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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.
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.
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
The blurb got my attention right away…. Afraid to date and get her heart broken, contacted male escort “Gentleman Nine” for a night of steamy sex without strings…I’m in!
“Gentleman Nine” is not the main part of the story. There are many many layers that are revealed. This is a story about love and loss, misunderstandings and heartache.
Amber Walton and Lainey Lord are best friends. Secretly, 14-year-old Amber crushes on Lainey’s 16-year-old brother, Channing. Amber and Channing become close after tragedy strikes. Also in the mix is Channing’s best friend, Rory. They are known as the three musketeers. Unbeknownst to Amber both boys have a crush on her but make a pact not to peruse her. Channing heads off to college and all of that changes….
Fast forward nine years. Amber is heartbroken. Rory has broken up with her after a nine-year relationship. He wants to “sow his wild oats” leaving Amber devastated. She and Channing had kept in touch over the years but it had been awkward after she began dating Rory.
“I didn’t want Channing to know how badly the breakup had devastated me.”
Amber gets a call from Channing out of the blue. He has business in Boston and asked about renting a room from her. They get together and reminisce about old times. Amber’s old crush has not extinguished. In fact, it has become an inferno leaving her sexually frustrated. After a conversation with a friend Amber decides to peruse a male escort for one night of no-strings-attached, hot sex. She’s never been with anyone else so she wants to build up her confidence before entering the dating world.
Channing discovers Amber’s email to ‘Gentleman Nine’ describing her desire to be with her secret crush Channing. He takes matters into his own hands…..
Now come the layers. What happens when two people combust? Hot hot sex! I must say there will be a lot of happy husbands out there after their wives read this. Incredibly smoking hot sex. There. I said it! It seems that the attraction between Amber and Channing was mutual. It only took a spark to start the inferno.
“Her thong was wet from the moment I first touched it.”
“They’re soaked. How long have you been wet like this?”
…..”Since you moved in.”
But everything is not as it seems. There are secrets, misunderstandings and someone will walk away broken hearted. I loved the characters. They are so well written. The story has an emotional side to it as well. It is a very emotional story of love, loss and coping.
Penelope Ward can weave a story that will pull your heartstrings and leave you spinning. And, since I am an Epilogue junkie I say THANK YOU! I LOVED the epilogue! What a great way to end the book.
Gentleman Nine was not quite what I was expecting but did not disappoint.
LOUISA’S 4 BLUSH REVIEW
I am the biggest sucker for second chance romance and best friend’s brother romance and BAM…this book has both.
There are a few twists to the second chance since neither of them knew the other had feelings for each other years ago and there’s a little twist with the best friend’s brother part too. That part of the story is an important one and could be a a bit of a spoiler and I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone. Everyone deserves to watch this play out, this slow burn that once it ignites, there’s no going back, the only thing that happens is gasoline is often thrown on the fire and it gets hotter and hotter.
The synopsis sucked me in and went in a way I wasn’t quite expecting. Channing and Amber started as friends and again Penelope Ward weaves a friendship that slowly becomes way more than they ever thought they could be.
Of course, it is important to note that I have actually read a few stories about escorts before, but they normally revolve around women who make a living as sex workers, so it was interesting to hear from a male perspective. A friend of mine who lives in Canada actually writes about escorts in her novels.
In Canada, adult websites like this Toronto Escorts Directory are hugely popular so my friend sometimes uses these websites as a resource to get in touch with escorts in her area for inspiration and insights into the sex industry. Now that I have read this book, I might just suggest that she tries to write from the perspective of a male escort to mix things up a little.
So, what did I make of this story?
Penelope Ward has always been a favorite author and with each release, she remains high on my list of favorites. A book with depth, emotion, laughs and love is what you get with Gentleman Nine. And as always Ms. Ward gives one of the best epilogues ever! The epilogue gives me the full circle of their story with all the ends tied up in a beautiful bow.
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.
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