My Romance Novels, Let Me Show You Them - Part III, by Heather Osborn

Heather Osborn has the most awesomest bestest collection of vintage romance novels ever. I’m sure they carry their own insurance policy because they are THAT WICKED GOOD. She was kind enough to photograph a set of her favorites, and this is part three of a triple installment of cover art magnificence.


Yes indeed, this is The Fatal Fortune by Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz, 1986. And despite appearances the heroine is not covered in white…goo – the cover is a bit damaged. Sadly, I only have two of the Guinevere Jones books – and since I don’t believe in spending insane money on these hard to find titles, I’ll just have to hope I stumble upon them someday.


The Sinister Touch by Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz, 1986. Look at this amazing book. This man has a bouffant mullet. A BOUFFANT MULLET. He is also wearing dad pants up to his pectorals. She meanwhile is sporting a loose bun, some sensible slacks, and a mandarin-collared blouse. I don’t know about you guys, but this screams adventure to me.


Gentle Pirate by Jayne Castle aka Jayne Ann Krentz, 1980. Sadly, he is not a real pirate.


The Copeland Bride by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Claire Kiehl, 1989. Sadly this is not the first edition, which came out in 1983. But still, look at the awesome curly mullet!  Anf the ruffly awesome shirt. Perfection.


Risen Glory by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 1984. This one is a first edition, yippee! The poofy purple shirt, feathered blond mullet, and crazy eye makeup on the heroine are enough to place this one firmly in the 80s.


Across A Wine-Dark Sea by Jessica Bryan, 1991. Jessica Bryan wrote a mermaid trilogy in the early 90s that was so, so good. Sadly, I only own one of them right now, but I plan on tracking down the other two ASAP. As far as I know, Bryan never wrote any other romances, which is a total tragedy.


Summer of the Unicorn by Kay Hooper, 1988. I have given away so many copies of this book. An early, early paranormal fantasy romance, this is such a great romance. In fact, it may be time for a re-read. Besides, who can resist a pastel colored cover complete with unicorns!

That’s it for now – hope you liked this peek into my keeper shelves!

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  1. 1
    Cath Bilson says:

    What I want to know is, on The Sinister Touch, what IS that in the front of the heroine’s trousers? Just above the crotch area?
    That is indeed very sinister.

  2. 2
    Kathleen Bittner Roth says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, I love mullets on a man—always have, always will.

  3. 3

    I love the Sinister Touch cover! They are so obviously disco dancing. I also like that under-the-sea one, because I know it would have utterly captured my imagination when I was far too young for such escapades, had I found it on a friend’s mom’s shelf.

  4. 4

    Starfish says: I see London, I see France…

  5. 5

    Wow, I’ve read all of these!  When they were first released!  I am older than dirt!

    Thanks for sharing, these brought back some great memories.  In those days I needed the cash and exchange credit for used books and never held on to my editions.  Is this the romance version of “I’d be rich if my mom hadn’t thrown out my comic books”?

  6. 6
    sweetfa says:

    I’m sorry, but with a title like “Risen Glory” and that flash of flesh just below his belt-line… I know it’s really her bosom, but surely the cover artist was having a laugh?

  7. 7
    June says:

    It scares me how similar our book collections are.  With the exception of the SEP’s, I have all of the others. 

    Makes me nostalgic for the great time I had finding those Jayne Castles in used book stores.  I loved the Guinevere Jones books.

  8. 8
    Reneesance says:

    Ooooh I loved those Jessica Bryan novels!  I think I had two of the three and could never find the first one?  I might still have them in my boxes at my mothers house…must find time to go hunting…

  9. 9
    Nikki says:

    Across a Wine Dark Sea, sigh, I remember those books.  At one point I actually had all 3 books, but then I left home for college and my father …generously.. donated them to the library.  I have googled Jessica Bryan and never found anything. sniffle.

    I agree with Cath about the whole sinister crotch, that is why high-waisted pants are terrible, make you look like you have a huge pannus or something else

  10. 10
    Brooks*belle says:

    Jessica Bryan’s books are available at—the whole trilogy, multiple copies—cheap!

    And yes—I succumbed to temptation and just ordered all three!  Mermaid Romance?!?!?  I just couldn’t resist. 

    Ever since the movie Splash I’ve had this irrational love of (wish I could be one) mermaids.

