Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.
But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.
Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).
There's no shortage of secret babies in Romancelandia—they are a great way to ramp up the drama and angst, and have a way of making the family's inevitable happily ever afters feel that much more earned. Here are a few novels featuring the trope that came to mind—what are your favorite examples of the Secret Baby trope in romance novels?
- Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson
- Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann
- Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- Three Little Secrets by Liz Carlyle
- Revealed: His Secret Child by Sandra Hyatt
- Wanted by Her Lost Love by Maya Banks