As per my MO, I usually end up plucking a book out of a long list of offerings based on the cover. This was no different with Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. Having read other novels by Miss Douglas I didn’t even read the blurb, just dug right in.
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.
What I loved about Birthday Girl was that it was written as a love story and not the typical girl porn, older man/ young girl, taboo erotica novel. Penelope Douglas wrote a strong, enticing and sexually tense romance novel about two people in an untypical, society challenged situation. She attests that two people can overcome barriers and prove that love is not a number but a state of mind.
If you are a fan of Penelope Douglas or you decide that Birthday Girl will be your first dip into the Douglas pool, you won’t be disappointed. With the fun references to the 80’s, the touch of the forbidden, lots of tension and the ever so important sizzling sex scenes, Miss Douglas has cleverly weaved a novel that will ferry your mind on a sea of emotions.
5 Stars from Whiskey Angel for Birthday Girl!