Book Review – Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward


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 got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

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Gentleman Nine was phenomenal and I absolutely loved it! The storyline and characters were amazing, and I was hooked to this unique, sexy, emotional, and highly entertaining standalone friends-to-lovers romance from beginning to end. Penelope Ward is beyond talented and I have dearly loved each and every book I’ve read from her so far. Gentleman Nine has definitely been one of my top favorite novels from Ms. Ward to date, and I am so excited to read more!

   Channing and Amber were wonderful and I loved them and their story so much. I loved their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed throughout. I loved reading the book from both Channing and Amber’s POV, and I loved all of their banter and interactions with each other. As with every Penelope Ward book, there were plenty of shocking twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Channing and Amber’s story was surprisingly more emotional and heartbreaking than I was expecting, but I truly loved it from start to finish. There were a few parts that I didn’t like all that much, but I understood why the author did what she did. The secondary characters were wonderful as well, and I immensely enjoyed their addition to the story. Gentleman Nine was honestly one of my top favorite books from Penelope Ward so far, and I was absolutely ecstatic with the conclusion to Channing and Amber’s unforgettable story.

   Gentleman Nine was a unique, sexy, emotional, and addicting standalone friends-to-lovers romance, and I couldn’t have loved it more! Penelope Ward did an extraordinary job with this book, and I was so freaking happy with the outcome to Channing and Amber’s remarkable story. Penelope Ward is without a doubt one of my top favorite contemporary romance authors, and I can’t wait to devour more of her amazing and addicting books!


About the Author

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York TimesUSA 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 a 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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