Undercover Bookgasm Day Six! Megan Hart

Today’s book is Megan Hart’s Dirty!

This is what happened…

I met him at the candy store.

He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children’s candy store, mind you–this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss’s wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I’ve been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears.

Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.

The problem with wanting is that it’s like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don’t apologize for who I am or what I’ve done in–or out–of bed.

I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven’t wanted anything else.

Until Dan. Until now.

So yeah, not a secret that Megan and I are BFFs and all, LOL, but this book is totally fabulous. Unexpected in its depth, sexy, sad, it’s the kind of book that grabs you and doesn’t let go long after you’re done.

YOUR QUESTION: What do you like to see on book cover and what do you hate to see? I’ll pick a winner tomorrow at noon pacific. I’ll be sending this one directly from Amazon.com.

40 comments to “Undercover Bookgasm Day Six! Megan Hart”

  1. Dina
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:13 am · Link

    I like the tidbit about Milwaukee, that’s where I live. 🙂

    I like to see funstuff on the cover, anything that would grab ny attention.

    I don’t really like the cartoon types that don’t look realistic.

  2. Christa
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:40 am · Link

    I don’t mind seeing the couple in shadow or a scene from the book that doesn’t include the H and h (face)but has a reader using their imagination.
    Don’t enter me as I have it. I just love Dan and Elle and was glad to read about them again in Reason Enough.

  3. Tinab
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:06 am · Link

    I love to see a nice cover with some eye candy for me…. or something that is just visually interesting. Covers dont always influence if I will buy the book but sure doesnt hurt

  4. sara hurt
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:19 am · Link

    Visually appealing subjects on the cover. I really like covers that do not emphasize the characters faces. I like to conjure up my own looks of the characters from the author descriptions. So therefore I do not like it when there is a pic on the cover that does not match what the book is about.

  5. Crystal B.
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:28 am · Link

    I like covers that have vivid colors that catch the eye. I like covers that have the hero or the couple in an embrace.
    I don’t like cartoony covers.

  6. Christa
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:33 am · Link

    another thing in my preference for a cover would be if a cople is on the cover that they look natural and not posed

  7. Jana J. Hanson
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:45 am · Link

    I like to see covers reflective of the story — whether than be kick ass heroine, juicy historical, whatever. Covers are what draw me to a book first and foremost.

    I’m getting a little tired of headless heroines.

  8. Lea
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:46 am · Link

    Hi Lauren:

    I like covers with lots of color that gives a sense of the tone or genre of the book. I don’t like book covers that look contrived and lack attractive colors.

    Best Regards
    Lea 😉

  9. Diane M.
    November 20th, 2008 at 8:12 am · Link

    Vivid covers that are accurate.

  10. Nancy
    November 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am · Link

    A nice piece of eye candy for me on the cover is appreciated. 😀

    Other then that I’m easy…er…

    I don’t like ‘busy’ covers with too much going on. Just the hero and heroine on the cover is enough for me.

    Oooh, silver covers! Love the shiny silver covers or metallic covers of any kind. 😀

  11. JP
    November 20th, 2008 at 9:39 am · Link

    I love suggestions of things — silhouettes, or parts of bodies (one of my favorite of the latter is Rhyannon Byrd’s Against the Wall). Clinch covers are OK, so long as they’re not so cliched as to be ridiculous — bare-chested man in the SNOW, that sort of thing. One of my favorite cover art teams is Fortin & Sanders — I will remember the stepback for Virginia Henley’s A Year and a Day until the day I die, it’s that beautiful.

    I think the worst covers are the fake poses that abound in category titles, cowboys goo-gooing at babies and the like.

  12. Maureen
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:04 am · Link

    I like bright colors and interesting pictures, some covers are very classy. I don’t like the couples in weird poses that look painful.

  13. Danielle
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:13 am · Link

    What I hate to see is when characters on the front cover don’t match the characters in the book… I know that happens a lot but I just wish the people who create the covers would at least read the book or ask the author what the characters are doing or what they look like…

    What I like to see on a cover (and I have to agree with Tinab) is eye candy… gotta love the eye candy… 😀

  14. Mel K.
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:22 am · Link

    I like to see a naked male torso on a cover.
    I also like bright colors.
    Can’t really think of anything I don’t like. I buy a lot of books by authors I know and I know a lot of authors. There could be poop on the cover and I wouldn’t care. 😀


  15. Leslie
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:32 am · Link

    I like the new trend of showing the woman’s back. Very sexy.

    And I’m probably in the minority but I’m getting tired of seeing Nathan Kamp. Yes, he’s gorgeous but I’d like someone different evey now and then. lol

  16. Dana
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:54 am · Link

    What I Like to see:
    A visually intriguing and slightly (ok, can be more than slightly-LOL) erotic cover.

    What I don’t want to see:
    A cover that seems to make no sense at all. If it’s supposed to HINT that a pic is about the main character….then hair color should match etc. If it takes place in NYC…then don’t have a picture of Hawaii (unless somewhere in the story Hawaii comes into play).


  17. Kerry
    November 20th, 2008 at 11:05 am · Link

    I enjoy realism, Not the “cartoons”. Something that goes along with what you are about to read – sometimes this can help you picture the story as you read. Eye Candy is always good 😀 But it doesn’t have to be so naughty that I have to hide the book from my kids while I am reading 😳

  18. Pat L.
    November 20th, 2008 at 11:30 am · Link

    I like a colorful cutsey cover like the Bethlehem Series books by Pappano or Evanick’s Misty Harbor. Also like where the heroes head is cut off so you can use your own imagination. Don’t care for Elloras cave covers or into the future type covers.

