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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Steamy Romance Cover Art

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
three examples of romance book cover art featuring couples embracing passionately
Romance Cover Art

One of the coolest things about working at the Central Library is getting to be around our amazing collection. We have amassed quite a few books since we opened our doors in 1926—the Fiction collection alone boasts over 375,000 titles! There are treasures everywhere just waiting to be found, like the old-school Romance novels I recently stumbled on. Looking at them was like taking a time machine back to the 80s and 90s. Their steamy, cheesy covers were so relatable! Who hasn’t gotten frisky on a windswept cliff with a viscount in a cape on the grounds of an ancient castle? Or writhed upon a white fur rug with a Scottish warlord in a torch-lit chamber with a rearing horse nearby?

I pulled a few of them for fun and posted them below. Many of these gems are currently on display in the Literature & Fiction Department, but all you need to do is scroll down and feast your eyes. I’ve broken them into categories. Enjoy the fromage!

Category #1: Hot, Awkward Embraces

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

Category #2: Dude Is Totally Naked

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

cover of a romance novel featuring a couple embracing

Category #3: Scorching Scots

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

Category #4: Fabio! Fabio! Fabio!

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

Category #5: Books “Written” by Fabio

cover of a romance novel featuring Fabio

cover of a romance novel featuring Fabio

cover of a romance novel featuring Fabio

cover of a romance novel featuring Fabio

Category #6: Random Fromage

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

cover of a romance novel

I hope you enjoyed this trip down Bodice-Ripper Lane. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to make out with your sweetheart in a raging river while one of you clutches a sword with a bowl of fruit nearby!

xoxo


 

 

 

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