Monday, March 18, 2019


Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
Release Date: April 16th 2018
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback and Audiobook
Pages: 349
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglascomes a new forbidden love story…


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. 

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+

There is nothing that I love more than a forbidden romance, but nothing has me breathlessly turning pages quite like a significant age difference. While a story like this might make certain people pause, I relish it. And I especially love when a book is so well-written that the love story eventually eclipses the forbidden quality of it. Penelope Douglas manages to perfectly capture the mounting attraction between Jordan and Pike while never allowing it to overshadow their growing emotional attachment. This love story just flourishes and unfolds before our eyes. We feel them fall in love and watch their struggle not succumb to desires. I simply adored the way the romance unraveled between Jordan and Pike. It was so real and raw, never torrid even though it was forbidden. You understand their attraction. You believe in it. The tantalizingly slow build makes it even better.


This book got extremely steamy. It was raw and sexy and unique. The sex scenes in this book were well written, but not kinky. At least not for me but I know everyone is different. There was a ton of built up tension which I LOVEEE. Something about an older man taking charge is such a turn on. But everything was consensual which I appreciate so much. A lot of times when you see a book with such an age difference, the consent is thrown out the window which is an automatic no from me. I do not care if it ruins the flow of the writing. It ruins the mood for me. 

Birthday Girl is a forbidden romance, but it is also so much more than that. It is a story of strength and forgiveness. I also listened to the audiobook and listening to a man with such a deep and sultry voice describe these sex scenes was just the cherry on top. 5 out of 5 stars!

What is your favorite romance? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand 


  1. This book was HOTT ���� GREAT REVIEW

  2. I have been meaning to get my hands on a book like this for a while. Totally will be picking it up soon

  3. WOW need to pick this book up! sounds like its really good!

    1. please pick this book up! more people need to read this!

  4. Been looking for a book like this for a while but havent been brave enough to pick one up. Maybe I will pick up the audiobook

    1. THE AUDIOBOOK IS SO GOOD! if you're into audiobooks it is so worth it.