Every once in a while I’ll be scrolling my Kindle app and notice an ebook cover has changed on me! Here some romance cover redesigns I’ve noticed in the last six months:
Since debuting in 2018, A Girl Like Her has gone through three cover changes. The original is pretty on the nose for BWWM indie romance. The half-naked models on the redesign give off an erotic romance feel, but I love the second redesign works best. It fits the book perfectly.
The updated cover for Be Mine is one of my favorite illustrated re-designs. It uses depth and shadow to create a stylistically interesting cover that uses text and images to give readers more information about what is inside. I do think it’s curious it doesn’t say novella anymore because this novella is extremely short.
We are beginning to see more illustrated historicals so it’s no surprise this Dare got an update. I think the redesign is a fun reimagining of a modern favorite but the hero on the cover doesn’t fit the recluse hero in the book at all.
This is a popular Snyder novella and even though I really like the original cover, I can see why Snyder updated it for the modern illustrated trend. The new cover makes it clear it’s an interracial romance and has so many little elements that show up int he actual story.
Also, I think the side-eye looks they are giving each other is what they tried and failed to do on the Blitzed cover…
As mentioned earlier mainstream pubs are all about illustrated covers now, so this illustrated update isn’t a surprise. I think the redesign is an improvement. The lighting and editing on the first two covers always seemed a little off to me and I think the new covers add a more cohesive and expressive design.
I loved the dramatic eye-catching original covers, so I was shocked when I was scrolling Kindle and saw the darker covers. The new covers remind me of the “object cover” trend that was popular with erotic romance in the mid-2010s. I think the new covers signify the darker and less conventional structure of these mafia romances. That said…the last one gives me some George R.R Martin vibes