― Jane Austen
Gratuitous shirtlessness. Abtastic poses. Ripped bodies. (Mostly) headless men leaning with intent. Bared chests. Some romance covers are absolutely ridiculous and make me laugh until I wheeze. (I know, attractive, right?). Others make me poke at the covers with a finger and wonder if this is what Ken would look like if he were 'real.' (That would be Ken from Ken and Barbie). And some make me cheer out loud. I adore romance covers fullstop - the good, the bad, and the cracktastic. Team Chest: romance novels that show, well, male chests. Don't look at me like that. As far as I'm concerned it's right up there with yo-yos in space (which, by the way, I heart times ten). I know colleagues, friends and family (and co-bus passengers I see daily) whose mouths get that pinched moue of distaste that people read romance books that are so blatantly sexual. Call them cliché , call them porny, call them what you want, these covers work for a reason: readers know exactly what they're going to get in the way of a story. So, romance junkies who are all about the abtastic men, I salute you, and gift you this post: 5 Team Chest romance covers!
Jacked up / Erin McCarthy
She’s holding tight. He’s hanging loose. Eve Monroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first—until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of jackman Nolan Ford. The video’s become an internet sensation, and it’s Eve’s job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure. And they both have the same drive. It may be a public relations job, but now that Eve’s seen what’s under Nolan’s crew suit, it’s gotten personal. After a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she’d learn to relax and enjoy it. Nolan’s sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he’s throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, it does more than that. Now Eve’s wrestling with feelings she never expected, as everything about her personal jackman gets harder than she ever imagined.
Lessons after dark / Isabel Cooper
Olivia Brightmore didn't know what to expect when she took a position to teach at Englefiend School, an academy for 'gifted' children. But it wasn't having to rescue a young girl who levitated to the ceiling. Or battling a dark mystery in the surrounding woods. And nothing could have prepared her for Dr. Gareth St. John. He knew all about her history and scrutinized her every move because of it. But there was more than suspicion lurking in those luscious green eyes. Even with all the strange occurrences at the school, the most unsettling of all is the attraction pulling Olivia and Gareth together with a force that cannot be denied.
Afterglow / Cherry Adair
A high-profile celebrity wedding in Monaco is the kind of A-list event security specialist Rand Maguire excels at. Everything goes like clockwork, until guests start inexplicably losing all their inhibitions...Rand is no stranger to the effects of Rapture. His chemist father's attempt at a cure for depression caused Rand's mother's death years ago, and put his father away for her murder. Now someone is circulating Rapture in a campaign of terror, intending to manufacture and sell it on a global scale. But with no leads, Rand feels the heat. Sexy Lodestone agent Dakota North is sent to help Rand kick-start his search, armed only with her uncanny sixth sense. But what they discover in their race across Europe is more far-reaching and lethal than an erotic street drug. From a Barcelona bank heist to a million-dollar arms deal in Paris, Dakota and Rand give in to an insatiable craving for each other in nights of pure carnal delight, no senses left untouched. No Rapture necessary.
The dom who loved me / Lexi Blake
A routine mission ... turns into a dangerous seduction. Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She's the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature. Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire. She's living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she's only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?
Run wild / Lorie O'Clare
Hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer, a small-town sheriff risks his life - and his heart - with one sexy partner... Raised in a family of professional bounty hunters, Natasha King knows the dangers of tracking down fugitives - especially when they're wanted for murder. But this is no ordinary mission. This time, it's personal. The suspect is her own long-lost father - and the lawman hunting him down is dangerously close to catching her off-guard... In all his years as sheriff, Trent Oakley has never seen a woman as strong-willed - or as scorching hot - as Natasha. With her big-city experience and black-belt training, she's his best chance for tracking down the Trinity Ranch killer. Problem is: Can he trust her? As the trail gets hotter, their attraction burns wilder, and soon Trent's not sure who's hunting who. But one thing's for sure: Natasha is one woman who always gets her man...