Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Release Blitz: The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward

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.

4 Stars

Review by Lisa Kane

Felicity Dunleavy is back in Narragansett, Rhode Island after graduating from college and working in Boston for a few years. She's twenty-four and is getting ready to head to law school. She's returned to stay with Mrs. Angelini at the house she's shared with her for years. It's quiet and familiar and home. 

When she first lays eyes on the hero, it's one of those off chance things that will forever be remembered with embarrassment. (and lust!) Not long after, Felicity formally meets Leo Covington and his obnoxious cousin, Sig. An invite to tea opens up a whole new path for Felicity, one that just might lead to the rabbit's hole. 

Leo and Sig are visiting from England. One last hurray before Leo must return home to reality. He is vague about it, but it seems that whatever his future holds, it is what is expected of him, not necessarily what he wished it might hold. Leo is more than a little interested in Felicity, the ginger haired beauty is mesmerizing him. But he is here for only a month and as much fun they are having getting to know each other, there is an expiration date looming. 

Theirs is no summer time fling, both Leo and Felicity develop deep feelings for each other, but there are so many obstacles. As the blurb suggests, five years go by and Felicity receives a letter that will change both their lives. That's as far as I can go with details, too much and it will spoil the plot. I will say that Sig deserves a story of his own. I want it to begin at the ending of The Aristocrat. 

If you have read any of Penelope Ward's books then you know to expect the other shoe to drop. The thump of your stomach, the "no way did I read that" moment. Don't read this book late at night, because you will want to read until the end and the lack of sleep will catch up with you. (learn from my experience!) 

There were a few scenes where I wished there had been more explanation, more insight into the whys and hows but it is what it is and I filled in the pieces with my own imagination. As all her epilogues are-this one has a great one and I got a little misty reading it. 




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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