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.


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

When I first met him, he’d been my best friend’s big brother. Off-limits. Then, our relationship evolved into a friendship I valued. Off-limits. Crossing the line with Channing wasn’t a possibility, especially after I fell in love with his best friend, Rory, which made Channing once again…off-limits.



There were so many tropes in this one it nearly made my head spin. ”In love with the best friend’s older brother”, “friends-to-lovers” and then ”forbidden romance” because the Hero was once the best friend of the Heroine’s boyfriend. There is a love triangle but thankfully there isn’t any cheating so for those of you who are squeamish you should be able to get through the angst that the love triangle causes. I’m a huge fan of Penelope Ward and enjoy so many of her books and I thought the story had a terrific beginning but somewhere in the middle, it got a little crazy. At times I felt the story was all over the place but in the end, I couldn’t deny that I was so entertained that I finished this in less than a day.

Amber Walton has been nursing a broken heart for the past several months after her boyfriend of nine years decides to call it quits, declaring that they need to see other people since they’ve only ever been with each other. It’s the last thing she expected to hear out of his mouth and she hasn’t been able to stop from wallowing in self-pity since the day he left. But then she gets a call from an old friend. One she never thought she’d hear from again. Channing Lord was Amber’s childhood friend and crush. He was the big brother of her best friend Lainie, who tragically lost her life at the age of fourteen. Lainie’s death ended up bringing Amber and Channing closer together. They found solace in each other’s companionship. Then they became the three musketeers when Channing’s best friend, Rory, started hanging out with them. Everything changed between the three when Channing went off to college in Florida and Rory made his move on Amber. The friendship seemed to fall apart. Fast forward to present day and Channing is going to be Amber’s new tenant. He has to be in Boston for a few months for work and he heard that Amber had a room for rent.

Old feelings that had been bottled up, start to resurface as two old friends become reacquainted. While at first neither will act upon their feelings for fear of losing the friendship which means the most to them, you could feel the sexual tension building between Channing and Amber. Feeling the need to release some of the sexual frustration Amber decides to do something crazy and unbeknownst to her, Channing finds out. He does something deceitful but it was all coming from a good place in his heart and his only intentions were to keep Amber safe.

When truths are revealed it becomes nearly impossible for Channing and Amber to fight their physical attraction any longer. What starts off as ”no strings” sex quickly becomes a complicated mess when love weaves its way into their hearts and the past comes knocking on their door.

By the time we are nearing the end, there are so many things piling up against the two lovers, the challenges seemed insurmountable.

Will Channing and Amber be able to weather the storms in their paths or will they only ever have the two months they spent together to look back on with painful longing and regret?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

GENTLEMAN NINE is currently available.

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