Release Day Blitz & Reviews – The Surrogate, Penelope Ward

February 26, 2024 | Posted in Release Day Blitz | By


Title: The Surrogate
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Age Gap/Widower/Found Family
Forbidden/Enemies to Friends to Lovers
Release Date: February 26, 2024



From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward comes a new, STANDALONE novel…





I’m falling for the father of the baby I’m carrying.
The problem is: it’s not my baby.
And the broody widower is not looking for a long-term partner.
As a surrogate, the deal was that I’d only be in England long enough to give birth.
At first, the man seemed as pretentious as his name: Sigmund Benedictus.
He and I butted heads.
Sig challenged my intentions, accused me of just wanting to do this for the money.
Gradually, he learned to trust me.
He even became protective.
Over time, our heated animosity turned into fiery chemistry.
I was falling in love with him.
But my time here had a limit.
I needed to protect my heart from the devastatingly gorgeous older man who’d end up breaking it.




When my in-laws told me they wanted to use my dead wife’s eggs to conceive a grandchild, I wasn’t immediately on board.
They swore that on her deathbed Britney told them it was what she wanted—but only if I fathered the baby. Her parents insisted they would be the ones to raise it.
Against my better judgment, I agreed.
I vowed to keep my heart out of it, though.
I’d continue to pretend it wasn’t happening and live the empty, single life I’d become accustomed to the past five years since Britney died.
And despite the fact that a certain younger American named Abby Knickerbocker had awakened things inside me that I thought were long dead…
I most certainly wouldn’t fall in love with the surrogate.






The Surrogate is Penelope Ward’s newest epic romance. If you read The Aristocrat then you have met Sigmund, Leo’s cousin. If you follow my reviews then you might know that I don’t read blurbs unless it’s a new-to-me author until I need to write the review (don’t want those spoilers) so I actually didn’t even know it was going to be his story. Once I discovered that it was it, I was obsessed. And the obsession just grew and grew from there. The blurb is perfection so I don’t want to get too much into the storyline.

Abby and Sig’s relationship is complicated times ten but from the meet-cute, I knew it was going to be a crazy, beautiful, and emotional ride. And a fun one too!! I loved their journey, it’s so unique and I felt I was right there with them along the way. In London. In the countryside. Like I was a guest in the inn Abby was staying in. I was invested. They just made me laugh, cry, swoon, and just think, really. It’s one of my favorite books of 2024. One of my favorite books ever. I loved it so much, it’s hard to put into words. Just read it. Period. It’s an unforgettable story.

The Surrogate is Penelope Ward’s newest romance and one of my favorites from her! I didn’t have the pleasure of reading The Aristocrat, but I still loved Sig from the start. He’s complicated, but deep down is a loving, sweet man. He’s still heartbroken after losing his wife, and really not sure what he’s doing with his personal life. When his in-laws want to use a surrogate to have a grandbaby from their daughter’s frozen eggs who passed away a few years ago and they ask for Sig’s sperm, he’s not sure what to do. He agrees to meet the surrogate even though he doesn’t trust her. He’s instantly attracted to her and that is bad, bad, bad. They can’t stop fighting and exchanging barbs. He can’t fall for her. She can’t want him. But oh do they and they can! I loved watching Sig and Abby fight and then really get to know each other. It’s a complicated relationship and situation, but it’s fun, emotional, sexy and I loved every minute of 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 forty books. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.