Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Kihlstrom: Dangerous Masquerade

Dangerous Masquerade by April Kihlstrom was published in April 1992 by Signet. Rebeca Stanwood, an American visiting in London and in order to escape the attentions of Lord Templeton, she becomes a housemaid and hides in the house of Oliver Ransford, who also becomes intrigued with this new pretty servant!

Allan Kass shows our heroine in her servant garb: a loose fitting bodice and simple dress with an unadorned red cape over all. Her hair isn't dressed and she wears no jewelry. The hero is relaxed without a jacket and his sleeves rolled up. The walled garden is pretty and I like the sundial behind.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

April Kihlstrom: The Counterfeit Betrothal

The Counterfeit Betrothal was published by Signet in August 1987. April Kihlstrom tells the story of Jeremy Barnett and Emmaline Delwyn who have been betrothed by their parents but are total opposites in personality and habit.

This is an elegant cover by Allan Kass. I like that the hero is rakish as he looks down at the heroine. His caped greatcoat is a thing of beauty and I adore her fur lined cape and hat. We imagine them about to take a stroll in the park or a ride in a carriage on this sunny day.

Friday, March 29, 2013

April Kihlstrom: A Choice of Cousins

A Choice of Cousins was published by Signet in February 1982 for April Kihlstrom and is the story of Sara Farthingham and Edward, the Earl of Danver, whose cousins are in love but way too young to think of marriage. So they hatch a plot to break up the lovers by pretending to be betrothed!

Allan Kass creates a cool Wedgwood blue room for our couple which compliments the heroine's Grecian dress and hairdo. She shares a tender moment with the hero, who also looks cool and sardonic. I love our typical Kass hero!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

April Kihlstrom: The Charming Imposter

The Charming Imposter was published by Signet in September 1985 and is the story of Theodosia Elston who visits Stanwood Oaks to keep Helena, the daughter of the family, company. She completely confounds her brother, Bertram, and he's not sure if she's a minx or not!!

I like this cover by Allan Kass. It was done back in his heyday and shows a beautiful heroine, a handsome hero, and splendid details all around. Our couple attend a ball and stand in an elegantly decorated room. Everything from the heroine's fan to her headdress are amazing. Click on the photo to enlarge and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

April Kihlstrom: Captain Rogue

Captain Rogue, by April Kihlstrom, is the first of a series of books by this prolific regency author. Allan Kass illustrated many of them, so you are in for a treat!

Heiress Mary Farnham runs away from home and into the arms of Captain Randall Carswell. Is he a rogue or a hero in disguise? This book was published by Signet in February 1988.

Allan Kass paints our couple outside near a garden which looks as if it's beginning to bloom. Our heroine wears a pretty rust colored day dress and shares a tender moment with the hero. I like the use of color and how it compliments the scene.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Elizabeth Kidd: My Lady Mischief

Back to Regencies with Elizabeth Kidd's My Lady Mischief. Published by Signet in July 1997,  this is the story of Antonia Kedrington who has a brother that is in love with a mysterious dark haired beauty and a suitor who whispers doubt about Antonia's perfect husband!

This cover by Allan Kass shows our couple visiting a museum and enjoying the statues. I think that the red background is too harsh a color against the heroine's face. She seems a bit washed out, which could be the original art being transferred to the book cover. I like her blue pelisse jacket and her harlequin reticule purse. I wonder if the couple behind is her scapegrace brother?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Jocelyn Kettle: Memorial to the Duchess

Memorial to the Duchess by Jocelyn Kettle was published by Berkley in March 1974. It is a historical novel about the life of Alice Chaucer, who became the Duchess of Suffolk during the days of Agincourt and through the reigns of Henry VI and Edward IV. She was second in rank under the queen!

Allan Kass, who is mentioned on the back cover as the author, shows us an early Elizabethan beauty along with her hero. We see them lavishly dressed in the heavy velvet cloth of the day and the heroine's headpiece is the most interesting feature of this cover. The hero looks like one of Elizabeth's courtiers and we see a distant castle which is their home.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carla Kelly: Summer Campaign

Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly was published by Signet in March 1989. Onyx Hamilton was on the verge of an impressive marriage when she met Major Jack Beresford and swept her off her feet, but not towards marriage! Would she marry a stable, kind gentleman or a rogue?

This cover by Allan Kass is almost too busy and not something I normally say about his work. Our couple stand in a room but we see the outdoors, too. The colors all compliment with our heroine's pink day gown being the focal point. It compliments her dark hair but clashes a bit with the hero's waistcoat! A colorful cover!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Carla Kelly: Reforming Lord Ragsdale

Reforming Lord Ragsdale was published by Signet in October 1995. Lord Ragsdale, a notorious rake, does a good deed when he saves his cousin's daughter from indentured servanthood. Now he wonders what to do with her but she has her own plan: to reform him!

This is one of my favorite covers by Allan Kass. I love the pale aqua tones of the heroine's dress and the periwinkle bows that accent it. The hero's coat reflects the color compliment. The room in which they stand is nicely furnished with the focus point being the globe, which may show a future of travel for our couple?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Carla Kelly: Mrs. McVinnie's London Season

Mrs. McVinnie's London Season by Carla Kelly was published by Signet in June 1990. Jennie McVinnie was a widow helping Captain William Summers, a naval hero, guide his young niece through the London season. What they don't realize is that the real romance of the season will be theirs!

This is a gorgeous cover by Allan Kass! We see our heroine coming down the stairway arrayed in a deep emerald green gown slashed with pink. Both are dressed for a ball or important evening event. The hero has on all of his naval decorations and is equally elegant. I think his expression is evidence of his feelings for the heroine.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Carla Kelly: Miss Whittier Makes a List

Miss Whittier Makes a List was published by Signet in July 1994 for Carla Kelly. American and Quaker Hannah Whittier finds herself on board an English man-of-war after her ship was sunk by the French. She falls in love with its captain, but can an American and a Englishman compromise during a time of war?

This is an awesome cover by Allan Kass! I love seeing our hero dressed in his naval uniform with the heroine, wearing borrowed clothing, in seaman's garb. The focus is definitely on them. He's dashing and she's beautiful.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Carla Kelly: Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career

Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career is a Signet publication dated March 1992. Ellen Grimsley thinks it's a shame that she can't attend Oxford when her brother who is definitely not a scholar, can.  When James Gatewood finds out about her talent, he encourages her in her studies and she doesn't know that he is really Lord Chesney, a famous Shakespearean scholar.

There is a lot to admire on this cover by Allan Kass. The one jarring thing to me is the color of the heroine's bodice. I'm not sure why he painted it that color but I admire everything else: her unique bracelet, the city and landscape, the large setting sun. What do you think?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Carla Kelly: Miss Chartley's Guided Tour

Miss Chartley's Guided Tour was published by Signet in July 1989. Omega Chartley was jilted at the altar and ended up a teacher. When she runs into her sweetheart again, she needs to make a choice whether to live in the past to take a second chance on love.

Our heroine's blue gown is definitely the focal point in this cover by Allan Kass. It's light among all of the warm orange tones. Our hero looks careworn and a bit older than his usual heroes. I like the heroine's braid which gives her hairdo a coronet effect. Note her snake bangle and the round cushion pillow. They are interesting details.