As you’ve probably guessed by now I’m primaraly an audiobook reader and naturally I browse through Audible’s catalog a lot. So it’s no surprise sometimes I stumble into things I didn’t expect (that’s the whole point). I’m not a romance reader but still I see lots of romance books in the catalog and the first thing I do is to judge them by the cover. Most of the time I find them to be either extremely cheesy and/or laugh-inducing, sometimes boring or simply weird. So, I decided to have some fun today (not that kind of fun you pervs :P) and tried to find as much audiobook covers that are actually sexy and/or romantic as possible. After going through the whole Romance section in the Audible catalog I chose 6 romance books that look good. Here they are in no particular order:
1. Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
I like the overall feel of this one – delicate and soft. The model is good-looking and quite sexy but not like in-your-face type of sexy. I think comming up with a good romance cover is a hard task. There are lots of cliches one could get tangled in but this one turned out alright. Quite romantic and sensual, I think.
2. No Reservations by Lilly Cain, narrated by Lola Holiday
You can’t go wrong with a little black dress and high heels. It’s a very simple but powerful contrast – black on red and immediately draws your attention. Also, I like the way it’s framed. Sometimes the stuff you leave out of the frame is just as important as the things you put in.
3. Blush by Lauren Jameson, narrated by Sandra Lea
Again, the model is very pretty and another proof you can convey sexiness to the reader without showing much skin. In fact, in this case it’s just a portrait, but the lighting, pose and color palette somehow make it look very sexy indeed.
4. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, narrated by Heather Smith
OK, I was on the fence about that one. It’s kind of a cliche but combined with the title Wallbanger (ba-ha-ha!), I don’t think it’s a book that takes itself very seriously, which is always good. Also, the couple is positioned oddly symmetrically which appeals to me for some reason and although the cover clearly shows sex, it’s done kind of classy.
5. The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton, narrated by Keili Lefkovitz
Redheads are sexy by definition :P. This cover works really well and just makes you look at it! What is the woman looking at? Is she curious or just up to something naughty? The title could do with some alignment adjustments, but hey, no one is going to notice, right?
6. Heart Block by Melissa Brayden, narrated by Mia Chiaromonte
A hot summer day on the beach and a hot babe in a tight white outfit? Yes, please. It could also be a romantic one depending on how you look at it, I guess.
While looking for these covers I saw lots of others that were either done horribly, cliched or just cringe-worthy! I just might make a whole new post with the most awful of them. The’re’s not a lack of material, that’s for sure…