Release date: 2/19/2018
A Contemporary Romance Novel
Gentleman Nine took me through the full gamut of emotions. The friendship and flirting turned into intense sexual tension, and just when we get settled Penelope Ward hits you with angst so high I often felt I would suffocate from the choices that needed to be made.
Channing is a pretty typical Ward hero. He is super sexy, has that blend of playboy with a heart of gold, and has a charisma that draws you in. There is not doubt where reader loyalty is to lie when it comes to this story. It is very clear with how he takes care of Amber, even when he is making questionable choices at the beginning, that he is good man willing to sacrifice for those he loves. He also won me over with his ability to wear his emotions on his sleeve. Every single time he flayed his heart open for Amber had me swooning.
I felt less of a connection to Amber, and there really isn’t a reason for it. She is a wonderful heroine: kind, gentle, and compassionate. Readers will understand her dilemma and revel in the choices she makes. But while I liked her, I didn’t feel that draw in the same way I did with Channing.
This story is filled with drama. We have the secret between Amber and Channing that is revealed in the synopsis. Then there is the return of secondary characters that serve a purpose in pushing Amber and Channing together, but along with their purpose in the novel they bring a load of angst and tension. All I have to say is thank God for the wisdom of old man. It might have been my favorite part, not only because it brought the H/h together but also because his words are so true. The HEA is another fantastic part of the book, because I love how she brought the entire story full circle for these two.
Penelope Ward has given us another entertaining and drama heavy romance, but it is also a story that questions whether someone can love two people at the same time, if people are destined for each other, and so much more, making it another fantastic read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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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Is that what your friends call you? I like that. Thanks for the answers.
That’s an interesting question—why tonight of all nights? Well, I saw my ex tagged on Facebook with another woman, and that put me over the edge. But it’s more than that. Lately, I’ve developed a strong attraction to a good friend of mine, and that’s sort of screwing with me a bit. He’s actually temporarily living in my condo, but he’s someone I’ve known for years. I’ve always thought he was extremely handsome, but it’s complicated. He and I would not be a good match romantically. He’s not the monogamous type, or at least, he never used to be. We’re better off as friends. He was also the best friend of my ex years back, so there’s that. Having him around, though, has made me more sensitized to my sexual desires. Little things like the waft of his scent, the way he touches the small of my back when he passes by me in the kitchen…it’s like my body is on this constant state of alert. So, I was thinking if I could just—for lack of a better word—get laid, maybe I could get this feeling out of my system.
My jaw was open as I just sat there staring at the screen.
I read it again.
I honestly didn’t think that Amber felt that way about me. She would always make jokes about me being good-looking, but her attraction to Rory proved that her taste wasn’t exactly conventional. Now, I really felt like shit for invading her privacy, because there was no way she would’ve been okay with confessing that to me. I never imagined any of this had to do with me. I’d assumed it was solely about Rory.
She wanted to use another man to f*ck me out of her system?
That revelation left me shocked and confused—not to mention hard as f*ck thinking about the fact that Amber wanted me.
About the Author:
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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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):