bodice ripper

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bodice ripper

A historical romance novel typically published in the 1970s and 1980s. Before heading to the beach, Justine grabbed her chair, her sunglasses, and the latest bodice ripper from her bookshelf to read while she relaxed in the sun.
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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.