Judging a book by the cover stud

March 26, 2007

Don’t tell anyone the big secret, but I guess the folks who publish Harlequin romances can’t just rely on breathtaking plot twists, multi-layered characters and gripping prose to sell enough of their books. That’s where guys with no shirts come in.

This weekend, Harlequin representatives went looking for “regular” dudes they might want to use as models for their book covers, checking out about 200 men at a Toronto casting house.

A Harlequin spokeswoman said they were looking for “that iconic look that women go for – sexy, sensitive, beautiful and fit.” D’oh! Have I been stupid, or what? I thought they just wanted a good sense of humor. Jonathan Spicer reports:

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A man poses during a casting call for Harlequin romance novels in Toronto on March 24, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Blinch


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Dear Blog Guy,

I was in Canada for the weekend. Did I miss anything?

Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

He looks like he has a pretty good sense of humor to me.

Posted by Flossie Berman | Report as abusive

What about covers for those of us that are not turned on by pretty young guys with bulging muscles and barbed wire tattoos? What about those of us that prefer REAL men? Am I right? Who’s with me? Can I get a whoop-whoop? ….. fine. Screw ya’ll.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Damn, John — I THOUGHT I saw you in line about 30 guys ahead of me….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Ms Berman… Words fail me…

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

When they advertise for cover models for the reissue of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” I’m there….

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive