Love Under Harlequin's Covers

It takes more than a toga and spray-on tan to create a steamy romance-novel cover image

The project called for a lusty image from early 1800s Britain, recalls romance novel cover artist Chris Cocozza. The book publisher wanted lovers in the rain and specified that they should look drenched. It was winter and the shoot would be indoors. To keep the studio floor dry, he bought a blow-up kiddie pool, inflated it at a bike shop, and carried it half a mile by foot through Manhattan. Then the two models—the male costumed in white puffy shirt and breeches, his lady in high-waisted gown—stood in the pool as Cocozza unleashed buckets of water from atop a ladder.

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