Monday, May 31, 2010

Top 5 romance titles with man-tastic covers: Team Back

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
- Anonymous

Earlier in May I posted a list called 'Top 5 romance titles with awesome-istic half-naked men on the covers: Team Chest.' It was, in short, my own version of Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan's 'Team Chest' book covers list - romance covers that feature the male chest, the whole male chest and nothing but the male chest. This time up I'm posting my 'Team Back' list :)

I quite happily judge books by their covers - all day, every day. A book has roughly 3 seconds to catch my attention through the use of chosen font, colours, images, layout and, where applicable, prior knowledge of an author's work. Romance novels make it oh so easy and oh so hard to be picky - whether you're in the mood for blatant eye candy (bulging muscles and gleaming chests - notice how there's never any chest hair?) or a little subtlety (a rakish looking lord), there's something for everyone.

The romance titles below have only one thing in common - the men on the covers are half-naked and showing us that baby got back. I haven't left any comments regarding my choices because that would be me attempting to intellectualise something that is all about the looks. Clicking on the titles will take you through to our catalogue where you can then judge for yourself whether or not the book should be on this list. Feel free to leave your own 'Team back' or 'Team chest' list as a comment!

The darkest night / Gena Showalter
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumoured to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own. Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction and a soul-shattering test of love.

The dark Highlander / Karen Marie Moning
While delivering an artifact to playboy Dageus MacKeltar, Chloe Zanders discovers that he is really a sixteenth-century Highlander possessed by a coven of evil Druids who plan to take over the world as soon as they take over Dageus.

Darkness unknown / Alexis Morgan
Gwen Mosely's life changes forever when she stumbles across a handsome stranger, left for dead in the woods. But the real shock is how his wounds heal overnight - a trait he shares with Gwen's half-brother Chase. Jarvis Donahue can't keep his eyes - or his hands - off the sexy redhead who rescued him. But he immediately recognises Chase as a fellow Paladin, a warrior born to defend mankind in the relentless battle against the Others. Although Gwen may hate Jarvis for it, he is duty-bound to introduce Chase to the Paladin's dangerous lifestyle.

Luke: armed and dangerous / Cheyenne McCray
"After four years abroad, Trinity MacKenna has returned home to her family's ranch in southeastern Arizona. Everything in her life is going just the way she planned it—a home in London, a brilliant career, and she's practically engaged to a gorgeous English gentleman. But when Trinity meets Luke, the cowboy turns her perfect world upside down. Everything about him is virile and sexy, dark and dangerous—and definitely not part of Trinity’s carefully arranged plans. From the moment Luke Denver sees the sensual strawberry blond, he knows he's got to have her. Luke is intrigued by Trinity’s combination of sophistication and innocence, boldness and shyness. Even when Trinity tells him she's taken, Luke doesn't let that stop him, because he's determined to make her his…no matter the cost." -- Publisher's description. Caution: this book will make you blush and, very probably, overheat.

Kiss of a demon king / Kresley Cole
"The story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive. His obsession... Sabine, sorceress of illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart. Her downfall... Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs. They were never supposed to want each other this much... with each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?" -- Global Books in Print.

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