Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas ~ Review & Teaser (@PenDouglas)

I always love a read that will get under your skin, and that is exactly what Birthday Girl did to me. It was a touch forbidden, but that always makes it the best kind of read for me! 
Birthday Girl
Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 15th 2018

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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+.

I loved this book so much. I know it is a bit taboo, younger girl falling for an older guy, but this was done so beautifully. Jordan didn’t seem happy with Cole, he seemed quite lazy and would forget about her often, so I could see she was lonely.

Pike was running through the motions, and didn’t realise he wanted something more until he met Jordan. She was witty, worked hard and had a focus, unlike his flaky son.

It was beautiful to watch their connection grow and the respect they had for one another. They looked out for one another and they never crossed the line. Even when they had the chance, Pike tried so hard to maintain distance, despite the connection that they had.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Penelope Douglas, but I loved being in this world. It wasn’t smooth sailing, but I could see these two were destined for one another. The age difference was an issue, but there was no denying the love they had for one another.

This was such a sweet and tender moment between Jordan and Pike! I just needed more!

“I knew you were out there somewhere,” I tell her, quirking a sad smile. “The girlfriends, women I dated, Cole’s mother…. I never wanted to marry anyone, because they weren’t what I was looking for. I had started to think I had my sights set too high, and you didn’t exist.” I clasp the back of her neck and run my thumbs down her throat. “Turns out my dream girl belongs to the one person it would kill me to hurt.”
Tears well in her eyes, and I bring her in, my lips meeting her forehead.
“I don’t mean to scare you,” I go on. “But you kind of scare me, because I want you like I need air, and…”
She nods. “And complications,” she finishes for me.

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Penelope DouglasPenelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she's not writing, you'll find her cleaning or trolling the IMDb message boards, arguing with other Star Wars fanatics. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her recent standalones, Corrupt and Misconduct. Available now. 

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