ARC Review: The Aristocrat by Penelope Ward

Title: The Aristocrat
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: 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.



ARC provided for an unbiased review.

Felicity Dunleavy thought her summer would just be a quiet transition before continuing her studies. But with Leo Covington as her new neighbor, things could turn dangerously into something more than both of them could handle.

When it comes to stories with different social statuses, it tends to be quite cheesy and predictable. I’m glad to say this book turned out to be more than what I expected with the story focusing more on the couple than circumstances.

He was someone else’s future husband, someone else’s future.

I loved Leo with how respectful and considerate he was. While Felicity’s reluctance was sometimes frustrating, it was understandable. Also, Sig caught my heart right from the beginning and latched on until the end. I loved how the story had a good balance of humor, angst, and heart.

The Aristocrat is a story of creating your own happiness. It would appeal to readers who enjoy a second chance Romance.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.


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