She’s the other sister…
Overshadowed by the beauty of her older sister, Lillian is better known as the other Tisdale; unremarkable and unsure how she will ever deliver on the promise of her family's name.
He’s a rake in need of reforming…
Will Colton leads a frivolous existence, embracing notoriety instead of managing his family’s fortune. Determined to forget his financial burden and his father’s growing resentment, he maintains a lifestyle dedicated to pleasure and self-indulgence. When Will is invited to the Tisdale estate for an extended holiday, he never expects to become friends with the forgettable Lillian. But when a family secret comes to light, he must choose between leaving London and protecting the honor of one woman or staying and risking the reputation of another.
Upon his return, Will finds the girl he left behind has come out of the shadows and into her own. Lillian’s finally the center of attention, and not all of it good. With his own reputation in tatters, can a reformed rake lure her out of the hands of London's bachelors and back into his own arms? Can he escape his past and reclaim her heart, or has he lost her forever?
He was a writer after all and had an unparalleled skill for making up stories. How was this any different from the others he’d led her to believe?
“Is that all you have to say for yourself?”
“You want more? I thought that should be enough.”
“I don’t want more, but I do want the truth.”
“What I’m telling you is the truth.”
“Why should I ever believe a thing you say again?” she asked, jutting her chin.
The hopefulness that was written on his face, was immediately erased. “Because I’m not who I used to be.”
Lilly felt tears stinging her eyes. It had been years since she’d last allowed herself to cry.
Two to be exact.
“And,” he continued. “Because I still care for you. I never wanted to leave you …”
“But you did.”
“I had no choice.”
“Of course you did. There’s always choices and you chose to leave me-”
“You’re right,” he interrupted. He hadn’t taken his eyes off her, the intensity behind his gaze making her feel as if she could very well melt into a puddle at any moment. “I was presented with an opportunity to redeem myself, so I took it. I knew it meant losing you, but it was the only way to make everything right. You would have never been happy with the person I was, not like you could be with the man I am now.
His honesty was shocking, but he spoke with such passion that she found herself falling for him all over again.
Still, she would not, could not, let herself be swayed. “I believed you before, Will. I refuse to be made a fool again.”
His body grew stiff and his face turned to stone before her very eyes. “I understand,” he said curtly, his voice tense. Will reached into the pocket of his jacket and pulled out a letter. “This is for you.” He held his hand out and waited for her to take it.
She looked down at the foolscap as if it would reach out and bite her should she make a move.
“Just take it. In case one day you change your mind.”
Lilly tentatively reached out and took the note.
“Good bye, Lilly.”
She heard the words, but did not watch him as he said them. Instead, she stared down at her feet, at his boots, cracked leather worn with age—anything and everything but him.
The ground below her started to blur, colors mingling together like watercolors on a piece of canvas.
The carefully restrained tears had finally breached their dam.
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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.
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