THE LILY TRILOGY
Published by Vivian Winslow, 15 July 2014
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Weary from battling a hostile takeover attempt of her family’s company, Lily seeks a distraction in Todd, an erstwhile bartender with a large trust fund and magical tongue. Meanwhile, a connection seems to be developing between Lily and Alejandro, a wealthy and gorgeous Cuban-American, whose brother, Rodrigo, is dating Lily’s twin sister, Dahlia. When Alejandro unexpectedly rebuffs Lily one night, she is deeply dismayed. But, after seeing Alejandro’s picture with a gorgeous Latina model in the gossip pages, Lily thinks it wasn’t just a misunderstanding. When the sisters and brothers reunite in Aspen for a ski weekend, will Lily’s heart remain frozen or will the fire between her and Alejandro rekindle and melt away the ice?
Unfortunately for Lily, the rejection still stings the following day when she meets Vi for brunch at Hundred Acres in the West Village.
“Where’s D?” Lily asks, sipping a mimosa.
“She didn’t call or text, so I’m assuming she’s doing the horizontal salsa with her Cuban.”
“You really think Dahlia’s in love?”
“As far as I can tell. I’ve never seen her this into a guy before.”
“You’re forgetting that one we don’t talk about, but that was ages ago. They were both really young. But not since him, no.”
“So it’s true love, Dahlia style.”
“And what about you?” Lily asks, as soon as the waiter walks away with their orders.
“I haven’t seen you with a guy since Chad. Except for the Panamanian in Miami. Is there anyone in your life?”
“Lily, you know that I love you. So don’t be hurt when I say that what I do in that area of my life is off limits. I’ve always appreciated that you’ve never pried. Besides, I can see you’re asking because you’re still not over Alejandro turning you down.”
Lily rests her chin on her hand. “You’re right. I’m trying to get over it, but I could’ve sworn he felt attracted to me too.”
“Well, I think I figured out why he didn’t go home with you.” Vi reaches into her red Givenchy satchel and pulls out a magazine.
“The answer is in ¡Hola!?” Lily flips through the pages.
“Look, I dog-eared the page.” Vi reaches across the table.
Lily’s eyes widen as she stares at the glossy photo on the page. Staring back at her is Alejandro, his arm around a tall, dark-haired woman with striking blue eyes wearing a fitted chiffon and lace gown.
“Says there,” Vi points to the caption below the photo, “That she’s an actress from Mexico City. She’s absolutely stunning, isn’t she?”
Lily lets out a breath. “He didn’t mention a girlfriend. Not that he had to, of course.” Her eyes fall on Alejandro’s lips, wanting, once again, to know how they would feel on her. She squirms at the thought.
“Now, you can move on,” Vi declares with such authority, she almost has Lily convinced. After a long pause she asks, “You seen Todd lately?”
Lily shakes her head. “Too busy and too tired. I don’t get much sleep when he comes around.” She smiles wickedly. “By the way, I was wondering if you’d want to travel a bit with me when the Baron Media sale is finished.”
“Count me in,” Vi replies immediately. “I could easily clear my calendar for a few weeks. Maybe we should include Rio as a stop.”
Lily laughs. “It might just be at the top of my list. We’ll see. Ever since Miami, I’ve been thinking it would be good to get out of New York and escape the winter.”
“Just tell me when.” Vi says, as the waiter places their dishes in front of them.