You remember my post about book covers? Miles certainly doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal as some. I took the sleeve off of the hardcover, because I didn’t want to get weird stares anymore. The cover art is definitely not a selling point for a certain demographic, but any reader knows that the art does not sufficiently represent the work.
I’ve never been a sci-fi fan, but the Vorkosigan series hooked me. Bujold creates a very believable world, with complex cultural and political systems. The plot is fast paced, and the characters have incredible depth. Basically: go read the Vorkosigan series.
Most of all, she despised in herself that crippling desire for physical affection, regenerating like a weed in her heart no matter how many time she tried to root it out. That neediness, that dependence, that love-of-touch must be broken first. It had betrayed her, worse than all the other things. If she could kill her need for love, then all the other coils which bound her, desire for honor, attachment to duty, above all every form of fear, could be brought into line. Austerely mystical, she supposed. If I can kill all these things in me, I can be free of him. I’ll be a walking dead woman, but I will be free. (Ch 5 of Komarr)
(The first Vorkosigan book that I read was Young Miles, so I suppose that is a good place for you to start if you’d like.)