Book Review: Desperate Measures

I’ve had this book on my ‘to read’ list for a while now and I was looking for something short and quick to read before I went to bed. I picked it up hoping for something light and easy to read, I got what I was looking for. 

Desperate Measures is a short story that centres around Lydia Bettridge, a young woman who is hopelessly in love with her older brother’s friend, Geoffrey Danforth. She fears that he only sees her as his friend’s little sister and so employs the help of Philip (another of her brother’s friends) to capture Geoffrey’s attention. The plan is to get Philip to pretend to be madly devoted to her in a very public manner, in order to call out Geoffrey’s sense of jealousy. However, the plan goes wrong when Geoffrey himself shows up in place of Philip to help her with her plan. She has to figure out a way to get the attention of a man who is supposed to be helping her pique the interest of the man she is in love with.

Because of the nature of the story, there’s not really much I can say here to review it. It was what I expected it to be, in that it provided some light, quick reading material before bed. The characters were nice enough, but it’s hard to feel attached to characters who you are only reading about for c.30 pages; however I won’t complain about this because I knew what I was getting when I started. The story got straight to the point and was well written; with unexpected moments of suspense and intrigue despite the short length of the plot.

I think the idea is that Candice Hern has provided potential readers with something to whet their appetite. She is giving a taster of her writing style and what she is capable of to encourage readers to buy the full-length works. It worked, it did make me want to read more of her books. I’m sure I’ll be reviewing a more substantial offering of her work in the near future.

Desperate Measures by Candice Hern

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