THE LILY TRILOGY
Published by Vivian Winslow, 20 June 2014
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Having experienced a profound personal and sexual awakening during her solo honeymoon to Brazil, New York socialite Lily Baron rushes back to New York upon hearing the news that her father has fallen ill. Now, Lily must take the helm of the Baron Media empire and fend off a high-stakes hostile takeover attempt. With the fate of the company hanging in the balance, will Lily be able to resist the advances of the luring, unwanted suitor in the boardroom as well as the bedroom? Things get steamy in this highly anticipated sequel to Gilded Lily
Lily stares down at her menu, determined not to utter a single word to Dahlia until she apologizes. Even when Dahlia asked her where she wanted to eat, Lily wouldn’t give an answer. So Dahlia finally gave up and led her to Orsay, a French restaurant close to the hospital.
“You realize that you’re being totally immature about this,” Dahlia starts in.
Lily glances up from her menu. “You’re kidding, right? I’m the immature one? I never slept with any of your boyfriends, D. Besides, Jack wasn’t just a boyfriend, he was my fiancé. Couldn’t you have kept your hands off at least one guy in this entire city?” Lily’s voice is so loud a few people turn their heads. Not that Dahlia cares. She always enjoys attention.
“You had to learn he was a cheater at some point. Better it happened before your ridiculously over-the-top wedding than after.”
“Now you’re criticizing my wedding plans?” Lily’s incredulity intensifies. “Do you know no bounds? You were my maid of honor for Chrissakes. I consulted with you on everything. My God, Dahlia. Just who do you think you are?” Lily pauses as the waiter delivers their cocktails. Vodka martinis, straight up, three olives. At least their drink preferences stayed the same, Lily observes.
Dahlia takes a long drink. “Listen, Lily. You may not appreciate this now, but I did you a favor.”
“You call fucking my future husband a favor?”
Dahlia raises an eyebrow. “I’m not sure what you saw, but that was no fuck. Jack was hardly adept at screwing. I don’t know how you could be with him for so long. Ugh. One time with him, and I wanted to vomit.”
“You wanted to know what it was like to sleep with him before we got married?”
“No, my dear sister,” Dahlia sucks on an olive. “I wanted you to see me with him so that you wouldn’t marry him.”
“That is incredibly messed up. Please tell me you’re still seeing your shrink.”
“We have the same one, remember?”
Lily opens her mouth to reply, but Dahlia goes on. “Just listen for a minute. My God, I swear you used to be much more agreeable. Fiesty is my thing. What gives?”
Lily shrugs and sips her martini. It’s only been a few days since she was with Gustavo, and she’s already feeling his absence in many ways. She shifts in her seat as she begins to feel her desire for him. How is she going to satisfy her needs now?
“Lily, I tried to tell you over and over that Jack wasn’t any good for you. You never wanted to believe me. Even when I’d catch him out with a girl at a bar, you’d believe him when he said she was only a friend. I tried everything I could to get you to see what a tramp he was.”
Lily searches her memory. Could she have been that naïve? That desperate and in love that she couldn’t see Jack for who he is? Clearly. Without Dahlia’s interference, she would be Mrs. Jack Rothstein right now.
Dahlia continues. “Anyway, I knew you were planning on seeing Jack for a late night booty call so I figured I’d preempt it. It was all too easy.” Dahlia tosses back the rest of her drink and motions for the waiter to bring her another. “Jack was ready and willing, talking about how he always wanted to do me and that he used to fantasize about a three-way with us. He’s such a sleaze.”
Lily motions her sister to stop. “Please, no more. You’re telling me that you orchestrated that whole thing to get me to call off the wedding?”
“I wasn’t sure if you’d have the balls to cancel the wedding. I’m so proud of you for doing that, by the way. Total respect earned, Lil. I just wanted you to see for yourself who you were planning to spend the rest of your life with. That being married to Jack wasn’t going to be as picture perfect as a Ralph Lauren catalog. At least then you could make a fully informed decision.”
“You’re seriously insane, D. I don’t know whether to slap you or hug you.”