Romance covers

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

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.

gay romance

Covers of the Week #60

Bruce Emmett is a Canadian-born artist whose romance covers are marked by a naturalistic aspect. For the week of Monday, May 30, 2022, to Sunday, June 4, 2022, we’re displaying some stunning Bruce Emmett covers for you to marvel at.

bruce emmett

Covers of the Week #59

For the week of Monday, May 23, 2022, to Sunday, May 29, 2022, let’s enjoy the beauty of the merry month of May with a floral tribute. These romance covers are blooming with beauty and love!

scarlet lady ginsburg cover flowers

Covers of the Week #58

For the week of Monday, May 16, to Sunday, May 22, 2022, we’re trying not to laugh at these heroes who are attempting to put the moves on their heroines who aren’t having any of it!

love me marietta

Celebrities on Romance Book Covers

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!


Covers of the Week #57

For the week of Monday, May 9, 2022, to Sunday, May 15, 2022, here are some gorgeous romance covers illustrated by Gordon Johnson.

Covers of the Week #56

Heidi Oberheide’s covers express a soft sensuality, often displaying a glorious abundance of bright flowers. From Monday, May 1, 2022, to Sunday, May 6, 2022, Covers of the Week spotlights the romantic illustrations of Heidi Oberheide.


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.

model fabio

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

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.

michael o'hearn

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

Classic 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

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.


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

Covers of the Week #51

For the week of Monday, March 28, 2022, to Sunday, April 3, 2022, we’re ending the month of March with the theme of green romance covers.

love and triumph mcginnis

Covers of the Week #50

For the week of Monday, March 21, 2022, to Sunday, March 27, 2022, we’re celebrating our 50th edition of Covers of the Week, and the 1 year anniversary of Sweet Savage Flame with futuristic romances that are out of this world.

Keeper of the Heart
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