Gentleman Nine

· Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
63 reviews

About this ebook

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 was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.


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63 reviews
Sue Galuska
September 13, 2018
Amber Walton was best friends Lainey Lord. When Lainey unexpectedly dies, Amber starts hanging around her brother Channing and his friend Rory Calhoun. They become the best of friends bonding over the tragedy. Channing and Rory make a pact that neither of them will make a move on Amber. When Channing leaves to go away to college, Rory makes his move. Rory and Amber end up dating for 9 years until he breaks her heart because he needs a break. Enter Channing. Channing hears the news and quickly calls Amber. He also has a favor to ask...can he rent her extra room at her place for a few months for a temp contractor job he just got. Amber hesitantly agrees. Problem is, she has always had a crush on Channing! What she doesn't know is that Channing has always wanted her! When Channing finds Amber's laptop open he sees that she has contacted a male escort service for a sex with no strings type of night. She also sees that Amber has admitted that she is attracted to Channing. This causes Channing to make believe like he is the Gentleman Nine Amber wants to hook up with. She has a list of things she wants to try and Channing can't wait! When Amber goes to meet Gentleman Nine, she runs into Channing. He convinces her to do those things with him instead. Of course, over the time they spend together, they start to realize there is more to their relationship than just sex. I loved this book and couldn't put it down! I really enjoyed these two characters too. They both deserved a happy ever after even if they had to wait a really long time for it. The ending was so perfect....and a big tearjerker!
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Bangor Belles
February 19, 2018
This is going to be a difficult review. Spoiler free, oh hell so difficult when i want to shout from the roof tops !!! Amber & Channing, best friends,both have had heartbreak and devastation in their lives, Amber’s one and only boyfriend was the other guy in their friendship trio, but are recently broken up when Channing comes to stay with Amber for an extended stay due to work. Oh my heart was chuckling with joy at this couple. Both just totally captivated me, Channing, hot, sexy, charming and someone you would definitely want to be around. Amber a girl with her confidence broken but still shone!! Well holy moly but the chemistry between these two had me squirming in my seat, and i couldn’t wait to get from page to page. I loved getting bits of both POV’S because seeing both sides to this couple just pulls your heart right in to the depths of romance heaven. My emotions were haywire with this book, because i just couldn’t predict where it was going, what was coming next, or how it was going to end!!! When I’m shouting at the pages, when I want to shake the characters bones till they rattle and when I am so engrossed in a story i don’t even know what time of day it is, now that is something i just don’t get with every book, but this author gives it in spades!! This is definitely my most favorite of Friends to Lovers Books I have read and this is possibly one of this authors Best Books. I so want to tell you what happens, but you will have to read it !!! lol
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Lauren Seiberling
February 19, 2018
I LOVE Penelope's books! The reason I love her books, this one absolutely included, is the characters. These are like real people. They act like real people and talk like real people. And they blessedly don't get tangled up in the whole "well, I should tell him the truth, but I won't" nonsense that lasts the whole book. Yes, there is a little of that in this one, but the truth is revealed in a very timely manner. I'm a total sucker for couples that have a shared history, and Channing and Amber certainly do. It was VERY interesting with an added element that popped back up about halfway through the book. Won't spoil it for you ;) Yep; another SMOKING HOT and AWESOME story from Penelope! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
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About the author

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

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 1.5 million books sold, she is a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over fifteen novels including RoomHate which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Other New York Times bestsellers include Stepbrother Dearest, Neighbor Dearest, Drunk Dial, Cocky Bastard, Stuck-Up Suit, Playboy Pilot and Mister Moneybags (the latter four co-written with Vi Keeland). 

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