Top Off Tuesday: Bald is beautiful

Posted 16 December, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 8 Comments


Come on, y’all, and play with us on Top Off Tuesday! Hosted by On a Book Bender, Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, and Smitten with Reading, Top Off Tuesday features some of the best topless covers out there (and some pretty darned hilarious ones, too).

For a character who’s supposed to be covered from the top of his shiny head to the tips of his toes with tats, he’s decidedly tat-lacking. But I do appreciate the scruff and then there’s the bald head, which is not something you see very often, especially on romance covers.

Top Off Tuesday: Bald is beautifulBlood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy
Series: The Sentinels #2
Published by Zebra Books on December 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 352

They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned. . .

Out Of The Shadows

At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .

Into The Fire

Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger--and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?

First off and tattoos aside, the guy on the cover is *nothing* like I pictured. For some reason, I don’t see him as bald (if it was in his description, I breezed right over it. This is one of the problems with reading too fast. You miss crucial details like hair and such.).

Second, you don’t need to have read the first story to pick right up with this one. The backstory and world building is seamlessly integrated with the plot so that, even though there’s a lot going on, there’s no sense of being slammed with a ton of information all at once.

Third, fast and fun read! Fane is one serious badass, a typically hardheaded alpha male who thinks he’s doing right by ignoring the woman he loves. She needs someone better than him, of course. She’d get upset with his devotion to his job, get jealous. That’s his thinking, anyway. Serra, on the other hand, has just about given up on the stubborn ass. She’s a strong woman who doesn’t appreciate being kept at arm’s length by the man she’s loved since she was 19. The head-butting is one of my favorite parts, though I wanted to smack Fane upside the back of his head every once in a while when he got too alpha-y.

Fourth, a quibble. There’s too much sex. Once they jumped into bed and got it on, they kept doing so again and again and again and again. Hey, y’all. While it’s all good and I truly do appreciate fabulous smexytimes, I wanted the plot to move forward faster. After all, there’s a little girl’s life on the line while you’re taking a break to go down on one another. Not that I begrudge you your long-awaited love connection but…priorities, people.

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8 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: Bald is beautiful”

  1. Oooo I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bald cover model Mary! WIN!!!! He is decidedly lacking in tats however. I read a book not to long ago where the hero was a tattoo artist covered in tats yet the cover model had not a one. O.o

    Also, THIS:

    (if it was in his description, I breezed right over it. This is one of the problems with reading too fast. You miss crucial details like hair and such.)

    This is me:) All the time.
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  2. You know, I don’t usually like full frontal models on my covers, because the real characters rarely look like they do and it just messes with my vision. I’m still annoyed at the Burn for Me cover. That bald guy isn’t really doing it for me, though I’m not sure it’s the lack of hair. Glad you could jump right into this one, but sorry it wasn’t more of a hit.
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  3. I feel like a bald hero would be enough of a deviation from the norm that it’d be mentioned more than once in a description. I mean, come on. Wouldn’t you rub his shiny head?

    I usually demand to have sex in my romances, but at the same time, you can overkill. How does the saying go? If you can remove the sex and the story doesn’t change, delete it!
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