Okay, in what has become almost a bigger event than the game — the ads!!! It was tough to choose a favorite this year, but I have to say it was the ad for the HHR (down below).
Why? Okay, there’s something about all those guys ripping their clothes off that was too funny. And if you haven’t gathered from watching the assorted video trailers on the site, I’m a sucker for a nicely chiseled chest and abs. Which may also account for why I like watching sports so much.
Which had me thinking about romance novel covers and the age old discussion of whether a good naked guy or a sexy pose on the cover sells more books.
So what do you think?
I have to say, there are some covers that immediately snared my attention. My friend Eloisa James’s THE TAMING OF THE DUKE. Wow! Another friend, Debra Mullins, had a beautiful cover for SCANDAL OF THE BLACK ROSE which featured a woman’s naked back.
So, if a nice naked hunk or sexy female pose helps on the cover, what about a passionate embrace? Yes? No?
What about the covers of DEATH CALLS and DEVOTION CALLS (down below)?
Which one screams dark sexy romance to you more? Now, Diana and Ryder from DEATH CALLS are definitely dark, sexy and romantic, but as the author of the two books, I’d have to tell you that DEVOTION CALLS is just as sexy and romantic. Possibly more dangerously romantic because of the nature of the hero and heroine.
Ricardo, with his psychic powers, is very intuitive and sensitive to the needs of others. TOTALLY SEXY in his ability to connect with others, especially Sara. But, as an ex-soldier, also strong and in command. Totally capable of kicking chupacabra demon butt.
The cover accurately captures key scenes from the book — namely, Ricardo searching in the sewers for the demon. These are tense action scenes as Ricardo is trying to end the threat to his neighbors and to Sara.
But would a cover with a sexy scene between him and Sara have captured your attention more?
What do you think? What do you like to see on romance novel covers? Let me know by leaving a comment.
Anyhow — here’s my favorite Super Bowl ad for you!