Are bare male chests the ‘fashion’ these days on book covers? I seem to have seen a lot of them recently, sometimes with a female hand resting on them, other times with unclad (or scantily clad) female pressed against them.
I have to admit that kind of cover doesn’t attract me. Some of the bare chests seem almost grotesque with bulging muscles and veins –ugh! Add large tattoos to that, and it’s double ‘ugh’ from me. They’re no more appealing than thin white torsos!
All a bare-chested male on the front cover represents to me is that the book probably has erotic/sex scenes. If this kind of image is intended to attract women readers, it actually has the opposite effect on me, since it suggests that the sexy or ‘hot’ scenes are the most important part of the story.
I have no objection to sex scenes, I have them in my own novels, but those scenes are only a small part of the story. My characters spend far more time with their clothes ON, than with them off, and the 'bedroom' (or wherever) scene is only part of the development of their relationship.
That’s the reason why, whenever I fill in a cover art form for my publisher and suggest what I would like to see on the cover, I also add, ‘No bare chests please!’
What about you? Do you like to see bare chests on book covers? What kind of covers attract you – and what turns you off?