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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas
Fiction, New Adult Romance
April 17th 2018

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+.

Megan’s Review

“Birthday wishes don’t always come true, so I don’t waste a chance when I blow out a candle.”

Penelope Douglas is right up there as one of those one click authors for me. Chances are, if I’ve read one her stories then it has utterly consumed me and I’ve loved every minute of it. As good as her past books have been, Birthday Girl is my favorite book of hers thus far. It really knocked me off my feet, captivated me and I became addicted almost instantly by Penelope’s signature flawless storytelling that she is known so well for; the feels and emotions this story evoked from me were simply breathtaking. I have read a lot of forbidden love stories in my time, but I can assure none are quite like Birthday Girl.

I am huge sucker of forbidden romances; I love the whole premise of something that is so wrong could be oh so right at the same time, and the inner struggles the characters have to deal with whilst giving into their hearts desires. Jordan and Pike have taken my love of the forbidden and turned it into pure perfection.

Jordan is a strong, self-assured young lady who is never afraid of hard work and wise beyond her nineteen years. Pike is just shy of 20 years older than Jordan and such an amazing, swoon worthy hero. I just loved everything there was to know about this man. He was everything I had hoped he would be and so much more.

“Turns out my dream girl belongs to the one person it would kill me to hurt.”

The sexual tension and chemistry between Jordan and Pike pretty much sizzled right off the pages, and I loved the whole anticipation of these two forbidden lovers finally giving into their desires, even when they knew they shouldn’t. The angst literally kept me on the edge of my seat and glued to the pages wanting, no needing to know what was going to happen next.

Birthday Girl is a must read for all forbidden romance lovers and those who enjoy their taboo stories. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is one story I will never forget. I could not recommend it enough because Jordan and Pike’s journey was written to be shared with the world.