Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
Release Date: April 15th 2018
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.Review: Honestly, the premise of this book made me nervous both because of it being an age gap and the fact that it’s her boyfriend’s father. I thought maybe it might make for an uncomfortable read, but the interactions between Jordan and Pike were the complete opposite. They kind of just fell into each others lives and got into this little ‘house’ routine and it wasn’t awkward because Jordan’s boyfriend was kind of absent.
I loved how well they got to know each other and I really felt the connection between them. While this was a slow burn, there were some seriously steamy scenes and others where I just totally melted inside.
The age gap was also super well done and I loved how the age difference between them kind of became a little inside joke between them. There was so much teasing and tension and the chemistry hit hard.