Month: April 2022

Romance Cover Model: Fabio Lanzoni

Like bodice rippers and vintage romances of yesteryear, model Fabio Lanzoni has been unfairly maligned and mocked by many modern-day romance readers.

There’s a sentiment of contempt displayed at the old-school clinch covers, with some people going as far as declaring that Fabio represented a low point in the genre.

How mean-spirited and wrong these detractors are.

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Category Romance Review: An Outrageous Proposal by Miranda Lee

Miranda Lee’s An Outrageous Proposal is an outrageously sexy Harlequin Presents. Laura had been happily married to Dirk Thornton. Laura was so obsessed with having a child, however. Soon their difficulty to conceive led to a divorce. But now Laura wants Dirk back. 4.5 stars

an outrageous proposal

Thank You For 50,000 Views

Sweet Savage Flame has been up and running for over a year now. Thanks to you readers, we almost achieved those 50,000 views within that time!


Romance Cover Model: Michael O’Hearn

Romance novel enthusiasts may recognize Mike O’Hearn’s form–or face–as one of the cover models for Topaz books back in the mid to late 1990s. Fabio was the most famous of them all, but even his muscular physique seems slight when compared to O’ Hearn’s massive proportions.

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Covers of the Week #55

For the week of Monday, April 25, 2022, to Sunday, May 1, 2022, Covers of the Week highlights Elaine Duillo’s silver-blonde heroines!

silver blonde heroines

World Book Day 2022

It’s World Book Day today April 23, 2002! What is World Book Day? It’s a day commemorating the importance of the published word. Let’s celebrate by talking about books!

world book day

Contemporary Romance Review: The Sheik by Edith M. Hull

The Sheik by Edith M. Hull, published in 1919, is as influential to the modern romance genre as Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps, even more so.

It was a blockbuster of a success, despite its many detractors. While some modern readers may cringe at its depiction of women, sexual roles, and racial attitudes, The Sheik remains a compelling read one hundred years after its publication. 5 stars

the sheik

One Book: Multiple Covers #2: Highland Velvet

A few weeks ago, we highlighted the many covers for the alternate and foreign editions of Jude Deveraux’s The Velvet Promise. As a result, we decided to continue displaying the multiple covers for the book’s sequels. Today, we focus on Highland Velvet which we previously reviewed It is one of our favorite books.

one book multiple covers

Covers of the Week #54 – Renato Aime

Renato Aime was among the many talented artists of Italian heritage who entered the romance novel illustration field during the 1980s. For the week of Monday, April 18, 2022, to Sunday, April 24, 2022, our Covers of the Week focuses on the romance novel covers by Renato Aime.


Vintage and Retro Romance on Kindle Unlimited #1

If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, no doubt you already take advantage of the many books you can read for a fixed monthly fee. These old-school, vintage, and retro romances are available at Kindle Unlimted.

Historical Romance Review: Ecstasy’s Fire by Rosalyn Alsobrook

When a book begins with a typo, that’s not a good sign, and Ecstasy’s Fire by Rosalyn Alsobrook begins with one. On the back cover of the book, the heroine is identified as Victoria Connors. In the book, she’s named VIRGINIA Connors. Not a good beginning. 3.5 stars

Covers of the Week #53

This week every day is Caturday! For Monday, April 11, 2022, to Sunday, April 17, 2022, here are some adorable romance covers with sweet little kitty cats.

Covers of the Week #52

For the week of Monday, April 4, 2022, to Sunday, April 10, 2022, we’ll be looking at the sweetly romantic stylings of the covers illustrated by Jean Monti.

secret jewel jean monti
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