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Note: This is a short story (less than 10,000 words) and not a novella. The story first appeared in the 2010 Anthology The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance. Lydia Bettridge is a young woman suffering the pangs of unrequited love. To capture the attention of Geoffrey Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices her, she has resorted to desperate measures witNote: This is a short story (less than 10,000 words) and not a novella. The story first appeared in the 2010 Anthology The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance. Lydia Bettridge is a young woman suffering the pangs of unrequited love. To capture the attention of Geoffrey Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices her, she has resorted to desperate measures with a seemingly clever plan. By engaging the help of Phillip, a friend of her brother's, to play the love-smitten fool in public, she hopes to pique the interest of her unnamed love. But when Geoffrey himself shows up to take Phillip's place, all her careful planning is turned upside down. What's a girl to do but to make the best of it? This short story was originally published in The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance....

Title : desperate measures a regency short story
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ISBN : 11544266
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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desperate measures a regency short story Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-05-31 07:18

    This is a nice introduction to Candice Hern and the Regency romance genre. Entertaining, it is a simple story of a young woman's unrequited love and what she does to get the gentleman to notice her. This Kindle edition can be read in under 30 minutes and at this time, it is free on Amazon. It is refreshing because you won't find the typical spelling and grammatical mistakes I see with other Kindle stories.

  • Sophia
    2019-06-09 09:34

    A charming young miss has a plan to get the attention of one of her brother's friends who doesn't seem to know she exists. Set up a rival and make him jealous is the plan until he shows up to help her with her plan to make some unknown gentleman jealous. And oh how the fun ensues.This was my first bout with Candice Hern's writing. I enjoyed this light regency romance that sparkled and engaged me completely even though it was a short one-scene story. I will definitely be reaching for more of her work.

  • kris
    2019-05-28 05:25

    Lydia asks one of her brother's friends to help her make another of her brother's friends jealous. Gotta keep it in the family, I guess??? Anyways, the first friend goes MIA so the second friend steps up not realizing he's the subject of the plot. OH NO.This was cute and VERY SHORT (I opened it on my Kindle and it was like "16 minutes until end of chapter" and SPOILER: IT WAS ONE CHAPTER) but well written and entertaining. I'm definitely intrigued by Hern's writing and plan on checking out more of her books once I've eliminated some of my backlog.

  • Grace
    2019-06-02 05:29

    This was good! It was just very, very short.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-05-20 09:27

    Miss Lydia Bettride is desperate. Her Mama is after her to choose a husband but the man she loves doesn't love her back. Geoffrey Danforth is one of her brother's friends and treats her like a sister. What's a lovesick maiden to do? Enlist the aid of another friend of her brother's to play the suitor to make Geoffrey jealous. When Philip cries off and lets Geoffrey take his place, Lydia doesn't know what to do. She comes up with a brilliant solution that will hopefully have Goeffrey in her arms in no time. Her plan seems to be working too well when Geoffrey awakens her budding sensuality. Will they or won't they get together in the end? This story is dreadful. It could have worked as a longer story but the length makes the action happy too quickly. The backstory comes a little too late after characters are mentioned but not explained who they are. The romance heats up quickly and is more sensual than I expected. The sensual scene is plopped in the story without really exploring what it means to the characters. They very briefly talk after that and then the story ends. It's all a bit too quick for me. There's no time for character development or a slowly developing relationship. The hero and heroine already know each other so that the story can proceed right to romance. I prefer a more slow burn type relationship that begins in friendship and ends in a proposal. This author has gotten rave reviews from clean Regency fans and I hope her non-free, full length novels are better.

  • Jakki
    2019-05-29 11:32

    Even though this is a short story, the reader is still drawn in through Hern's storytelling ability. Hern does another wonderful job creating charming characters. Attraction and desire come right off the page.From swoon-worthy Geoffrey Danforth to renowned rake, Lord Tennison, Hern creates likable characters, so likeable that some readers may be left wanting more.Jealousy is the game and Lydia Bettridge may be playing out of her league. Will Lydia’s plan work, or will she attract the wrong man?This story is a great solution for a reader looking for a quick Regency fix.

