NetGalley’s historical romance readers have been eagerly waiting for news on Eva Leigh’s A Rogue’s Rules for Seduction, the third and final book in the Last Chance Scoundrels series. Earlier today Leigh revealed the steamy cover, and it’s already set our hearts aflame. Here we’re taking a closer look at the cover and chatting with Leigh about its design and what readers can expect from Dom and Willa’s story.
Take a look at the cover we’ve all been waiting for:
Now, let’s go behind the scenes with Leigh to talk about the design.
Tell us about your book cover! What was the cover design process like for you? What goes into creating covers in a romance series where each needs to be distinct yet collectively match?
I was able to suggest poses and scenes to the art department and was given a selection of models’ portfolios to determine who would be Dom and Willa. We wanted to make sure that the covers were different from each other, yet also had a unifying aesthetic. In all three covers, the relationship between the two main characters had to be emphasized, and I especially love the dynamic between Dom and Willa as represented in the cover. The model who’s portraying Dom did an amazing job showing how much this man is absolutely devoted to Willa. I made sure that my editor let the model know because he was incredible.
Cover design is constantly changing and evolving. Is there a current trend in covers that you enjoy? What do you think is the secret to a good book cover?
Honestly, I’m loving the direction of my Avon covers that are a hybrid between photos and illustration, and show the main characters in a poignant and passionate moment. I’m always happy when the cover matches the tone of the book so that reader expectations are met.
Dom and Willa’s story is set up in the very first chapter in the first book of the Last Chance Scoundrels series (The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes). What inspired you to open and end the series with them?
Dom and Willa’s story is the inciting incident that starts the whole series. If Dom didn’t jilt Willa, then his father and the Ransome brothers’ families wouldn’t have reached their breaking point with the guys’ shenanigans, and there wouldn’t be an ultimatum to find respectable brides within a year. So, it made sense that the event that started the series is also the event that has repercussions all the way to the end. Also, I hoped that readers would be so intrigued by this fiery couple, that they’d want to read every book to see just what happens with them!
In three words, what can readers expect from A Rogue’s Rules for Seduction?
Second chance sexiness.
What books do you recommend we pick up while we wait for A Rogue’s Rules for Seduction to hit shelves on April 25, 2023?
Speaking of incredible covers, have you seen the cover for Aphrodite and the Duke? Phenomenal. It’s a Regency romance by J.J. McAvoy, and the book is just as gorgeous as the cover! It goes on sale August 23.
Here’s the official summary for A Rogue’s Rules for Seduction:
In USA TODAY bestselling author Eva Leigh’s final Last Chance Scoundrels novel, a young lady and her former betrothed get a second chance at love when they’re stranded at a remote country house…
After Dominic Kilburn left Lady Willa Ransom at the altar, she vowed never to reveal how badly she was hurt. Following a year abroad, Willa wants to move on with her life, so she accepts an invitation to a house party. She’s determined to leave her humiliation behind, as well as the scorching attraction she still feels for the man who jilted her.
When dark secrets from his past surfaced right before his wedding, Dom knew he didn’t deserve Willa. So, he bolted. But he still burns for the only woman who ever claimed his heart. To escape the memories of all he lost, Dom heads to a friend’s estate on an isolated Scottish isle. Yet one of the other guests is the very woman who haunts his every thought and makes him wish for the impossible.
Thrown together by well-meaning family and friends, Willa and Dom try to resist the fiery pull between them. Soon the line between love and loathing begins to blur, and their attraction explodes. But Dom’s past lurks on the edge of their rekindled passion and Willa fears she’ll be devastated all over again. Can these star-crossed lovers find their happily ever after, or will everything detonate a second time?
Eva Leigh is a USA Today romance author who has always loved romance. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and men who are here for it. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband, author Nico Rosso, live in Central California.