The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2021
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.
The one that got away. Every girl has one, right?
Mine was a charming, British aristocrat who turned my world upside down one summer.
From the moment I first spotted Leo in the distance through my binoculars, I’d been captivated. I certainly never expected to find a man showering outside of the property across the bay in his birthday suit.
Then I noticed his housemate staring back at me with binoculars of his own—watching me watching Leo.
That made for an interesting conversation starter when I inevitably ran into them.
Turned out, the handsome Brits were only renting that house for the summer in my seaside town.
Leo and I formed an instant connection, even though we were technically opposites by all appearances. I taught him how to dig for clams, and he taught me that not all wealthy and powerful guys are pretentious.
Despite knowing he was totally wrong for me, I couldn’t seem to stay away.
It was a wild and crazy few months. And before I knew it, we’d fallen in love.
We both had one wish: more time together.
But Leo had obligations back home. He lived a life I’d never fit into. And I was going to law school. So, we decided to end it and never look back.
A part of me always felt like I’d let my soulmate walk away.
I believed our story was over.
Until five years later when he sent me a letter that shook me to my core.
I’d thought my world was turned upside down that first summer?
Well, I knew nothing yet.
With a very interesting first encounter between Felicity and Leo I knew I was in for a good ride and that ride ended in a blink of an eye.
Felicity and Leo who by “societies” eyes would never work were just about made for each other. I loved Felicity and really felt like she was a strong young woman that went through so much in life and I was rooting for her the entire book. Leo is British… that’s it… that’s all I could say about him, and we would all be like, “yeah he’s hot.” Okay, I’m kidding there was so much more to him than that. Of course, the accent is always a plus, but I felt he was kind, fun, funny, and compassionate.
I can’t in good faith write a review and not mention Leo’s cousin Sig. He was a character for sure. As a red head I normally dislike red head jokes a lot, but suddenly I didn’t mind them from Sig.
No spoilers from me so I will say the second half had me hook line and sinker for sure and it was that part that had me really not wanting to put the book down because I needed to know if I was going to clutch my chest in a good way or a bad way.
A very good read that I recommend, that’s not too heavy in emotions but just enough for a good pull-on the ol’ heart strings.
About the Author
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.