  • Jodi Ralston
    2019-06-18 05:35

    **Possible spoilers** Did Not Finish: Stopped at 55%.Though it was hard to give up on and to give a one star, I think it was not my thing. The premise is a good one and the twist good too, but some things rang wrong to me. I didn't see a strong love motivating the heroine to pursue the hero (rather I saw lust), I didn't see why her male friends would help her do so, some of their actions didn't seem to fit with propriety of the situation or period, and when I reached a scene where the heroine was starting to get what she wanted I realized the motivations of the hero weren't motivations I liked.The premise was great, and the author knows how to use suspense and surprise to draw readers along. She uses details well, so they don't seem just put in but part of the world. But I suspect this needs a full length novel to make really work. If it were a novel, maybe there would be time to develop love, not lust, and other motivations behind all parties involved. So I rated the story "did not like," but not the author, not until I sample more of her works, for the author has skill.

  • Reading with Cats
    2019-05-27 06:19

    Eh...felt like I got dropped into the middle of a story. The ending was super abrupt.

  • Laurel
    2019-06-08 12:08

    Unrequited love can force a girl into desperate measures—a scheme that Lydia Bettridge’s brother Daniel has concocted—and she is uncertain will work. Before the most important ball of the season he will procure his friend Philip Hartwell to sweep her off her feet in front of the object of her affection making him wild with jealousy. But when Philip is detained from the ball and unknowingly asks the object of her affection Geoffrey Danforth to be the swain who sweeps, Lydia is thrown for a loop. NO—he was to be the jealous lover, not the one to make her lover jealous! Thankfully Geoffrey does not know who the object of the game is and Lydia is not going to tell him! But now everything is topsy-turvy. How was she going to make him think of her as a beautiful, desirable young woman and not the little sister of his best friend? It does not help that he is so eager to play the part, especially since he has never singled out any woman in his life and will draw the attention of Society by playing the “mooncalf” with her. He was determined to make everyone in the room believe that he was madly in love with her, and he did, even Lydia! It was totally glorious—except that it was not real. Pressed to reveal whom Geoffrey is to make jealous, Lydia picks the first man she sees, the infamous rake Lord Tennison. Shocked, he tries to warn her off, but Lydia claims she needs excitement in her life. Always the obliging gentleman, Geoffrey promises to play the part to the nines and have Tennison falling at her feet before the night’s end. “Desperate Measures” is a charming short story introducing readers who love Regency romance, Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen to the talents of novelist Candice Hern. It has a happy ending of course, but not before the reader is swept into a ball room and into the arms of a blue-eyed swain who makes Lydia and anyone with a heart weak in the knees. I hope she is inspired to expand the story and characters into a full novel. An excerpt of her novel The Best Intensions follows the short story, leaving one craving more on both fronts.Laurel Ann, Austenprose

  • January
    2019-06-11 07:28

    Lydia Bettridge is in love with a man who seems not to notice her existence. But she has a plan and has enlisted her brother’s friend to assist her in carrying it out. Things fall apart however, when her co-conspirator stands her up and sends in his place the very man she was plotting to catch, Geoffrey Danforth. He knows the plan. He doesn’t know he is the intended victim. Together Lydia and Geoffrey spend an evening pretending to be love-stricken in order to make her “intended” victim notice her enough to become jealous.Short, sweet and straight to the point. This was a delightful read which can be read in one sitting. Of course, you want more. That’s the point. Get a taste of what the author can do and then go buy her novel-length books, because her writing is like a Pringle’s potato chip. You can’t just have one.Well worth the time and the price (Um, it’s free. Can’t really go wrong.). You will want to pick up a few of her other titles after you’re done. I enjoyed this and will read it again.

  • Mina
    2019-06-04 10:32

    I'm so torn on how to rate this - a two because it really was just an 'ok' read, or a three because it was competently written and it isn't fair to expect anything really awesome of something so short? I'm going with a two because I did after all spend maybe twenty minutes of my life with this story and though Hern kept my attention, it wasn't a particularly satisfying read. That's mostly because the denouement comes too quickly. Hern does a great job of keeping some elements of suspense, and the characters are interesting enough for the little bit we get to know them. If you're looking for a treat...this is sort of like a vending machine packet of two-bite brownies. I'd recommend holding out for something even just slightly more substantial (..and I may just have to start making food analogies for all my romance reviews henceforth).

