Dishing with Dee….Deceptive Book Covers

11 Aug

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Ok, so this is going to be more of a rant, than an actual post, but I just came across a book that seriously irks me…however, I’m not going to post the name of the author/title (at this time…there will be a review in the near future however). I’ll also preface this with I know how little control authors potentially have over bookcovers.

Anyways, back to my rant…as part of ARC August, I picked up one of the romances I had planned to read last night. The cover of said romance had a guy in a cowboy hat, with what looked to be horses and oil drilling platforms in the background – so silly me, I was expecting a western-ish type romance, or something where they were outdoors, doing stuff like you would expect from the cover…however, to my disappointment, there was NONE of that in the book. The book itself revolves around a doctor and an ex-olympic swimmer…no sign of horses, oil platforms, cowboys etc in the book.

So in my curiosity (since I knew this book was a re-edit/re-release of a previous book), I decided to do some research – the previous edition of the book, a cowboy on the cover of a horse that appears to be riding (as in a rodeo). It wasn’t until I went back to what looks to be the first cover of the book (when it was picked up by Ellora’s Cave), that it appears the cover actually fits the theme (two people in the water)…I mean, it is too much to ask to actually have a cover even slightly resemble the book – it doesn’t need to be perfect, but at least attempting to capture some of the elements would be awesome. What makes me doubly disappointed, is that I’ve read and enjoyed this authors works before – but I’m struggling so much with the cover mismatch that I can’t enjoy the story (although there are other issues in the story that I am also struggling with)…

what about you – have you guys ever come across a cover that was so unrelated to the book that you struggled to read it – because you felt as though you had been deceived?


Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Dishing with Dee



3 responses to “Dishing with Dee….Deceptive Book Covers

  1. Lance

    August 12, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Happened once. A library book in the sports section titled “Hand of God.” All it had on the cover was a human right hand. I expected it to be about the 1986 World Cup (soccer) finals game when Argentina won because it’s star player scored a goal after deflecting the ball with his hand. That goal has been called the “Hand of God” goal and I have wanted to read about in the nearly 30 years since it happened.

    But…”Hand of God” was instead a spiritual book talking about athletes and their prayer rituals. No….if I want that Tim Tebow will do. I waded through the entire book without one soccer story! Boo!

    • Dee

      August 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      did the description say anything one way or the other? i guess with mine, the description kind of indicated i wasn’t going to get what the cover showed (ultimately, one one page part about a horse ride; and one 2-line mention of oil)

      • Lance

        August 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        Actually that was the strange part. No jacket with a synopsis. The cover “picture” was actually an engagement of the hand. So I didn’t have a description to read and in my eagerness to finally find something about that soccer incident I didn’t brother looking…Just grabbed it and checked it out. Lesson learned…always read the jacket or skim the first few pages before borrowing from the library


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