Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story) by Candice Hern
Approx. 9,260 words.
Published on May 29, 2011.
Lydia Bettridge has a plan. To capture the attention of Geoffrey Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices her, she has engaged the help of Phillip, a friend of her brother's, to play the love-smitten fool in public, in hopes of piquing the interest of her unnamed love. But when Geoffrey himself shows up to take Phillip's place, what's a girl to do?