These are a few of my favorite covers
Darlynne admitted that it was out of character for her to purchase a book solely on the cover.
I *think* it’s because there is so much power in that body as it’s posed and–completely winging it here–so much humility and control. I bought the book entirely for the cover, also out of character for me.
I remember having the same visceral reaction to the cover of The Perfect Play (pub date 2011) by Jaci Burton. It was one of the better man-titty covers that I’d come across and it served as inspiration for many covers after.
There are some similarities in these covers that don’t have anything to do with their upper nudity. Both images convey an energy. In the ANTON cover, he looks emotionally weary and in the PERFECT PLAY cover, the model appears to be physically tired. The latter visual is aided by an appropriate amount of dirt on the body.
Similarly this model on the cover of Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles by L. Penelope conveys a wariness or apprehension. I love her hair and how the fur around her collar adds texture and dimension to the upper portion. I’m a big fan of the coloring as well.
The upcoming AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jalaluddin is one of my favorite non-model covers. The trade paperback covers of romances are moving in the direction of illustrations, starting with Jasmine Guillory’s, THE WEDDING DATE, which I felt was a brilliant modern remake of the older cartoon covers. The art is simple on the cover of AYESHA AT LAST, but the lines and coloring convey the story well.
We’d love to hear your input. As Disco Dolly Deb suggested, please share your thoughts on your favorite covers and the reasons, whether it be “smoking hot cover model, unexpected pop of color, composition, unusual props, interesting tattoos, etc.”