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):









































by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-07-2009 09:49 PM

Can I break it down by sub-genre? I'm serious -- how can I narrow it down to just one??

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎12-08-2009 06:17 AM

loretta Chase's Your Scandalous Ways - hands down, and interestingly  enough EVERYONE mimicked it afterwards!!

by Author Eva_Gale on ‎12-08-2009 07:47 AM

Hey! It's not that guy-you know, the one guy that graced all covers for ever (no, not Fabio, I wish he would get back in the cover business. Maybe we can start a letter campaign?). Anyway, it's nice to see a new face on a cover! 


I liked the cover of Her Ladyship's Companion by Evangeline Collins. That newish-off center-splayed with contrasting colors-is a nice change. I can tell what will be on my list for '10-Monica's Kismet-that cover is gorgeous! 

by Author MonicaBurns on ‎12-08-2009 10:03 AM

Thanks for the plug Eva. I love the cover too. Although I love Assassin's Honor even more. I've a thing for Ben Afleck type of jawlines. ROFL

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-08-2009 11:55 AM

I agree with MIchelle about covers, they so are not what makes me read a romance and every romance I've read this year was great, but the one cover that stood out for me was Angie Fox's  The Accidental Demon Slayer. Who can't love that little dog.



by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-08-2009 12:28 PM

Monica - Kismet IS gorgeous, I agree! Okay, here are some of my favorite gorgeous covers: Nora Roberts' Vision in White and Bed of Roses, Sophie Jordan's Sins of a Wicked Duke, Eloisa James' This Duchess of Mine, Margaret Mallory's Knight of Pleasure, Wild Heart by Lori Brighton, Written on Your Skin by Meredith Duran, etc.



Hawt covers: Carolyn Jewel's Indiscreet, all of Jo Davis' and Pamela Clare's covers, Nina Bruhns' If Looks Could Chill, Edith Layton's To Love a Wicked Lord, Sarah McCarty's Caleb, Roxanne St. Claire's Hunt Her Down and Make Her Pay, Dawn Halliday's Highland Obsession, Erin McCarthy's Hard and Fast, and so on.


Cool covers: C.L. Wilson's books, Lauren Dane's Laid Bare, The Things That Make Me Give In by Charlotte Stein, Karen Hawkins' books with the connecting kilt, Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu -- there are lots more but I don't have time to keep looking for them!

by Lisa_Kroener on ‎12-08-2009 01:57 PM

Aah, I've admired that Bridegroom-guy before. There's just something YUMMY about him (lemme think, what might that be...?)!


My personal all-time-favourite cover is that of the only book I ever bought because I fell in love with the cover: Kiss Of Fire by Deborah Cooke. I'll never forget the moment I first saw that red-yellow-black background/light with the gorgeous, broad-shouldered and with tight-but-he-can-wear-them jeans guy in the front. SIGH. But that book was released 2008... so for 2009 ... hmmm...


All of the Tessa Dare covers, maybe. They're so different from the "common" romance cover and I adore them.

Or that of Winter Kiss, also by Deborah Cooke - she does seem to have luck with gorgeous cover guys.

Or that of Deep Kiss of Winter by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole.


I'd stick with the last one.

Make that YUMMY again.



by PrincessBumblebee on ‎12-08-2009 02:03 PM

Oh, QB, I just love that Marjorie M. Lui cover! It's so girl-powered right there. Also, Joann Ross' cover for "Breakpoint" has to be one of the hotest covers I've seen this year. Ok, so I'm terrible at remembering all the covers I've seen, but my fave authors are always easy and I must say the cover of Nalini Singh's 'Angel's Blood' has to be the coolest cover I've seen all year. I agree with LisaK about the cover for the duology with Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter's  'Deep Kiss of Winter'. It's just hawt! There's something about the cold snow and the hot guy bereft of shirt that is just sizzling! Hubba Hubba!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-08-2009 04:28 PM

There should be a whole separate category for the step-backs for historicals, too. There were some absolutely breathtaking ones this year.

by 1lovealways on ‎12-08-2009 09:35 PM

Hi Everyone!


My favorite cover nomination for 2009 is Nora Roberts Bed of Roses.  Her Vision in White is gorgeous as well!  Both of these covers are simply breathtaking!


Here are some other covers that I loved!


Hot for the Holidays - Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Anya Bast, Allyson James

Covet & Lover Avenged - J.R. Ward

Deep Kiss of Winter - Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter

The Bridegroom - Linda Lael Miller

Simply Wicked - Kate Pearce

Sins of the  Flesh - Caridad Pineiro

A Highland Christmas - Dawn Halliday

Dominic - Elizabeth Amber


Of the books on this list, I've read Covet and Lover Avenged.  Both were very good.  I have some  of the others in my TBR pile and still others on my Wish List.  Waiting on Hot for the Holidays.  I just ordered that!  :smileyhappy:




by keristevens on ‎12-09-2009 06:03 PM

I agree with you Michelle. That Miller cover had me pausing the cart every time I rolled past it in Kroger. They knew it was good too:  Face out, end cap, eye level.

by Author Kate4queen on ‎12-09-2009 07:48 PM

I love Evangeline Colllins cover-I got to see it before publication and I had sever cover-envy then! Monica Burn's upcoming book Kismet is fabulous too. And thanks to 1lovealways for recommending my Simply Wicked!

by 1lovealways on ‎12-10-2009 12:10 AM

You're Welcome Kate!


That's one gorgeous, sexy cover. I had to give it props!  Love it!


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