The synopsis on the back cover sounded fun. It goes:
No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a “skinny-challenged” woman like myself. But dreams of being debt-free danced in my head when I received the offer to appear on a reality TV show.
A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke is about real people–people like me–pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. Sounds fun, no? Well, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. We’re talking no televisions, no cell phones, no PMS medication. And did I mention the corsets? No breathing for a full month. Luckily, when I met the real-life descendant of a duke who was to be my pretend husband, he took my breath away…
In a manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust turned into that other thing…
Love was definitely not in the contract!
The book’s heroine, Tessa, was rather funny and smart even if she has a poor self-image. What initially worked, the smart comebacks, the double entendres full of sexual innuendoes, became quite tiresome halfway through the book for me. However, I must say that its plot angle – that of a reality TV show and what goes on behind-the-scenes – is a clever one. Ms MacAlister is well-known for her comic sense of humour and she doesn’t disappoint in this book. I LOVE the descriptions of the costumes and the hilarious situations she puts her heroine into.
Max, the hero, is as infuriatingly stubborn as any Alpha male can be, but he’s definitely a lot more enlightened … he has, after all, fallen in love with an older woman and is absolutely wonderful about it. Although there were issues the couple has to iron out, the story was overall enjoyable. I simply skipped some of the loveplay after the first.
This is going back to the UBS as it’s on rental. Besides, I didn’t think this is a keeper although I like the younger man older woman pairing.