Title: The Aristocrat
Author: 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.
Well, this was definitely different. Leo is spending a summer in the states before going back and assumes his duties as an aristocrat. Felicity is also spending the summer with her foster mother before heading to law school. I like the way they first met – it was quite hilarious when Felicity saw Leo for the first time in his birthday suite :). The chemistry was instant, maybe too insta-love :). The two spent a whirlwind romance for the summer knowing that they will have different lives when it ended. They did not want to fall in love, but the heart disagrees. Unfortunately, they parted way with broken hearts. Five years later, Felicity went back to her foster mother’s home to take care of business and received a letter from Leo. He is to be married to someone else. Is it too late for Felicity? Let the journey begin. I like Leo – he is such a nice guy, caring, polite, and fun to be around. His cousin Sig is a hoot – love him! I also like Felicity – she did not have the best childhood but she is sweet, strong, and driven. I enjoy the lighthearted story about the summer they spent together. The second part of them meeting again to HEA I found a bit rushed. Really did not want the story to end :). Otherwise, this was a sweet, fun, heartfelt love story. Loads of chemistry and laughter. Beautifully written. Would love Sig to have a happy ending as well after what he went though 😦
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.