Romance paperbacks are enjoyable for plenty of reasons, but any true fan will tell you that the fun begins before you even open the book—with the cover. Good cover art is undoubtedly a key part of a bestselling romance paperback. It’s the first thing you lay eyes on and it lets you know what to expect.
Cover styles for romance novels may vary depending on the author and subgenre, but they almost always feature rugged-looking heroes and airbrushed heroines in dramatic sexy poses to capture the mood of the story.
Photographer Kathleen Kamphausen decided to highlight just how silly the trope is by recreating the covers of 10 romance bestsellers with average-looking models. Check out the hilarious results below and let us know which ones are your favorites!