Friday, May 7, 2010

Top 5 romance titles with awesome-istic half-naked men on the covers: Team Chest

List by Tosca

“Men are like pumpkins. It seems like all the good ones are either taken or they've had everything scraped out of their heads with a spoon.”
- Author unknown

Is this the reason why recent romance novels do not feature men with actual heads on the covers?? I edit our monthly library Romance and Romance E-interview newsletters and they are both very enjoyable to work with. I'm given such leeway for poking fun of a genre that provides me with lots of amusement and hours of escapism. What's not to like about that? I get to read the best and the worst of romance titles, pester authors for interviews, review books and call it a job :)

The April Romance newsletter theme was Covers of Half-Naked Men because, HEY, we have so many. It was hard to choose. And I take my job seriously so I had to be quite thorough. A few weeks later I came across a discussion post on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books website where they were earnestly/tongue-in-cheek discussing Team Chest vs. Team Back - and the comments made for hilarious reading. So, just for you, I've re-created my NextReads newsletter theme right here. Aren't you special. In a couple of weeks I'll post my Top 5 Team Back - in the meantime, enjoy the gratuitous covers :)

Flat-out sexy by Erin McCarthy
Independent single mother Tamara Briggs wanted to find a new, sexy, no-strings-attached man - just not one as young as NASCAR driver Elec Monroe. But he sure does get her heart racing. And after she's tricked into a blind date with him, Tamara gives in to her passion. Things screech to a halt, though, when he asks to meet her children. Whatever happened to wham-bam-thank-youma'am? Suddenly Tamara has to decide how much risk she's willing to take to experience the power of true love.

If looks could chill by Nina Bruhns
"Mysterious deaths stalk the bayou - and state trooper Tara Reeves enlists the aid of Marc Lafayette, Cajun heartbreaker, to guide her on her search for evidence. But the source is deadlier than she could ever imagine: terrorists."--Publisher's description.

Tosca's note: Yes! If looks could chill I would...point my big, manly chest at you. Might make a good cover but that makes a pretty bad threat.

Nauti deceptions by Lora Leigh
"Caitlyn 'Rogue' Walker left her life in Boston to become a teacher in a small Kentucky town. But her dream was shattered when she was framed in a sex scandal. Refusing to be run out of town, Caitlyn shed the identity she had and went Rogue. Sheriff Zeke Mayes knows there's more to her than meets the eye, though what meets the eye is pretty smoking. He's prepared for a long struggle getting Rogue to drop her defenses - and give in to desire. But soon Zeke will become embroiled in a deadly game that sweeps Rogue up in its wake. And when everything seems to be a matter of life and death, there is no reason to hold back..." -- Publisher's description.

Tosca's note: I cringe whenver I read the word 'Nauti' seems so naughty. However, I forgive Ms. Leigh when I view the cover. I'm only human. What can I say?

Tall, dark and hungry by Lynsay Sands
Arriving in New York to help plan her cousin's wedding, Terri, a beautiful Englishwoman, is powerfully drawn to Bastien, a relative of her cousin's fiance, who, unbeknownst to Terri, is a vampire thirsty for love.

Tosca's note: He's tall. He's dark and umm he's hungry. HEY he's a vampire - cut him some slack, people!

Show no fear by Marliss Melton
Lucy Donovan always gets her man. As a fiercely independent CIA agent, she's survived hundreds of death-defying missions. But her latest may just get her killed. Weighed down with a secret she's desperate to keep, the last thing Lucy needs is to be sent undercover with a man who brings out the best--and the worst--in her. Navy SEAL Gus Atwater never turns down an assignment, even if it means working with the only woman he's ever loved and lost. So with a volatile mix of desire and distrust, Lucy and Gus confront their tangled past.

Tosca's note: How come romance novels featuring Marines never show them in uniform? They always seem to be halfway out of (or into) a shirt or, in this case, have lost it altogether. For men who can save the world they're awfully careless!


catatonia said...

Hi de hi - quick update for those who are following this list: Jo has suggested that we add J. R. Ward's 'Lover mine' to the Team Chest top 5. I gotta say, after having seen it, that I totally agree! Unfortunately it wasn't on our shelves at the time this list went live. But it sure as heck is now :)

catatonia said...

Another 2 additions (thanks to quick spotting in the new books lists) to the Team Chest list, both by Pamela Palmer: Obsession Untamed and Passion Untamed. These are new books and are both a part of the Feral Warriors series. Get in quick to request!

catatonia said...

Wow! Another email received means another addition to this list :) This time it's Katie MacAlister's 'Love in the time of dragons: a novel of the light dragons.' New series, seriously tattooed Team Chest title. I feel a new list idea coming on for 'Team Tattooed.' Thanks for the email =)