Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Self Published on 4/17/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.
I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
By now, if you follow us on Facebook, you know that we are majorly shouty over this sexy, sweet, and addictive new novel, Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. Jessica and I cannot stop screaming this book to everyone. We just LOVED it. Fans of forbidden/taboo romance, are going to go CRAZY over this new release and we can’t wait for you to read. In this post you’ll find reviews and all the bookish info.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
“Turns out my dream girl belongs to the one person it would kill me to hurt.”
The moment I read the blurb for Birthday Girl, I knew I HAD TO HAVE it. I absolutely love the sultry lure of a wicked forbidden romance. And this, a father falling for his sons girlfriend? I don’t think it gets anymore salacious than that. I was curious to see how Penelope would twist that concept and I have to say, she slayed it! Birthday Girl was one of the most unputdownable romances I have read this year. From beginning to end I was ensnared by the connection between Pike and Jordan. Their chemistry bursts off the page, and the sheer naughtiness, the depth of feels, will keep you on the edge, claiming your heart completely. It’s truly one heck of a read.
Jordan, our heroine, is dating Cole Lawson. Cole is our hero Pike Lawson’s son. Cole’s a bit of a mess—reckless, impulsive, lazy—but Jordan cares for him, their connection spanning years. Unfortunately for her, Cole’s erratic behavior has gotten them kicked out of an apartment they share. In a bind and barely making their bills as it is, Pike offers them a room in exchange for doing chores around the house. Jordan is young, only 19, and her family’s not there for her. She doesn’t have a lot of friends. And she’s working as a bartender to put herself through school. Simply put, she’s not in the position to refuse help, so this is the only option.
And oh my oh my oh my, talk about wicked! It’s intense, so heartstoppingly delicious. A slow burn romance that erupts into a provocative story filled with angsty feels. Penelope delivers a full fledged love story with depth and emotion that doesn’t feel cheap or dirty. And let’s be honest, that’s hard to do. A 38 year old man, falling for his sons 19 year old GF? GAHHHH. Hello, illicit. That can go bad very very very easily. But it doesn’t. Not even a bit. Pike and Jordan are lovable. You get inside their heads and hearts, and understand their motivations and the attraction they’re fighting. You feel them in your bones. It’s not tawdry. It doesn’t feel dirty! (Although, the sex they have is absolutely filthy) :::swoons:::!!!!! LOL!
Overall, Pike and Jordan are PERFECT together. The intrinsic connection they share moves past age and boundaries and delves into the realm of soulmates. Penelope pens a story with heart and doesn’t over do it by adding melodrama. It felt authentic and honest and completely addictive. If you’re into forbidden romances, definitely pick this up. And if you’re not, give Birthday Girl a try anyway. It’s the most well written one you’ll find. The age gap might be major, but these two felt natural. Truly a beautiful romance from start to finish.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
This was SO GOOD. So so so so so freaking good. Birthday Girl is a slow burning forbidden romance that’s perfectly peppered with just the right amount of angst and emotion. I could not put this book down. From the very beginning I was overwhelmed with thoughts and feelings on how this was going to work, how this could possibly end the way I wanted it to. It’s a roller coaster of blistering emotions, a relentless barrage of intense, complicated feels… And I seriously loved it so hard.
This book was EVERYTHING. This is the book I’ve been dying for from Penelope Douglas and DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT. This is everything she ROCKS at doing all in one book. Douglas takes fresh out of high school characters and delves into their psyche, their complicated emotions, their difficult circumstances and she complicates their lives further by adding to it a love story that will wreck the reader, that will make that character struggle even more with everything that’s going on in their life. That’s what she does here with Jordan, taking a girl who has the weight of the world on her shoulders, a mountain of difficulty staring her right in the face, and she catapults the girl’s problems into another stratosphere by throwing in a quietly simmering attraction to her boyfriend’s dad. I MEAN, HELLO?! I COULD NOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS.
I love how bumpy the road is for all of these characters. I love how desperately they fight their attraction and I love how scorching hot it is when they don’t. I love how naughty and taboo their dynamic sometimes feels but I love how it can feel so perfectly right at the very same time. I love how fun this book is. I love that it made me laugh out loud at the most unexpected times and I love that I actually found myself tearing up in the most heartbreaking moments. I love that I just got lost in it. I love that there was never a single moment in this book that made me want to stop reading it. I love that I fell in love all over again with one of my favorite authors with this book. I love the push and pull and the slow burn between Pike and Jordan for much of this book and the delicious anticipation I felt the entire time. I love how much it hurt. I love that I felt SO MUCH, both good and bad feels on these pages. I love how giddy I felt after reading a book like this. I love how intoxicating this story is. I love all the rightness in all of the wrongness of this deliciously forbidden love story. And I love that i can’t think of a single bad thing to say about it.
I read this book as fast as I could because I was absolutely dying to see how this would end. But I never wanted it to. I loved every moment, ever page, every delicious, angsty second of the build of this story. I got lost in these pages and I wanted to stay lost. Birthday Girl is Penelope Douglas at her absolute best, if you ask me. Everything from the writing in this book to the stellar storytelling to the character development to the raw emotion that just oozes from this story was top notch. This book took me back to Bully, to all the reasons I became an insta-fan of this author but it also showed me how beautifully Douglas continues to grow and change as a writer. All the awesome things i love about her stories are in this book along with a whole lot of other amazing things that I wasn’t expecting. It was so good, so well done, so unputdownable. I loved Birthday Girl with everything in me.
About the Author
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.