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 m
e 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.
There are some authors that are automatic must reads no matter what they write because I know I am going to love it, and Penelope Ward is one of those authors for me. Now Gentleman Nine I have to admit almost crushed me. There was more than one moment that I felt like my heart was going to break, that I was beginning to get so worked up because I didn’t want to think what looked like was going to happen did. I even messaged one of my best friends in the book world who also had read it to just TELL ME what was going on. She wouldn’t tell me obviously because in her words “you have to experience it for yourself” and while I was thinking of ways to make it to her house to shake the answer out of her I am glad that I listened. Because she was right you do have to have the experiences for yourself for them to mean something more. Now you know who you are if you are reading this so this is the only time I will allow you to get away with I told you so, just don’t let it go to your head.
Channing and Amber used to be best friends, they both suffered a loss that ties them together forever but their friendship became distant but it was always there. When Amber has her heart broken you are wanting her and Channing to give in to their chemistry, to their connection to their history and the unknown feelings that each of them had for each other. When things are revealed and you learn the truth I felt like my own heart was going to break. Channing is just who Amber has needed, and he has needed her as well. He has some things going on that hit close to home for me, as my grandfather also suffered from this so I think that made my connection with Channing even stronger.
I read Gentleman Nine in one sitting, I didn’t want to put it down, hell if I am honest with myself I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what would happen between Channing and Amber, I needed to know if they would get their happily ever after but experiencing it was so much more than I thought possible. Penelope Ward is still one of my favorite authors and Gentleman Nine is another amazing book that needs to be on your TBR list immediately.