Second Chance Marquess
by Jessica Jefferson
GENRE: Historical Romance
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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?
“My sister?” She repeated, her beautiful face turning quite the unflattering shade of red.
God, she looked so much the same. It was hard to imagine a day had passed, let alone ten years.
“I’ve been trying to protect my brother from Miss Katherine Marks since the day I met her. I almost beat him senseless after I learned of their first little rendezvous.”
He narrowed his gaze. She’d been rendered a parrot by the shock of it all.
George removed a silver holder from his desk drawer and took out a cigar. “Henry met your sister at Hyde just a couple weeks ago. I was with him when it happened. I saw him staring at her, walking down the path with her companion. She stumbled when she walked past us. Henry, ever the gentleman, held out his arms and caught her, saving both her pride and her pretty gown. She’s a beautiful girl and immediately, I knew he was smitten.”
Willie stood there silently, taking it all in, her lips slightly parted.
Those full, pink lips, perfect for kissing…
“I recognized the signs immediately,” he continued. “But pretty girls are a common enough sight in London this time of year, and Henry’s attentions have always been fleeting at best, so I believed he’d forgotten about her. Until I’d learned that the two had met again.”
“But how? I’m always almost with her. On the few occasions I’ve allowed her to take a stroll around the park, I made certain she took her maid along. There’s not a single moment she’s left alone. Her safety has always been my upmost priority.”
He smirked. Willie was never one to remain speechless for too long. “No. But everyone has a price. I suppose her maid’s silence was quite easily purchased, my coachman not so much. Fortunately, he knows where his bread comes from and made me aware of the situation as soon as possible. If it’s any consolation to you, I was told they were quite discreet about it all, my carriage and her maid having been their only real accomplices.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.