Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Twenty: Historical Romance

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design. This feature is inspired by Katie’s Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time, and the idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

For the twentieth edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to use this week’s upcoming holiday as the inspiration for a rather special compilation of book covers. While Valentine’s Day has always meant very little to me personally, I thought it might be fun to use it as an excuse to highlight a genre I absolutely adore, but talk about very little on Pop! Goes The Reader. You see, I love the historical romance genre, and even more than that, I love the genre’s covers. I love the dresses, the poses, the half-naked men, and most of all, the saturation and abundance of colour. Some of my favourite covers this week include Rogue With A Brogue, The Sum Of All Kisses, Heiress in Love, Any Duchess Will Do, An Offer From A Gentlemen and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Oh, who am I kidding? I love them all! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a very cold shower.

I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Cee at The Novel Hermit, Ginger at GReads! and Alexa at Alexa Loves Books for their very helpful suggestions as to which covers to include in this week’s post. Please let me know if I’ve forgotten to mention anyone else – I want to make sure I give credit where credit’s due!

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite historical romance covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

3 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Twenty: Historical Romance”

  1. Cee says:

    Yeeeessss. I absolutely love all these covers! “Swoon” comes to my mind when I look at all of them. 😉 Where do I even begin? I love the way the dresses in most of these covers fan or flow around the model. It’s incredibly gorgeous.

    My favorite covers are:
    The Wicked Wallflower (because of the focus on the guy instead of the female model. Plus, the guy is quite good looking from that angle. ;D )
    Rules to Catch A Devilish Duke (because I really love covers when the model’s back is shown. There’s something so pretty about it. I also like the way the guy is gripping onto the edges of her dress like he’s trying to stop himself from ripping it off of her. He’s have a hard time.)

  2. Oh wow, all of these covers side by side look STUNNING! I love me a good historical romance. My favorites so far have been by Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas. I do have a Julia Quinn book on my shelf that is begging to be read. Perhaps it will be my next historical romance read 😉
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  3. Alexa S. says:

    I seriously just adore the rainbow of colors that you’ve produced with the book covers you’ve chosen! While I’m not necessarily a fan of all these romance covers (and generally keep all my romances on my Kindle), I do like looking at them all together like this. Great job!
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