Let’s Talk About: NA Covers – The Good, the Bad and the Repetitive


Hey people. Welcome to my second discussion post of the year :D. This time I decided to talk about something that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a little while. As you might already know, I judge books by their covers – I know I shouldn’t – and I mostly buy books that have beautiful covers because I’m a sucker for them. So my problem is this: the covers of my beloved New Adult books have issues. That is, they’re mostly terrible!

There’s a certain tendency in this genre to either have a couple in the cover, with various degrees of involvement, or to simply show off a half naked men. Well, both these things can be done really great, and I’m not really opposed to a little eye-candy in my covers, but more often than not the effect is not that great.


As I said, not ALL NA covers suck. Some are pretty amazing, even with all the troupes in regards to romantic covers you can think of. For instance, the new Hub City series has absolutely gorgeous covers, that are completely different from those usually seen in this genre. Other series that has covers that I love, even though these ones are more typical of NA, is The Second Chances series.


Other series that I’ve read most of, and that has pretty typical New Adult covers, but is done well, is the Chasing the Dream series. I think that what I love most about these covers is the fact that in each of them I can actually see the couple in the book – that is, these covers FIT!

Another example of NA covers that don’t follow the “tendency” are the Colleen Hoover’s books. These covers are all gorgeous. Right?


When a book has a bad cover, people will judge it by it – come on, I’m sure I’m not the only one! When there’s a naked guy on the cover, or a somewhat “dirty” situation, you will probably assume that of the book as well, right? I’ll give you two covers of two of my favorites NA books, and these are pretty bad and laughable covers – albeit kind of HOT!

Now, I’ll tell you this, the cover for Down and Out has absolutely nothing to do with the book, except that the guy has tattoos, and that’s about it. Why is there a half naked man on the cover? No freaking idea!

And Wallbanger?! Oh my… that’s not even what happens! I swear I went into the book thinking that he liked to nail his conquests fully dressed in the entry hall or something… turns out it’s nothing like that AT ALL! (though walls are banged!)

I could fill this with really BAD covers, but I won’t! I’ll be nice! But did you look at those two and judged the books because of it?

nacovers_3Another huge problem with NA covers is the repetitive motifs, but worse than that is the repetitive use of the same stock images. Sometimes it is done smartly enough that you almost don’t notice that the image is exactly the same. But most often than not you notice, and unless you’ve read said book or it was highly recommended you, you might as well mix up those damn covers that look exactly alike. Want some examples? (here I’ll also use YA books)









Sometimes it’s the same couple but with different poses… yeah… most are not good either…


Some of the covers above are quite good and cute, but when they all start to blur and look the same, are they really doing their job to grab our attention? My guess is no…


I’ll be totally honest here, I would read most of these books above, some I have already, but very few I would like to own a physical cover of. New Adult covers need to stop following the same pattern. They need to be unique. I want to look at a cover and be able to identify it right away, like I can with the Colleen Hoover books, or the new Mercy Brown series. Those are good covers!

Again, I don’t mind a few naked men on the covers of my books, but do it when it makes sense. Do it tastefully. Sex sells, sure, but I guarantee you that some covers dissuade reader to buy the book instead if encouraging it.

So, what do you guys think? What do you like to see on NA covers? Does the incessant repetition of cover cloning bother you? Do you think twice before buying a book with a bad cover?

Getting Him Back (K.A. Mitchell)


Ethan may have followed his high school sweetheart to college only to get dumped his first day there, but he’s not going to let that stop him from exploring all his new life has to offer. Sex-only hookups, his photography, new friends and a campus-wide game of zombies vs humans all help keep his mind off his broken heart and move him toward building a new, better life without his ex.

And then there’s Wyatt. Mysterious, grouchy — hot. And possibly not gay. But Ethan’s not going to let that stand in the way of figuring out what makes Wyatt tick. New college goal? Get Wyatt into bed and into Ethan’s life. 

Step one: arrange a “tutoring” date. Step two: “accidentally” bump into Wyatt as often as possible. Step three: explore the sexy body under that ever-present hoodie. And when their friendship deepens into something neither of them expect, convince Wyatt he’s not just a pity fling or a one-time hookup, but that Ethan is in it for the long haul.

I was super excited to read this book. It was my first request of a New Adult Romance about a gay couple, and I really enjoyed it. I did have some problems with it though.

The writing was something that took me a couple of chapters to get really into, mainly because Ethan has a dirty and dirty mouth – and ever dirtier mind. Now, I have a dirty mind of my own, and I have no problem with dirty language, but this boy was a bit sex crazed. eheh

This book is fast. I mean FAST! Actually, to be honest, it felt more like a novella than an actual novel. I think the small size of this book – 133 pages – worked against this story. I don’t like when my romances drag, but the amount of time that took Ethan to move on from Blake and into Wyatt was too fast… I mean, they had seen each other 3 times and they were already making out on the stairs. I would have liked to see a deeper bond between the boys before this book came to an end, instead they go from strangers, to hot and heavy way too fast, and into a relationship even faster. I felt that a lot of conversations and moments should have been included to make their relationship flow a bit better.

As much as I liked the characters and understood why they acted like they did, I also felt that the small size of the novel didn’t allow for much character development. We see some in Wyatt and Ethan, but not enough on my opinion.

The secondary characters were unfortunately underused and underdeveloped too. 😦

Still, I do praise the diversity, a lot. Not only does it feature a LGBT couple, but Wyatt actually has a genetic syndrome as well, which is something that I never saw portrayed in any book, much less a NA romance. So I do see all the potential that this series has moving forward, and I do hope that book 2 gives us more development to Ethan, Wyatt and their friends, as well as a deeper relationship.