Excerpt: Chasing the Other Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

Chasing the Other Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

Chasing the Other Tisdale

by Jessica Jefferson

Soul Mate Publishing


[ Historical Romance ]

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?

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He cautiously walked down the length of the shelf, then peered around the corner toward the front desk. He couldn’t see anyone …
And then he heard the distinct sound of footsteps coming up from behind him.
He slowly counted in his head. One … two … three …
Then he quickly turned around, coming face to face with the person who’d been following him.
“Lillian Tisdale?” She wore a hooded cloak, but her hair was sticking out from the sides of it. He’d recognize those brandy-colored curls anywhere.
She removed the hood. “Hello, Mr. Colton, I mean, Lord Colton,” she said with a slightly indignant tone that grated under his skin.
“What are you doing here?”
Lilly squared her shoulders. “What are you doing here?”
He crossed his arms over his chest—she wasn’t going to turn this around on him. “I had business to attend to.”
“What kind of business?”
“The private kind,” he returned curtly. “Why are you following me?”
She shook her head, causing even more hair to fall out of its bun and gather about her shoulders. “I’m not following you. I just also happened to have some business of my own to see to.”
“And exactly what kind of business would bring a young lady like yourself to this part of Town? Surely it couldn’t be for the shopping.” He gestured toward the barren shelf in front of them.
She narrowed her gaze at him. “If you must know, I’m helping Ambrosia with her ladies’ auxiliary project, dropping off blankets at the church.”
Charity work.
He stood down, relaxing his stance a little. She was telling the truth about why she was here, but still hadn’t answered why she was lurking in the shadows, following him around. “Then why aren’t you with your sister now?”
“Because I was bored and needed some air. So, I thought I’d take a short walk.”
One side of his mouth crept up into a smile. “You expect me to believe that you chose to walk around this part of London, unescorted, in the rain, just because you were bored?”
She shrugged.
He sincerely doubted that was the case. “Well, I suppose I’ll have to escort you back to the church-”
Lilly took a step back, shaking her head. “You can’t.”
He violently raked his hand over his scalp. “Well, I can’t very well send you back out there alone. You’re fortunate no harm came to you as it is, but I wouldn’t be willing to chance you being so lucky again.”
“And how do I know no harm will come to me if I’m with you?”
It was Will’s turn to step back. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
She jutted her chin. “It means I have no more of an idea of what you’re capable of as I do anyone else on this street. Frankly, I believe I’d prefer to take my chances with strangers.”
“You’re being ridiculous,” Will countered.
The shopkeeper looked up from his desk, then returned his attention back to whatever he was doing. “You know me,” he said, careful to keep his voice down.
“Do I?”

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Author Bio:
Author Pic: Jessica JeffersonJessica 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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