He's just gorgeous and, luckily, the book underneath "The Bridegroom " on the cover of Linda Lael Miller's BN Best of 2009: Romance read lives up to the hype.
But like many romance fans, I don't care much whether the cover really tells the story of the read; I simply don't expect the book lid to suggest much about the story. If it does? Cool. And if the cover art's beautifully photographed, has great-looking models or settings, sure: A romance cover definitely catches the eye.
It's the visually appealing cover that entices us to take a gander, perhaps pick up a book to peruse cover copy and, eventually, buy and read. But if you own books, you know that among your keepers, there are those special books that continue to stop you in your tracks, and not necessarily because they're your re-read go-tos.
Nope, I'm talking 'bout your favorite covers, the ones that you couldn't stop looking at when you bought 'em, and flipped back to for some satisfied sigh time after you finished the novel's last page.
Whether you're a fan and advocate of even the "cheesiest" romance covers as I am - or someone who wishes publishers would cover books in ways that wouldn't embarrass you so - there most likely was a book cover in the last year that stood out for you.
Maybe you loved the design and use of font and color; art directors and creative teams are the unsung heroes of the romance-book world, my friends. Or maybe the oiled-up-and-posed-down cover guy caught your eye. Could be simply the strong looking, yet remarkably buxom wench on the lid won your heart as the perfect placeholder for the fantasy heroine you'd most like to be ( while being ravished by your favorite romance hero).
So spill: What's your nomination for favorite romance cover of 2009? Tell us the title and why you like the book.
Some of Your Favorites (in no particular order):