by Jessica Jefferson
GENRE: Historical Romance
When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?
“I didn’t know this was here.” He looked around the small pasture. “I’ve been coming every fall for my entire existence of four and twenty years and not once have I wandered out this far. I can’t believe I didn’t know something this beautiful was so close.”
She felt her pulse quicken at the sweet words. “Surely you’d noticed it before. Didn’t you just say you’d discovered it hunting?”
He turned to her. His eyes were a very bright blue, framed in sooty black lashes that had no business belonging to a man for they were so lush to warrant coveting by any woman. His stare was intense and burned straight through her, and she had the most disconcerting feeling that she’d remember exactly what they looked like for quite a long time after this.
“I lied,” he said, his voice softer than it had been. “I never hunted this land. And no one’s ever told me about it either. I was riding one day and I saw you walking this way. And then the next day, and the day after that. I would watch for when you returned home, and after two weeks of cowardly stalking, I finally summoned enough nerve to follow you here. The basket of lunch, well, I thought perhaps you’d be more inclined to allow me to visit you awhile if I were to bring refreshments.”
She was flattered, beyond flattered actually, that this handsome man had taken such a keen interest in her. But still, she couldn’t help but be warry. “Why would you want to visit with me? Surely you have better things to do with your time than to lounge around the wood with someone like me?” She’d meant for false modesty, but the shock of it all had rendered her a bit more self-deprecating than she’d meant to be.
He reached out with his handkerchief and she flinched. “You have a bit of marmalade…there.” She sat perfectly still and allowed him to dab at the spot on the corner of her mouth, her body outwardly frozen, but inwardly she quivered like jelly.
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete. When she’s not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch “Real Housewives of [insert city here]” and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.
Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.
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