Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gentleman Nine ~ Penelope Ward

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.

You get so much more than a friends to lovers with Gentleman Nine..
Two friends brought closer together by losing someone they both loved and a third comes to play by association. 

Here's a story where two individuals trusted the wrong person with their secret and were betrayed in a sense - but that person wasn't really bad per-say just knew when to pounce on an opportunity and well just Did.. while reading I felt as if everything played out as it should have everyone was able to grow and as adults better appreciate what was right in front of them, talk about their emotions - lay them all out when it counted.
So all though the saying "you snooze you loose" might have been the way to go initially and we might have seen it as a missed opportunity for some..
The whole "If you Love someone, set them free" didn't go over so well either...

Channing was absolutely perfect!! 
Perfect friend, perfect brother, perfect son perfect everything.. *a wet dream*.... 
There was so much chemistry between Amber and Channing, they both complemented each other in so many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their mornings, their outings, their banter. The flow was a slow simmer with a lot of sexual tension and some nail biting angst towards the end. 
This was such a fun, sexy & sweet read I didn't want it to end.

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