by Penelope Douglas
Published April 17th 2018 by Penelope Douglas LLC
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: own copy
In a Flutter: Sexy and Sweet!!
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 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+.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in the small town of Northridge.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Pike Lawson and Jordan Hadley. Jordan has nowhere to go and her relationship seems to be hanging on by a thread. But when everything seems hopeless, there suddenly appears a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of Pike Lawson, aka her boyfriend’s father. It seems like a dream come true moving into Mr. Lawson’s home but soon emotions start to bubble up and the tension starts to thicken. Jordan knows it’s wrong but the way Pike looks at her heats her blood. Can Jordan overcome her weakness and stop making eyes at her boyfriend’s father, or will the unthinkable happen and irrevocably change her life forever?
Plot: This story is mainly a taboo romance between Pike and Jordan, although it really showcases the love and caring between all the characters!
Writing: This novel is written in first person points of view of Pike and Jordan, and it is a standalone romance.
Curb Appeal: I love this cover it’s coy but bold at the same time! The blurb is what totally hooked me!! It gives a great rundown on the situation but barely scratches the surface of the crazy emotions this book invokes!
Ultimately: I love every story that Penelope Douglas comes out with and this was no exception!! This story was ridiculously hot and taboo without being raunchy and gross! It had so much heart, I wish it didn’t have to end! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hero who can’t help but fall for this wonderful girl and a heroine who finally understands what it means to be in love then come check out Birthday Girl!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.
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