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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.

February 19
Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
Penelope Ward Books, Inc.

Customer Reviews

B.Bran ,


My favorite Penelope story ever!!!

AA723 ,


It’s was ok. Definitely not my favorite Penelope Ward’s book. Just doesn’t seem like her usual writing style. Slow and dull especially in the beginning and Amber annoyed me for some reason. Channing hotness is the only reason why I gave it 3 stars.

WelshCakes93 ,

I thoroughly enjoyed the book

It was quite amazing how much you want more and more when you get hooked. The flow was great and the fork-in-the road decision towards the end was nail biting.

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