I don't usually think of girls this way (I'm not that kind of girl), but that cover is HOT! Smokin! That cover influenced me to read the rest of Patricia Briggs, and I'm really glad I did. Thank Gd I didn't see Hob's Bargain first!
So today we move out of the realm (sort of) of Romance and into the realm of Fantasy. I love fantasy. If I could ever think up a plot, I would write fantasy. But I would never, ever, agree to a cover like this one. Giant-creepy-elfie-guy weirds me out. It makes it much worse knowing, as I do having read the book, (spoiler alert) that our heroine winds up romantically entangled in a happily-ever-after kind of way with him. Ewwwwwww. After her husband is killed off on the first page.
Why, you're wondering, if the cover is soooo bad, why oh why did you read such a book? Well, here's the thing. Patricia Briggs is my favorite new-author-that-I've-just-discovered-in-the-last-few-months. She writes completely readable, interesting, high fantasy. I really enjoyed her Dragon series, and Hob's Bargain was a good book, too (if you cover it in brown paper, first). She's recently branched out into dark fantasy. Check out this cover: