It’s been a long time since a review made me cry, but this one had me all up in my feels. It’s no secret that much as I love this series, it doesn’t sell well. I knew from the beginning what I wanted this series to be, so that was never an issue, but this cover? Good grief, that was a struggle. A hijab on the cover of a romance book? I’d never seen it, (which was a key motivator to do it) and knew it would turn some readers off.
I thought long and hard about leaving it off, especially since I had a helluva time finding a stock photo that would work. Whit finally had to merge four photos, and y’all don’t know what a struggle that is (not to mention the expense). I looked at stock photos until my eyes crossed trying to find pictures where the angles and shadows were just right. I’ve done it so much I’m officially an expert! Even so, I am so glad I stuck to my original vision. It’s amazeballs when people read the story and understand where I was coming from. Love against all odds. Regardless of religion or political strife or whatever. It’s still love folks and that’s the business I’m in.