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Love is all around

Sisters Bea and Leah Koch own The Ripped Bodice, in Culver City, California, claimed to be the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States. Bea looks after Regency and other historical romance, and Leah checks out the contemporary, paranormal and erotica subgenres, especially witches and sports romance.

Destiny Jackson, writing in the Hollywood Reporter, said Bea Koch had told her: ‘I was writing my thesis, Mending the Ripped Bodice, about the portrayal of romance in fiction. We realised there was no dedicated bookstore to the genre. Which is crazy! It seemed like it should lend itself to a bookstore experience because romance is such a personal genre for so many people.’

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