Chasing the Other Tisdale
by Jessica Jefferson
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?
Lilly came upon a turn and recognized a rose bush as one she’d passed just moments before. She stopped walking, fisted her hands at her sides and sighed. “I’m never going to make it out of here. I’m going to be a victim of Vauxhall Gardens.”
“There are worse places to die.”
Lilly froze, instantly recognizing the voice behind her.
Recognizing, but not believing it could be him. Two years—it was so long ago, but still felt like yesterday all at the same time. She turned very slowly, trying to brace herself against the blow of seeing him again.
William Colton. His hair was a bit longer, curling around his ears and neck, and his clothing had seen better days. But those eyes—there was still a hint of teasing dancing in them just as there’d always been.
“Hello, Miss Lilly.”
His voice was smooth as honeyed tea, sliding down her throat and warming her stomach. “Mr. Colton,” she returned curtly. Seasons of letters, profound loss, and two years without so much as a word, and all he could muster was a paltry hello?
“I didn’t expect to see you tonight,” he remarked. “Especially not here.”
“Imagine how I feel,” she countered.
He looked around the path before settling his sky blue gaze back on her. “Are you here with your family?”
She squared her shoulders, feeling particularly indignant. Small talk? Was he truly making small talk? And why would he just assume she was with her parents? What woman took romantic strolls through the garden with her parents? How dare he assume she wasn’t married! “If you must know, I was taking a walk with a gentleman when we became separated by a large mob of dancers.”
The corner of his lips turned up at that.
Damn him for smiling.
“I saw them,” he said. “The fireworks will be starting soon, they’re trying to gather up stragglers.”
“Well, they forgot one.”
“Two,” he corrected.
“Two,” she repeated. “I don’t suppose you’re lost as well?”
“Would you believe I’ve been wandering around here for the last two years?”
She shook her head. “That would be a most convenient excuse, but no. Everyone knows where you’ve been.”
His brow raised. “And just where is that?”
Lilly jutted her chin. “All about the continent, enjoying yourself immensely, or so I’ve heard.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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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