I happened to be on E Harlequin today (orderingafewbooksbecauseyougetonefreeonFridays) when I happened across this horror.
There are others, many, many others who can do cover snark so much better than I, but I thought I just have to give this a shot.
Can you think of a better way to sell a romance book that this? Everything just screams passion doesn't it? Two weird babies who look like their older cousin got funky with the blush while they were sleeping, put down for a nap in their clothes - that's gotta be comfortable. And the title just screams BUY ME!
Stork Alert???? I mean Stork Alert???? Good grief. I didn't even think the stork story was used anymore. Must have been some innocent virgin type who's great grandmammy told her where babies really come from.
And speaking of really bad covers with really bad titles - I've accepted that the Harlequin Presents line has ridiculous titles and that for some reason I can't fathom, has a LOT of readers, but I used to read the Harlequin Desire line on occasion. I haven't for a while - haven't even really looked at them since they went to a much smaller word count. But when did they become a carbon copy of the HP line
Six Month Mistress
Scorned by the Boss
The Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress
Seduced by Wealthy Playboy
Good grief these are horrid!!! And the cover models are all sleazy, slimy looking dudes -not even attractive. And if someone ever tried to tip my chin the way the guy in the first one is doing, first I throw my drink in his face, then step on his toes - hard, then lift my knee and put it someplace that would really hurt!
It's not like I'm opposed to Harlequin (IjustboughtsomebookseventhoughIdon'tneedthem) I like their historical line a lot and I buy a lot of HQN books. And although I haven't read many, their Nocturne line looks intriguing. But I think I'll stay far, far away from the Desire line!