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.
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Where The Aristocrat begins and the set of circumstances that the hero and heroine deal with in the onset differs greatly from where they end up, and as a romance reader, that’s exactly what I want in a story…one that may start out with intrigue and lust but then slowly turns into something more, something worth fighting for, something that may upset people or send things off-kilter in some respects but a connection that deserves to be fostered regardless of the external impact.
Both Felicity and Leo are complicated characters whose lives are defined by their pasts and whose futures seem to be already mapped out, which means that the scales aren’t tipped in their favor when they meet in her hometown and spend the summer together. But what was supposed to be a fleeting summer romance…one with an end date…one that can’t go any further because their lives are on two very different paths turns into a chaotic, life-altering experience, but it still doesn’t mean that a relationship between them will ever come to fruition because they’re up against more than just an ocean between where they actually live.
Like Penelope Ward is known for, the angst in this story is on point and the main conflict as well as its complications make emotions run high for all those experiencing it. And as the story plays out and readers are given more insight into all that’s at stake for both Felicity and Leo, hard decisions will have to be made and those choices will make or break them in all the ways that matter most.
One character who I need to give a shout out to is Sig, Leo’s cousin. He is most definitely a scene-stealer and I wouldn’t mind his story being told because spending more time with him would’t be difficult; in fact, I would be beyond entertained, I’m sure.
Emotions are high in this slow burn, second chance romance, and while it’s clear from the start that there’s a mutual attraction between Felicity and Leo, the variables working against them — time, distance, social standing — cannot be ignored and Penelope Ward does a great job depicting the highs and lows of the main characters becoming what they’ve wanted to mean to each other since their initial interaction and with Ward’s storytelling and her ability to construct a complicated plot line, her readers won’t be disappointed when they reach the final page.
4.5 Poison Apples
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.
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