One of my favorite romance novel plots involve the hero who has secretly been in love with the heroine for years. He doesn’t necessarily sit and pine for her, he still lives his life, but under everything is that love for the girl. I don’t really know why that appeals to me, but it always does. When I think back to romance novels that have stuck with me over the years, that it almost always one of the plot points.
It’s no wonder that two of my novels utilize that similar plot theme.
One is Topaz Heat. In Topaz Heat, Derrick DiNunzio has been in love with Sarah Thomas since right after his 18th birthday. There is no lost love for him from her, though, and he finally moves to another city to remove himself from her derision. Years later, circumstances bring him back home and he is irritated by the fact that it seems like his feelings for her have never even diminished.
My other one is An Aria for Nick. Nick Williams falls in love with Aria Suarez in high school. The difference in this story is that Aria feels the same way for him. But, he is from the wrong side of the tracks and feels like she’s too good for him. Despite the depth of his feelings for her, when an opportunity to disappear and work in black ops presents itself, he feels that “dying” is the ultimate sacrifice for her. Ten years later, Aria’s life is endangered, and Nick is the only one who can save her. He has to come back from the dead and face his feelings for her in order to save her.
If I look back at my own books and need to pick favorites, these two always stand out.
What is your favorite type of romance novel plot? Does a similar theme always stand out to you?
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