Month: June 2022

Category Romance Review: The Italian’s Wife by Lynne Graham

Lynne Graham’s The Italian’s Bride is unusual from her other books I’ve read in the past.

Holly Samson is the first Graham heroine I can recall who was not a virgin, and who’s borne another man’s child. The hero is typical of her heroes: dark-haired, ultra-masculine, ridiculously wealthy, smitten with the heroine, and of Italian descent. 3.62 Stars

lynne graham the italians wife

Reading Slumps and How to Get Over Them

So you’re in a reading slump. What can you do? In many cases, losing your reading mojo is a normal experience for people who read books on a regular basis. We know a few methods to reignite your love of fiction.

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Historical Romance Review: Cherish Me, Embrace Me by Sylvie F. Sommerfield

This review is of Cherish Me, Embrace Me by Sylvie F. Sommerfield. The book begins in 1851 in France. The coming revolution forces Jules Dubonne, his wife Marie, and their three children, sons Alexander and Dante, and daughter, Celeste, to leave France. They journey to a new home they believe will be free from war and violence, America. They will soon discover the fallacy of that belief. 4.80 stars

cherish me, embrace me berni

Covers of the Week #64

It’s June and what would June be without a rainbow? The rainbow is a symbol of the Divine, hope, and of love. This week we’ve got romance covers with rainbows!

across the rainbow jean monti

Romance Cover Model: Rob Ashton

Fabio officially retired from modeling for romance covers–except for the books “he wrote”–in 1993. In the 1990s and the 2000s, Rob Ashton was one of the cover models who took his place, even earning the title of “New King of Romance Novels.”

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Category Romance Review: Rumor Has It by Celia Scott

Celia Scott’s Rumor Has It is a modern-day Cinderella story where the fairy godmother is not an actual person but a false rumor that transforms a frumpy heroine into a glamorous new woman who finds her prince. 5 stars

rumor has it kalan

Bookish Talk: A to Z Survey

This A- Z list of bookish preferences originated on Perpetual Page Turner’s book blog in 2013 and was reignited as a book tag in 2020. I haven’t been tagged, but I thought this was a fun list to complete.

Sweet Savage Flame’s 6 Heat Levels in Romances

In romance novels, heat levels can range from as tepid as room temperature to as hot as the sun. Sweet Savage Flame has created a list with what we think are 6 different levels of heat in romances. These range from no heat to closed and open-door love scenes to pornography.

Historical Romance Review: Comanche Bride by Emma Merritt

This review is of Comanche Bride, a standalone January Zebra Lovegram from 1989 by Emma Merritt. There are things to like about this book. But there are also enough negatives that bring the book’s final grade down. 3 stars

comanche bride merrit

Covers of the Week #63 June Brides Historical

We’re wrapping up our month-long feature on weddings and brides on covers. For the week of Monday, June 20 to Sunday, June 26, 2022, let’s hear it for historical brides!

betray the night

Historical Romance Review: The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood

The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood takes us to Regency Era England where we meet two firm-willed yet evenly matched partners in love. One is a lady of mystery from the former colonies raised among the Native people. The other is an English nobleman turned soldier and spy, now retiring from duty. 4.15 stars

lion's lady morgan kane

Sweet Savage Flame Hits Feedspot Top Blogs Lists

Last week Sweet Savage Flame got some good news! We were notified by the founder of Feedspot, Anuj Agarwal, that we were selected as one of the Top 30 Historical Romance Blogs on the web.

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Covers of the Week #62

This week from Monday, June 13, 2022, to Sunday, June 19, 2022, we’re celebrating weddings. Here are some Regency-era romance covers featuring brides and grooms.

lord carews bride

Category Romance Review: Liar’s Moon by Heather Graham

Liar’s Moon, a Dell Candlelight Ecstasy Supreme by Heather Graham is an overwrought foray into romantic suspense. There’s intrigue, murder, and a long-ago love affair between a teenage girl and a much older, close family friend. Events lead to a dramatic and happy conclusion in this so-so-category romance.

liar's moon heather graham

Two Gay Romance Firsts: The Happily Ever After Ending and Clinch Cover

Gordon Merrick created the legendary Peter & Charlie gay romance series. The trilogy portrayed the first mainstream love story between two men that concluded happily ever after. Another milestone in gay fiction occurred when they were reprinted in the 1980s. A young artist named Victor Gadino illustrated the iconic clinch covers. Never before had two men been pictured so intimately on romance novels.

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