Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a book review of Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas! I’m so excited to be writing this review for you guys, because I was fortunate enough to have been part of the cover reveal and release blitz for this book. I’ve been waiting to read and review it for awhile! After reading and loving Punk 57 I’ve developed quite the love for Penelope Douglas. She’s just lovely! Anyway, review time!
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.”
So I have to say that I didn’t actually know what this book was about when I started it. And the age gap thing was a fun little surprise. I actually love age gaps in stories! This one was so funny to me, because I did not see that coming. The fact that Jordan is dating Pike’s son, that was just so great! I really love Jordan. I mean she is just so strong and independent, yet there’s this innocence about her that just touches your heart. Girls been through some shit, yet she has such a good heart. I really did not like the way she let Cole treat her. I always have such an issue with girls who are meek, probably because I’m not! Hahaha I try to be sympathetic, but it never turns out that way!
As for Pike, I have no complaints! He’s just ugh, everything. I love the way he takes care of Jordan, because it’s not so much that he does everything for her. It’s that he understands her need for independence, or at least he tries to understand. And honestly what I loved most is that Pike doesn’t necessarily care about the age difference, it’s about not wanting to hurt his son. Okay so I guess I have one complaint about Pike. I really did not like how he sometimes tried to act like a parent figure to Jordan. Just umm no. not okay dude. Pick a role and stick to it!
These two together just seemed to fit, regardless of the age difference and I loved that. I honestly believe love knows no bounds and I like that this book shows that. And the last thing I want to say is I absolutely loved the thank you that Penelope wrote to bloggers at the and of the book. She sees us, she knows we work hard, and she appreciates us. That was just the most lovely thing and it truly made my day when I read it!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads