A manly bit of scruff on cheek and chin has always been de rigueur for romance heroes, but more and more I'm seeing square-jawed cover models with, well, beards.
This clearly follows a real-life trend. Here in Seattle, you can't walk a block without passing a lumbersexual/metrojack who disdains the razor, and national advertising features more and more bearded gentlemen. Now beard-mania is seeping into romance novels, which has rarely gone for full-face fuzz (except, of course, among shape-shifters).
Here are a few books featuring guys with an admirable amount of scruff.
What do you think? Do you want more or less scruff on your romance covers?
Feel free to expand upon your thoughts on facial hair - and what about man-buns? (I refer to the hairstyle) - in the comments.
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