Beauty Awakened (Angels of the Dark, #2)Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Typical of Showalter which means I have read every one and will buy the next. An entertaining escape and good for a late night read.

I do have a huge complaint, but it is not with either the author or the book. It’s with the publisher who has control over the cover. The protagonist in this book is a BRONZE SKINNED, BALD GUY WITH A BEADED BEARD. Every time I opened the book I had to re-experience the irritation of looking at a white guy with smooth face and a full head of hair.

Perhaps a personal quirk, but I can’t stand it when covers lie! Did the publisher determine that they would sell more books with the clean shaved, white guy with hair? In that case they should have insisted that the author make her hero conform to the cover image. The incongruency bugged me big time. (Visual here.)

P.S. One more thing. The couple on the cover suggests more eroticism than is presented in the story. Is this whole thing a simple case of follow the money, Mr/Ms Publisher? Or is it a simple matter of the graphics department not giving a frack?

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