Gentleman Nine

Gentleman Nine

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 ho...

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Title:Gentleman Nine
Author:Penelope Ward
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Gentleman Nine Reviews

  • Vi Keeland

    I might've already read it.

    I might already love it.

    I might think it's one of Penelope's sexiest couples yet.

    But I don't want to make you jealous, so I won't confirm any of this.

  • Penelope Ward

    Gentleman Nine is live early and on limited-time release sale for $3.99. (Changing soon to $4.99. This will be the ONLY sale.) A fun, sexy, STANDALONE friends-to-lovers romance!

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  • Dilek VT

    I started

    Nope, sorry

    No no no, not that!

    This guy on the cover confuses me...

    Huh, OK, I remember what I need to say...

    I started reading this book because of its gorgeous cover and the interesting title of it.

    Good choice of a cover model and good choice of a title. Both attract readers. Successful choices!

    Did the book live up to the expectations the cover and the title created?

    Well it was something between

    for me. It had parts that I loved and it had parts that I want

    I started

    Nope, sorry

    No no no, not that!

    This guy on the cover confuses me...

    Huh, OK, I remember what I need to say...

    I started reading this book because of its gorgeous cover and the interesting title of it.

    Good choice of a cover model and good choice of a title. Both attract readers. Successful choices!

    Did the book live up to the expectations the cover and the title created?

    Well it was something between

    for me. It had parts that I loved and it had parts that I wanted to change and rewrite :)))

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    : Moderate

    : Satisfying

    : Mild

    : Moderate

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    Three friends from childhood…

    A girl and two guys.

    Rory, Channing and Amber.

    These 2 guys are both attracted to the girl but Amber is attracted to one of them, Channing. She also talks about her crush on Channing with Rory.

    But Rory plays dirty. He goes behind Channing’s back and and gets the girl in the end.

    Rory is Amber’s first and they are together for 9 years.

    Just before they were going to start planning their wedding, Rory breaks up with her, saying that they should explore what it is like with other people.

    Amber is broken and hurt.

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    A few months after this break-up, Channing re-enters into Amber's life.

    He comes to the city where she lives on business and he rents the room in her house for a few months. He has some business there but he is also there to help her in her difficult times.

    He is awesome as a friend and for a while, they are just friends who adore each other secretly.

    Then, their attraction leads them to a "friends with benefits" kind of thing at first and especially Channing only wants to get her out of his system…

    Channing was a guy who never did any serious relationship but one. In that one, the girl, Emily, whom he wanted a serious relationship with, eventually chose her ex-boyfriend.

    As for Amber, she always wanted Channing and thought he was impossible to have as a lover.

    Although everything begins based on attraction & lust between Channing and Amber, they can’t stay unattached.

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    When Amber and Channing become lovers and develop feelings for each other, there is both OW and OM drama.

    First, Emily comes back to his life, saying she made a mistake and she practically begs for another chance. There is a short period when Channing considers going back to Emily but he soon realizes he wants Amber more.

    Then, Rory comes back to Amber’s life and explains the real reason of his decision for break-up. He doesn't come back when he learns that she is with Channing. Actually, he comes back just because he cannot live without her any longer and he realizes that he made a mistake. He is shocked to see Channing and Amber together.

    When Amber learns the real reason behind their break-up with Rory, she is devastated. For a while, she hesitates what to do, to choose Channing or to go back to her nine-year old relationship? She feels she loves both of them but one must outweigh the other, right?

    Channing gives her the time she needs to sort her feelings out but it is a painful process for all three of them.

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    1. OW/OM drama - Love triangles

    As you can see from the plot line, this is not a book for the readers who need safety and who avoid OW & OM drama. This is full of it, I must warn you…

    There is no cheating, though. However, there is one kiss that doesn’t lead to anything further. Whether that kiss is cheating or not depends on your interpretation of it. You just need to read that specific scene and then decide.

    2. Dishonesty

    This book is not for the strict safety-gang as there is also another circumstance, where the hero lies to the heroine and pretends to be someone else, although his intentions are only to protect her.

    He hides it for a short while, though. He later confesses what he has done. She forgives him and later, thanks him for it.

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    If you like your romance with angst and heart break in it, then you might enjoy the ride.

    If you can read love triangles and OW/OM drama, then, you may still enjoy this book.

    However, if you are looking for a romance book where everything that happens is ideal, where all characters act decently and properly, then this is not your book. These characters are not ideal. They make mistakes. They learn from their mistakes sooner or later, though.

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    I liked how the author handled the matter when OM and OW got involved. I liked the hesitation periods of characters because it felt real, despite being raw and painful.

    If they'd decided who to choose more easily in the blink of an eye, I would never have believed in it. Now, all that happened felt real whether I enjoyed the process or not.

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    I liked Amber, except for her dumb idea of hiring a male prostitute.

    I didn’t know what to feel about Rory and Channing most of the time and my feelings for them constantly changed.

