A few years ago, my editor was running a couple possible cover pictures by me and we both agreed that one fellow was especially yummy eye candy. We settled on him almost immediately. Then my editor sent me an email back saying “And don’t worry. We’ll photoshop out all that chest hair.”
I liked the chest hair. It’s a distinctly masculine trait (At least, one hopes!) I argued in favor of leaving it. I was promptly over-ruled.
If you check my Books page, you’ll see a number of lovely male chests. Only one of them is as God made it. Griffin Nash, the Earl of Devonwood, from Touch of a Scoundrel, has a dusting of dark hair on his pecs. And I didn’t even have to lobby in favor of it. The talented artists at Kensington did it without any input from me.
At RWA Nationals last week, I was signing copies of this new book and amid the general acclamation for this gorgeous cover, several readers commented on the novelty of seeing chest hair. They liked it too.
Then I took another look at the cover for Waking Up with a Rake (You can see it on my Coming Next page.) And viola! Not only does he have hair on his chest, but Rhys Warrington has a tantalizing line of dark silky hair that disappears into the waist of his trousers. Am I seeing the birth of a trend here?
So what do you think? To wax or not to wax? Bear in mind that this is for posterity–or at least for the next time I get a chance to weigh in on a cover–so make your vote count!