Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

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.



I loved the premise of this story, it had so much potential, and it started off great… it just didn’t quite live up to what I was hoping it would be. And I’m not entirely sure why.

When I read the synopsis for this book, I wanted a lot of things out of this book.

Mostly, I wanted cringey embarrassment and great chemistry.

And while I really liked the characters and the writing, I think what was lacking for me, ultimately, was the chemistry between Channing and Amber.

I loved Channing’s personality, but for some reason, I found there to be so much more chemistry between Amber and Rory. More than I think the author intended.

Though I was pretty invested in Channing and Amber’s relationship throughout the entire book, the second Rory came back in the picture, I was rooting for him. It was that instantaneous.

I feel like I can’t really say too much more without giving anything away, let’s just say, it was an interesting story and worth a read, even if it did fall a bit short.

This was my first Penelope Ward novel, and it won’t be my last! I can see why she is so popular and I can’t wait to dive into the other books of hers that I have on my shelf!

Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

Sebastian York and Andi Arndt are two of my favorite audiobook readers!

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

I got the most butterflies toward the end of the book.

Re-read Worthiness: Nah

Bookshelf Placement: Nah

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars





2 thoughts on “Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

  1. I read this book a couple weeks back. I liked it but not entirely so. What Rory did behind Channing’s back was not cool. However, living in the same apartment really did bring out a lot of hidden chemistry between Channing and Amber. This love triangle thing didn’t really grab my attention. Rory’s character was missing for most part of the book. I couldn’t feel a thing towards Rory. Though whatever he did is to protect Amber, I still don’t feel sorry for him. I don’t know why but I really hate Rory! LOL

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    1. LOL! I had such high expectations for this one and it’s probably why it let me down a little. I actually liked both guys, yet somehow it just wasn’t enough. Oh, well!


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