There aren’t many tropes in romance that annoy me. Second chance, insta-love, best friend’s little sister, May/December, etc...they all have their moments in the sun. When paired with a well-rounded storyline and dynamic characters, I’m hooked. One trope that often leaves me dismayed and irritated is the secret baby trope. So much in fact that I have actively avoided it for years. In my honest opinion, there are really only two reasons why the heroine shouldn’t tell the hero he is going to be a daddy. Either the hero is dead or is abusive and the child is better off not knowing them. The majority of the reasons for the heroine’s not revealing their pregnancy that I have come across are often fueled by either jealousy or hurt feelings. Not to say those don’t have their place, just not on my bookshelf.
Lately, I have found myself gravitating back towards sports romances that feature the secret and/or a surprise baby. I’ve have noticed a change in the trope, a maturing of sorts with a more involved storyline, realistic characterization, and some added twists that make it far less formulaic than what we have seen in the past. The heroines aren’t portrayed as helpless, naive women who are instantly struck deaf, dumb, and blind by the fact a good looking man looks and flexes at them. These protagonists are older and more settled. They have been around the block a few times. They have mortgages, IRAs, and college degrees. There is still some juvenile behavior but the reader knows it is more in reaction to *GASP* falling in love then their actual age.
Sosie Frost has redeemed this trope for me. She has re-fostered my love for the self-absorbed alpha men and the women who stand toe to toe with them and chisel away at their incredibly large egos. She was recommended to me through word of mouth. Reviewers I trust were claiming that Frost does a sports based secret/surprise baby romance that reveals well and is slightly twisted in its formula. And they were right. Frost’s babies aren’t secrets from the fathers but rather each one is a “secret” for another reason altogether.