Cover Lust: February

Technology. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. *Sighs dramatically*

In any case, Cover Lust is the brainchild of Catherine who decided that every month we’ll switch off and share our top three favorite and least favorite covers. As Catherine kickstarted it, she did the January edition which can be found here if you missed it.

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My Top 3 Favorite Covers:

1.  After Ben (Seattle Stories #1) by Con Riley (Cover Art by Anne Cain): This right here is what book covers, in my opinion, need to shoot for. It’s simple, clean, and significant to the story itself. You’ve got an outline of Seattle in the background, but it’s not detracting from the main focus of the cover. It’s kind of like an added little bonus that you might miss on the first, second, or even third time looking at the cover, but when you finally do notice it, you have this aha! moment. I like having those aha! moments; give me more of ’em, cover artists. Give. Me. More.

2. Taxes and TARDIS by N.R. Walker (Cover Art by Posh Gosh): Who says that a man has to be naked to catch this girl’s attention? Not me. I love a man in a suit, and let me to tell you, this guy right here knows how to wear one.

3. Life After Joe by Harper Fox (Cover Artist Unknown): One of the moodiest covers I have ever seen. Everything about this cover to me screams heartbreaking. The blue, the men embracing, even the damn font. It also has one of those little aha! moments that I love. Can you find it?

My Top 3 Least Favorite Covers:

1. Corruption (Diversion #3) by Eden Winters (Cover Art by Scarlet Tie Designs and P.D. Singer): Why, why, why did they have to change covers? Ugh. I really like the first two, especially Collusion, but this here is nothing by an eye sore to me. Yes, the man is hot, but it’s just so . . . cheesy. I guess you could say that the first two are also kind of cheesy with the faded naked torsos floating in the background, but they’re a cheese that I wouldn’t mind eating. This one just stinks. Sorry.

2. Just Ask by Mia Downing (Cover Artist Unknown): Superimposed gone wrong. Sales wise, I can see why romance books, of any genre, picture a naked half naked man on their covers. Women (and men) have eyes. They like what they see, they’re going to buy it, drool over it (I know I’m not the only one), but c’mon! If you’re going to have a half naked man on the cover, do a good job of it. I personally think the picture of the waterfall itself would have been just fine considering the fact that it’s really significant to the story.

3. A Fostered Love by Cameron Dane (Cover Art by Anne Cain): I was a little surprised by this one. After Ben‘s cover is amazing. It’s simple, pristine, and yet again significant to the story, so I can only ask . . . What the hell happened here? Again, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind drooling over a naked man, except this is a book that I’d never want to have a hardcopy of. I’d have a lot of ‘splain’ to do if I ever took this out in public or, God forbid, if my mother saw it. That’s an awkward conversation that I have no desire whatsoever to have with my mother.

Well there you have it y’all. I showed you mine, now why don’t you do the same? In the comments below, tell me your top three favorite and least favorite covers out of the books that you read in February. Do you agree with mine? Disagree? Tell me, I really do want to know.


2 thoughts on “Cover Lust: February

  1. I think you have to consider many variables when you wonder why an artist produced the cover they did. Anne Caine is a good example as she works for many many of the publishing houses, and each house has a different style and tone, and requires a different mix artistic content versus the level of erotic sensuality. In short, some houses demand naked torsos, and there’s no getting around it. An artist can only work to the brief they’re given, and often, even the author doesn’t have the final say.

    That being said, there’s no excuse for shoddy composition, though I doubt you’ll find an Anne Cain cover that isn’t flawless.

    • This is very true. However, you would think that seeing as they are wanting to sell these books, and this is really for any publishing company, they would want the cover to look nice so that people are willing to buy it. ebooks are a different story, they stay hidden in your little Kindle or Nook or whatever other device you use and you don’t have to worry about how terrible a cover is.

      Also, as much as one shouldn’t, a lot of people really do judge a book by its cover, and I know personally that I’ve almost missed out on a lot of great stories because of their terrible covers. So, really, all we ask as the readers, and I know the authors want it to, is a good cover. That can’t possibly be too much to ask for.

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