Romance at its best right there.
All heroes and heroines have hidden agendas at least to some extent. Not all of them are evil, though let’s face it the villains make it interesting. Some of them do also have the best of intentions and although they may be keeping secrets those are not of the dark and hurtful kind.
Honorable women are usually more common than men, at least in romance novels they are, but, in my series and perhaps all of my fiction work, the women harbor what turn out to be the worst kind of personal histories.
Men of honor are standouts in my works – why? perhaps because they are often picked on by writers in general and made out to be little more than buffoons. UGH.
Perhaps it is said that the road to hell is paved with the best intentions, however, I’m not buying into that myself. What’s in the heart does make a world of difference and when it comes to what a person really wants in a situation, there’s nothing more important than what they intended from the get-go.
Of course not all intentions are spelled out immediately. That would spoil the suspense. And so it is left up to your own instincts as a reader to sort out who is the “good guy” and who is the “bad guy”. The word guy here referring to man or woman.
Wrapping it up.
At the end of the story, or at the end of that character’s life in the story, all is revealed and you are made aware of what that person was up to from the beginning. It’s my job as far as I’m concerned to keep you guessing up until that point and thus dangling “what the heck?” carrot until you reach the proper point in my series.