|Colin and Minerva|
Do you remember the first time you picked up a romance novel?
Yes I do. It was in high school and I honestly didn't know it was a romance novel. I just thought the cover was pretty, then I turned it around a read the summary and decided "What the hell? I've got some free time" and checked it out. Unfortunately for the life of me I cannot remember what book it was, only that it was called Tiger by the Tail or something like that and it was a historical romance where the female character's first husband dies in the act of consummating the marriage as he is much older than her. I believe she has a pet hawk at some point in the book as well.
|Marcus and Sarah|
Did the cover have anything to do with you picking it up in the first place?
Definitely. I liked the artwork on the cover and at the time I had the mentality "Pretty picture, must read" every time I went into the library. I was a teenager, why would I want to read what was assigned to me?
What about now? Do the covers of romance novels draw your attention or cause you to shy away from them?
Oh they definitely draw my attention and my reactions are mostly positive as the style on most of the covers have changed from tacky and overdone to really sexy and provocative. I have even looked forward to advanced previews of certain author's covers for their next book. There just seems to be a lot of very talented and creative artists out there these days and I do love to see what they come up with.
|Simon and Lily (Old Design)|
|Weston and Madeline (New cover)|
What I've also noticed is a lot of book covers' styles have changed, most notably, Lydia Dare. In the latest installment of the Regency Paranormal series, the cover is noticeably different. In my opinion, I really love the new look. If I wasn't a fan of the series already, I would have been tempted to pick up The Wolf Who Loved Me just because of the cover.
|"Saint" and Madame Venna|