Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Heroes On Book Covers

Posted May 19, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 28 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Reasons I Love … ‘ so I decided (with a little help from my book sisters) to talk about why I love heroes being featured on book covers. For many years in the genre I spend the most time in (Christian fiction), having a guy by himself on the cover was rare and almost taboo. I’m delighted to report that this trend has been changing in the last couple of years, giving plenty of hunky heroes their time to shine!

But… you know… instead of telling you why I love this fairly new trend, I think it would be better for me to show you. 😉

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cutie cowboys

why do we love cowboy heroes so much? there’s something so swoony about their loyalty, their protectiveness, their work ethic, and their strength, isn’t there?




rugged rescuers

these heroes may be first responders or bodyguards or crime fighters, but they all have one thing in common – they rescue. our reasons for loving them are similar to why we love cowboys – loyalty, protectiveness, strength.








historical hotties

these heroes prove you don’t have to be a contemporary hero to be swoonworthy.





Whew. I could keep going but I don’t want to short-circuit anyone’s computer or smartphone screens 😉

What about you? Why do you love having heroes on book covers? Did I miss any of your faves?

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28 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love Heroes On Book Covers

  1. Julianna Deering/DeAnna Dodson

    Ooooh! I’m so glad somebody said this! I love seeing the hero on the cover. I don’t know why that hasn’t been done more. I know we’re supposed to put ourselves in the heroine’s shoes, but I’d rather see the hero than see her. I love all these covers. Thanks for inviting Drew! 😀

  2. Jeanne Bishop

    I’m glad to see this trend as well. “The Spice King” is one of my favorite covers and the character in “The Noble Guardian” was a favorite as well.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the PSA! I think I’ll leave this tab open on my laptop for a while! LOL

  4. Megan

    I didn’t even realize there were that many on my KF!!
    (BTW, I have several – or at least seen – the ones you originally posted!)

    Healing Hearts series by Ginny Sterling

    Wildflower Wishes series (#`1, #2, & #4) by Mary Manners

    Boarding House Misfits series by Annie Boone

    Billionaires with Heart series by Juliette Duncan

    Billionaires of Manhattan series by Jenna Brandt

    Billionaires with Heart series by Liwen Y. Ho

    Black Tie Billionaires series by Jo Grafford

    Disaster City Search & Rescue series by small # of various authors
    Some of THE LAWKEEPER books feature just a guy on the cover too

    Men of Fire Beach series
    Sweet Billionaires series
    by Lorana Hoopes

    Dalton Brothers series by Merrillee Whren

    Gabriel’s Atonement (Land Rush Dreams Book 1)
    The Prodigal’s Shotgun Wedding
    by Vickie McDonough

    5 of the books in Wyldhaven series by Lynette Bonner

    Everyday Heroes series by Margaret Daley

    Blind Date Disasters series by Evangeline Kelly

    Hostage (The Navy Justice Series Book 2) by Don Brown

    Where Can I Flee (Ancient Words series, #1)
    Out of the Ashes (Ancient Words series, #3)
    by A. M. Heath

    Brothers of Miller Ranch series by Natalie Dean

    The Kavanagh Brothers series by Kathleen Ball

    Believe it or not .. a couple of The Pinkerton Matchmakers series has a guy on the cover!

    A Billionaire Romance series by Bree Livingston

    The Blair Brothers series by Brooke St James

    The Billionaire Surprise series by Emma St. Clair

    The Legacy (The Restoration Series Book #4): A Novel by by Dan Walsh

    The Callahans of Texas series by Sharon Gillenwater

    Lacy Williams & Liz Isaacson & Debra Clopton & Hanna Hart have LOTS of handsome cowboys!

    Several of the LIS K-9 Unit books have a guy on the cover

  5. Andi

    Oh, Carrie, this is so great! I definitely agree with this post! Having the hero on the cover is the best trend!

  6. This is a fun, unique spin on today’s topic! Not gonna lie, though, I tend to avoid books with a solo man on the cover (especially if they’re half-naked). It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good-looking man, but those kinds of covers tend to be on books that aren’t really my genre, if that makes sense. I’m glad you enjoy them, though!

    Happy TTT!


  7. Pam K.

    Mary Connealy has some swoon worthy covers in addition to those you mentioned. Her High Sierra Sweethearts series (especially The Accidental Guardian and The Reluctant Warrior), Trouble in Texas series, and the Kincaid Brides series (especially Rafe on the cover of Out of Control) are all worthy of more than one look.

  8. Patsy Curry

    Love this! I am definitely one who would rather have the hero on the cover. I prefer the original cover with Morgan Spencer from The Still of Night by Kristen Heitzman. I was sad when they replaced him with Jill.

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