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No, it isn’t a cheesy pick-up line. I’m talking about romance novel cover models. I’m starting to see the same faces on the romance novels I’m reading over and over again. Now, I’m not unsympathetic to the plight of indie romance authors. I realize that there are only so many stock photos and cover models in the world, and that sharing models is often necessary. A truly “exclusive” image of a hot dude that hasn’t been on a million other covers is tough to come by. But...is it getting out of hand? For example, there’s THIS guy…
And there’s also THIS guy…
And those are just a few of the familiar faces I’m seeing. (Also please note that I only included a smattering of the covers I’ve seen these gentleman gracing. There are more.)
Now, don’t get me wrong. I really like these guys. (Especially that second guy. Yum.) And I can’t say that seeing them pop up on romance novels covers is a bad thing. But what I really want to know is, for those of you out there who, like me, read 4 or more romance novels a week, does it bother you to see the same cover models popping up again and again?