Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Release date: 02-19-18
Publisher: Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
From New York Times best-selling 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 man-whore. (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.
Story: 5 Stars
Listening Length: 7 hours, 37 mins
I absolutely enjoyed and loved everything about this story and the narrators. It's been awhile since I read a book from this author and she is even more talented than what I remembered. The storyline was amazing. The characters were phenomenal. Sebastian York and Andi Arndt did such a great job bringing this story to life and still managing to capture and deliver the emotion perfectly.
I loved the whole dynamic between Channing and Amber. They had great chemistry, fun banter, emotional moments and an amazing friendship and understanding of each other. The whole Rory situation really did take me by surprise because I was not expecting the reasoning behind his actions. The narrators did a wonderful job capturing and conveying the emotions from all three characters,
I was so drawn to these characters. Amber, Rory and Channing's heartache was my heartache and it was a truly heart wrenching situation to go through. No matter what someone got hurt. Though as much as I wanted to just love them all and I did feel bad for what Rory went through but I just thought he was plain ol' stupid because he put himself in a position where he lost the love of a lifetime and he cheated his best friend early on the opportunity by being so shady.
Penelope Ward delivers a sexy yet heart gripping story that left me feeling so completely satisfied with the outcome. I'm really glad I choose to initially read this through audiobook first because the narrators really nailed it on this one for me. A great read and I highly recommend the audio version.
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About the Author:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a sixteen-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 12-year-old girl with autism and a 11-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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