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Ripping the Bodice

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  151 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
"If you're looking for a big dose of fun to go along with your romance, look no farther than Inara Lavey's Ripping the Bodice. This story positively sparkles with wit and humor...Along with that humor, Ms. Lavey has given us an absolutely addictive cast of characters who are colorful and well-developed and almost larger than life."

"The story was well-writt
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published (first published February 9th 2009)
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Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
The title of this book makes me giggle and it was with that frame of mind that I started reading this book. To my surprise, I really did enjoy this story. The main character Cassandra lives her life fantasizing about romance novels, you know those romance novels with really fun names, swashbuckling heroes, and damsels in distress. In fact, about half the book takes place in Cassandra's fantasy world frequently interrupted by real life.

After Cassandra's dull boyfriend cancels their weekend away t
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was GREAT!! Not what I expected at all. I got it just to test out my new Kindle and I'm definitely keeping it on as a favorite.

The story is about a girl lost in the fantasies of all the romance novels she reads. As a result, she starts to like a guy who she thinks is straight out of one of her books. Meanwhile, another guy is trying to...seduce her? Something like that! Anyway, this second guy, Connor, is any romance-novel-reader's dream come true. He even talks (joking around most of
From the opening daydream scene to the end, this is a loving send-up of old school romance and pulp fiction novels from the past, oh, 150 years maybe. If you're not familiar with or don't enjoy those older forms of the genre, I'm not sure how much you'd enjoy this book, but I thought it was hysterically funny. I actually laughed out loud at least once per chapter.

Cassandra meets her college friend Val for a vacation in San Diego, where they're joined by Val's favorite cousin, Rafael, and his bus
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, light read that parodied the old school romances, the alpha vs. beta heroes, and the spell that romances can cast over a girl to heighten one's expectations in their own romantic life.

Cassandra Devon has a cubicle job with no excitement apart from her romances. (Hey, I can totally relate!) She goes off on a weekend trip with a friend, and two men catch her eye: Raphael, a dashing right-from-the-page hero with swoony looks and the perfect hero voice; and Connor, a wisecracky Irish
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sex and Comedy are strange bedfellows, so kudos to Inara Lavey for pulling off this wonderful blend of sexiness and hilarity. It's a sexed-up take on Walter Mitty: Our heroine, Cassandra Devon, has erotic daydreams of hard-boiled private eyes, dashing pirates, jet-setting super spies and other sexy rogues dancing around her surprisingly explicit subconscious. If that weren't enough, her real life is also crowded with too many love interests, namely Connor, an Irish scoundrel and Raphael, the tal ...more
Gabrielle Viszs
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Je suis tombé sur la couverture et j’avais cru que c’était un historique. D’accord, la jeune femme du bas aurait dû me mettre la puce à l’oreille. Raté, il s’agit juste d’une histoire d’une jeune femme de notre époque qui rêve, fantasme, tombe dans des rencontres imaginaires où les pirates entre autres, les gentilshommes et où elle-même se retrouve l’héroïne à sauver des griffes du méchant qui en veux à sa vertu. C’est une histoire sympa à lire, mais sans plus. L’héroïne, suite à une déception d ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Plus ponctuée de passages pseudo romantiques, l'histoire n'avance pas beaucoup. Pour tout dire, elle est presque inexistante. Et c'est dommage parce que le côté comique était prometteur. Les personnages sont caricaturaux et c'est pour ça qu'on se lance dans cette lecture : pour rire des romances érotiques. Mais ils dépassent les limites, jusqu'à réaliser les clichés (la scène de la plage en est l'exemple probant) et la scène finale en devient pathétique... Dommage !
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Other than the whole "romance novels nearly ruined my life" issue (girl, please), this book was spot on from start to finish. Ok, fine, maybe Old School romance could mess up a woman's boyfriend radar. Cassandra's romance enthusiasm was wonderful, Connor's perspective particularly charming, and all of the supporting characters provided just the right amount of humor. The romance parodies were priceless (I particularly loved how the author plays with foreign interjections). By books end ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun book. And it was free from All Romance ebooks and Ravenous Romance. It was kind of shades of Walter Mitty. Cassandra loves her bodice ripper romances and has read them for so long they have become her model for her ideal man. She also has an active imagination in that she constantly loses herself in scenes out of her books and her head. The characters were a lot of fun and the storyline especially with all the mock scenes from old time romances was hilarious. The romance was ...more
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, smooth as silk, and laugh out loud funny,Inara Lavey intertwines tasteful erotica with humor like a real expert. I'm not easily entertained these days with lots of books and films leaving me with the same old blah feeling. But, I found myself cruising through the pages of Ripping The Bodice into the wee hours. I became hooked on Cassandra's stimulating fantasy life and how it would play out in real time. Happily, I was not disappointed. A good read -- no pun intended.

• Over the top romance creates real life humor.

• It takes a little bit to get past the confusion of Cassandra's forays into romantic daydreams.

• Outrageous romantic fantasies with purple prose abounding makes this read something to put a smirk on your face even as your cheeks burn.

