Hearts Desires has a varied book cover history.
The following was the "working" cover for Hearts Desires
for a long time, pre-book release:
The red room was indicative of a bloody scene where
Jack Sansovino rapes Jamie Page and then beats him to a
near-pulp. The incident takes place in the bedroom of Jamie's cottage, a short
distance from the Larkin mansion.
The second cover for
Hearts Desires was rather vague, but I liked the design
The third cover was a rendition of semi-main characters Brose Larkin and Bridget
Gallagher in an embrace as they look out over Larkin City under a starry sky:
The fourth - and official e-book cover - for
Hearts Desires was rendered by T.L. Davison, which features Jamie, Jack and
Jamie's dog in frame:
I was uneasy about having two bare-chested men on the cover at first. Not
because the men happen to be gay, but rather suggestive nudity – even with women
– is just not my cup of tea. The Advent is
another example of partial nudity, although I was relieved when the woman on the
cover was not shown completely bare-chested.
None of the books in the Collective Obsessions Saga are
heavy on sex scenes. How many ways can one write various romantic interludes for
a connecting series of books that span 140 years? I tried to be creative as the
storyline progressed, which sometimes resulted in violence or mild kinkiness,
but the scenes are a backdrop rather than the focus.
However, I've come to appreciate the cover for Hearts
Desires. Not so much for the men depicted, but for the inclusion of the dog
in a framed picture behind them. The image threads into the final part of the
saga (Megan's Legacy) in subtle fashion, which will
only be realized by readers when they finish the last book.
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