One of the strangest moments of being home for the holidays is running into those long-lost family belongings buried in your attic, basement, or garage. You just might find a trove of memorabilia from your youth or your father's hidden porn collection from the '70s (you know, the kind where the women are always laying on bear rugs).

We often find ourselves running across our mother's romance novel collection. We always crack up at the Fabio-esque dude holding up the flowing dress of the maiden as they swing from a rope or look out longingly over the edge of a pirate ship. It seems that since those good old days, romance novels have only gotten more ridiculous.

We spent some time leafing through stacks of books we would otherwise never touch with a 10-foot pole to find you the most ridiculous covers from the literally dozens of romance novel sub-genres that entertain moms all across these great United States.  Prepare to get hot and bothered with The 25 Most Ridiculous Romance Novel Covers.

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Written by Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU) and Cody Gallagher