Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

This is a standalone book.


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.

I loved this book. The story was brilliant and I loved the characters.

Jordan was a brilliant character. She was strong and mature for her age. She knew her own mind and how she felt. I loved her quirks and I loved that she didn’t change herself for Pike. Her wouldn’t want her too. Cole practically pushed her into Pikes arms with how he treated her. I loved the banter and conversations that Pike and Jordan had. She pushed his buttons and it was exactly what he needed after being alone for so long.

Pike, my God, that man was perfection. I love that he was a solitary grump, and you have to admire how hard working he is. He was perfect. I loved how he and Jordan first met and that chemistry which was instantly there. They were perfect together from the start. They knew that each other was off-limits and I loved how he didn’t make a move until Cole was out of the picture. He loved his son, but how could he deny the spark between him and Jordan when she was still living in his house? He refused to let her leave because he loved having her around. It was more than a physical connection between them. It was companionship.

This was definitely a slow burn, but once it got to the steam, it was worth the wait. There weren’t too many scenes between them, but the ones that were there were enough to satisfy. They were hot and they displayed exactly how much Pike and Jordan were meant to one another.

Pike frustrated me at the end when he lacked the courage to be honest. I think he needed to lose her to realise what he had. It also allowed the relationship between him and Cole to not be completely shattered so it did work out best. It was just frustrating because they loved each other and I was routing for them to get a HEA. I loved it when he found Jordan and gave her the speech of a century. I would have fallen back into his arms too after that.

The ending was perfect, especially with the epilogue. Slow burns often frustrate me because I love the action, but this one was perfect. The characters were fantastic and I loved the story.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

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