Also, a quick reverse google image search shows where else this image has been featured - let’s take a look at some of these shall we?
a forum for posting pictures of hot “babes”
at thismakesmehorny.tumblr.com (warning - NSFW)
at another site collecting eroticized portraits of women
in a thread for beautiful pictures of women/men that are mildly and/or not clothed and can be softcore doin it too (warning - NSFW)
on what is basically a striaght up porn site (NSFW)
The fact that this image is already appearing in lists of eroticized, fetishized images of women for the male gaze is not encouraging.
As a friend of mine remarks, “They’re totally fetish lesbians.”
Personally, from a purely marketing point of view, I imagine reading this on the bus and shuddering. If I glanced at this cover in a bookstore, I would not buy this book and I certainly wouldn’t be drawn to it. On the other hand, I expect that people picking up this book and going “yay lesbian erotica” are going to be pretty damn disappointed by what’s inside. Forget what this cover says about aces, it also fails in that it does a poor job of actually advertising the contents of the book to potential readers.
If this is their best attempt at marketing this anthology, if this is seriously the best image they can think of to convey “asexual romance” to their target audience as quickly and effectively as possible—well, I shouldn’t think this publisher will remain in business much longer.