For example, I love the covers for Lori Handeland's Nighcreature novels. They are sexy, edgy and have an air of mystery but the best part is that they actually match the story inside. Her novel Marked by the Moon is an excellent example of a cover that didn't have a naked chest but was still sexy, mysterious and intriguing. (Also an outstanding book that you should definitely pick up!)
It makes me crazy when I read a book that doesn't match it's cover. That is not hot. I know, I know. It probably shouldn't bother me but it does. I always feel cheated somehow, like I was tricked into buying a book that I wasn't really getting. Which is why I was very nervous when I was waiting patiently (okay, not that patiently...more like checking my email every day) for the cover of Unleashed. Sourcebooks has such gorgeous covers for their novels, many of which you can see here on the blog, so I knew it would be beautiful. The reader in me wanted to be sure it would really reflect the story. Well, I was not disappointed!
First of all, I can't believe how perfectly they nailed Malcolm and that graphic of the golden eagle is fierce! Even the blue is perfect. The whole thing reminds me of the ocean and since the setting is at the beach, it's right on the money!
Last week I was totally surprised to get an email from my editor with the arc cover for the second book in the Amoveo Legend series, Untouched.
Seriously. I sat and stared at my computer screen with my mouth hanging open like a large mouth bass for about five sold minutes. Not just because it's sexy as hell but because the design team at Sourcebooks completely captured the feel of this book. It blew me away. The guy is Dante and that panther is both ferocious and provocative. When I saw these two covers, all I could think was that if I was in a book store I would most definitely pick these up.
So how about you? What is it about a book cover that's hot or provocative? What makes you pick it up or click that 'buy now' button?