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 was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.
You know when someone mentions a book and you can say without a doubt, OMG you must read it!! well this is one of those books.
Channing and Amber had a bond and that was loss. Channing lost his sister while Amber lost her best friend.
The two of them became best friends and along with that friendship also came Rory who was channing's best friend, so the three of them went through their teenage years together.
Rory and Channing both developed feelings for Amber and so they made a pact to keep their friendship and promised that neither of them would make a move on Amber and just be her friend however when Channing went to college for a year he came home to discover Rory had broken that pact, a pact Amber knew nothing about. Channing was hurt and became the playboy of the school and backed off from his two friends altogether it hurt too much to be around them.
Nine years later and Rory and Amber's relationship has suddenly ended with Rory's shocking admission that they should experience other people.
Amber is heartbroken and when Channing hears he is still there for his friend but furious with Rory who is no longer around.
Amber begins to move on, Channing is staying with her while he is temporary working in Boston but they very much try and stick to just being friends although Channing has always loved her, Amber is now begnning to have feelings for him.
The Gentleman nine comes about when Amber is feeling horny around Channing and cant shake the feeling and wonders if its just a night of sex she needs and so she contacts a dating agency to help her predicament and move on, begin her single life and the plot then really heats up. .
I loved this story, I feel like I have been on a journey with these characters, I have shed a tear, felt the dilemmas and laughed along the way.
Gentleman nine is everything I love about a contemporary romance read, a friends to lovers romance, with twists and revelations, there's hotness in all the right places, and interesting plot, likeable characters and a heartwarming hea.
I listened this on audio and it was brilliant the narrators really brought the characters to life.
Told in dual pov and leads to a hea.
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