Secrets in a Romance + Giveaway!
Secrets can be the life blood of the story — as the reader, you are typically in the loop of what the characters in the book do not know & that makes it all the more fun. Sometimes, you don’t know the secrets the heroine or hero are keeping from one another & then they enfold as the story does. Either way, secrets keep the story moving, create the conflict & then ultimately when that trust is given by the H/H, it is all the more romantic.
Think of Dark Lover – Beth has no idea she is a half-breed so to be brought into the world of The Brotherhood & learn the ultimate truth about herself is overwhelming to say the least. The relationship that is developed between Beth & Wrath is probably one of the most steamy & romantic ever written.
We all knew the secrets that Acheron had must have been pretty grim, & they were, but the moment that Tory knew everything and gave him her unconditional love was another extremely romantic scene.
How often have we read these story lines & loved them each time they are told:
Damien Knight, the earl of Winterley, is proud, aloof, and tormented by memories of war.
Lord of Ice by Gaelen Foley
Elizabeth Hoyt’s, Notorious Pleasures, the hero is the owner of a gin business which keeps his family from going to the poor house —- secrets like this allow the heroine to fall in love with our hero all the more.
Sir Ross was aloof & mysterious in the book, Lady Sophia’s Lover, by Lisa Kleypas, which made the H/H relationship explosive!
& who can forget this story:
But marriage for love is not to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by gambling debts, is intent on auctioning off his beautiful daughter to the highest bidder. And in the end, Erienne is devastated to find it is the strange and secretive Lord Saxton who has purchased her—a mysterious, tragic figure who wears a mask and a cloak at all times to hide disfiguring scars gained in a terrible fire some years back.
Kathleen Woodiwiss – A Rose In Winter.
So, tell us –are secrets what make you swoon? Yell at the book? Make your stomach ache until the end of the story? 5 randomly chosen commenters will win a free book — winners announced on Sundays – good luck!