For my full length review of Ripping the Bodice, visit me at Sweet Vernal Zephyr. ~Miranda

Ninou d'IOTM
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un petit roman frais et bourré d'humour et de cliché sur les romances, Cassandra a une imagination débordante, qui part souvent à la dérive en se mettant en scène tel l'héroïne des romans qu'elle dévore...très distrayant, idéal pour passer un bon moment entre le soleil, sa serviette et les pieds dans le sable ;)
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally found a romance I liked, folks. Irreverent and witty, I laughed out loud more than once, and read the whole thing in just a few hours. The characters were likeable and realistic, if in some cases a little two-dimensional. It was cute and entertaining, and for God's sake, no one lived Happily Ever After. Small mercies.
Lori Perkins
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Scream for romance readers. A must read.
Shannon Arehart
Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Possibly the worst book I ever read.
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Kept Picturing Raphael as Fabio - Scary
When her boyfriend calls at the last minute and blows off the vacation she was so looking forward to, Cassandra Devon quickly reevaluates both the relationship and her plans. She dumps the boyfriend, packs her bags, grabs a bunch of the classic books she loves - wildly adventurous and swashbuckling romances that never fail to sweep her away from her average life - and heads to San Diego to meet up with her best friend Valerie. Nothing would please her more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Every so often, at least once a chapter, Cassandra enters into some fantasy or dream with herself as the glamourous heroine. The rest of the cast rotates a little as the story progresses, reflecting her reality and her state of mind. Most of the time, Raphael is cast as the dashing hero, with Connor as the villain. The fantasies vary from swashbuckling pirates to a gypsy caravan to a 1960s air hostess, with flashing eyes, lean yet well-mscled torsos, and various throbbings. These fantasies are h ...more
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
This books seems like a good beginning, but nowhere near complete as far as I'm concerned.

It took a good idea in the main character's cheesy romantic imaginings and went completely overboard with it. The author skipped just enough and went straight for overkill. When there are such good characters to start with in Val, Cassie, Connor and Raphael, there's no need for the insurgence of 5 pages here and 5 pages there of cheesy romantic imaginings.

She's got the start of good characters, but the ti
Lorsque j'ai vu ce livre pour la première fois sur internet, je me suis dit: «La fille qui lisait des romans d'amour...c'est tout à fait moi!». Par contre, en lisant le résumé, je me suis dit: «Ok...romantique oui absolument, mais pas poussé à ce point!» Ce résumé ma fait bien rire et je dois aussi avouer que le livre aussi à certains passages (et c'est rare que je ris à voix haute en lisant). Cassandra, bien que maladroite et un brin trop rêveuse (ce que je suis dans le fond!) est assez attacha ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie-wowio
Call me crazy but I have always liked a man with an Irish accent...Mmmm... So when it came to Connor or Raphael it was just to easy to pick who I wanted, not to mention the fact that I am not into docile men, can you say boring...

However enticing the men were in this book, it was kind of hard to get around the nauseating romance daydreams of Cassandra. Having been in love with her fantasy of romance since she was young, every other page was littered with these day dreams of what she thought she
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ripping the Bodice is a perfect mesh of fun, stimulating, smart, and provocative, paying playful homage to the classic “bodice ripper” romance with an effective and enjoyable approach. Inara LaVey’s writing style is polished and her voice is well defined and consistent. The sense of humor she portrays through her characters is delightful, making Ripping the Bodice a true page-turner. I recommend this book to fans of classic and contemporary romance alike, and I will definitely seek out more of M ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Cassandra loves romance novels and thinks she's had the opportunity to step into one when she meets her best friend's perfect looking cousin - except there's also his obnoxious business partner. It was funny at times, clearly lampooning old school romance novels, but some of Connor's actions outside the fantasies were too uncomfortably alpha. I liked him, but I didn't really trust him after some of those scenes.
Une petite lecture sympathique, qui se nourrit de sensualité à travers les fantasmes de l'héroïne, sans quoi c'est assez soft et lisse. Je pensais qu'il y aurait eu davantage de tension sexuelle au programme, avec les deux beaux spécimens qu'on nous promettait, mais les dés sont pipés car l'un est clairement plus favorisé que l'autre (l'auteur nous dicte quel camp choisir, c'est tout cuit !). Bref, c'est gentillet, pas aussi alléchant que le résumé le supposait.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure about this one.
It got to a piont where i was skipping the italised writing as i deemed it irrelevant to the story line, only to have to go back and re read bits that i'd missed because there were some bits that were important.
So that left me a little frustrated...
Oh and the ending.. yeah i wish it was longer, but the story just stops. so much more could have been added to this story, it has the potential to become a book (not a short story).
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-modern
3 Stars - I would read again... sometime... with limited options

I liked this one more than most of the freebie romances I've read.
It had the added humor of being about a girl who is obsessed with romance novels and had no problem making fun of it's own genre. For that, I'll read it more than once.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai eu peur en commençant le livre... Moi qui m'attendait à un roman d'amour, je me suis retrouvée avec un livre érotique. Heureusement, ce n'était que l'imagination de l'héroïne. J'ai eu un peu de mal avec le format imagination/réalité. J'avais besoin d'un peu d'amour mais pas si niais... Dommage.
Un roman simple et drôle mais qui allie bien trop de cliché à mon gout. L'héroïne est bête à pleurer et sa propre histoire d'amour est juste pas crédible du tout. C'est trop rapide. Mais ça se laisse lire popur peu que l'on ne soit pas trop difficile.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This was one of the infamous Ravenous Romance novels. It was cute. It was not stellar, but it was solid. I laughed, and cried. It had some deliberate camp going that made the emotional parts a little more bittersweet. It was self-aware and I really liked it. Recommended read.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read! If you have ever enjoyed a good (or even a trashy) romance novel, you have to give this one a go.

Cassandra is hooked on romance novels, and she frequently gets distracted from what's going on around her as her imagination runs away with her...

Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un bon petit livre pour fille, parfait pour l'été. Je l'ai lu en un temps record mais je ne regrette rien ! Vraiment top !
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