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.

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This was phenomenal! I could not put this down and I never wanted it to end! I was prepared for a hot, forbidden romance and I got that but also so much more.

Pike Lawson… I don’t know if I have the right words to describe how much I love this man. He was sweet, considerate, selfless and an amazing father. He was also downright sexy and the magnetic pull between him and Jordan was so freaking HOT! Their need for each other was all consuming. I was literally going crazy with the sexual tension being so high and them not being able to do anything about it.

“…I love you like crazy, and I’m going to want you the rest of my life. I tried to stay away, because I thought it was the right thing, but I fucking can’t. I need you, and I love you. This doesn’t happen twice, and I’m not going to be stupid again. I promise.”

Surprisingly, this book has no cheating. So don’t worry, you are safe if that’s a hard line for you. This is a very hot book and it definitely checked my taboo box but this is also an amazing unconventional love story. I swooned hard for Pike Lawson and I respected Jordan so much. She was very mature for a teenager and she was the perfect fit for Pike despite their age differences.

This is one of my favorite books this year! Highly, highly recommended!

5 Stars
Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual
Heat Level: Moderate to Hot


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 stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the stand-alone, Motel, coming in 2019.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.




  1. OKAY, I’ve heard a lot too much about this book, and this was the last straw. Here’s me going to read this book. Bye bye lol XD
    PS: Fantastic review hun♥

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