Currently I'm listening to Honest Illusions, which I've always rated as one of my favorite of her books. I hadn't picked it up to read in probably three or four years. Anyway, the reason that I love Honest Illusions so much, other than the fact that it's about magicians who are also jewel thieves (what's not fun about that?!) is the fact that it features one of my all time favorite romance tropes -- *whispers* the secret baby.
Yes, gentle readers, I'll admit it proudly. I freaking LOVE a secret baby plot. LOVE it. I love the slight knot I get in my stomach when the point in the story when the Baby Daddy is going to find out about his baby. I love the machinations and overwrought drama the Baby Mama goes through angsting about whether or not to tell said Baby Daddy.
Now, I totally get why most romance readers abhor the secret baby plot. First, IRL, it would never, ever be appropriate not to tell the Baby Daddy that he's got a little one out there in the world. It's despicable behavior. I totally agree.
But in romance? It's pure heaven for me. Love the DRAMA! Love the ANGST! And beyond anything else, I freaking love the scene where the truth finally comes out.
Anyhoo, Honest Illusions has a secret baby. And interestingly enough, after listening to his book for the first time in three or four years, I'm kind of pissed with the heroine. The hero has been back for weeks now, and frankly, she's just gotten finished having extremely hot sex with him, and she still hasn't told him about his baby. I'm in the midst of listening to the chapter where I think he's going to find out. And frankly, I don't remember the scene, but OMG, I hope he kicks her freaking ass. Which is interesting, because all the way through the story, I've liked both characters, but now? I'm totally on his side. I should find out tonight on my commute home how he handles the news. But I'm not sure Nora can pull this heroine, who I used to really love, out of my romance penalty box.
What about you? Do you love the secret baby plot? Or hate it?