With books, first impressions (no pun intended!) count. If you’re just browsing, as opposed to looking for a favourite author name, it’s the cover that catches your eye first.
What appeals to romance readers? Photos or paintings? Figures or faces? What makes them want to pick a book out and read the blurb, or flick through the pages?
I’ve been slightly put off by some of the portraits used for Jane Austen books because they don’t fit my image of a particular heroine. But that’s because I’ve already read the book and know the characters well – and I’ve still bought the book!
That’s an example of what doesn’t appeal – I find it harder to say what appeals. Some covers are simply more attractive/intriguing than others, or they remind me of favourite places/holidays.
Let’s have your thoughts, ladies (and gentlemen?)!