Ripping the Bodice by Inara Lavey 

Ravenous Romance


ISBN:  978-1-60777-139-5

Reviewed by Tanya



Cassandra Devon has been a romance reader since she was young.  Interestingly enough she seems to prefer the “bodice ripping” stories of the 70’s and their swashbuckling heroes to today’s offerings.  This leads to a number of daydreams for this fanciful woman, and she does tend to lose herself when she is in the midst of them.

What will happen when she dumps her latest guy (no hero material there) and heads to the islands to meet up with her best friend?  She hasn’t counted on being confronted with the Irishman who doesn’t seem to want to listen to her rebuffs, or his best friend the sexy Raphael, who seems interested.  But what happens when Connor seems to start taking Raphael’s place in her daydreams?

While Ripping the Bodice was a fun and tongue in cheek look at not only romance but the older “bodice ripping” romance books of the 70’s, it wasn’t as fantastic as I had hoped it would be.  I thought Ms. Lavey rushed parts of the story and in some cases spent too much time on the daydreams of Cassandra.  I did find the characters to be fun and well developed and the premise of the story hilarious.  So while I didn’t find Ripping the Bodice a keeper for me I will be sure to check out Ms. Lavey’s future stories.


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