by Maya Banks, Harlequin Desire author of the Pregnancy and Passion series
September marks the debut of the first book in my new miniseries for Desire Enticed By His Forgotten Lover is a little twist on a popular amnesia trope, one I had quite a bit of fun with. The miniseries is titled Pregnancy and Passion because, well, I love stories where unexpected (or even planned/expected) pregnancies occur. I’ve called this particular trope the “secret baby” in error for many years.
I’ve said on many, MANY occasions that I love secret babies, but well, that’s not entirely true. I actually don’t care for stories with babies actually in them. Horrible, I know. I’ll be ashamed later. The truth is I love PREGNANCY stories. I love how the pregnancy develops. I love everything right up to the delivery but then… Well, I just want the babies to go away or just forget about them all together. Don’t I sound so maternal?
So anyway, my series is all about pregnant heroines. Heroines who are already pregnant. Heroines who are VERY pregnant. Heroines who GET pregnant.
While the series does center on a group of four male friends and business partners, for me, this series is really all about the heroines. Or at least they make the series for me. They were fun to write. Fun to get to know. FUN because they gave the heroes hell and kept them on their toes.
The stories range from light and fluffy to darker and more angsty (okay very angsty) and in the middle with a little from both ends. Wanted By Her Lost Love, which releases in November, is by far the more angsty and emotional read. It’s a lot heavier and at times was painful to write just because of all the raw emotion that fed through the characters.
Book three, Tempted By Her Innocent Kiss, was a radical change. It’s still emotional and there are some darker moments, but this was the book where I affectionately nicknamed the hero and heroine Grumpy and Sparkly. Need I say more? The heroine was FUN. And she was so perfect for the hero even if he didn’t see it until it was nearly too late. (Is it ever really too late in romance?) Have to admit that’s why I love it so.
But back to the heroes for a moment. They are four friends and business partners. And it’s fun to see them get knocked on their asses by their respective heroines. The four women are very different, as different as the heroes themselves, but for me at least, they have one common thread between them. They simply won’t settle for anything less than one hundred percent from the man they’ve fallen in love with. Love isn’t a code word for stupid and easily manipulated when it comes to these women. No, these heroines make their men work very hard for their happily ever after. I think this is what made them such fun to write.
Pregnancy isn’t the only surprise in store for these business tycoons. More surprising than impending fatherhood, is just how hard they fall for the women in their lives. Really, they never stood a chance.