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.
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.
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Penelope Ward is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She grew 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.
Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
She is currently working on her fifth novel, Jake Understood. She is the author of Gemini, Jake Undone, My Skylar and Stepbrother Dearest.
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What a premise. Far more than second chances, friends-to-lovers, or even your run of the mill escort story, Gentleman Nine is a melting pot of just about every kind of romance there is. A story unlike any you have read before. A blurb that gives a good idea of the kind of emotional quicksand you are getting into when you have characters with a history, a story with a shocker for the heroine, and an author who is always innovative and enthralling. But, there's more! There's also a hero that is practically impossible not to fall for, a heroine that you can connect with and feel for at once, and a twist that you could never see coming. Gentleman Nine that is a story that is captivating, fascinating, and surprisingly, a little devastating.
Now this one did start out a bit slow, I'll admit, but it soon ramped up as we really got to know Amber and, of course, started to fall for Channing. In the middle we get a good dose of lovin' to spice things up a bit which definitely makes the entire situation a lot more interesting. Then BAM! Out of nowhere you are smacked upside the head with something you may have had an idea about along the way, but you never could have imagined the way in which it presented itself. From this point on, the story takes a surprising turn that brings heartache, tension, intensity, and a whole lot of angst.
What would have been a great read purely based on what we experienced when perusing the blurb, transforms into a nail-biting, palm-sweating, angsty state of affairs with just one moment of honesty. Just when things are really getting good and you feel as if you can see these two riding off into the sunset together, Penelope Ward refuses to let us off easy and has to go and throw a wrench into everything creating turmoil, indecision, distress, and longing, and keeping you glued to the pages to see what decisions will be made, who will get hurt, and what will come of that previously alluded to HEA.
While this book may have been missing that wow factor and that certain something in the beginning that a Penelope Ward story always has in abundance, that instantly hooks and consumes you, Gentleman Nine ultimately makes up for the slower start by bringing angst from this author that we haven't seen for a while now, a story that is new and fresh and completely different, and one that will have you eagerly devouring each word in the end.
*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars