Terrible Treasures: Virgin Heat

I was casually making a display of books where the main characters are anthropomorphized cats (a surprising amount of books) when Amy Barritt, our Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, popped up with this little terrible treasure.

Why wasn’t this brought to my attention before?!


Now, Virgin Heat does not count as a book with a cat main character, as far as I know, but it does count as a hilarious and slightly disturbing book cover. The photo above, snagged from our online catalog, doesn’t really do it justice.


The cat on this cover is not mentioned in the book jacket or in any of the reviews I found. Why is he ringed in fire? Why are the fleshy pink parts of the corners of his eyes so lovingly detailed?

Honestly, if it weren’t for the title of this book it probably would just be dismissed as another cat on a book cover, nothing to write home (or blog) about. But Virgin Heat sounds just gross, like a catholic nun unable to stop herself from grinding on virulent males. It happens to also be the title of a self published Amazon.com erotic series, which makes way more sense.

This book however is not about sexless women lusting to breed, but about a prude daughter of an imprisoned mobster and her attempts to find love with the man who betrayed her father. The book garnered four stars on www.goodreads.com which is high for the notoriously picky and opinionated site. Furthermore, Laurence Shames is actually a relatively popular author with most of his books filed under comedy/suspense and mostly taking place in Key West, Florida. For some reason though, he likes weird animals on his book covers.



The old adage remains true, you can’t judge a book by its’ cover.

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