ten years older than her little brother, enough to have a solid claim on older and wiser, Bobbie Hayes had been biting her tongue for yeeeeeears. It wasn’t that she hated Kieran, it was just that he was unbearable. And he always had to be right, which Bobbie recognised since she is usually right. However, she’d not exactly covered herself in glory when Tag first came out–and it’s one reason they aren’t as close as she’d like–so she never said a word.
Which she regretted, because once Kieran cheated on Tag her little brother was too down for ‘I could have told you so’ to be satisfying.
3: Tag is an orphan, but he came to it too late for it to be tragic. Twenty four and twenty five respectively, for his mom and his dad. He wasn’t there for either of them, they just quietly got sick and efficiently died before he could get home. It was very like them, but Tag’s always felt vaguely adrift when he thinks about it. As if he never exactly came to terms with it. It’s one reason he never sold his Mustang. His Dad never had a lot of passions in his life, but he’d always loved Mustangs.
4: In addition to the Range Rover, the house, and more of their friends than Tag had expected, Kier also got their cat in the break-up. Mostly because Tag had never wanted or felt particularly close to the cat. It was a blue-grey Burmese called Khloe after the Kardashian that they’d rescued instead of a Jack Russell. The reason for that, of course, was because a cat doesn’t mind erratic shift patterns and late nights. Or, as it turned out, when the boyfriend moves out. Tag would not be surprised if it threw a kitty rave once he collected the last of his clothes, all of which was covered in cat hair even though Khloe hadn’t sat on his knee in the two years they’d owned her.
5: If he hadn’t swiped right on trouble, Tag would have moved out of Plenty by the end of the year. He’d not made any conscious decision to do so, but he’d gotten in touch with some of his old friends and mentors and casually floated the idea. He’s a good enough trauma surgeon that he wouldn’t have had to wait long for a job offer. Oddly enough, if he’d gone back to New York he might still have run into trouble, although it might have been less trouble.