Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 8 reviews
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? More
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About Candice Hern

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).

Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.

Visit for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.

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Reviews of Desperate Measures (A Regency Short Story) by Candice Hern

Monica Mohr reviewed on Sep. 26, 2012

I had a few free moments during my workday and chose this book because of all the wonderful reviews. I was not disappointed; my breath caught during a few wonderful scenes. Great Job!
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hrhsophia reviewed on Sep. 12, 2012

Very well written.
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Carol reviewed on July 22, 2012

A gem of a short story for those who like Regency Romance.
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Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) reviewed on March 1, 2012

A sweet and short dose of romance but fulfilling none the less. A fun look at regency romance. A wonderful story!
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Josie Morgan reviewed on Sep. 30, 2011

Very enjoyable story by Candice Hern - as always, well written, great characters and fun plot. Thank you for the free read.
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Joanne reviewed on Sep. 19, 2011

As stated this is a short story. Quite often I find short stories lacking in content but I did really enjoy this one. It is a lovely romance to read when you are short of time.
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Cathie Morton reviewed on June 18, 2011

I adore traditional regency romances and too have so enjoy Candice Hern's full novels and thrilled to see these traditional regencies available which she has here at Smashwords and I have more to enjoy reading. Lydia Bettridge and Geoffrey Danforth were a delight to read! I so enjoyed Lydia and too how Geoffrey does take to her! As a free read, thank you!
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Rikki K reviewed on June 7, 2011

Cute little story, very fun to read.
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