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Comparing Covers #5: Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Comparing Covers is a new feature on Lampshade Reader. I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.

Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey, was one of the first Historical Romances that I read. It holds a high nostalgia factor for me. It’s a book that I can re-read, that I DID re-read, and will continue to talk about for a long time yet.  I don’t know what it is about it. Maybe it’s the female heroine disguised as male trope that did it for me. That still remains one of my favorite tropes. Or maybe it was the pirate aspect? Or the fact that the heroine was made to read from an erotic novel to the hero all in the name of his seducing her.


1990s edition.

Certainly, it wasn’t the Fabio cover. Or was it? Fabio was so popular in the 80s and 90s, he almost graced every historical that my mom had. In fact, my version of Gentle Rogue IS the one my mom had. I don’t mind Fabio, but they seriously nailed it with this cover. The hero, James Mallory (The BEST Mallory BTW), is described exactly like how Fabio looks in this cover from 1990.

That’s how I’ll always picture James Mallory in my mind. Have you read this? What is your take on Fabio?


Below are other versions released in English. I’m also including some interesting international covers as well. I find that those can be really pretty and different.




Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey














International Covers






















Which Cover of Gentle Rogue is Your Favorite?

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Which cover did you vote for and why?

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Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

I really like the Turkish edition a lot!! It’s different, plus I love the dress 😀
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Cyn @ Bookmunchies

Oh my gosh, I love that first cover! So very classic haha. Admittedly I don’t think I would read that one in public haha. Thanks for sharing!

anna @ herding cats & burning soup

LOL I’ve totally wanted to tell some of the authors I work for could we try me finding the cover first then you write the book? Ha!


Well Fabio nailed it…lol I do like some of the other covers, but yeah…Fabio LOL

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book blog

I love seeing all the different covers for books!! I liked the 2011 cover the best for some reason.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I wonder if the author purposely made her hero look like Fabio since she knew Fabio would likely be on the cover? I voted for that one because those old Fabio covers are so cliche but that’s what makes them so awesome, haha.

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