The Corset Diaries
Katie MacAlister
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The Corset Diaries
Katie MacAlister
352 pages
May 2004
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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With one phone call, Tessa Riordan finds herself leaving behind her mundane life to play the role of a Duke’s wife in an English reality-TV show aptly titled A Month in the life of a Victorian Duke. Besides the money, one look at Max Edgerton, the dishy guy set to play the role of Duke, and Tessa snaps up the job even though it means wearing tight corsets for a month, something which gives this nicely rounded woman nightmares.

Pretty soon, participants on the show realize just how hard life used to be in Victorian times, thanks to their fastidious producer. But eccentric characters, overeager amateurs, sexual shenanigans and some clever sabotage ensure that excitement and fun are never lacking. Max and Tessa are soon involved in playing some risqué sexual games even as Tessa realizes what a complex man she’s fallen in love with. With pain, fear, and their individual pasts clouding their feelings, can these two ever make it in real life?

This latest Katie MacAlister novel simply bubbles over with wit, fun and hilarity. Tessa is irresistible as an utterly outspoken but good–hearted American, while dishy Max with his tormented-hero bit is equally appealing. Side characters like Max’s overprotected daughter, a clairvoyant-wannabe housekeeper, rebellious servants and others ensure that the narrative is never lacking in pace or adventure. Heart-tugging emotionality deftly combined with sizzling passion and tongue-in-cheek hilarity guarantees that this novel will hold its readers mesmerized. The author takes a dig at the craze these days for reality shows, and the behind-the-scenes look at the chaotic realism is enlightening as well as comical. In short, this sassy, sexy and stimulating book is a highly enjoyable and light-hearted read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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