Sunday, February 05, 2006

Naked Male Chests

The Warrior by Judith E. French
Leisure, 29 November 2005
This cover is definitely an improvement on French's last two covers, which I thought had some weird-looking guys. This one looks a lot like Brad Pitt in Troy.

The Lion's Daughter by Loretta Chase
Berkley, 3 January 2006
I'm so glad that someone finally decided to reissue Loretta Chase's older books, which I really like and only have used copies of. The covers are all right, but I wish they had avoided the open-shirt look for this guy. It's the epitome of what people make fun of romance covers for.
From Steve: Looks like he's about to star in Riverdance.

Destiny by Helen Kirkman
HQN, 1 March 2006
Kirkman's books have all had bare-chested guys, which I guess is a form of branding for the author. HQN usually does a pretty decent job of making them look classy. I like the tattoo on this guy also.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Lorraine Heath, Georgina Gentry, and Teresa Bodwell
Kensington, 1 March 2006
The bare-chested-guy-look seems to be one of the new standards for western romances (see Diane Whiteside's last couple of books). I guess they're trying to create a sexy-cowboy look. I like the black-and-white look for a historical.
From Steve: Totally speechless.

Deep, Dark and Dangerous by Jaid Black
Pocket, 7 March 2006
I find Black to be an enjoyable writer. She isn't the best at craft or characterization, but she is definitely an author/publisher who pushes the limits of erotic romance. I do find it interesting that she is the founder of Ellora's Cave, but is published by a mainstream romance house. That's fine for authors, but doesn't it seem weird for a publisher/executive?

Sword of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor
Avon, 28 March 2006
There's something about this cover that I don't like -- it may be the weird green wash, like the guy's been coated with ectoplasm or it may just be the guy, who looks a little too creepy for me.
From Steve: There can be only one.

Sighs Matter by Marianne Stillings
Avon, 1 April 2006
I've always thought Avon was weird with it's titles that are plays on movies or sayings. This one doesn't work too well. Obviously they're riffing on "size matters" but the title just doesn't work on its own. And I think this is one of the first times I've seen the naked-chest guy on an Avon. And this looks like he has a girl hand.
From Steve: When I think about you, I touch myself.

Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase
Berkley, 2 May 2006
Another reissue from Loretta Chase, once again with a guy with an open shirt.
From Steve: Stalker City.

Hell on Wheels by Karen Kelley
Kensington, 6 June 2006
I like this cover. Rather than rely on the overdone conventional romance covers, they went for something a little high-concept. The cover matches the title really well, and I like the slightly-blurred with sunglasses guy. It leaves room for imagination.

The Sea King by Jolie Mathis
Berkley, 6 June 2006
This is a pretty cool cover. It shows the guy nicely but doesn't try over-hard to be sexy. Looks like we can look forward to at least one new Viking romance. I'm pretty sure this is Mathis' first book.
From Steve: Bitch, where's my shirt? or *licks nipple* Which way is the wind blowing?

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