Second Chance Marquess
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?
Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson
From Dragonblade Publishing
She’d fought the urge to wince at the way he spit her married name, but refused to allow his tone to intimidate her. He’d always worn his power like a veneer, smooth and attractive to the outside, but only a hair’s breadth thick. She knew best how to stand up to a man like the Marquess of Chesterton, just as she always had.
His irises darkened from the bright blue of a midsummer sky to the threatening depths of an ocean. “You’re being ridiculous, Mrs. Turner, and I think we both know there isn’t any time to waste on nonsensical propositions.”
“I was being completely serious. I’m going with you.”
“Well, you can’t,” he answered matter-of-factly.
“Why? Is your carriage too small for a passenger? Not accommodating for women?”
“Nothing of the sort!” he defended. “Like everything else in my life, the size of my carriage is most enviable and certainly large enough for any task. In fact, my carriage has been noted to be quite accommodating for female passengers.”
She felt her cheeks burn hot with the suggestive remark. “Then why not?” she said, feigning nonchalance.
He paused, as if trying to conjure up a reasonable excuse.
“Well?” she pressed.
“Because you’re a woman and it wouldn’t be proper to ride alone with you.”
“I’m not some delicate young girl about to make her debut,” she balked. “You just told me you were quite used to escorting ladies in your carriage. Why should I be any different?” Her purity was hardly an issue, considering she had none.
He’d already seen to that years ago.
Plenty of women have been in my carriage, but not one of them was a lady. And certainly never a vicar’s wife.”
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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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