May 21 2013 8:10am

Favorite Type of Romance Novel Cover?

As long as there have been romance novels, there have been romance novel covers. Trends in covers have gone from long-locked men with rippling chests standing over fragilely beautiful females, to iconic covers, back to the rippling chests, onto more icons, and back again.

Do you prefer one type of cover over another? What's your favorite romance novel cover (share in comments!)

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Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
Funny, @ScarlettLeigh, my favorite covers are headless hero covers! I don't want to see an image of the hero's face; I want to imagine it for myself. I like gorgeous gowns, too, and I love the color green, so this MacLean book, to me, is totally stunning.
Lynne Connolly
3. Lynne Connolly
I really miss bare-chested men in clinches with barely clad females on historical covers! These prom queen covers aren't to my taste at all.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton

I really am struck by this cover, even if I'm not certain I like it, if that makes sense. But it is memorable, for sure.

And I really like this one, it's got skin, and red, and no faces.
5. SusieK
I LOVE LOVE LOVE covers that show just the heroine in a gorgeous dress. Any of the Courtney Milan covers get my vote! Don't get me wrong - I love a set of savage abs on a man just as much as the next girl but there's something super romantic about a girl in a pretty dress.

Megan Frampton
6. MFrampton
@SusieK I really like those Milans, too.
Mostly, I wish I had one of those gowns and could wear them all around town.
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
Like SusieK, I'm always a sucker for historical covers with heroines in pretty dresses. I love period clothing.
Lege Artis
8. LegeArtis
Ok, I'll say it. I actually love those black covers with flowers or accessories dramaticly popularized by Book That Shall Not Be Named. I love simplicity of them. Megan Hart rereleased her novels with this type covers and I really like them:

Although to be fairly honest, I would buy her novels no matter the covers.
Last cover that completely mesmerized me was cover for The Angel by Tiffany Reisz:

I know these covers tend to be genre oriented, but erotica/BDSM isn't even favorite genre of mine. I just think they are beautiful.
Lynne Connolly
10. Lynne Connolly
I'd love the gowns if there was something historical about them. But they're modern ball gowns or prom dresses. Even the colours are often wrong, so the book doesn't say "historical" to me.
11. Kareni
LegeArtis, you're not alone. I too like those covers with a single image.

I dislike covers where there is no connection between the picture and the content of the book. I'm thinking in particular of historical romances where the woman on the cover is wearing a dress never mentioned in the text.
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