Romance novel covers are often ridiculed for being embarrassingly sexy. They depict shirtless men with washboard abs and buxom ladies in lingerie. The message is clear: hot stuff in here! When I first saw the cover for Caught in the Act, I squealed with delight. This is the kind of image that attracts attention. In steamy romance circles, skin is in.
Or is it? With the amazing success of a dark horse erotic novel called 50 Shades of Grey, I’m wondering if readers appreciate a more subtle approach. The image of a gray tie is simple, classy and subdued. It doesn’t scream sex. It whispers.
I’m an old romance throwback, so my favorite cover style is the clinch. Passionate couple + wardrobe malfunctions + torrid embrace. I can’t get enough of it. But I’ve been reading romance since I was a wee lass in the 1980s. Maybe it’s time for an update.
One thing I know is that readers don’t like to be misled. If the book is kisses-only sweet, and the cover has a half-naked man, there will be complaints. The same may be true of sedate covers. I like to read (and write) explicit love scenes, so “too sexy” is never a problem for me.
What about you? Are you ever embarrassed about romance novel covers? Do you think skin is in or out?
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A little bit about Jill:
Jill Sorenson’s family moved from a small town in Kansas to a suburb of San Diego when she was twelve. In the past twenty years, she hasn’t lost her appreciation for sunny weather, her fascination with the Pacific Ocean, or her love for Southern California culture. She still lives in San Diego with her husband, Chris, and their two small children, and is happily working on her next novel.
Caught In the Act:
Romance readers, when do you draw the line with friendship?
As the owner of a flourishing Latin American crafts boutique, Karina Strauss should be basking in her success. Instead she’s worried about her troubled sister, the girlfriend—and prisoner—of drug lord Carlos Moreno. Kari wants no part of that life, but when she helps a friend cross into the United States illegally, two men on opposite sides of the law take notice: Moreno and Adam Cortez, the handsome border protection officer who lets Kari off the hook. It’s not just Kari’s tantalizing flash of skin that catches Adam’s attention—her drug cartel connections bring back the demons of his past.
How far would you go to help family?
Moreno demands that Kari smuggle a package for him in exchange for her sister’s freedom. Adam also gets dangerously close, tempting her to surrender and fulfill her wildest desires. As Kari prepares for the drug run, dark secrets, violent criminals, and deadly consequences lurk around every corner. But concern for her sister drives Kari toward a terrifying act, despite Adam’s warnings, despite her overwhelming fears—and despite the odds against coming out alive.
Jill’s suspense stories have acquired praise from these authors:
“Sorenson’s sleek sensuality and fresh new voice are sure to score big with readers.”—New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard
“With Jill Sorenson, you are guaranteed a dangerously addictive, gut-wrenchingly fast-paced read.”—Stephanie Tyler, author of Night Moves