    I was pissed at Rory for playing dirty behind Channing’s back when they were teenagers but then I was also pissed at Channing for not being more insistent on getting the girl.

    I hated Rory for breaking Amber’s heart 9 years later but then, when he came back with explanations, I pitied him although I still thought he made a big mistake.

    I liked Channing more most of the time. He wanted Amber and he was attracted to her. When Rory got her, he was full of anger for a while and he slept with almost all of Amber’s friends at college just to get back at her. Later, he only felt something close to love once – with Emily – but he lost her, too, to her ex-boyfriend.

    The adult Channing was charming and sexy although he had done stupid things like taking his dick’s photos to send Emily and I don't know why but he still kept those pics on his phone. This might be abhorrent for some readers, so I am just saying. I just didn’t mind... I think. Or I chose to ignore that.

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    I believed in Channing’s gradual development of feelings. At the beginning, it was only finally "getting the girl of his dreams into his bed". But because they were very close as friends, their friends with benefits deal quickly turned into a deeper relationship.

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    1. I was so very tolerant all along the book

    but I still cannot comprehend why the writer made Channing say this to Amber during sex. I would slap the f*ck out of him if I were Amber:

    WTF? That sentence tainted the whole story more than anything else for me. This was the only moment I wanted to stop reading the book.

    2. Another thing I would really prefer not to have in this book was the

    event. I really didn’t like Amber to hire a male prostitute just to release the sexual tension between her and Channing so that she can act normal around him. That really would have been a pretty bad mistake on her part if she really had done it. So I thank Channing, too, for interfering, although it was sneaky how he did it.

    I also didn't like how Amber eventually found herself in a vulnerable and embarrassing position. (I sometimes think Penelope Ward doesn't like her heroines much.)

    3. Also I didn’t like the fact that the character of Milo, who is autistic and Channing’s mother Christine with dementia were too formulaic.

    It was so very clear why these characters were in the story. Milo made Amber look good, Christine made Channing look good. Much too caricaturistic characters to fill a an obvious purpose.

    And of course, the stray cat was for there to be able to make the “pussy jokes” 😊

    When all things considered, it was a 4 star book out of 3,5 for me.

    I loved how deeply emotional it got most of the time and I loved how it made me feel.

    I loved how realistic it was even when things got complicated.

    I like it when people eventually find the way back to each other if they are meant to be and in this case, Channing and Amber were meant to be and finally they got their chance and they didn't waste it. Their coming together wasn't smooth. It was rough, unplanned and painful at times but it felt real.

    I believe Ms Ward can write really well but I wish she would write something less formulaic in the future.

    And I would love her books more if she didn't embarrass her heroines like she did, as in the case of Amber.

    And I would love her work more if she wrote more books like "Neighbor Dearest".

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    There were so many tropes in this one it nearly made my head spin.

    and then

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    There were so many tropes in this one it nearly made my head spin.

    and then

    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

    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:

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    This review is going to be all over the place because I want to make it as spoiler free as I can so it pretty much won't make a hell of a lot of sense. But here goes. Here's the gist of the story.

    A standalone, full length New Adult novel by Penelope Ward. In this we meet Twenty-five year old Amber & Twenty seven year old Channing Lord

    Three best friends known as the three Musketeers,

    can also be found on my blog:

    This review is going to be all over the place because I want to make it as spoiler free as I can so it pretty much won't make a hell of a lot of sense. But here goes. Here's the gist of the story.

    A standalone, full length New Adult novel by Penelope Ward. In this we meet Twenty-five year old Amber & Twenty seven year old Channing Lord

    Three best friends known as the three Musketeers, Rory was the nerd, Channing was the playboy and Amber was the beauty that neither could have.

    Two best friends made a pact in their teenage years that Amber would be off limits to the both of them. But Rory lied. Once Channing was away at college he made his move on Amber, he was her first love, nine years later out of the blue he says they should go their separate ways and see what else was out there, he then turned into her first heartbreak.

    She was devastated, heartbroken, and couldn't imagine life without Rory. He was all she knew. Out of the blue Channing rings Amber because he needs a place to stay for a few months and had heard from a mutual friend that she has a spare room which she rents out. For as long as Amber has known Channing she’s harboured a secret crush on him but he’d always been off limits on all counts. He was her best friends older brother, and Rory’s best friend.

    Old feelings and sexual frustrations come to the core quickly with Amber fighting to keep her feelings at bay not wanting to get into another relationship at present or a one night stand with the fear of expectations.

    She confides to her friend and her work colleague then puts her onto a VIP male escort website. Scrolling through the men on the website at home on her laptop after work she decides to make contact with Gentleman Nine.

    Coming home early one night and wanting to check his facebook status Channing jums on Amber's laptop and straight away notices the last web page Amber was on is sitting on her desktop and a message to a Gentleman Nine. From this point onwards things start heating up and for me it’s where the true magic in the story takes place. Meetings in a hotel suite take place every Saturday where every sexual fantasy is fulfilled. What happens in that room stays in that room.

    Then you hit a plot twist in the story that could change the whole story you sit there wondering which way the author is going to take you, either way it will break your heart.

    These types of books from friends to lovers are fast becoming my guilty obsession, and what Penelope Ward did cemented that even more. I enjoyed the look into their past friendships, the where it all went so wrong for them, the heartbreak they both endured, the secret crush they had carried around with them for years was bound to come falling down around their ears when they reconnected and that’s what I loved. The connection these two had poured off the pages, the humour the author instilled in the pages had me giggling so many times, a light, fluffy, full of angst and all the feels.

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    I love Penelope Ward, adore her books, love her writing, always counting down until the next book. First and foremost, I absolutely love this cover, drool worthy indeed. And in all honesty i think it fit Channing perfectly

    The story...... I liked reading about Channing and I liked getting to know Amber. I think they are both strong individuals that just need time to find their true souls match. So did I enjoy this story, not so much. Why? Well without giving anything away, it didn't have everythi

    I love Penelope Ward, adore her books, love her writing, always counting down until the next book. First and foremost, I absolutely love this cover, drool worthy indeed. And in all honesty i think it fit Channing perfectly

    The story...... I liked reading about Channing and I liked getting to know Amber. I think they are both strong individuals that just need time to find their true souls match. So did I enjoy this story, not so much. Why? Well without giving anything away, it didn't have everything I love in books, it lacked the consistency, the story was back and forth for me, so up and down, again for me. It lacked what I love most, I just couldn't connect.

    It may be a struggle to get your happily ever after, but taking the time to make sure it’s the right one is what matters most.

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  • ⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰

    Gentleman Nine was a well written book, it had good characters that could have led to a fantastic story. Unfortunately for me it was lacking in substance and had me fairly board and disappointed as I could see the potential.

  • BleuBelle

    DNF Chapter 9

    I'm the one to blame. I knew reading the blurb, that this book was way out of my comfort zone. I don't like friends to lovers romances, because there are always tons of OW the hero slept with, while the heroine remained a virgin or had few lovers. But I just thought that this could be very much a good read. And the model on the cover is really hot. So sue me.

    The blurb is a little bit misleading. "and she thought I was a manwhore". Well she didn't think it, he was a manwhore. I don't

    DNF Chapter 9

    I'm the one to blame. I knew reading the blurb, that this book was way out of my comfort zone. I don't like friends to lovers romances, because there are always tons of OW the hero slept with, while the heroine remained a virgin or had few lovers. But I just thought that this could be very much a good read. And the model on the cover is really hot. So sue me.

    The blurb is a little bit misleading. "and she thought I was a manwhore". Well she didn't think it, he was a manwhore. I don't think I've read a book about such a manwhore. He slept with all the friends of the Heroine. Gross. And he slept with everything while in college. Because secretly he wanted the heroine, but he couldn't have her, so he needed to bang every women available. While secretly thinking about Heroine all the time. Gross.

    Hero admits that he didn't have sex with anyone before coming to live with the heroine. A few weeks of celibacy. Wow, that is so nothing to write home about. A few weeks? And then he's telling us how hard it is not to sleep with women anymore. And that this few weeks were the longest time he spent celibate since he was a teenager. So, he's 27 now. You can start counting the number of women he had in the 9-10 years.

    The hero had dick picks on his phone!

    All of the above could be ignored, even by me (and I hate manwhores) but the very cherry on top was, that hero has feelings for another woman. Emily. He met her, had a short fling with her and developed feelings. She then turned him down, got back together with the ex. Then Emily realized what a mistake she made, and contacts the Hero and they meet up. Heroine sees them sitting, cuddling in a cafe.

    So this hero, who thinks he has feelings for the heroine, but isn't sure of said feelings (it definitely isn't love) meets up with an ex-fling, Emily. He has feelings for her, and he could definitely see them having a future together. He nearly went to her home after the date. But decided at the last second against it.

    I don't get it. He isn't in love with the Heroine, he just finds her hot and wants to bed her. So why is this a romantic interest in this book? Will he fall in love later on?

    And he's a total hypocrite. He warns her how dangerous a ONS is. Heroine wants to use a callboy, but Hero is so against it. Heroine could be hurt, or get a STD or whatever. But the Hero had no such problems sleeping with every woman that moved for 10 years. And he never thought of the safety of himself and of all the women. No he just needs to get off, because otherwise he feels uncomfortable.

    So that's it. I'm so disappointed right now. Why would anyone want to read about this? And even if they come together, then what? Does he really love her? Will he be faithful to her? What about all the friends he slept with. Awkward as hell.

    In the future I'm going to be much more careful in choosing my books.

  • Bibi

    and mainly because of the cover model. He's just so pretty. Sigh.

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