Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
“I want a life I never want to take a vacation from.”
After her boyfriend gets in trouble with the law, Jordan and her boyfriend are forced to move out of their apartment. Being a bartender at a dive bar and her boyfriend barely able to hold down a job, finding a new apartment that they can afford is nearly impossible. Their only option is to move in with her boyfriend’s father, Pike. Being the independent woman that she is, Jordan struggles with the idea of moving in with her boyfriend’s father. Even more so when her boyfriend starts spending more time out with his friends than at home with her. In his absence, sparks begin to fly between Jordan and Pike. As much as they try to resist, they find themselves falling for one another.
“We need lies to survive sometimes, because the truth hurts too much.”
This is my new favorite Penelope Douglas book. Like her others, there were a lot of spicy scenes that made me blush. One of the things that I love most about Penelope Douglas’s writing is she knows how to build sexual tension. She doesn’t just jump right into it. This makes it so much more satisfying when the characters finally give in. In Birthday Girl, she even threw in a few teasers before the big moment which just made it that much better.
My favorite character in this book was the protagonist, Jordan. I like how Penelope Douglas wrote her as a strong, self driven woman. A lot of romance books make the women out to be damaged or awkward which can get repetitive. It was refreshing to have a female character that was sure of herself and didn’t take any shit. There were some scenes where the man came to her rescue, but it was less of a damsel in distress situation and more of a “don’t mess with my woman” type of scenario.
“Maturity is more the result of experience than age.”
This book was a very quick read. I read it in under 24 hours because I literally couldn’t put it down. There were hot scenes in almost every other chapter and each one was better than the last. I am currently on the hunt for my next Penelope Douglas read, so stay tuned!