Review | Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

“Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?” 4.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: doughnuts, tattoos, candles, pool tables, lingerie, pizza, 80s music, fixed cars, babysitting, extra shifts, birthday wishes and a taboo romance.


He took me in when I had nowhere else to go. He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about 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. 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.

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 devoured this book like no man’s business. I don’t read about forbidden romances very often, but I really loved this one!

This story is considered a taboo romance because of the age difference between the main characters – the girl is 19 years old and the guy is 38 years old. With that said: the romance was amazing. It was a perfect slow burn romance to me! Jordan and Pike have amazing chemistry and that was probably the main reason why I loved this book so much. And their age gap didn’t bother me because they were both very mature, there was a true love story there and for the way their relationship developed. 

The plot wasn’t based on superficial attraction, but on real feelings. They actually liked each other in a deeper way and they enjoyed spending a lot of time together. And in case you are wondering, yes, this is definitely on the steamier side!

Probably not everyone will like this book for the taboo aspect of it, but I really enjoyed it! Penelope Douglas is an amazing romance writer and I’ll be reading more from her.


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