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Here’s a short teaser from Lilly and Reed, written from Garret’s POV.
I glance back at the house and see my mom in the kitchen with Jade. They’re each holding one of the twins while the girls dance around.
“Please don’t do this,” I say to my dad. “Please don’t bring this back into our lives. I have a family. I have my mom back. I can’t risk something happening to them.”
“It won’t. I promise I will keep you and Jade and the children out of this.”
“How? I know they still want me to be part of it. Every damn day I worry they’ll come back for me.”
“They won’t. I’ll make sure of it. You just have to trust me.”
Lilly and Reed is written from the POVs of Pearce, Katherine, Lilly, and Garret, but most of the chapters are from Pearce, such as this one.
“What’s going on?” I hear Lilly’s voice behind me and turn to see her standing there. “Did something happen?”
“No,” Rachel answers, wiping her eyes.
“Then why are you crying?”
She smiles. “You know me. I cry all the time, sometimes for no reason at all.”
“Did you need something?” I ask Lilly.
“Yeah. I wondered if I could stay with Reed next weekend. There’s a concert we want to go to on Saturday and since it won’t end until late, I thought I could spent the night there.”
“Will his father be home?” Rachel asks.
“Um, no.” Lilly chews on her lip. “His dad’s going to be out of town but it’s not like—”
“No,” I tell her. “You can’t go there.”
“Why? Because his dad is gone? How is that any different than when I’m at college? Reed and I still—”
“It’s not about that, although that, too, is a concern. But no, I don’t want you going there.”
“Then can Reed come here?”
“No. I have to go to Connecticut on Friday so you and Rachel will be staying with Garret.”
“Dad, this isn’t fair! You never let me see him!”
“You see him plenty, and you will see him when you go back to school. But right now, there are bigger things to worry about than how much time you spend with your boyfriend.”
“Like what?” she yells, tears forming in her eyes. “What’s so important?”
“Lilly.” Rachel reaches out to her but she backs away, her anger focused on me.
“Dad, tell me! What’s so important that I can’t see Reed?” She’s crying now. “Why are you trying to keep him away from me?”
“I’m not. This isn’t about that.”
“Then what’s it about?”
I sigh. “This is one of those times when I don’t want you asking questions.”
She throws her hands up. “Seriously? You’re using that again? That no questions crap?”
“Lilly, I’ve told you there are people out there who are dangerous and I—”
“Don’t!” she yells, hiccuping through her tears. “Don’t even bother trying to explain. I know whatever you’re going to say is a lie. All you ever do is lie to me!” She storms off to her room.
This morning, Reed drove up to see me. He’s staying the weekend, but in the guest room. There’s no way my dad would let him stay in my room, even though I know for a fact that my dad let Jade stay in Garret’s room when they were dating.
His double standard makes me so mad. And the way he’s so overprotective? I can’t take it anymore. He barely lets me leave the house. I’m so fed up with him right now I’m about ready to stop talking to him.
He said he’s only acting this way to protect me. He claims he’s been getting threats from some guy trying to get our money, and that the guy could come after me to get to him. But I don’t buy it. I think he’s lying. My dad gets threatened all the time and has people he hires to take care of it. So why is this time any different?
“I think we should stay here,” Reed says, standing up to put his jeans on.
“There’s nothing to do here.”
“There are all kinds of things to do.” He yanks his t-shirt over his head. “We could watch a movie.”
“We do that all the time.”
“Yeah, but you guys have an actual theater room with a huge screen and surround sound.”
When Reed first saw our theater room, his jaw dropped. He’d never seen a home theater. He thought it was the coolest thing ever.
“It’s the middle of the day,” I say. “I don’t feel like watching a movie right now.”
“Then let’s go swimming. Or we could paint. You have your own studio in the back yard. You know how freaking cool that is?”
“Yeah, it’s awesome, but we can paint later.” I tug on his hand. “Let’s go out.”
“I’d rather stay here.”
“Because your dad told us not to go anywhere.”
I roll my eyes. “You’re seriously listening to my dad?”
“Your dad is huge. And a trained killer.”
I laugh. “He’s huge but not a trained killer.”
“You said he does all that martial arts training.”
“Yeah, to stay in shape, not to kill people.”
“He goes to the shooting range every week. And he showed me his gun.” Reed is totally scared of my dad, which makes me laugh.
“He was just kidding around. All dads try to scare off the boy who’s dating their daughter.”
“I’ve dated plenty of girls and not one of their fathers has brought out a gun.”
I shrug. “Maybe my dad thought you liked guns. Rachel has a gun too. She and my dad both go to the shooting range.”
“Okay, that’s just weird. Why are they both so into guns?”
“Because crazy people come after us. My parents just want to be able to protect themselves.”
“Do you have one?”
“No, but if I wanted one I’m sure my dad would get me one.”
“Has your dad ever shot anyone?”
“Not that I know of.”
And yet I keep having that dream. The one where my dad comes home late at night, covered in blood.
“Wouldn’t he tell you if he had?”
“I don’t know but I don’t like talking about this.” I stand in front of him. “Are we gonna go or what?”
He sits down on the bed. “Given that I value my life, I’m choosing to stay here.”
I sigh. “You’re seriously that worried about my dad?”
“It’s not just that. I’m trying to be respectful. He told us to stay here and I don’t want to disrespect his wishes.”
“You’re not disrespecting him.”
