There are lots of stereotypes about romance writers, just like there are lots of stereotypes about romance readers. We are unintelligent. We have no social life. We sit and eat bon bons while fantasizing about unrealistic romance. We love looking at covers with half-naked men on them.
But wait, you say–at least that last bit is true, isn’t it?
I’m sure it is for some people, just like the other parts may be true for some. Because romance writers (and readers) are all different. But since I’m writing on the day before the Mayan apocalypse, and it’s a good day for confessions, I’ll tell you a secret: most romance covers don’t do a thing for me. In fact, I find the hairless, naked man-chest cover totally unappealing.
Shocking, I know.
I’ve thought about this a lot, because sometimes I feel like everyone love looking at sexy clinch covers but me. I’ve decided there are a lot of reasons for this. First off, I’m not really a visual person. This makes sense, me being a writer and all. I find it much more interesting to read about sex than to look at pictures of it. For the same reason, I enjoy writing about my heroes much more than seeing actual images of them. That’s probably why I’ve never made collages of my books, spent much time on Pinterest, or circulated sexy pictures on Facebook. It just doesn’t do much for me.
There’s also the fact that I can’t imagine my kind of alpha male ever posing for a photo shoot. Or getting his chest waxed. Or plucking his eyebrows. Or any of the other things those male models do. So the guys never look particularly sexy to me, either.
But you know what? I was spending time on a stock photo website this week, looking for cover photos, and realized there are some things that look sexy to me. High contrast pictures. Lots of muscles displayed in interesting ways. Suggestive poses that somehow manage to scream sex and yet remain subtle.
Who knew! I really do like a good clinch cover! I just had to find the right picture before I realized it.
Now you know what I find sexy–but what about you?
Tell me about your favorite cover shots (even better if you post a link so I can check it out). Do you like ‘em hairy or smooth? Face or no face? At the end of the day, I’ll give away a copy of The Boss’s Fake Fiancee to one person who comments!