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 was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I purchased this as an Audible "Deal of the Day" and it surprised me. Early on it felt like it was going to be everything I hate about this genre, but it actually turned out to be a story with substance. The characters were fairly likable and while their chemistry wasn't off-the-charts hot, it was still hot. They had real-life issues and not some overtly contrived dribble. It won't be that for everybody, I'm sure…but for me, I liked it. A few elements of the story actually resonated with me, personally.
☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters~ 4/5
The Feels~ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.
Book Cover~ That guy is seriously hot…
Narration~ ☆5☆ for Sebastian York & Andi Arndt, these two are masters at this genre, especially when they are together in one book.
Setting~ Boston and a little Chicago
Source- Audible Audiobook