Friday Face-Off: Bodice Ripper. We get naughty today with Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne.

Hi friends,

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.   Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover and choose our favorite. If you want to join the fun, choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme. Compare two or more different covers available for that book,and pick your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog. Easy right?


This week’s theme is: Bodice-Ripper

I had to check first and here is the definition of Bodice ripper:


a sexually explicit romantic novel or film with a historical setting.
Needless to say it’s not my usual genre even if years and years ago (try twenty five years ago) I must have read some bodice-rippers published by Harlequin 😉 
But as I luckily have friends fan of the genre, I just had a peek at their Goodreads shelf and chose what I think is a well known author: Kerrigan Byrne (By the way I want to try her 2019 novel How to Love a Duke in 10 days)
And today’s choice of story is:
The Hunter from the Victorian Rebels series!
They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the proper Victorian-era ladies who love them, a hint of danger only makes their hearts beat faster…

A scandalous proposal.

As one of London’t most elite hunters, Christopher Argent never misses his mark and always gets his man. But when his latest target turns out to be a woman—the popular, and stunningly beautiful, actress Millie LeCour—it turns his whole world upside-down. Overwhelmed by the heat that simmers between them, Christopher can’t complete his mission. On the contrary, he’ll do anything to save Millie’s life—even if it means risking his own…

A dangerous passion…

When she learns what Christopher was hired to do, Millie is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this dangerous man’s arms may be her only path to safety—but giving in to her desire may be the deadliest mistake she’s ever made. With both of their lives in jeopardy, Millie and Christopher must learn to trust the real feelings they’re hiding—to find the true love they’re looking for…

Here are the different covers:
St Martin’s Press 2016
LYX 2018
J’ai Lu 2018
Ucila International 2016
Romanian June 2020
And this week’s winner is….

What’s your favorite?

Thanks for reading!


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20 Replies to “Friday Face-Off: Bodice Ripper. We get naughty today with Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne.”

  1. I used to spend my summer vacations devouring this genre! I still dip my toe in now and then and find them just as fun!

    1. It was me as a teenager Laura!

  2. Tanya Atkinson says: Reply

    Interesting that the LYX version went without either character on the cover.

  3. I’ve only just started reading historical romance and just found out what “bodice ripper” means too this one looks good! I’ll have to add it to my TBR!

    1. Oh please do Jamie!

  4. J’ai Lu is my fave! And bodice ripper, that makes me laugh!!!!

    1. Me too Caro but that’s also so appropriate!

  5. As someone who isn’t much of a fan of real-human-on-covers cover, I do appreciate the LUX edition! 😛

    1. Haaa “Cachez ce sein que je ne saurais voir” Lashaan??? LOL

  6. Yes, this totally fits the theme! I gotta go with your winner as well, the colors just stand out so much!

    1. Thank you Mogsy!

  7. I love the bodice rippers, and I read quite a few in the day and there are some authors who I still read today. Such classics. And Kerrigan Bryne is a great fit. Love her stuff so much.

    1. I got inspired by your posts Renee! but shh 😉

  8. I used to love these stories, too:)). And yes – I think your favourite is lovely and sexy! What fun…

    1. Fun that’s exactly what we expect from them and sometimes they do have unexpected treasures and that’s even better!

      1. Oh, absolutely:))

  9. My sister was a huge consumer of bodice rippers, back in the day. Me? Not my thing. Ha! Ha! But I know sister could read a book a day. So they must have been, eh, good!

    1. I think so too Alex or they would not sell so many LOL

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