This Covers of the Week, we show romance books that feature horses on their covers, adding to the passion and vitality of the stories.
Theme: Horses on Romance Covers
We’ve highlighted several romance books at Sweet Savage Flame that feature more than people on the covers. A common theme for many is to include animals, particularly horses, in the background to demonstrate passion and vitality.
Some equines weren’t content to be cast as mere decorations, however. Neigh, these horses demanded a starring role, with the couples engaged in their usual passionate clinches. (That sentence came off a bit odd, didn’t it?)
For the week of Monday, October 11, to Sunday, October 17, 2021, let’s give some love to the horses that make historical romance covers so much fun. (Now, that sentence definitely sounded wrong!)
The Covers from Top to Bottom
1: Get a look at that fiery-tempered Pinto Appaloosa! Appropriate for this cover. And check out the hero’s wild mane!
Warrior’s Lady, Madeline Baker, Leisure/Dorchester, 1981, Pino cover art
2: A muscular Bay stallion rears as the hero sweeps the heroine into his arms. We can’t help but admire her beautiful bustle!
Seized By Love, Susan M. Johnson, Playboy Press, 1979, Jordi Penalva cover art
3: That’s a Grey Lipizzaner, I think? Such a lovely cover, and what a horse! But, my, what a miserable expression. I’ve never read this book; is it that bad?
Caressa, Linda Lang Bartell, Onyx, 1990, Elaine Gignilliat cover a4:
4: With the intense gaze they share on this cover, it’s a good thing this undersized Black—with a white star—destrier is well-trained!
It is a warhorse, not a pony, right? I mean, the hero’s a knight!
The Lion’s Angel, Libby Sydes, Harlequin, 1991, Robert Sabin cover art