There seem to be coherent trends in romance novels from each decade. There are always exceptions, but here are a few.
The 70s gave us a lot of romance novels with hand drawn covers. The heroine and/or hero were often featured on the cover.
Scrolling titles were often seen on these covers.
The 80’s featured a large number of Hero/Heroine centered covers. Lots of cuddling and leaning pictures.
Lots of almost kissing, deep longing, and implied sexual tension. Usually with a nature or occasionally an indoor scene in the background.
The 90s gave way to a lot of floral covers where the hero and heroine were often featured on the inside jacket.
Another popular theme was the coy woman with the hero and heroine on the cover (especially for regency).
The 2000s kept the hero/heroine free cover theme for a while.
Also backs became more popular as 2000 came to a close and 2010 began.
For 2010, who knows what the theme will morph into .
Here are my covers, and a few others released in the beginning of 2010.
What would you like to see more of on romance novel covers? What do you think the newest trends will be?