    But hownell do they make beautiful mullet love under the sea?  With her having scales, fins, and no discernable lady parts from the waist down?…

    Guess I’ll find out now when my books come huh?

  11. 11
    India says:

    You can get both the Jessica Bryans you’re missing on the secondary market for—get this ONE CENT plus shipping.’s secondary market has them.

  12. 12
    Karen H says:

    I have 2 of the 3 Jessica Bryan books because Fabio is on the one pictured and Steve Sandalis is on the next one.  But the model on the 3rd wasn’t so hot so I got rid of that book.  I did enjoy reading them, however, but I can only keep those with good cover art.  I’m just not a re-reader and I have 4 very full bookcases as it is.

    Thanks for sharing these covers.

  13. 13
    JamiSings says:

    You know, after years of putting up with seeing guys with their pants on the ground, men with their pants pulled up to their nipples are SOOOOOOOOO sexy!

  14. 14
    SB Sarah says:

    The Fatal Fortune loos like surprise imminent buttsecks to me.

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    Sonic says:

    OKAY so he may not be a “real” pirate in Gentle Pirate, but he has a HOOK for one of his hands.  C’mon, that’s gotta be worth something!  :-P

  16. 16
    Donna says:

    A hook, seriously? BWAHAAHAAAHAA!

  17. 17
    Nikki says:

    I think there is mermaid sex, ooh, I remember, the one in china, definitely, underwater action. I don’t recall scales though, they have fins and gills.  Please be warned it has been more than 10 years.  Correct me if I am wrong, I remember learning about Jewish communities in China for the first time in this series.

  18. 18
    Brandi says:

    Re Risen Glory: is it a mullet if it’s longer on top than in the back? I thought that was just some peculiarly ‘80s mutation of the pompadour.

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    AmyW says:

    What’s the setting of Across a Wine Dark Sea, ancient Greece? Looks interesting…and that’s overlooking the hero’s nudity, not because of it!

  20. 20
    Barb says:

    @Donna re: hook in Gentle Pirate.  Yes, yes, it is true! I’ve now forgotten how he lost his hand (war injury?), but I can’t forget the spanking scene!
    Like Darlene Marshall I read all these books as they first came out, as an adult!!, which does indeed make me a member of the ‘older than dirt’ club.

    spamword: you93.  Well actually, not quite THAT old.

  21. 21
    Tamara Hogan says:

    Cath Bilson said:

    on The Sinister Touch, what IS that in the front of the heroine’s trousers? Just above the crotch area?

    Looks like a large FUPA.

  22. 22
    Lisa K. says:

    Ok…  I need to read a book with a unicorn on the cover!!! LOL

    Thanks for sharing these Heather!!! 

    Lisa :)

    Spamword – Act44… For anyone who loves Strange Brew, Bob & Doug MacKensey…  “Psst…  Act!”

  23. 23
    lizw65 says:

    Book # 1:  Another variation on “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
    Book # 2:  “Dancing With—And Robbing—The Stars”:  NBC’s newest hit.

    -from the artist formerly known as Elizabeth Wadsworth*
    *until the Geek Squad got hold of my PC

  24. 24
    Donna says:

    Barb, a hook AND spanking. I have GOT to find this book. And I started reading series romance in college shortly after this was published, so I too am a member. How about the not quite as old as dirt club?

    History26. Well, I’m not history, yet.

  25. 25

    @Lisa K. Be careful what you wish for! Have you seen the manicorn pic going around the interwebs right now? You will not sleep for days.

  26. 26

    Oh and what I meant to say, before the issue of manicorns waylaid me, is that I think the Gentle Pirate cover dude is pretty sexy. Does he look a bit like a younger Paul Newman to anyone else?

  27. 27
    Lisa K. says:


    My eyes!!!!!!  LOL

    The horror….

    Lisa :)

    until48 – God I hope I won’t have to wait until I’m 48 to forget the manicorn!  *shudder*

  28. 28
    Becca says:

    There are Jayne Castle books I don’t have? horrors! gotta see if I can find these… won’t say damn the price, but still…

    are they any good?

  29. 29
    cate says:

    Good God ! 
      I didn’t know Simon Cowell was a cover model in the 80’s .
    At least he’s got a midas touch now, & not a Sinister one

  30. 30

    @Lisa K. I want to say I’m sorry for what I’ve done to you, but that would be dishonest. Join me in my sparkly hell! And do not wash your eyes, it only makes the manicorn prance harder!

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