My Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

My Review:  Birthday Girl by Penelope DouglasBirthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Taboo
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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 Review

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas is a scrumptious treat of off-limits love.

“I can feel him. It’s like we’re wrapped up together, the heat between us almost suffocating, and all he has to do is reach out and pull me into his arms. Take me. I wait. I’m yours. Just reach out and take me.”

Birthday Girl was so much more than a forbidden romance. It was coming up out of the ashes and fighting for yourself. It was learning to move on and find a brighter future. It was knowing that you could trust someone with your heart.

“I want him to see me. I want him to want me. I feel him want me, and I like it. God, I like it. Keep watching me.”

But, of course, a taboo novel wouldn’t be a great one without angst and a craving for every word. And a Penelope Douglas novel wouldn’t be complete without desperate, off-the-charts heat. Gah! This book was so hot it literally made me sweat and squirm. Wow! At times, no action was needed, the thoughts and dialogue flowing seamlessly, leaving a burn trail in its path.

“I wouldn’t dance for you if you were worth a billion dollars and your d*** tasted like a cherry Tootsie Pop.”

And lastly, we can’t have the “don’t touch it” temptation without some heartache. In this case, it was a zinging body ache of despair, tensing up and fighting to relax.

“It’s hard to find that one person who speaks your language.”

I am always on such a high when I finish a book by this author. Birthday Girl made me feel like it was my special day and I got the greatest gift to feed my forbidden obsession of seemingly impossible love. I loved it!

4.5 Stars

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