a bodice-ripper

a bodice-ripper

  (humorous)
a romantic book, usually where the story happens a long time ago, in which the characters show very strong emotions She's written a serious novel, not some sort of bodice-ripper.
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While not exactly a bodice-ripper, it is interesting stuff.
it's like, my god, this looks like a bodice-ripper (laughs), and so different countries have just gotten completely different things out of it.
Admittedly, his statement was not exactly a bodice-ripper in the first place, but he made no attempt to inject the slightest uplift or urgency into what he had to say.
The Washington Post found the love story ``more in keeping with a bodice-ripper than an epic journey.
In 1981, first-time novelist Lynne Cheney wrote a novel called Sisters, a bodice-ripper about nineteenth century feminist pioneers in Wyoming, dealing in part with lesbian relationships.
OK, so the Highway Code is not as exciting as a Jackie Collins novel, but is a bodice-ripper ever going to save your life?
There's a costume drama, a bodice-ripper, a political thriller.