Month: February 2022

Historical Romance Review: Savage Obsession by Cassie Edwards

This review is of Savage Obsession, book #1 in the “Chippewa” series by Cassie Edwards. From what I read of others’ reviews of her books, there is no middle ground with Mrs. Edwards’ work. Some love her, and others absolutely hate her. I’m kind of in the middle. Savage Obsession won’t make anyone a fan of Mrs. Edwards’ work who wasn’t already one. 2 stars

savage obsession Kursar

Covers of the Week #47

Artist Daniel Crouse created covers for primarily category romance books. He worked for Harlequin, Dell, and other publishers. For the week of Monday, January 31, 2022, to Sunday, February 6, 2022, we’re highlighting a sample of categcovers by Dan Crouse!

love thy neighbor

Historical Romance Review: Captive Angel by Deana James

Deana James’ romance Captive Angel was an emotional, turbulent Zebra Lovegram romance with a heroine who was forged in fire and a hero not worthy to lick her boots. One of the best non-romance romances 5 stars

captive angel pino

Historical Romance Review: Nobility Ranch (aka To Love a Lady) by Cynthia Stirling

This review is of Nobility Ranch (ebook title To Love a Lady), book #1 of 3 in the “Titled Texans” series from July 2000 by Cynthia Sterling. Ms. Sterling gets her “Titled Texans” series off to a great start with Nobility Ranch/To Love a Lady. It’s not a 5-star book, but it is a very good one. 4.44 stars

nobility ranch ennis

Covers of the Week #46

The month of February in the United States is recognized as Black History Month. So in honor of that, for the week of Monday, February 21, 2022, to Sunday, February 26, 2022, let’s appreciate some older romance covers with Black or Afro-American protagonists.

unforgivable george hones

Unusual Settings In Historical Romances

Let’s talk about extraordinary settings! I use the term “extraordinary” rather than “exotic” to describe places simply because one person’s idea of “exotic” is another’s idea of home. Whatever word you use, it’s fun to talk about unique settings in romance we don’t often encounter.

love all over the world

Historical Romance Review: And Gold Was Ours by Rebecca Brandewyne

And Gold Was Ours is a sequel of sorts to Rebecca Brandewyne‘s Love, Cherish Me. I’d consider this more of a companion piece. While both novels have Brandewyne’s hallmark baroque-gothic atmosphere, And Gold Was Ours is not as dark and emotional as its predecessor. 3.63 stars

And Gold Was Ours duillo

Link: Old School Romance on Youtube

These six commercials advertise the wonder of category romance novels. They look so tasteful, like old Summer’s Eve or Massengill feminine douche commercials. I got a kick out of watching them. Hope you enjoy them, too.

old school romance on youtube

Link: Art of the Clinch by Virginia Moench

We were super-hyped when our Twitter friend, @GinnyMoesch, created this interactive presentation on the history and anatomy of the clinch cover. We adore romance cover art, and this graphic amazed us

anatomy of the clinch

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Wilde (aka Thomas E. Huff)

Of all the men who have written romance novels, “Jennifer Wilde” stands out, and not only as the first male to garner blockbuster success in the post-Woodiwiss era. He was also an advocate of the genre and a fierce supporter of women’s liberty. Hence, he earned the right to bear the moniker of one of “Love’s Leading Ladies.”

Jennifer Wilde

Covers of the Week #45

For the week of Monday, February 14, 2022, to Sunday, February 20, 2022, we’re looking at red and pink romance covers. We hope you’ve had a nice weekend wish you love in all its forms!

Stolen Dreams Duillo

Valentine’s Day Romance Novels

We’ve found some old-school romances set around Valentine’s Day for you to enjoy. These single issue
and anthology romances go back to the late 1980s to 1990s.

romances about valentines day

Sweet Savage Flame Is Back (Mostly)

As you may have noticed, things have been amiss around here. We apologize for that. Sweet Savage Flame and company were super-excited to start new adventures for 2022. But first, we had to get rid of the negative remnants of the past. We’re working on trying to speed things up, give the site some uniformity, and streamline the archives.


Covers of the Week #44

We can’t believe we’re just days away from Valentine’s Day. This is a time to celebrate love. From Monday, February 7, 2022, to Sunday, February 13, 2022, let’s fall in love…with some Valentine’s Day-themed covers!

regency valentine 2
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