We all know Romance gets a bad rap. We hide our book covers and are sometimes embarrassed when we’re discovered reading them in the dark corners of our libraries. Yes, romance novel haters are out there and of course we fear their judgment. So that brings us to The Horror of Romance. What is the Horror of Romance? Well, here we’ll examine why romance novels are so funny to so many people…including the people who read them.
Today’s Victim: Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Lisa’s Thoughts: Oooooooowie! Isn’t this cover just to die for???? Here’s what I think is wrong with it. One, the guy looks way too needy. Am I really supposed to believe that this super muscle man is waiting and extending his arm toward moi???? Puh-lease! Two, this cover just goes to show you how it usually can’t relate to the quality of the book. As demonstrated by the fact that they shove some flowers in his hand! Get it? Flowers with ‘Flowers From the Storm’ – yup, we’re coming full circle! As if just him alone, with the perfect abs, fluffy hair and tight pants, wasn’t enough???? He needs to give me flowers too? (FYI, I do prefer violets!)
Really though, the cover isn’t THAT bad. Mr. Hero just needs to focus his attention elsewhere so it looks less cheesy and loose the flowers. They may be cute, but next to his ginormous pecks and in his ginormous hands they look pathetic.
Stephanie’s Thoughts: This cover makes you want to run to your nearest man and get your freak on…..right? Yeah, it’s not doing anything for me either except maybe run in the other direction. His shirt is all sorts of wrinkled and pulled out and his chest is strategically posed for a full frontal assault. How can any woman say no? Any man whose chest and hair is pretty than mine, I take issue with! 🙂 It would be a constant source of strife in our relationship.
With all of that being said I have heard that this book is an excellent read. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!