Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Joan Wolf: His Lordship's Mistress

His Lordship's Mistress by Joan Wolf was published in April 1982 by Signet and is the story of Jessica O'Neill who was a lady now acting as an actress in order to save her family from ruin. She's willing to accept the Earl of Linton's offer but didn't realize that falling in love was part of the script!

Allan Kass gives us a glimpse into an intimate scene with our hero and heroine by showing their embrace in front of an elaborate bed! I like the green hangings and gold trim which seem to compliment the heroine's coloring. It's a sizzling scene which I'm sure sold a lot of copies for the author!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Joan Wolf: Fool's Masquerade

Fool's Masquerade by Joan Wolf was published in August 1984 by Signet. It's the story of Valentine Adrsley whose masquerade as a groom is easily discovered by Lord Leyburn who proposes marriage after he realizes who she it.

Allan Kass gives us a simply elegant cover for this book which centers on the hero and heroine. The gamine heroine is pretty in a simple yellow muslin gown while the hero is handsome in black dress. It's an intimate moment that is revealed to the audience and we can almost see them part and walk through the open doorway.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Joan Wolf: A Double Deception

A Double Deception was published in October 1983 by Signet. Joan Wolf writes a story about widowed Laura Dalwood and how she's tempted to marry Mark Cheney even though her experience with marriage told her to eschew it. Wolf's books have a gritty, realistic view to life and the times of the regency.

Allan Kass sets our couple in a pretty garden on a spring day. The heroine seems pensive as she accepts the hero's caress. A similar dress has been used in other covers, most notably Kit and Kitty. I really like the birdhouse and the flowering tree give this cover its color.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Joan Wolf: A Difficult Truce

A Difficult Truce was published by Signet for prolific writer Joan Wolf in August 1981. This book is a bit of a historical novel since it deals with Ireland's Catholic Emancipation bill and she uses fictional characters Christina MacCarthy and the Duke of Dacre to tell this story.

Allan Kass shows our hero and heroine in an embrace as they stand inside a doorway. The heroine has an odd tilt to her head as she looks at the hero but I love her periwinkle blue gown. The hero is Kass handsome in his red coat and high collar. Note the architectural detail of the door frame and room inside.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Joan Wolf: The Counterfeit Marriage

The Counterfeit Marriage was published by Signet in February 1980 and is the story of Catherine Renwick and her quick marriage to the Earl of Allandale.

Allan Kass creates an engaging cover for this book with our couple standing in front of a warm fire, though they look as if they don't need it at all! I like the Kass touch of jewelry on the heroine and  the vivid detailing on the fireplace mantel.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Joan Wolf: The American Duchess

Next is prolific regency author Joan Wolf's The American Duchess. Published in December 1982 by Signet, it is the story of Tracy Bodmin who was leaving her country to marry the Duke of Hastings in England at the bequest of her beloved father. Joan Wolf is one of Signet's early stars and has since written a number of historical romances.

Allan Kass illustrates our couple inside an elegant room and we're not sure if the heroine is quite happy to see the hero! I like how Kass gives us a feeling of informality in this setting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Claudette Williams: Sweet Disorder

Sweet Disorder by Claudette Williams was published by Fawcett in September 1981 for their Coventry Romance line. Venetia is told that she must marry one of her guardian's nephews in this merry romp of a romance!

I think this cover by Allan Kass is stunning. Our heroine is reading when the hero shows up and smiles. She is pretty in moss green and sits in an elegantly decorated room near a warm fire. I like the connection between the pair.