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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel. Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty. Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied. I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years—before he broke her heart. Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room. Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.
You know you have a good book in your hands when all you want to do is read. Despite invitations to the movies from friends or going out to dinner with your husband, you just want to sit alone in a quiet room and be consumed by the story and it’s characters. Not even a sense of duty to go grocery shopping, clean the house, or the need to make dinner can pull you away. That’s exactly how I felt about Gentleman Nine. I couldn’t wait to meet Penelope’s next hero, Channing Lord. Now that I’ve met him, I’ll never be the same!
Channing was so different for me than most of Penelope's previous heroes. He wasn't as sexy as Jake or as smooth as Chance, but I found myself drawn to him on a whole different level. I was drawn to him more for his vulnerability than for his muscles and sexy mouth. Channing is a nurturer. He took care of and loved the women he held closest to his heart, and that in turn, melted mine.
Channing and Amber's story ended up being so much more than just a friend to lovers story. There is an emotional side story that connected Channing and Amber in a way that was unbreakable. The surprising twist that came right when I thought their story was coming to an end, blew me away. My heart hurt for everyone. Sometimes heart breaking events happen for a reason and Penelope Ward shows us how in the end, everything works out how it is meant to be.
In true Penelope Ward fashion, Gentleman Nine is made up of everything I have come to love in a romance novel. A heart felt storyline... relatable, good hearted characters that I can't help but fall in love with... laughs, swoons, tears... and an epilogue that makes my cup runneth over.
Gentleman Nine is an I Love Story Time Top Read! I HIGHLY recommend!
♥ Review by Lys
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Other standalones from Penelope Ward:
Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:
Jake Undone (Jake #1):
Jake Understood (Jake #2):