Musing About Things: Romance Novels & Embarrassing Covers


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So since it’s the month of February and that means Valentine’s Day and that means romance! I’m doing a Valentine’s day Musing About Things special! So today’s topic is: romance novels and their slightly embarrassing covers! ♥

Okay, so if you haven’t noticed by now, I like romance novels. I mean, I really, really like them. They’re fun, usually pretty cute, and easy reads. Also, the magic of romance novels is that there’s tons of different genres of romance novels, so you never get bored. I personally have a soft spot for Historical Romances, really cute contemporaries and cop/action romances.

I usually have no qualms about telling people that I love reading romance novels. Some people may think romance novels are a bit trashy or lame, but I think there are lots of really well written and very entertaining stories that know how to pull heartstrings and make you swoon.

There is however one thing that makes me a bit embarrassed though…and that’s the slightly embarrassing/cheesy covers that accompany some the novels. You know what I’m taking about. Especially the historical romance with the half dressed women with the heaving breast and the (nearly) shirtless muscled hero and Fabio hair (sometimes it’s even actually Fabio!).

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{the first is Fabio in all his glory; also, Love for Mc”Mullet” indeed (it’s fake but fabulous still)}

(And what is up with these titles mauahah). Okay, so these are the more “classic” romance novel covers and some of the newer ones aren’t bad. But I mean really…

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Same style, just better dresses and (almost sadly) less flow-y hair, but still full of partial dressed people (actually, I quite like Must Love Dukes haha).

oh and I make fun of the historical romances, but contemporary can be just as bad…

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{Lots of chests.}

So while I’m not embarrassed to say I love reading romance novels, I do get a little blushy-blushy when holding these books* on the bus or signing them out from the library. I think I actually read more romance novels now that I have kindle haha. [*Of all the covers shown, I actually have only read Must Love Dukes…but you get the point.]

I know that not all romance novels are like this, and some of those are quite pretty. Doesn’t mean that I still don’t find a lot them leaning on the hilarious/embarrassing scale.

So guys, thoughts? You do or hate romance novels? Do you ever get embarrassed by the covers or do you totally embrace them? Do you have a favourite (embarrassing or not so) romance cover? Let me know!

Also do check out Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for their Cover Caption contests that highlights some pretty hilarious and what-the-duece romance covers! There definitely some winners there.

I think this one wins all the awards.

PS. Remember to check out the Fire & Ice Blog Hop GIVEAWAY on the blog to win a romance novel too!

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Romance Novels & Embarrassing Covers”

  1. When I first started getting into historical romance, I would pick out mainly books without half naked people on there. Houses, castles, pretty scenery, those were what I usually borrowed from the public library. When I did borrow books with covers like those above, I would keep the cover faced down when checking them out in hopes that the librarian and other people wouldn’t see it. That was a waste because they always flipped it up for the whole world to see! So thankful for e-readers now and self-checkout at the public library. But now that I’m older I really don’t care. I let everyone see the bare chested guy.

    I do have to say Erotica covers have all of other genres beat. They have some pretty scandalous covers. I’d probably buy a book cover just to cover it up, or make one of my own with a paper bag.

    1. Ha! I totally know what you mean! I just tried not to make eye contact with the librarians & also take out a bunch of other books too haha. I’m definitely loving ereaders & self-check out 😉
      … I’m still a tad embarrassed by the cheesy covers, so no flaunting of bare chested guys yet haha.
      And yes, erotica definitely beat out all. Good plan on the make your own cover! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I gotta say romance books have the cheesiest covers – even more cheesy than sci-fi novels, but I love them!! It just wouldn’t be the same without them.

    1. Ooh, you’re right! Sci-fi definitely has some awesome cheesy ones. But yes, totally agree, romance novels just wouldn’t be the same without the cheesiness!

  3. I love reading romance, amd have every since I was a young teen (whew, long time ago 😉 and started borrowing (stealing) my mom’s books and got hooked on them. They were actually called bodice rippers because the woman always looked like the their bodice was torn. Lol, the covers haven’t change too much since then. Since then I’ve read and enjoyed just about every genre you can think of- but have a soft spot for anything romance!

    1. Oh yes, the bodice rippers! I feel like there’s less flowy hair, but otherwise, not too much change haha.
      I have such a soft spot for romance too 😉

  4. Love these covers, so awful! I seem to go to tragic over romance, kinda weird!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. They definitely wouldn’t be the same without them 😉
      Oh like tragic romance over happy romance? or just tragic tragic? haha.

  5. I like reading these books on Sparky (my Kindle)..where “hotness” is discreetly hidden…LOL.

    Seriously, though, I prefer hot books with covers that are not as blatantly sexual…not because I don’t enjoy those scenes…LOL. It is embarrassing to be “discovered” hanging onto one of those covers.

    Thanks to Sparky, that doesn’t happen anymore!


    1. I totally agree, some of them are hilariously cheesy, but some of them are definitely just too blatantly sexual. eReaders definitely make it easier 😉

  6. I do read romances and find that my kindle keeps some of the really bad covers out of sight. When I have a real book and am out in public I do try to hide the cover. Click here to go to Mixed Book Bag

    1. Yeah for Kindles right! I definitely read more romance now that it’s easier to hid the cover haha.

  7. I’m the total opposite. I don’t like romance at all. Here is my musing.

    1. aah, I’m such a sucker for all romances.

  8. I enjoy romance novels too. I do prefer when the covers are a bit more innocuous like a lot of Amanda Quick’s covers. They still scream romance but they don’t have the half-naked folks on them. I have a kindle, but I think I almost always end up reading romances as physical books. I am not sure why.

    1. I usually pick the more innocuous ones to read in physical form on the bus! I still end up reading more as ebooks just b/c it’s easier to borrow from the library…and less awkward moments with the librarian haha.

  9. Cheesy yes, but I love them..especially the dresses. Since blogging I look at the half dressed men and think..hmm this would be an awesome Tops of Tuesday pick!

    1. Oh, some of the dresses are so pretty right?
      Hahaa, I’m sure they would be!

  10. For the Love of Scottie McMullett!! OMG. That totally just made my whole day. I’m not a fan of romance novels, personally, but I don’t understand why the covers have to be sooo bad.

    I was reading a novel called the Art of French Kissing while getting my tires changed at the mechanics one day and I thought the guy across from me was going to fall off his chair. I just wanted to be like: listen, dude, this isn’t even close to what you think it is. Grrr.

    I love this post! So funny!

    1. For the Love of Scottie McMullett totally cracks me up (unfortunately, it’s not a real book, but I feel like I would read the crap out of it, if it was haha- Lovestorm however, is real). I don’t really understand either, but the cheesy covers have become synonymous with romance novels, too late to change it, I guess.

      Aww haha, awkward moments with weird/interesting titles and cheesy covers 😉

      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it!

  11. haha I am the same way! This is why i like to read my romance books on my kindle. I even get this way about some new adult covers. so much skin…oh my!

    Great Post!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. Glad I’m not the only person like that 😉 I agree, some of the NA is a little too much too haha. Thanks for stopping by (:

  12. I have come to NEVER judge a romance book by it’s covers. But for me I need more story in the romance. I tend to read more romance novels written by men. I like more substance. Right now for instance I am reading A Simple Soul by Vadim Babenko. Brilliant. He has a couple other books that I have moved to the top of my TBR list. But their covers don’t jump out, but his writing and their premises are so good. I recommend him, If nothing else, no covers that make you blush! 😉

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