First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with my new contemporary romance Take the Edge Off.
One of the main characters in Take the Edge Off is a professional driver, and ex-semi-professional car thief. So inspired by that (and by the fact that a friend of mine’s husband chants ‘I’m a bus, I’m a bus, I’m a big red bus’ whenever he ends up in a bus lane) so in the other blogs in this series I talked about what car these characters would be, if they were a car! Today however I want to talk about one of the locations in Take the Edge Off instead.
The Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras. It is on the list of my favourite hotels in the world, and is one of only two I have actually stayed in. What? A lady has to have ambitions. Although I’ve actually stayed at the Renaissance twice. This is the place I stayed a couple of nights before I went to the Salon du Livre for the first time. Me and Rhys Ford stayed there before we held the first ‘whenever we’re in London’ Reader’s Meet there. Then we did the same this year (it was a lot of fun, but tap me up for the story of what happened afterward),
It is an astonishingly beautiful hotel. The sort of extravagantly architectural marvel that takes your breath away the minute you pull up in front of it. It’s the sort of hotel where they give you an umbrella from the front desk if it is raining. I mean, you have to give it back but you can’t have anything.
Not only that, but just next door in the St Pancras station there’s the Harry Potter store! We entirely lost an entire Bru Baker there earlier this year. Thought we’d never get her back.
Hopefully we’ll be able to have a Reader’s Meet next year too, although before the UK Meet this time (touch wood, cross my fingers, that I get in). I plan to book a table for a high tea in the main lobby. Maybe. I mean, I can’t eat wheat so if there’s no gluten free option it would kinda be a waste.
Anyhow, when I needed someplace to use as Joe Bailey’s base of operations in London? I couldn’t think of anywhere better. Although he got a suite, I just had an exceptionally nice room.
So what about you guys? If you were going to use a hotel in a book–any hotel, anywhere in the world–which hotel would you use?
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You don’t end up an ex-car thief and ex-con because you’re good at resisting temptation… and Cal Tate’s rich new boss is very tempting.
Cal has always been the bad boy lovers don’t bring home to Mom, but now he’d like someone other than a debt collector waiting for him at home. He has a legit job as a driver with his brother’s company, he’s got a doctor on the hook, and he still can’t help crawling into bed with Joseph Bailey.
Joe has never met anyone as easy in their own skin as his new driver. Or as ridiculously beautiful. He’s in London to downsize the family business… and to investigate the abusive emails that imply a dark secret around his mother’s death. But unpicking the lies he’s been told makes Joe realize he isn’t sure who is without them.
When his life falls apart, the only person he can be himself with is Cal. But with the anonymous stalker’s threats increasing, Joe worries that someone will finish the job they started over two decades ago—and end any chance for a happy future between him and Cal.
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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