Elaine Duillo

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

Covers of the Week #40

For the week of Monday, January 10, 2022, to Sunday, January 16, 2022, our latest Covers of the Week highlights romances set in the Middle East.

silver angel johanna lindsey books

Historical Romance Review: Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde

Angel In Scarlet isn’t a bodice ripper. It’s a Georgian-Era chick-lit. This is a hard one to categorize. It’s not just a romance, but more of a heroine’s journey through life and her relationships with several men she meets along the way. 4 stars

Angel In Scarlet duillo

Covers of the Week #35

For years this face on romance novels has mesmerized me. For the week Monday, December 6, 2021, to Sunday, December 12, 2021, I’ve chosen a selection of category and historical romances illustrated by big-name authors, featuring a mysterious male cover model whose name I’ve yet to discover. If any of our readers have any idea who he is, I would love to know!

outlaw hearts duillo

Covers of the Week #29

Gothic romances hold an important place in the annals of the romance genre, with dark brooding heroes, strong-willed heroines, and gorgeous covers illustrated by the master artists. For the week of Monday, October 25, 2021, culminating on Halloween Day, Sunday 31, 2021, let’s delight and take fright in these creepy Gothic romance covers!

Witch

Historical Romance Review: Passions Wild and Free by Janelle Taylor

This review is of Passions Wild and Free, book #2 in the “Western Wind” series by Janelle Taylor. Randee Hollis, the heroine of the book, has plans to go after the Epson Gang, a ruthless band of killers who killed her aunt and uncle… 3 stars

passion wild and free duillo

Covers of the Week #23

For Mary Anne Landers’ first Covers of the Week post, she wants to honor the late, great Elaine Duillo (1928 to 2021). Elaine left us on July 30 of this year, and had been retired for some time. But her wonderful illustrations live on.

fire blossom

Covers of the Week #22

For the week of Monday, September 6, 2021, to Sunday, September 12, we’re looking at gorgeous category romance covers painted by some of the greatest artists of romance novels. Below are a few category romances illustrated by the legendary Elaine Duillo, Robert Maguire, Elaine Gignilliat, and Pino. Enjoy!

quiet comes the night

Covers of the Week #19

Elaine Duillo was the undisputed “Queen of Historical Romance” covers. She was a giant in the competitive field of pulp fiction artwork, where women were few and far between. Duillo painted hundreds of book covers, was inducted into the Illustrators Hall of fame, and was the matriarch of a talented artistic family. She passed away on July 30, 2021, at the age of 93.

Covers of the Week #15

In the 1980s – 1990s, Melissa Duillo, later Melissa Gallo after her marriage, was a prolific historical romance cover artist, creating works for publishers such as Avon, Dell, Warner, Zebra, and more. While she and her mother no longer illustrate romance covers, Melissa Duillo Gallo is still involved in the art field as a painter. For the week starting Monday, July 19 to Sunday, July, 25, here are some lovely romance covers created by Melissa Duillo-Gallo.

Bold Destiny

Covers of the Week #14

For the week starting Monday, July 12 to Sunday, July, 18, I thought some Highland or Scots-themed old-school romance covers would be a bonny sight for your eyes to enjoy.

My Lord Monleigh

Historical Romance Review: Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey

Once a Princess was not one of my favorites by Johanna Lindsey. I’d put this in the unremarkable category with books like Glorious Angel and Tender is the Storm. Not her worst, by any means, but not her best either. 2 stars

once a princess duillo

Historical Romance Review: The Heir by Johanna Lindsey

Was this tepid, dull romance actually penned by Johanna Lindsey? The Heir was Lindsey’s first book where I noticed a weird change. Previously, if there was a Lindsey I didn’t like, it was due to a meandering plot or excessive fighting between the leads. There is friendship for sure in this one, but romantic isn’t what I’d call the relationship between Duncan and Sabrina. 2 stars

the heir cover

Covers of the Week #8

For the week of May 31 to June 6, can you spy the birds on these Elaine Duillo and John Ennis illustrated historical romance novel covers? Enjoy!

Gentle Rogue duillo
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