Cover Talk #4. Tacky covers.

Cover Talk is a feature, where I talk about covers. Beautiful covers and ugly covers. Covers that I love and covers that I hate. Covers that lured me to read a story and covers that were a reason I passed a book. This feature was inspired by Cover Fever at Reader’s Den

Today I continue to talk about good books that have awful covers. Previous posts here and here. So, books with tacky covers:

Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption 0.5) by Lauren Layne

Isn’t She Lovely was my first book by Lauren Layne. It was a standalone back then. Actually I was very surprised when the author announced that it would be a series. I love this book. It’s everything I expect from this author: strong heroine, awesome hero, swoony romance. She raised important and serious topics in a light and enjoyable manner. Yes, I love this book. But this cover… Urg.

The Story Guy (Lakefield novellas) by Mary Ann Rivers

Another great story, yet another tacky cover.
It’s a very short novella (and I often have issues with those), which had a tremendous emotional impact on me. I couldn’t help, but root for the main characters. I cried, and I desperately wanted them to be together. The Story Guy stayed with me for a long time after I finished it.

It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I’m a big fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and It Had to Be You was one of my first books by this author. I feel very nostalgic toward it. SEP writes wonderful romances featuring interesting characters. I like her writing style, her stories are full of humor, and she writes great dialogues.
Her books are not graphic, but really steamy. I’ve listened 5 of 6 books in this series in audio format and I recommend audiobooks, narration is great.
So I like It Had to Be You, but this awful tacky cover makes me flinch every time I look at it.

Have you come across great romance books that have awful tacky covers?

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5 Comments on “Cover Talk #4. Tacky covers.

  1. So many romances have tacky covers and it makes me sad. Part of that is a lot of them are self published or done by small publishers who don;t have the budget. Then there are the old school romance style covers that make everyone cringe because that’s how they were done back then but I love how they are just slightly crazy as well. I think the worst covers I’ve seen are for Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews I know that’s UF not romance but they are so bad you don’t even know. It makes me glad for ereaders, the covers may be bad but no one will ever need to see them.

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