Sistah Girls, I know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is true because you never know what’s inside.

However, you can’t deny that if you’re walking down an aisle of a bookstore or perusing Amazon for your next one-click read you don’t suddenly stop when you spot a great book cover.

Each month we’ll drop a list of books that have some dope covers and tell you why they made our monthly round-up. They will come from all genres and they don’t have to have been released in the month we highlight them–they just have to be dope.

For the month of March check out what book covers made the list below…

The Point of It All (Sugar Valley Book 2) by Christina C. Jones

I love the colors, I love the model, I loveeeee how the elements (grapes & leaves) surrounding the model did not overthrow her and become too much to look at. This cover is dope.

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:  There’s always a reason to try… if you look hard enough. (The Point of it All contains themes of grief, illness, and death that could be triggering for some readers.)

The Love Below: A Prototype Series Glimpse (Travis+Kennedy) by Jacinta Howard

The is phrase “Less is more,” is typically used in fashion but it definitely applies to book covers as well. This cover stands out to me because it’s black beauty and black romance without saying it. I love when designers play on angles and highlight features that can be sexy but also cool.

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis: You are the space between forever and always…

Their connection has always been otherworldly, magnetic… even spiritual. Prototype guitarist Travis Broussard and lead singer Kennedy James know their love for one another surpasses understanding. But when outside forces threaten the sanctity of their bond, they have to decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their love.

This is a brief “glimpse” into the lives of Prototype guitarist Travis Broussard and Prototype singer Kennedy James following the events in their book, ‘Finding Kennedy’ —Book 2 of The Prototype Series.

Twisted Intentions by B.M. Hardin

B.M. Hardin’s covers are always drama–and I love to see it! This cover is giving me split personality, it’s giving me good vs. evil, it’s also giving me maybe twin sisters. It’s giving me everything I need to go read what the book is about. I love the colors, I love the creativity, the cover is bomb.

Genre: Suspense

Book Synopsis: We all want something. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get it?
Ms. Merci Miller is. And after surviving her worst nightmare, finally, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

She sees something she isn’t supposed to see; a crime. But she finds a way to use pain to her advantage this time. Her intentions are pure. And just a little bit twisted. And for a while, things are just as sweet as forehead kisses.

And then, suddenly, Merci is reminded of her past, and forced to face her biggest fear. “He’s back, Merci. Your worst nightmare is here.” But the man who hurt her is supposed to be dead. Or is it all in Merci’s head?

Ebb & Flow: A Novella by Brookelyn Mosley

This cover is everything! The colors, the model, even the font screams: PICK ME UP AND READ ME! I love it!

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance 

Book Synopsis: Nubia Merci and Naazir Goodman were never supposed to be a couple… at least that’s what the people close to them believed…

Despite the odds, somehow, they’ve formed an enviable courtship. But while they are working diligently to nurture and cultivate their love, those same people in their lives are working even harder to tear them apart.

Nubia, an interior decorator, is without a doubt in love. She’s a creative, able to imagine an abundance of possibilities, creating magic with spaces that seem impossible to work with. As imaginative as she is though, never did she imagine falling for a man like Naazir. And now that she has fallen, she has no intentions of letting him go. A series of events will challenge her plans when she’s dealt the “mother of all ebbs.” Will those events force her to abandon ship? (Read the full synopsis on the book page) 

Shu: A Novella (Them Boys Book 3) by Alexandria House

If I could turn book covers into posters…I’d definitely do it with this cover. Do I really need to expound on why I love this cover? I think not.

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance 

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Speaking of Summer: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon

As soon as I saw this cover I went to read what the book was about. This cover is art, and because I read the book, this cover represents the story so well.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book synopsis: On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing Black woman, Autumn must pursue the search for her sister all on her own.

With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with the various murders of local women and the men who kill them, thinking their stories and society’s complacency toward them might shed light on what really happened to her sister.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a fun cover!  I know that line was corny but that’s exactly what I thought when I saw this book cover. I love the colors, the art, and how everything works together for the dopeness of this book cover.

Genre: Women’s Fiction  

Book Synopsis: Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket.

The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. (Visit the book page for full synopsis) 

End Zone Love (Connecticut Kings Book 4) by Love Belvin

All rapper Nas needed was one mic and all I needed was one arm! I’m not sure how you make a cover sexy with one ass arm but clearly it’s possible.

I love the colors, I love that the image is clear, there weren’t too many things going on at once, the masculinity of the image is great and the font (specifically the author’s name) gives it a touch of femininity. Dope cover.

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance

Book synopsis: After losing an improbable opportunity at the Super Bowl, Trent Bailey still has something to prove. He’s come out, not only as America’s favorite redemption story, but also a married man; a marriage not yet known to the public. He’s trusting more, finding his home more comfortable and befitting a Connecticut King.

Jade’s a new woman now. Her insecurities are under control at Trent’s side. No more violent fits around Trent’s female admirers, she’s understanding the fanfare attached to her husband’s returning celebrity. She’s found her place in the big world, and is content figuring out the rest. (Visit the book page for full synopsis) 

Syxth Giving (Situationships Book 5) by Grey Huffington

This is another “less is more” cover. I really love it when a designer plays with angles and fonts. The model jumps out of the cover yet we don’t fully see her face. The colors go so well with the models skin tone, her hair is the center of the cover but it’s not the cover. It’s sensual and just an all-around dope cover.

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance 

Book Synopsis: Syx & Trough returns. Briefly. Here’s another chance to fall in love with them over the holiday.

When’s the Last Time? by Monica Walters

This cover is gorgeous because it leaves so much to the imagination. We know it involves music and the play on the model holding the guitar like it’s a woman makes this cover romantic in a cool: I don’t know what’s going on but I want to read and find out, kind of way. So dope!

Genre: Black Contemporary Romance 

Book Synopsis: If abandonment had a face, Enzo Saint Rideaux’s fit the bill perfectly. Being raised by his father since the age of four without any involvement from his mother, makes him feel like he’s been missing something.

Regardless of his dad’s endless love, he knows that his mother has to care about him. After his dad is shot and killed, his hopes are high for reuniting with his mother, but once again, he is left without her love. Moving in with his paternal grandparents wasn’t what he expected, but it’s his fate.

Learning to adapt is hard and after his introduction to music, he uses it to ease his soul. At some point it’s not enough and he turns his attention to women. Sex gives him an adrenaline rush like no other and it helps him manage his demons. (Visit the book page for full synopsis) 

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