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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mini-Review: DESPERATE MEASURES by Candice Hern

From AmazonCustomers who enjoy the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer will enjoy this witty Regency short story by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. 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.

Audience: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Length: Short Story, 34 pgs.

Rating: ***+ (Really liked it.)

Review: I love Ms. Hern's full length novels. They're fun and great romances. For a short story, this one was really good. I loved the way that Ms. Hern built the tension and the love story so well in so short a time. It all takes place in one night at a dance, but it works really well.

Content: Rated 1-5: 1 being minor instances, 5 being saturated
Violence - 0
Language - 0
Sex - 2+ (As with most of Ms. Hern's stories, there's some raciness that doesn't go too far.)

Try this. Like short, historical romances? Read the Timeless Romance Anthology's WINTER COLLECTION

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