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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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a bodice-ripper

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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And the nymph with the sea-green hair made a courtesy down to the ground, and likewise bade him welcome; so did her sister with the bodice of oaken bark, and she that sprinkled dew-drops from her fingers' ends, and the fourth one with some oddity which I cannot remember.
The nymph with the bodice of oaken bark (she was the hamadryad of an oak) threw a handful of acorns among them; and the two and twenty hogs scrambled and fought for the prize, as if they had tasted not so much as a noggin of sour milk for a twelvemonth.
Sydney's Closet's Carmen ball gown-style dress has a dropped-waist bodice in matte satin with red roses over black tulle; tulle shawl included; $249.
The fitted bodice featured a strapless neckline with gorgeous cap sleeves.
The strapless bodice featured a corset back and a draped panel accenting the waist at the side princess seam.
These truly breathtaking garments range from Dolce & Gabbana's classic cuts to Gucci's 1980s-style bodice as worn by Kate Moss in their ads.
To freshen a washable nylon net tutu, detach the skirt from the bodice and dip in mild suds, rinse, hang upside down, and when almost dry, spray-starch each layer, pulling out the wrinkles to separate each ruffle.
The gown featured a strapless bodice with a corset back and a draped panel accenting the waist at the side princess seam.
Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child swooshed through in a cream-colored strapless gown with a floral embroidered bodice.
The former model turned heads when she arrived with her Westlife manager husband Ronan in a flamboyant brown suede tasselled jacket, flowery bodice, patterned trousers and hippy sandals.
The strapless gown featured a fitted bodice with elegant embroidery accented with dazzling rhinestones and clusters of beads.
The colours are fabulous and the fitted bodice just seems to mould to your shape.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a couture gown of duchess satin fashioned with a strapless bodice embroidered in a fleur design detailed with silver threads and embellished with seed pearls, crystals, and mirror beads.
She wore a strapless Jasmine haute couture gown of ivory Kisaki satin, featuring a fitted, beaded, and embroidered bodice with basque waist.
designer Eduardo Lucero saw it before he cut the top off and turned it into a saucy strapless number with a corset sewn into the bodice and a slit up one thigh.