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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.
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.
Felt everything about this story!
This book has EVERYTHING.
LOVE triangles are my thing and this did not disappoint.
I love that the blurb gives just enough of a tease of the story, but I can tell you that it doesn't come close to telling the whole story. I want to do this review justice, but it's hard to do that without out giving away all the little details that I enjoyed along the way.
I fell in love with Channing and Amber from the beginning. Childhood friends that reunite after not seeing each other after awhile. Channing is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy that doesn't seem to miss a trick. Amber is getting over a broken heart and Channing was just the medicine that she needed. He temporarily stays with her in Boston for work and we watch them pick up their friendship after years. There were times when I was reading about these two, where I could physically feel the chemistry. I was getting warm and tingly! And ultimately for the last 30% of the book, I could feel how Amber was torn. Making a decision between her past and her future. My heart was breaking. It was one of those situations where any decision would be good, but which is the RIGHT choice. I feel like the takeaway from this story is that it only takes one decision to change the course of your life, so it's best to follow your heart and not your head. <3 <3
While this story was not as angsty as some of Penelope's books, it was such a complete story about being selfless and devoted.
A modern love triangle with a twist. Three young people friends as children suffer an agonizing loss. But over come the loss as each Rory and Channing each fall for Amber. Their stories made me feel. You can love two men. This book has given my two favorite things a book hang over and a new book boyfriend. What more could you ask for?
I LOVE Penelope's books
I LOVE Penelope's books!
The reason I love her books, this one absolutely included, is the characters. These are like real people. They act like real people and talk like real people. And they blessedly don't get tangled up in the whole "well, I should tell him the truth, but I won't" nonsense that lasts the whole book. Yes, there is a little of that in this one, but the truth is revealed in a very timely manner.
I'm a total sucker for couples that have a shared history, and Channing and Amber certainly do. It was VERY interesting with an added element that popped back up about halfway through the book. Won't spoil it for you ;)
Yep; another SMOKING HOT and AWESOME story from Penelope!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)