a modern Gothic novel or historical romance, usually in paperback format, featuring at least one passionate love scene, characteristically one in which the heroine vainly resists submitting to the villain or hero.
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Also called bodice buster.
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informal a romantic novel, usually on a historical theme, that involves some sex and violence
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