Sep 03

The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward Review


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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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The Aristocrat is the newest standalone contemporary romance from Penelope Ward, and boy was it a rollercoaster of emotion. Bittersweet, poignant and wistfully romantic, I was smitten with Leo and Felicity from the start. Imagine meeting your soul mate only to have the experience tainted by outside pressures and obligations that make a potential coupling impossible.

Leo and Felicity’s romance was slow-burning, sweet and short lived. There is a long separation, but when they do meet again, all that chemistry, all that electricity, all those feelings are still there, but it’s complicated. Leo, a British aristocrat was charming, smolderingly sexy and in a very difficult position. Felicity was quirky and a bit awkward with a tender heart and a brilliant mind. Leo was visiting Narragansett for the summer, Felicity’s home town, as a last hurrah of sorts. She was home visiting her adoptive mother before heading to law school in the fall. I really loved them, and I was as crushed with longing as they were when their time came to part. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I loved and loathed Leo’s cousin, Zig, who was as entertaining as he was exasperating.

Ward gave her readers a heart-tugging right person, wrong time love story in The Aristocrat. I was captivated by Leo and Felicity’s endearing beginning, but the real story began after their reunion. Full of feels and fire, The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward was captivating and complicated and completely addictive. Five stars from me!

~Danielle Palumbo





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