“Well, I disagree.” He pulls me down on his lap. “And given that I want to marry his daughter someday, I want him to like me. I want him to know I’m a good guy who’s respectful and mature and will make a good husband to his beautiful daughter.”
I smile. “You know that’s like at least ten years in the future. I’m not ready to get married. Live together, maybe. But not get married.”
“Your brother got married when he was 19.”
“Yeah, and that was crazy.”
“Why? He’s still happily married all these years later.”
I turn to face him. “Are you trying to talk me into getting married?”
“Not right away, but ten years seems like a really long time. I mean, ten years ago we were in grade school. A lot can happen in ten years.”
I kiss him. “I’ll still be in love with you in ten years, if that’s what you’re worried about.”
“How about five?” He’s not joking, his face completely serious. “Would you do it in five years?”
“You really want to get married five years from now?”
“I’d prefer three, but you wanted ten so I picked something in between.”
“Why three? What’s the rush?”
“Three years is hardly rushing it. By then, we’ll have dated for four years. And we’ll be done with school, so it’d be a good time.”
“I’ll give it some thought but I’m not making any promises.”
He kisses me. “But you promise to marry me, right? At some point?”
I smile. “You haven’t proposed yet so I’m keeping my answer to myself until you ask.”
He thinks a moment, his lips turning up. “Okay.”
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When Lilly went to college she didn’t expect to fall in love, but then she met Reed. Now, almost a year later, the two of them couldn’t be happier.
But their happiness comes at a price—a price Lilly may not be willing to pay if she knew what was really going on. For years, her family’s kept a secret from her, a secret that if told, could make Lilly question everything she’s ever believed in.
The time has come…she has to learn the truth. And with that truth comes another revelation. A plan has been set in motion that can’t be stopped.
Lilly has to make a decision. What she decides will determine her future, but also the future of her entire family. Will she make the right choice? Even if it means losing the boy she loves?
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If you haven’t read Lilly, now’s the time!
Lilly is a continuation of the Jade and Kensington series. If you haven’t read either of those series, you can still read Lilly but will get more enjoyment from the story if you’ve read those other series. If you’ve read The Jade Series but not the Kensingtons, I recommend you read the Kensingtons before reading Lilly. Events happen in the Kensingtons that Jade fans will want to know about before reading Lilly.
People have been asking me to write Lilly’s story for a long time now and it’s finally here! You’ll not only see Lilly in this book, but also Jade and Garret, Pearce, Katherine, and more.
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This scene takes place after Lilly’s moved into her dorm room. Garret is telling her goodbye.
As everyone’s leaving, Garret says, “I’ll be right there.”
They go out in the hall and Garret shuts the door. He comes up to me and puts his hands on my shoulders, his eyes on mine.
“You gonna be okay?” he asks.
“Yeah.” I glance down. “I’m fine.”
“Hey.” He lifts my chin up. “It’s me. Tell me the truth.”
Garret and I have always been really close. He practically raised me since my mom had no interest in doing so. He’s overprotective of me, but he’s the best big brother ever.
“I’m nervous, but I’m sure everyone here is, at least the freshmen.” I pause. “Were you nervous?”
“No, but I only lived a half hour from home. And I couldn’t wait to move out of the house to get away from…” His voice trails off. He doesn’t want to bring up my mom. He hates her, but he tries to keep his thoughts to himself, for my sake. “I’m just saying it wasn’t the same for me. I didn’t like the dorms, but I liked having my freedom. And people from my high school went to Moorhurst so I already had friends. There was nothing to be nervous about.”
“What if I can’t make friends?” I’d only admit that fear to Garret. I tell him things I wouldn’t tell anyone else.
“Are you kidding?” He smiles. “The people here are gonna love you. You’ll have so many friends you’ll be turning them away.”
“I don’t think so,” I say quietly.
“Lilly, you had a ton of friends in high school. You were the freaking homecoming queen.”
“That was a small private school. Everyone knew each other. We were all friends.”
“And Camsburg is a small private college. You’ll get to know people and you’ll make friends.”
The door swings open and we both turn to see a girl walking in. She’s petite with dark brown hair that hangs straight, to just above her shoulders. She’s wearing white shorts and a black tank top and black sandals.
“Oh my God.” She puts her hand up. “I’m so sorry. I opened the wrong door.” She backs up, pointing to the side wall. “I live next door. This is so embarrassing. I’ll see you later.”
“Wait,” Garret says. “What’s your name?”
“Willow.” She eyes him up and down. All girls do this because my brother is hot, or at least that’s what I’ve been told. Every girl in my high school wanted to date him, even though he’s married. And 31. But he doesn’t look 31. He could easily pass for 25. Willow smiles at Garret. “So what’s your name?”
“Garret.” He shoves me in front of him. “And this is Lilly. My sister. She just moved in.”
“Hi.” Willow smiles and comes over to shake my hand. “Guess we’re neighbors.”
“Yeah.” I smile back.
“Sorry to run, but I left my phone at the gym and I have to go get it before they close. I’ll see you later.” She waves as she hurries off.
“She seems nice,” Garret says.
Jade appears at the door. “Everyone’s ready to go.”
Garret hugs me for the millionth time. “Be safe. Practice those self-defense moves I taught you. And don’t drink. It screws with your judgment. And don’t—”
“Yeah, Garret, I got it.” I laugh, but only to cover up how scared I am to be left here all alone.
“Love you,” he says before letting me go.
“Love you too.”