  • Maura
    2019-06-07 07:37

    This is a very short story that takes place entirely in the space of a night. Lydia has been in love with Geoffrey forever and with her brother's friends help plans to spend the night of a ball making him jealous. Only her brothers friend doesn't show up, Geoffrey does. How is she supposed to make Geoffrey jealous by spending the entire evening with him? So she has to pretend she's enamored of someone else and in doing so manages to make Geoffrey jealous. Somehow she has to get him to see her as a woman, rather than a friend's sister. In the space of a night, these two manage to work out their miscommunication, kiss in a garden and get engaged. The two are saccharine sweet, with very little chemistry overall. And, this being such a short story, we don't really connect to the characters nor do we learn very much about them.

  • Christiana
    2019-06-10 08:20

    Freebie from Amazon. Thank you Ms Hern! It's short obviously but very well done. This is my 3rd shortie by CH, the other 2 were in the 'It Happened One Night/season' anthologies so I am already familiar with her lovely writing. My small problem with this story was how Danforth seemed to not have paid Lydia any attention before, so much so that she thought he was oblivious of her existence, yet he claimed he had been smitten with her for some time. Then at the ball, he played the part of suitor to perfection.Maybe it was common back in the day, but in this story as well as in It Happened One Night/ From this Moment On, the hero liked to call the heroine 'my girl'. which sounds lovely and romantic but in both instances, the heroine wasn't the Hero's girl yet or even close to it.

  • Julie
    2019-05-20 05:12

    This was a free short story from the kindle store. Desperate Measures is written by Candace Hern, a seasoned author of historical romances. This one is set in the Regency period. Very short, but a sweet story of unrequited love. I would have given more stars, but it was just too short. There is an excerpt of another novel at the end of the book, and the excerpt is about as long as the story. I like Candace Hern's novels, so I didn't want to pass this one up. The story centers on a young lady pining for her brother's best friend. A plan is hatched to make the gentleman notice her by making him jealous. Of course nothing ever goes as planned. I recommend this to all fans of regency romance and Candace Hern. Just be aware before you buy it that it is very short.

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2019-06-12 09:18

    This was a very cute, and sweet, short story.I rather like how authors are posting these shorts for free or .99 so that we can see their writing style. This works with this author as I intend to get more of her words via her novel length stories. In fact, the one teased at the end of this one is downloading even as I write this! It's A GARDEN FOLLY and looks to be very cute. Lydia wants to capture Geoffrey's attention. Her brother and one of his friends say that jealousy is the way to a man's heart. They create a scheme to make Geoffrey notice her.Lydia is shocked when GEOFFREY shows up to help her out. Yes, very enjoyable, and it was free for a time.

  • Joy
    2019-06-11 11:31

    34 pagesNot the most innovative premise born, but you can expect me to say that since I've been round HR for more years than I care to count. Lydia’s plans go horribly awry when Geoffrey not Philip, the real object of her unrequited affection turns up at a ball to aid her in capturing the man of her dreams. Geoffrey has his own agenda and dragging Lydia’s erstwhile gaze away from the jaded rakehell Lord Tennison is a challenge he simply cannot resist. An enjoyable uba quick read for readers who like their romance clean who don't mind a hot kiss with a hint of carnal pleasures. I suspect the authors novellas or full length novels will supply that need if you're so inclined.

  • Lizabeth Tucker
    2019-05-18 05:08

    Lydia Bettridge has been secretly in love with Geoffrey Danforth for years, but he appears to think of her as just his best friend’s sister. Another friend of her brother, Philip Hartwell, has a plan. Make the unknown object of Lydia’s affections jealous by paying attention to her. Except Philip bows out at the last minute, sending Geoffrey in to take his place playing the faux suitor.A true comedy of errors with a delightful ending. I’ve always liked Hern’s Regencies for their mixture of romance and humor. This short story is a wonderful example of that. 3.5 out of 5.

  • Lexie
    2019-06-16 09:20

    (this is also available in The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance)Lydia wants her brother's good friend Geoffrey to notice her as a woman--not as a little sister. Well, why not make him jealous? This was cute and sweet and so amusing. I'll give Lydia credit--she can think on her feet! Though I think Geoffrey is pretty smart himself...I kind of laughed at Lydia's mother though, I think the poor woman's head was spinning by the end of things!

