Book Review – Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas


From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new forbidden love story…

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.

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+.

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Birthday Girl was a sexy, intriguing, and entertaining standalone forbidden romance, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart! The storyline and characters were phenomenal, and I loved the author’s writing style. Birthday Girl was my first novel from Penelope Douglas, and it definitely won’t be the last. I loved this book to pieces and can’t wait to read more from this author!

   The storyline was amazing. I don’t know what it says about me, but I love the forbidden romance trope. I haven’t read many as of yet, but I can honestly say that Birthday Girl has been the best one so far. I didn’t fully know what to expect going into this book, but it was even better than I imagined. It was heartbreaking and emotional at times, but also super fun and sexy, and I loved everything from beginning to end.

   The characters were phenomenal. Pike and Jordan were amazing, and I loved their personalities and super hot chemistry together. It wasn’t always easy, but I loved how their relationship progressed throughout. It was slow for a little while, but then it got really good, and I was hooked from there on out. I loved reading the book from both Pike and Jordan’s point of view, and most of their banter and interactions with each other. Their relationship definitely wasn’t considered normal by most standards, but it was beautiful nonetheless, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart. It will stay with me forever, and I can’t wait to read it over and over again. Since Birthday Girl was a forbidden romance – Pike was thirty-eight and Jordan was nineteen – you’d think it would be weird with such a large age gap, but it honestly wasn’t. Pike was kind, hardworking, mature, super hot, and a good man all around. He wasn’t a pervert preying on a teenager, but a man who had finally found his soulmate, his better half, and struggled with how to handle it the right way. Jordan was sweet, hardworking, mature for her age, and a wonderful woman at heart. She had a good head on her shoulders, and even though she had her moments of immaturity (which were very rare), she knew what she wanted out of life for the most part. I loved her obsession with all things 80s, and even though I was born in the 90s, I could definitely appreciate her taste in music. Pike and Jordan were amazing together, and I absolutely adored them and their story. I was addicted from beginning to end and couldn’t get enough. Birthday Girl was a beautiful and memorable tale of forbidden love, and I was so freaking ecstatic with the conclusion to Pike and Jordan’s story.

   Birthday Girl was a sexy, beautiful, and unforgettable standalone forbidden romance, and I would HIGHLY recommend it! Even if you don’t think you’d like this trope, you should still give it a try. It was everything I wanted and so much more. Penelope Douglas did an excellent job with this book, and I was very happy with the outcome to Pike and Jordan’s story. Penelope Douglas is a new author to me, but I can safely say she is also a new favorite. I can’t wait to devour more of her books, especially the standalone spin-off to Birthday Girl, Motel, next year!


About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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