Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
ISBN: 9781976333088 (Paperback)
Published: April 16th, 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
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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.
Yippee! I finally finished another book. *Bows* Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all night.
I do not read romance, but I honestly think it’s growing on me. It helps me climb out of a slump. It’s very easy to read, and usually entertaining. You also get the perks of steamy romantic scenes. How have I not read more romance before? I will say that a romance book does need to have a story. It can’t just be pure sex. This book was such a great balance of both.
I think the most prominent aspect to focus on is the relationships between all the characters. It was more than just love triangles, and sex. There is a lot of family drama, and it gets pretty sad. Jordan, the main female protagonist, doesn’t have a good relationship with her family. Cole, Jordan’s boyfriend in the beginning, struggles to find himself, therefore struggling to hold a relationship with anyone. Pike, Cole’s father, has to deal with his job, his ex, and his son. He has a lot on his hands, but he handles it quite well for what all happens. There are some side characters that I really love, and some that I absolutely despise! Despise is actually too nice of a word. *cough* *cough* Jay *cough* *cough*
This is definitely a taboo romance, but as soon as I heard the synopsis, I had to read it. You don’t even focus on the age difference between Pike, and Jordan. You are rooting for them the entire time. I will say that the ending moves quite fast. It ended a lot faster than I expected for a 400 page romance novel. That is probably the reason I docked it half of a star. It’s a cute ending, but definitely one that may have been a little rushed.
I didn’t go into this expecting much at all. Is that common when it comes to romance novels? I feel like it is. Yes, there were things I didn’t like, but it wasn’t enough for me to drop my rating anymore. I recommend it if you are looking for a nice, steamy romance. It’s worth it. It’s very entertaining, and will probably suck you out of a slump.
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