Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

by Penelope Douglas
Birthday Girl on April 15, 2018
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From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new forbidden love story…
JORDAN
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 am.
PIKE
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.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

4 Slow Burn Stars ⭐️ 

For some, Birthday Girl would be considered a taboo read due to the large age gap between the hero and the heroine and their family connection.
For me, this is the story of a young girl Jordan who hasn’t had the easiest upbringing. Against all odds she has managed to become the best version of herself. After a chance encounter with a stranger on the night of her birthday, things take a twist when Jordan realizes he is the father of her boyfriend Cole. In a turn of events both Jordan and Cole find themselves homeless and living with the dad, Pike.

This is a very long and slow burn novel…. In the first half of the book we see the breakdown of Jordan and Cole’s relationship with Pike always being the one constant in the background. Pike was an incredible character. Not only was he swoony, he was a man that was sorted. He never gave up on his son who was predominantly a twat, and always provided the stability Jordan required.

During this, neither Pike and Jordan could deny the connection that was made from their first meeting. This connection continued to grow whilst living under the same roof. The second half sees them struggling to deny their attraction with Cole no longer in the picture. This part of the story was sexually explosive yet emotional seeing all the obstacles that needed to be overcome before anyone got their happily ever after.

This was never going to be a 5 star read for me. Even though I loved the storyline & Pike is one of my favorite heroes; I couldn’t get past the age difference and not because it was creepy. I just needed Jordan to be at least in her early 20s to have made it credible for me…..