I don’t think we’ve had a Cover Awe in a minute! This is where we keep the snarking to a minimum and share covers with elements we like.
Artist credit: Gregg Gulbronson
Designer credit: Amy Halperin
Amanda: I might be the minority but I like this cover. I’m also biased when a hero has chest hair.
Elyse: I do enjoy a hirsute man.
Amanda: And I just like the whole “secret cuddle grove in the mountains.”
Carrie: I love the lush plants and the bright colors – it really stands out against all those indoor Regency covers.
And I also like the fact that he has some chest hair!
Lara: It is my Vanessa Hudgens Netflix movie dreams on a book cover! (Truly, I love her Netflix Christmas movies)
Artist credit: Courtney “Seage” Howlett
Designer credit: Richard Aquan
Elyse: Oh that purple color!
Carrie: Colors and swirls and subtle tentacle imagery, oh my!
Amanda: Isn’t it lovely?
Catherine: I don’t know what’s going on on this cover, but I love it. The colours are just gorgeous.
Sneezy: THIS IS BEAUTIFUUUL!!!!!
CharlotteB: It reminds me of a Chris Ofili painting. Love.
Artist credit: Farjana Yasmin
Amanda: This is the first illustrated historical romance cover I’ve seen. AND I’M COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH IT.
Elyse: I love it.
Carrie: Unusual, eye-catching, and fun!
Catherine: This is stunning. I love the sepia-toned London silhouette in the background, and the bright, bold figures in front of it.
Sarah: I’m still questioning whether this works for me, but if you show me that image I know exactly what author and what title so clearly it worked on several levels
Sneezy: It almost looks like a lady hijacked a statue’s horse just as the rider and horse came to life!
Lara: Bonus musical interlude … Waaaatch OUT… you might get what you’re after
Coooooool BABIES… strange but not a stranger…I’m an or-di-na-ry guy … BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE
CharlotteB: I keep assuming this is going to be a romance set at a Regency reenactment weekend, rather than a traditional historical. If the book is a traditional historical, I don’t think it works. If it’s a historically dubious madcap comedy, I think it does. I do love it from a design perspective.
Amanda: It’s definitely a traditional historical romance, but I would also read the hypothetical book you described too!
Artist credit: Paul Stinson
Designer credit: Guido Caroti
Photographer credit: Michael Frost
Amanda: There’s this painted, dreamy quality to it. It reminds me a lot of old school covers.
Catherine: Actually, it reminds me a bit of the Loretta James Miss Wonderful cover – something about all the tiny flowers. So lovely. (Though am I allowed just one teeny tiny snark about the veins in his hand? Such a shame on an otherwise perfect cover…)
Sarah: this cover reminds me of another historical, where the protagonists are on a field of Texas bluebonnets. Is that the Loretta Chase?
CarrieS: Those daisies look so soft they almost make me forget my hay fever.