For awhile now, on historical romance covers, we've been looking at backs, or, more specifically, women undressing from the back:
I love how all these women in historical times went around with their gowns laced over nothing. It's like the upper-body version of going commando. Boobmando!
Sometimes there are faces shown on the female models, and sometimes only part of a face.
But now it seems the cover models are turning all the way around, and we're not only getting faces, we're getting some leg!
Some people talk to their flowers, others show a little ankle to keep things growing.
I am confused by the inexplicable slit in the front of her gown. And is she walking out of a furnace?
You might not have read this part of the story, but she totally used to be a Rockette before she became Cinderella. That's why she's running away from that shoe.
A lot more leg! I think that cover is so stunning, from the color to the opulence to the contrast between her hair and the fabric. But I can't help but hearing, in the back of my mind, as I look at her pose: SCOOTCH DOWN!
I bet she's friends with this lady, too. They lie about all day, eating sweetmeats, drinking wine and gossiping while they let their spray tans dry.
“Get me a snack, would you love?.”
“No, you go. I'm having a nap.”
“Drat. So am I.”
I also think that cover art designers have been paying attention to how much the romance community talks about shoes, especially as conference season nears, because I'm seeing more shoes appearing on covers. Cute shoes, too! It's like we can read books and go shoe shopping at the same time!
Red shoes – I like the point at the top, don't you?
Not crazy about these. I swear I had shoes just like that when I was 8.
Oh, pink pumps! I rather like those.
I love this cover art, from the texture of the fabric to the detail on her shoes, which I totally covet.
I really, really hope she got a bikini wax before she put on that dress. Especially because it might help distract the garden party when her right breast pops out of her dress.
Anyway, what do you think of those shoes? I think they might be the white version of the pinks ones in the Quinn cover.
But fear not! If shoes aren't your thing, and you prefer to go barefoot in your formal wear, that's cool, too:
Even the men are barefoot! This is an especially good fashion choice for men whose legs are attached to their rib cages.
The one thing I can't wait for? A romance cover featuring someone wearing Vibram Five Fingers.
Just think of all the ballgown matching opportunities! If it's good enough for the Golden Globes after parties, it's good enough for romance!