The hero in this book came to me fully formed in another book – Bride in a Gilded Cage. (Very considerate of him!) In that book I had a scene after Rafael and Isobel get married when Rico Christofides, a well known Greek Tycoon appears. He is Rafael’s half-brother and so is also half-Argentinean.
He makes a provocative comment about how he’s not going to be so easily tied down in matrimony. There is a beautiful predatory woman hovering on the scene, desperate to get his attention. How could I ignore him after that introduction?!
I hadn’t set out to create a brother for Rafael, Rico just sort of…appeared. And he made sense. I was able to use him to give Isobel another perspective on Rafael. Also we find out some information about Rafael and Rico’s cruel treatment at the hands of their father, so Rico already had an interesting backstory.
I found myself wondering about Rico and I loved thinking up his story, and also creating the woman who could be his equal.
When he meets Gypsy and they share one passionate night together, she touches something within him that he’s never shared with another woman, but then she disappears and he doesn’t even know her name. When she turns up again a couple of years later, he can’t believe it. He’d almost come to believe that he’d dreamt her up. But she does exist and she’s harbouring a secret: his baby daughter, Lola.
This was my first secret baby story. I’d shied away from doing one before now because I wanted to make sure that I’d have a really good reason for the heroine to keep her baby a secret, and hopefully when you read the story you’ll agree!
Do you have a favourite secret baby themed book? Do you like it as a theme or do you think it’s overused/outdated?