  19. Jane
    November 20th, 2008 at 11:47 am · Link

    I like covers that feature the torso of the hero/heroine or both. I love stepback covers. I’m not a fan of cartoonish covers.

  20. Natasha A.
    November 20th, 2008 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Cheesy, or outdated, I dislike. I do enjoy the cartoony ones if there is humour in the book. I like to get a sense of what the book is about.
    Natasha A.

  21. Susan
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Eye candy is always appreciated by me. I really like covers that match the story in some small way at least.

    I don’t like it when the cover doesn’t match what is written by the author. I understand that authors don’t always get the cover they want, so I don’t hold it against them.

  22. Tracy
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:22 pm · Link

    Covers that accurately reflect the appearance of the hero and heroine are appreciated. I recently read a book that had a blond, thin woman on the cover, when the heroine was actually a voluptuous brunette. That was definitely a head scratcher!


  23. RobynL
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm · Link

    I love beautiful covers which are cover art in and of themselves.
    I love beautiful scenery(serene settings in the country, waterfalls, sweeping plains of grain, beaches) etc.
    I love bright colors and subdued colors-whatever works for the picture. A lovely lady with pearls and roses is a beautiful cover.

    I don’t like the cartoon-like ones as much as above suggestions.

  24. Brandy W
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I do like eye candy on the cover but with no faces please. I guess mostly nothing from around the nose on up. My image in my head is usually different and the cover just gets me started. If its a woman on the front I like it to feel soft and not tacky. Your cover for Uncovered is great and exactly what I like when a woman is on the front.

    I guess I like it to have a bit of mystery to it. The cartoon like ones just make me giggle but I still buy them.

  25. MsValerie
    November 20th, 2008 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I like covers that are somewhat artistic. Actually, some of my favorite covers are on books of yours…such as Standoff and Fated. I really like the one for Reading Between the Lines, too, but I *know* I saw that same cover for some other (lesser ebook.

    I adore the covers for Megan Hart’s books…sexy, suggestive, but not in-your-face.

    Covers I hate? I’m not sure what the artistic style is, but the covers have stiff, artificial drawings/paintings of men and women, usually with the woman in some frighteningly submissive pose wearing next to nothing, high boots, a bustier, and collar (not that those things aren’t lovely), with some guy looking very he-man and nasty. Not a very good description, I know…but I don’t wanna name names.

  26. Teresa W.
    November 20th, 2008 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Sexy poses of heroes and bright colors attract me to covers!

  27. Karin
    November 20th, 2008 at 4:55 pm · Link

    I really like simplicity on book covers. I don’t like to be overwhelmed by a bunch of harsh colors or too many pictures overlapping each other.

  28. Tez Miller
    November 20th, 2008 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I’m not a fan of man-titty. But I’m sure I’m outnumbered, so my vote doesn’t count 😉

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

  29. Janet H
    November 20th, 2008 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I want the cover to reflect the story. And yeah, the models should bear a close resemblance of the h/h. I love the sexy covers. Anya Bast got a great cover with THE CHOSEN SIN. Likewise Erin McCarthy with FLAT OUT SEXY.

  30. Quilt Lady
    November 20th, 2008 at 5:44 pm · Link

    I like the covers to be colorful, and natural looking. The cover should also go with something in the book. I not sure about the nudie covers, I think they should leave something to the imagination.

  31. Estella
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:10 pm · Link

    I like eye candy and hate cartoon covers.

  32. Greta
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:20 pm · Link

    I like cover that go with the story. I’m not too fond of cartoon covers. The cover artists at Samhain do an awesome job as well as those with Berkely. The covers those two complanies produce are time after time the best.

  33. catie
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:36 pm · Link

    For me it depends, I’m a fan of variety. I prefer covers that are connected to the story, or tell a story in and of themselves. I’m not a huge fan of gigantic lettering (i.e., when author’s names, or titles overwhelm the image, or are the enticement alone). Anything from sleek to clever, cute to terrifying, a good cover will grab me as easily as name recognition or title intrigue.

  34. Linda F
    November 20th, 2008 at 7:21 pm · Link

    I like a cover that looks intriguing. I don’t like covers that are overtly sexual.

  35. pamk
    November 20th, 2008 at 8:01 pm · Link

    stuff I don’t like on books is like Charlaine Harris sookie stackhouse books. Almost missed these books because of the covers. Robin D Owens first Guardian book looks like ya book I almost passed it up too. Like books like your cascaidan werewolves. And to prove that each your own I don’t like the cover for coming soon underccover but dang it the book sounds great.

  36. Sue A.
    November 20th, 2008 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Although I like looking at eye candy, I admit once I start reading the story I have my own picture of the hero or heroine and they never look like the cover.

    It’s easier to say what I don’t want than to say what I do want. I don’t like the drawn chick lit covers and I get embarrassed with covers that cross the line from sexy to lewd.

  37. Stacie Mc
    November 20th, 2008 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I like a nice hunk of eye candy. Cartoon covers usually turn me off.

  38. Ann M.
    November 20th, 2008 at 9:55 pm · Link

    I dislike some of the cutesy covers. I love eye candy.

  39. Lori T
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:09 pm · Link

    I like eye catching sexy covers. I don’t mind seeing some nice eye candy…it can be a man or woman. It just really needs to catch my attention. I have bought several books based on covers alone for example Adrian Phoenix’s A Rush of Wings or Mark Henry’s Happy Hour of the Damned.

  40. Diana C.T.
    November 21st, 2008 at 8:03 am · Link

    I like to see what the male lead character would look like from the description that’s given by the author. Eye “donut” is always a treat. When I look at a cover it pulls me in to turn it over and read the synopsis on the back. My favorite covers were the old Johanna Lindsey books with Fabio or Sandra Hill who had some buff cutie. :mrgreen: