Corrupted by Kiss and Thrill

It’s hard living life as a prude — especially when you’re a member of Kiss and Thrill.  I admit, sometimes too much flesh on a cover makes me a bit uncomfortable.  Yes, I’m weird, but I like guys better in a tux than in the buff.

When you’re surrounded day after day by a bevy of fantastic writers with equally fantastic covers — that just happen to have half-dressed men on them — it’s too much to bear.  You find yourself bending around the edges.

I’m so proud of these gals!  Look at the wonderful books in the almost never-ending column to the right.

Yes, the ones over there.  The ones with all those hunky guys on them? ———————————————————————————————>


And look at this new cover from our own Gwen Hernandez, whose new book is debuting in a few short weeks.  Who wouldn’t be corrupted by that?

Before you know it, I’ll be sporting guys like this on my covers, too.  And I’m the gal who was once asked to send in a partially undressed hunky hero photo for a special blog.  Do you know what I sent in?  This:


A photo of my husband’s bare feet!

So, now that they’ve bent me to their will, and in honor of my dear friends here, I am posting this little video from Pride and Prejudice.  Jane Austen didn’t write it this way — but Lord, she should have.  LOL.

(If you don’t see the video, please update your Adobe.)

Honestly, this video clip makes me happy in so many different ways.  (Collin Firth, Collin Firth in a bathtub, Collin Firth in a robe — need I say more?)  But the main one is that we see through Mr. Darcy’s eyes why and how he is falling in love with Elizabeth.

Often I wonder why heroes in historical literature wanted to marry their heroines.  The men get so little air time to vent their feelings — and in certain books, such as Jane Eyre — okay I hear the protests already — it seems as if the hero falls in love out of the blue.  We know how little the heroine, in this case, Jane, thinks of herself, and how she has begun to worship her boss, but he gives both her, and the reader, almost no clue of his affection until it is sprung upon us.

I suppose that is why I love books with multiple points of view.  I want to know what the characters are thinking.  I want to feel how hopelessly in love the hero is falling.  For me, it’s the best part of the book.  Better than the abs on the front cover.

So, what do you think?  Do you prefer books with one point of view or with more than one?  Do you like half-dressed men on your covers? I really want to know.

Oh, and about the corruption thing — please don’t tell my husband!

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on February 20, 2014, in Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I feel you should have more than one side. And I love half-dressed men….I may be a granny, but they still trip my trigger lol

  2. Love the post, Diana! What fun. But of course that protest over the Jane Eyre comment you hear is from ME. The world’s biggest Jane Eyre fan 🙂

    • Ha ha, Carey, love it, and love you, too! I’m an equally big fan — I actually took French in school just to be able to read the other parts of it. It’s a book that makes me happy. It would be a better book, though, if I had one inkling that he loved her all the time he was dancing with other women and teasing her.


  3. Great post, Diana. I am also a huge JE fan, but I always wondered what Rochester was really feeling.
    I remember when Stephanie Meyer’s unfinished manuscript was put on the Internet without her permission. I didn’t want to read it because It had been stolen, but my daughter and I were desperate to read the Twilight story from Edward’s point of view.
    So we compromised–she read it (because I couldn’t stop her) and then she told me all about it.

    I love multiple POVs too!

  4. Obviously, I love the half-dressed men. 😉 And I definitely prefer both points of view. Cute post, and thanks for the spotlight! 😀

  5. It’s okay to be a bit “old fashioned”. Sometimes less is more and the imagination can take the eyes to wonderful places. However, it seems the generation I live in loves the more is more mentality and I fear I must agree. But that’s not saying a man in a tux can’t fire the hormones.
    Does your hubby know lots of people have now seen his bare toes? Loved the pic and the point of view. 🙂

  6. Well, I shared your blog, Diana, and now your husband’s toes are on my FB page! 🙂

    I am ALL for the half-naked alpha cover. I prefer it over the hero-and-heroine cover in fact, because secretly: I’m only reading romances to fall in love with the hero. 😉

    Guess I’ll never get over being a gushy junior high school girl stupefied at the sight of the most popular guy in class accidently setting eyes on her. That’s the reaction I still feel coming across a gooooood cover.

  7. Amusing post, Diana.

    Although I’m all for half-naked men on covers, some are just silly. Really, why would a guy be standing outside in the snow in his jeans, boots, cowboy hat and NO SHIRT???? And most cops wear shirts to fight bad guys and firemen don’t fight fires shirtless. Yeah, I know, realism has no place in romance covers. Still, sometimes I think these covers try too hard. When every book has naked male muscles on it, it’s difficult to make one special.

    • Amen sister! Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh, Lark.

    • I agree, Lark. It does get silly (put the poor snow patrol guy indoors by the fire!). Honestly, besides the eye-candy factor, the main reason I wanted a half-naked man on my cover was to convey that the book is sensual, with several open-door love scenes. When readers see that, they know exactly what to expect. At least, I do. Thanks for coming by!

      • There’s nothing silly about your cover, Gwen. He’s not in a burning building with his shirt off. LOL. And it does the job of being eye-catching. I guess that’s what it’s all about, right? Good point about the cover conveying the genre more specifically — or should I say, explicitly?


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