Discussion Forums - Love & Romance Love & Romance

Topic: Least favorite book covers

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Least favorite book covers
Date Posted: 1/16/2008 3:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
Posts: 4,058
Back To Top

What are yours?

Here's mine:

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=Z_EJ1-L3xtIC&dq=woodiwiss+elusive+flame&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=mBcT6DzRl4&sig=wDLDIRznXYekBfxe1oHRGH3FsFs#PPP3,M1

You have to scroll down to see the actual image - it's on the teaser page, with one of the little windows in the cover (I hate those - they always tear).  I remember thinking when I bought this book that the heroine looked either high, or like she had a bad case of gas.  I almost got a magnifying glass to see if her eyes were crossed...:P

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 4:57 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2006
Posts: 5,498
Back To Top

I don't know that I have a "favorite" bad cover but I know alot of the bodice rippers of the past were pretty cheesy!

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 5:23 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2005
Posts: 24,898
Back To Top

Get Lucky (Tall, Dark And Dangerous) (Intimate Moments, 991)

Lucky (introduced earlier in the series) was supposed to be drop dead gorgeous.  Instead he looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy! 

No offense to Poppin' Fresh, but that ain't sexy! LOL

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 5:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
Posts: 6,436
Back To Top

_Promise Me Forever_ by Lorraine Heath. I wince every time I just see the little cut-out on the side. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 6:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2006
Posts: 670
Back To Top

This one's easy for me: "Blue Sage", by Anne Stuart.  The guy's neck is waaaay too long, and he has these freaky zombie eyes.  No way would I let this fella near me!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/0373885024/sr=1-2/qid=1200524267/ref=dp_image_text_0/105-6228157-2636455?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1200524267&sr=1-2

Katrina

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 7:51 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
Posts: 1,950
Back To Top

http://berkleyjoveauthors.com/images/books/0425208885.jpeg

I love this book, but the hero looks like he rubbed down in baby oil before opening the door...ewww

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 9:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
Posts: 4,058
Back To Top

Eww, he does look oily.  Never noticed that before.  I've seen other covers with that guy on them and wondered what was the deal.  I don't think he's even marginally attractive.

The others are funny too.  LOL on the pillsbury doughboy and Mr. Longneck...

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
Posts: 6,436
Back To Top

I agree, Mr. Oily is not a hottie.  Great book though.

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
Posts: 19
Back To Top

These are so funny!  I was sipping coffee while reading these, and the doughboy and long neck zombie made me spew on my computer screen!  Not to mention the oiled up guy, kinda reminds me of Richard Simmons and his oily hairless legs!  LOL

I can't say one cover for sure, but all those from the 90's with Fabio were too gross.  He always looked like his Great Danes to me.  EWWWWWW, Fabio!

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
Posts: 19
Back To Top

These are so funny!  I was sipping coffee while reading these, and the doughboy and long neck zombie made me spew on my computer screen!  Not to mention the oiled up guy, kinda reminds me of Richard Simmons and his oily hairless legs!  LOL

I can't say one cover for sure, but all those from the 90's with Fabio were too gross.  He always looked like his Great Danes to me.  EWWWWWW, Fabio!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:05 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
Posts: 19
Back To Top

OMG----those are both GROSSSSSS!!!  I don't know what it is about him, but he totally freaks me out!  LOL  Thanks for sharing.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:17 AM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2007
Posts: 1,034
Back To Top

Too hilarious, ladies! I must have laughed for a good three minutes; my kids had to find out what was up! So many, too many, heros on the covers are just too embarassing. I sometimes hide the book when I'm not reading it and when I am, golly, I almost want to tuck it in something else so the public doesn't see it (like at the pharmacy, doc's office, etc). For years I'd cringe at a lot of these cheesy, half-naked couples. I almost want to say at loud when I catch others looking, "it really is a good story!". My sons have teased me for years about these covers. You'd think that the publishers could come up with something a lot more tasteful. These bad covers look like they're aimed at desperate women...who designs these things??? BTW, I never did get Fabio...yuck! And Long Neck wins the prize...creepy (dough boy is close in the running).

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:33 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
Posts: 1,950
Back To Top

Ohhh, I forgot Dara Joy's self-published book with her husband, IIRC, on the  cover. It brings on whole new worlds of awful agony.

http://www.officialdarajoy.com/TheLibrary/wildcat_arrows.html

He looks like that skeezy guy that was obviously wayyyy too old to be hanging out at the keg party with all the high school girls, lol

 my link quit here's another

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/bb/9f/1c36024128a0bde3d902a010._AA240_.L.jpg



Last Edited on: 1/17/08 1:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:37 AM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2007
Posts: 1,034
Back To Top

Omigod, that's horrible!!!! I can't stop laughing....

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:52 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

Oh yes that Dara Joy one is horrible. 

I hate all the Fabio ones.  I never though he was sexy. 

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:13 AM ET
Member Since: 8/21/2005
Posts: 989
Back To Top

LOL, that Dara Joy bookcover should be called " Tales from the Trailer Park"......lol, nasty!

Lucky a.k.a Pillsbury Dough Boy- looks like the chubby guy on JAG the t.v. show. You know the guy who played Adam Garvey on Little House On the Prairie.

The long neck guy is hilarious too.

The oily guy,,,,,,,,,,well he looks gay if you ask me. (i'm not against anyones sexual preferences, he just looks that way to me)

Fabio- Beautiful body, ugly face.Never found him attractive at all!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 10:52 AM ET
Member Since: 10/14/2007
Posts: 134
Back To Top

Stop y'all...I'm peeing myself! My mother adores Fabio,he always gave me the willies.

The long neck guy is really creeping me out ,but not as much as Dara Joy's husband,he reminds me of a troll.Sometimes I think it's better just to show the hot body and let us fill in the blanks.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

OK how do you get the link to these?  I don't know how to do that.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:33 AM ET
Member Since: 8/9/2007
Posts: 4,058
Back To Top

Yikes!  I just looked at the Dara Joy cover and wet myself.  Here's another one that made my list:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JD97HYE8L._PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_SL150_.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/13088&h=150&w=93&sz=7&hl=en&start=9&um=1&tbnid=xTy50B73a5gIgM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=60&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkaren%2Bkay%2Barrow%2527s%2Bpride%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

Yet another bad Karen Kay cover.  I think this guy lost his loincloth and shoved the heroine's head between his "loins" and the camera:P  And what the heck is his hand doing back there anyway???  For anyone who's never seen the feature,  her book Lone Arrow's Pride got 5th place in All About Romance's 2002 Worst Cover contest.  Must be something with her publisher's art dept...

 http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JD97HYE8L._PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_SL150_.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/13088&h=150&w=93&sz=7&hl=en&start=9&um=1&tbnid=xTy50B73a5gIgM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=60&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dkaren%2Bkay%2Barrow%2527s%2Bpride%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

If you have one, Willa, most books have a cover image on Amazon.

Well, hmm...  Those don't seem to be direct linking either.  The Karen Kay booklist comes up though.  The first one is War Cloud's Passion.   It's #3 on the list.



Last Edited on: 1/17/08 11:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
Posts: 604
Back To Top

Kim, check out the first book cover on your link.   What's in his loincloth??  Make sure you click on the picture and then enlarge it.



Last Edited on: 1/17/08 12:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
Posts: 19
Back To Top

LOLOLOL, these are great!!!  What a great way to start the day!!!  I was so groggy when I woke up (up till 3:30 reading Dragonfly in Amber, Sherri) and a bit on the cranky side, I might add........then I got a load of these covers and I laughed so hard, my kids all came to see what was going on!  Keep em' coming ladies, this is too funny!!!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2005
Posts: 24,898
Back To Top

Oh yes, the Dara Joy!  I thought of those after I signed off last night.  Too funny!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:12 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
Posts: 19
Back To Top

who the heck is the model on the Dara Joy????  That is the low budget cover, lol.  OMG, I am still laughing, what a creepy nerdy guy.  How did he make the cover??????  Is it a joke?  Candid Camera????

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 2:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
Posts: 26,510
Back To Top

I think someone said that's her husband.

Page: