Monday, February 19, 2018





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    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.    

            Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-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 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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4.5 out of 5 Stars

Lifelong friends, innocent love crushes, and watching from afar best describes the foundation of Channing and Amber's relationship.  Their friendship extended through tragic times where they comforted each other as well as happy times where as kids, they were inseparable.

Now, as they meet at a crucial time in both their lives, emotions cannot be easily controlled.  Amber is still attracted to Channing and Channing must protect Amber from making a bad decision.

I cannot give you more about the plot because you have to go on this journey with them to fully enjoy the mess they make of things and how they get out of it.  Though sometimes funny and outrageous, the main undercurrent is a definition of what love and commitment really mean.  No only the love we feel as lovers, but the love of friends, family, and others.

Definitely recommended!

I am voluntarily reviewing this book.  Thank you to the author for sharing a copy with me.

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