Top 10 Secrets in Romance Novels

by Karen Green

Clandestine affairs. Hidden riches. In the world of romantic fiction, secrets, lies and deception are never hard to find. Dangerous and daring or harrowing and heartbreaking, the secrets a protagonist keeps can tear families apart, unite lovers and solidify allies or enemies. And they definitely make for a juicy, exciting read.

But whatever the secret, and whatever the reason for protecting that secret or for finally revealing it, a secret kept or a secret exposed always amounts to high-stakes drama and passion.

When it comes to romance novels, there are as many secrets to be found as there are plots to be written. How many of them can you keep?

 

  1. A secret identity

Whether it’s for protection or for a cover-up, encountering a protagonist with a hidden identity is a sure sign that the romance will be as intense as the plot.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Hidden Identity by Carol J. Post

Meagan Berry is on the run from an abusive ex-fiancé, but when her cover is blown and an intruder breaks into her house, she’ll have to rely on Officer Hunter Kingston for help. But the handsome cop can tell that something doesn’t add up in Meagan’s life, and he’ll have to figure out what that is in order to protect the woman he’s falling for.

  1. A wealthy background

Sometimes people hide their wealth because they are afraid of opportunists stealing it, and sometimes people hide their wealth because they don’t want to intimidate or scare someone off—particularly if they find that someone very attractive.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Stranded with the Secret Billionaire by Marion Lennox

Penny Hindmarsh-Firth escapes her overbearing family and the demands their legacy has put upon her to live a simple, independent life as a chef in the outback. But when a flood threatens to strand her, handsome rancher Matt Fraser offers refuge. He wants to see Penny as more than just a spoiled socialite, but Penny can see that Matt has secrets of his own to protect.

  1. A secret crush

Desiring someone from afar creates electric tension in a story, but wondering if the longing will ever be fulfilled can be painfully delicious.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Secret Attraction by Donna Hill

Desiree Lawson is a powerful, successful woman with a crush on Baton Rouge playboy Spence Hampton—but she’s quite sure her twin has something going on with him. Spence may seem like a rogue, but he doesn’t have the woman he’s had a crush on forever, and he’s quite sure Desiree can’t stand him. Will this stalled love triangle ever give way to the couple that’s meant to be?

  1. A hidden marriage

Whether out of convenience, desire or the need to appease a disapproving family, keeping wedlock a secret is always fraught with hidden complications and hidden passions.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Improperly Wed by Anna DePalo

Marrying Colin Granville in Las Vegas was a spontaneous mistake—one that Belinda Wentworth fixed before anyone would ever find out that she had wed an enemy of her family. At least, she thought she had fixed it…

 

  1. The witnessing of a crime

What do you do when you bear witness to something you never expected to see? Is it a question of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or could there be a deeper reason you now have a terrible secret to keep?

Can you keep this secret? Read:

The Pregnant Witness (Special Agents at the Altar) by Lisa Childs

Special Agent Blaine Campbell just rescued beautiful, pregnant bank employee Maggie Jenkins from a violent hold-up. But this isn’t the first time Maggie has been a witness to such a crime, and though he can’t deny an attraction to the soon-to-be single mother, Blaine is not sure about anything else when it comes to Maggie and her past.

  1. A royal lineage

It’s hard to deny who you really are, but when the pressures and expectations of being royal stand in the way of happiness, the temptation to live an ordinary life can be undeniable.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

The Secret Princess (The Princess Swap) by Jessica Hart

Princess Charlotte must take a break from royal life, and reinvents herself as Lotty, expecting a simple, complication-free break. However, she wasn’t expecting to fall for her boss, Corran McKenna. Can Lotty resist his charms and continue to keep her royal identity a secret?

  1. Supernatural powers

If you love paranormal romance, then you may already know how deep these kinds of secrets can lie. Sometimes hidden out of a need to survive, sometimes hidden out of a desire to pursue love, supernatural powers can never remain secret for long.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Half Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Students and staff keep disappearing at Clement College, taken by an unknown predator. When Michael Hunter comes across Kaitlin Davies after she has been attacked, he knows that vampires are to blame. The only way to save Kaitlin is to reveal his powers as a shifter and turn her into a wolf, as well. But once Kaitlin joins the pack, Michael learns that she is hiding secrets of her own.

  1. A shady past

Hiding in plain sight allows people to put aside murky pasts and begin again somewhere new. But the past never stays buried for long, and something hidden will always be revealed.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

Mountain Witness (Tennessee SWAT) by Lena Diaz

Julie Webb just wants to live a quiet life in a new town, but it’s hard to ignore her handsome neighbor Chris Downing. But Chris is a detective, and if there’s one thing Julie doesn’t need, it’s attention from a cop. But when Chris hears Julie being attacked one night, he rushes in and does what he must—leading them to unravel the secrets of her past together.

  1. A hush-hush affair

Is there anything juicier than a love affair that must be kept a secret? Denying a desire never acted upon is one thing, but pretending that a passionate relationship isn’t happening is more than most can bear.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

The Secret Affair (The Westmorelands) by Brenda Jackson

Dr. Aidan Westmoreland has long been attracted to med student Jillian Novak, but family ties and professional aspirations lead her to make Aidan promise that their affair will be kept a secret. But after years of denying their relationship, their secret becomes harder and harder to keep.

  1. A secret baby

Perhaps the biggest secret of all to hide is a pregnancy, but that secret gets even more difficult to keep nine months later. From absentee fathers to runaway mothers, secret children are a powerful circumstance keeping couples apart—and bringing them back together.

Can you keep this secret? Read:

The Innocent’s Secret Baby (Billionaires & One-Night Heirs) by Carol Marinelli

Lydia Hayward promises herself to tycoon Raul Di Savo for one night only, in exchange for her freedom from being sold to a stranger. Unknowingly a pawn in Raul’s cruel game of revenge, it is Lydia who finds herself holding the ultimate prize, even if it threatens to bind her to Raul and her undeniable attraction to him forever.

 

What secrets are you reading about? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Connie Saunders
    May 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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