Allen utilizes the secret-baby plot perfectly. Instead of a hero with a secret, it’s her heroine: a woman who will do anything to claim her lost child — something that will have a powerful effect on readers, along with depth of emotion and plenty of sexual tension. An adorable little girl will keep readers glued to the pages even when unwarranted misunderstandings get in the way of the HEA.
Lady Laura Campion’s lover died in battle and she was left carrying his child. She gave birth to a daughter, but was told the infant died. Following her parents’ deaths, Laura discovers her daughter is alive and has been adopted by Avery Falconer, Earl of Wykeham, her lover’s brother. Fate allows her to become part of Alice’s life. There is an unexpected attraction between Laura and Avery, but then Avery discovers the truth and desire turns to distrust. Will marriage be the end of them or the beginning? (HARLEQUIN, Jun., 288 pp., $6.50)