Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday Girl
Penelope Douglas
My Rating: ⭐⭐

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.

My Thoughts

I see I’m the odd one out again. I was really excited to read this one. While I did like it, I didn’t love it like I wanted to. I just wanted more. I can’t put my finger on it, but it was something about this one that wasn’t selling me. I wanted to give it three stars but in the end I left it at two stars.

My main issue is that it didn’t really feel I was reading about a forbidden romance. Sure there was some angst here and there but all in all, it just felt like another romance to me. 

I thought Jordan was really immature about a lot of things. I felt for her and some of the stuff she went through (especially with Cole) but I hated the way she would react when something didn’t go her way or when Pike would say something she didn’t like. The first thing she does is either yell at him or do something immature. She didn’t want to be treated like a teenager but she kept acting like one.

My favorite character from this whole book was Pike. He had the most to lose from having a relationship with Jordan. His reputation, his son, and etc. I don’t blame him for not jumping in just because it felt right.

The attraction was there. I will say that. You could feel the tension between them as you read the pages. I wanted them to work for Pike’s sake. He needed something real, a reason to wake up in the mornings. And for him, that was Jordan.

Overall, while the chemistry was there, I just feel like it needed a more and it just wasn’t for me.

This was a buddy read with my best friend Melanie!

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