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2.
A "romantic" but risque novel aimed at a female audience; refers to the buxom women who decorate the covers, along with the dark, handsome, and wealthy male
I went to the bookstore in the airport, but all they had were bodice rippers
by Cornholio September 25, 2003
 
1.
An historical romance where the heroine has lots of non-consensual sex, which becomes consensual. The book needs to have a gaudy cover with a woman with an extraordinarily long neck, heaving bosoms, and flowing hair, and a brooding man.
She read a couple bodice rippers every week.
by Amaranth March 29, 2004
 
3.
A book labeled "Historical Romance" that is really just written porn for middle-aged women.
Trevor: Hey Jeff's mom, what's that you're reading?
Jeff's mom: Oh it's called "A Knight for Alice." It's a lovely romance set in 1500's England. Very sweet and adventerous.
Jeff: Mom give it up. Everyone knows that's just a bodice-ripper.
by BambiBigalow April 03, 2011