Thursday, February 21, 2013

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #66: Erotic enough for you?

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
  • You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
  • Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
  • Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
  • List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
  • Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
  • Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
  • Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Question of the Week: Have you noticed a growing trend in erotic romance covers since the popularity of the Fifty Shades trilogy? Publishers and authors are re-vamping their covers, loosing the sexy and adding a hint of intrigue. But as a reader, which do you prefer? The symbolic covers OR the erotic covers? 

This is a trend that I, personally, am against. I read erotic romance for the sexy and I don't mind the covers reflecting that. 
After all, it's...
1. arousing or satisfying sexual desire: an erotic dance.
2. of, pertaining to, or treating of sexual love; amatory: an erotic novel.
3. subject to or marked by strong sexual desire.
1. a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.
3. a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.

In fact, with new-to-me authors and books, the cover is the first thing that draws my attention. While browsing books on Amazon, you don't see the blurb of the book unless you click on it. You see the cover, author and title. If the cover doesn't catch my eye, and I'm unfamiliar with the author, I most likely won't click on it to read the blurb.

For example, Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge series. If I was a new reader, and not already a huge fan of the series, based on the new cover I would have never picked it up. Rain on a window, this means nothing to me. A couple in a sexy embrace, I see intense passion and hot romance. 

(Left: New Cover - Right: Old Cover.)

But that is just me. *steps off soapbox*
Which do you prefer? Or does it matter?
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! XOXO


  1. I agree with you 100% but I LOVE the anonymity of the symbolic covers. I can read the books at the doctors office and no one has a clue I'm reading an erotic novel.

  2. I totally agree with you Crystal. If the cover is what I think Romance or erotic couple should look like...then I'm won't even look at the book. I like sexxy couples on my covers..if your book is erotic or romance, I just think your cover should reflect that. Rain on a window doesn't.

    Salacious Reads

  3. I am with you 100%, sista! Let's keep in mind what we love to read and go back to the older and more pleasing covers :)
    Have a great weekend!

  4. I have to say, if a cover involves one of those Fabio/Bodice Ripper type covers, I'll pass. Even if it is the most awesome book ever. It's just a turn off.
    But, I'm kind of sick of the exact 50 shades/twilight cover look that's going on right now. 1 inanimate object does not a cover make. :p


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