  • Patricia Stewart
    2019-06-01 13:30

    ~spoilersA beautifully written short story of a young woman finding love for the first time. Lydia already knows in heart she loves Geoffrey Danforth – she is not sure how to convey this message to him. She is in her second season of husband searching which causes some speculation of becoming an old maid for both Lydia and her mother. Her brother Daniel and his friend Philip have mastered a plan to attract the dashing young man, Geoffrey. Will the plan work in Lydia’s favor and will the story bring a happily ever after ending?

  • Jolene
    2019-05-19 11:31

    This short story was free on Amazon Kindle, so I thought, "What the heck?" and downloaded it for a quick read. It was not long before I was downloading more by this author. While I hesitate to say this author is comparable to Georgette Heyer, as that almost inevitably leads many a reader to disappointed expectations, I did have a similar reaction of appreciative chuckling, while reading this story. I am currently in one of my Regency reading phases and this fit the bill nicely.

  • Laura
    2019-06-03 09:34

    What a fun little novella. I loved the premise of the story--she likes a guy so decides to make him jealous so he will notice her. I liked the humor and tension between the two main characters. I didn't like that the author had to throw in a couple of sentences in a scene that got made it too hot for me to recommend this story to most of my friends.language: clean, heat level: medium (although 95% of the story is mild!)

  • JP
    2019-06-14 13:10

    A story about a woman that wants to get the attention of her beloved and employs the help of her brother and her brothers best friend to make the man she loves attentive and jealous. But what when said person is the one that actually tries to help her make her beloved jealous and finds himself in love with her?A sweet story about love that just needs a little nudge to come along.

  • Jeannie Lee
    2019-05-25 11:33

    I loved this short story! Of course, now I am intrigued about the rake and would like to read his adventures, especially with the widow from the ball. Geoffrey had my heart fluttering as if I was Lydia. So desperately needed on a long 3rd shift weekend night in a slow hospital laboratory! Loved it!

  • Kay Bolton
    2019-06-02 11:18

    A sweet little Amuse-bouche, over all most before it began, but lovely all the same. It left me want to add more by this author to my list at Good Reads.Personally, I love anything that has a "Lydia" in it .... although my own one was named after Lydia from Pride and Prejudice!3.5 stars, but not quite making 4, purely because it could have been fleshed out a bit with more back story.

  • Sita
    2019-05-21 10:28

    This is a really cute short story about a girl who plans to finally catch the eye of the guy she likes but have the plan somewhat derailed. But, not to worry, it's a HEA story (but of course!) It was free and allowed me to sample what ms Hern writing is like and promptly goes to buy her Regency Rakes Trilogy which I'll review separately. If you like regency novel you must try her books!

  • ms bookjunkie
    2019-05-26 08:11

    It was a freebie and a nice enough read, but so short there's not much to say about it. The heroine is young but not irritating or juvenile, so it's a nice enough my-big-brother's-friend-doesn't-know-I'm-alive-but-I-have-a-plan-to-make-him-notice-me story.I much preferred CH's A PROPER COMPANION (now there's a proper trad regency), and intend to read her A CHANGE OF HEART next…

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-06-09 06:08

    This is a cute, short story if you can call it that. I think it is set in the same world as Regency Rakes series. It is more like one scene during a ball where we watch Lydia trying to hide her feelings.The ending is a bit anti-climatic, but the story as a whole has one or two pretty good scenes.

  • V
    2019-06-01 13:17

    This short story was a quick and entertaining romantic tale set in Regency England. Hern's compelling characters were likable from the start, and the story followed the expected plotting to the anticipated ending. This story followed the set romance formula, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Becca
    2019-05-19 11:10

    This is a short story, but what a feel good story it is! It is sweet and uncomplicated and a great way to end the day. I downloaded it free on Amazon and it was a delightful surprise. Recommended for romance readers who want a quick pick me up after a long day.

  • Sally Hannoush
    2019-06-10 12:14

    I enjoyed reading this short story and felt like it was scene from a larger novel. I came into this knowing its a short but I can see so much more to it and letting my mind make up the before and after stuff.