Derision for the genre might have as much to do with the bodice as the ripping. I am quoted in this piece on the politics and passion of bodice ripping.
The most interesting thing that had ever happened to Lady Serena Cavendish was being jilted by the Duke of Frye. And Greyson Jones, agent of the crown, was the second. Check out this excerpt from HOT ROGUE ON A COLD NIGHT, my novella in this latest anthology from the Lady Authors.