I’ve fudged the title of this post a bit by adding that crucial ‘and’ into the title. I’ll explain about that in a moment. Let’s hear it for the gorgeous covers that have that special pop. They snag our attention and get us excited about the book’s contents, set the mood, and help tell us what it’s about which are the kind I love best. I’m nutty enough about my books to love when a series goes long with the same cover art team so they are uniformal and easily recognized, but also so I can see the covers like a montage of art. Am I making sense there?
With that in mind, I’ve not only chosen books with gorgeous covers, but equally gorgeous insides that were reflected in their covers. And, most are just the latest representative of their series of covers which I love.
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, narrated by Lorelei King, Urban Fantasy
There would never not be a Daniel Dos Santos cover on a list of favorite covers. I fret for the day when the next Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega book are given a cover reveal so I can gaze upon it and inspect each detail that tells me a little more about the story.
Wingman by Cara Bristol, Sci Fi Romance
The vivid colors and sexy male with the serious expression match the heroic character of the story. This series has a strong series plot and this was engaging with slow-build suspense and sexy romance.
A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones, Romantic Suspense
I thought the white field with the shot of golden yellow desert scene in the cracked sunglasses was spot on to set the tone for the new series. This opening book met my expectations well for sold character and series plot development. And, humor was the kicker!
Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong, Thriller Romance
I love the stark, ominous nature of the cover that matches the dangerous, wilderness setting of this series. Love the nail-biting excitement of the wilds adventure and the cunning murder mystery.
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton, Historical Fiction
Some covers tell the story as much as a blurb. This one screams the era, setting, and central characters without a word. But, the words aren’t bad either since this is a heart-felt, desperate set of stories of three women who cross paths during a great hurricane in the Florida Keys.
Murder at Northanger Abbey by Shannon Winslow, Historical Mystery
Ominous stormy reds with building set a tone that is mirrored inside. A Northanger Abbey sequel that has a newlywed pair forced to solve a murder even as they are figuring out married life.
Close Up by Amanda Quick, Historical Romantic Suspense
The Art Deco style of these covers are eye catching, but I do love the Old Hollywood setting, characters, and mystery.
Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas, Historical Romantic Suspense
A woman running through foggy streets builds the anticipation before the cover is even opened and it was no flash in the pan because the Lady Sherlock mystery and development of character and relationships inside was superb.
Until the End by Juno Rusdan, Romantic Suspense
Jewel-toned color, intense expression on the model and a feeling action scream this book’s genre. This was a pulse-pounding read and a big shocker ending.
Our Solar System by Lisa Reichley, Astronomy
In truth, the inside pictures are breathtaking and more fabulous than the cover indicates. This was a well-written laymen’s guide to our solar system and I found it an exciting vicarious tour of space.
What about you? What covers won your adoration this year? Do Tell!
My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event. You can visit her site and see the schedule here: https://booksofmyheart.net/2020/11/29/top-10-of-2020/
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