So my new book came out today, hurrah! I started plotting THE TERMS OF THEIR AFFAIR about ten months ago, when I read this really interesting article about a big Wall Street tycoon who manages a self-made multi-billion dollar hedge fund. According to the article I read, this guy has a reputation of steel; he is ruthless and dynamic with a power that makes his adversaries tremble.
Instantly, the story began to weave and form in my mind. For surely someone so determinedly self-sufficient must have an achilles’ heel. … and a beautiful one with her own vulnerabilities and weaknesses, at that… Enter CARADOC MOORE, born into old, British establishment money (his father is GOWER MOORE, the fifth in a line of construction millionaires), he was estranged from that lifestyle as a young man and taken to live in New York by his stunning but psychologically damaged mother. The only way to survive his childhood was to develop the kind of tough exterior that couldn’t be penetrated by anybody.
Until, that is, he meets Seraphina James, a woman employed as his driver over the time of his father’s funeral. At first, he thinks she’s just a very lovely, timely distraction to his grief, but when the time comes for him to leave England and return to his life in New York, he finds it harder than he’d expected to say goodbye.
I am particularly drawn to this type of hero: strong, powerful, intelligent, charismatic but flawed in a way that shows them to be weak beneath the strength. It’s a classic dichotomy, and Caradoc Moore fits it beautifully.
Usually, when I publish a new book, I’m so excited to share it with my readers. Here? I felt a long, slow tug of pain to be sharing these characters I have nurtured and tweaked and come to think of as friends. I loved their story so much, I’m waiting with baited breath to be sure you do too!
Happy reading as always, lovely ones. CC. x