Because no matter the book's summary blurb, author, or marketing, there's no doubt that many of us are drawn in by a pretty cover. And the great ones are hard not to notice. I'm admittedly not immune to wonderfully crafted book covers and have fallen prey to them time and time again.
Cover Crush is a feature originally thought up by Erin at Flashlight Commentary. Every Thursday, she publishes a post featuring a book jacket/book cover that she really likes with a short commentary about it. I discovered this weekly feature via It's a Mad Mad World here at Booklikes and decided to join in the fun!
Obviously this week's Cover Crush is debatable as to its inspirational value in making people want to pick up the book and find out more about it. But being that this feature is called Cover Crush, I decided to throw in covers I've recently found to be quite drool-worthy despite its standardized format.
Because I like the way the covers looks. And that's all that matters, right? :P
Every other romantic suspense/military romance book cover looks about the same to me nowadays. And if they don't, they typically have about the same elements which more or less usually include some muscular, half-dressed (or sometimes not-quite-dressed, or sometimes not-dressed-at-all) man right in your face. And to be totally honest, as much as I appreciate a strong biceps and washboard abs and the look of a warrior on my book covers, I've never really cared for them all that much.
I know that not ALL romantic suspense books have the same cover. In fact, I am in possession of at least five different romantic suspense series that actually DO NOT have the standard muscular man on the front cover. But I have also read my fair share of romantic suspense series that DO have this formulaic cover template.
Like I said, they're all interchangeable, in my opinion--I'm here for the story within anyway.
But the four covers for Paige Tyler's SWAT series somehow managed to make me look and actually look again and actually contemplate them.
And to be honest, I can't quite put my finger on why I like these more than any other. The men on the covers are the standard half-dressed, muscular warrior badasses that you always see on a lot of other romantic suspense or military romance types of books.
But maybe because they're also sort of kind of in their SWAT gear that made me look again and appreciate what I was looking at. I don't always need to see half-naked men on my book covers to enjoy my books. And maybe, also, I have a thing for men in SWAT gear... who knows?
Wolf Trouble is my favorite of the four covers--it is book #2 in the series.