We exploire the mysterious life and career of Colleen Gruber, a prolific romance cover model who graced over a thousand book covers.
Tracy James’s face–and his body–should be recognized by romance readers as he was on the cover of hundreds of books from the 1990s into the 2000s. In total, the six-foot-tall, olive-skinned, brown-haired, brown-eyed model has 1600 credits to his name.
Before they were famous, their faces were on book covers. While these celebrities appeared in various genres, we’re limiting our focus to romance. It’s always fun to track the career of the rich and famous to their humble beginnings, especially if they posed for clinches!
Like many vintage romances of yesteryear, model Fabio Lanzoni has been unfairly maligned and mocked by many modern-day romance readers. But Sweet Savage Flame is proud to say: we love Fabio! Hail to the King of romance covers!
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.