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Meaning

A type of novel where the plot revolves around the affluent consumer lifestyle and sexual encounters of the characters.

Origin

This genre of novel, also called 'bonkbuster' or just 'S&S', came into prominence during the 1980s. The first reference to it that I can find in print is from The Ladies' Home Journal, May 1985:

"Jackie Collins, charming, vibrant and stunningly attractive, could serve as at least a minor character in one of her sex-and-shopping-among-the-rich-and-famous page-turners."

See also - power dressing.