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Birthday Girl Paperback – April 16, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 405 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1976333083
- ISBN-13 : 978-1976333088
- Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.02 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First off, I loved the way Jordan and Pike met, that they formed a connection from the get-go without knowing who the other was. I love that they had something that was separate from the betrayal they felt they were part of. It was sort of soft and sweet, and again, so unexpected! So the gist is that Jordan and her boyfriend have lost their apartment and need a place to live. Her boyfriend's dad steps in and offers to let them live with him. To Jordan's surprise, his father is a man she's already met and felt a connection to.
There were parts of this story that felt a bit slow, but I think it’s important to remember that Pike is experiencing a push and pull about not being exciting enough for Jordan, and Jordan is loving the stability and comfort of being with Pike. It was essential to the story to establish their connection and see them just being together to understand how well suited they are for each other. Every moment they spent together was special for different reasons, and I just loved that Jordan was happiest being with the people she loved. The evolution of her character was wonderfully done and felt so natural. I love it when a character can identify their personal issues they have and then have the wherewithal to change them. Jordan was determined to make better decisions, and there was no time like the present for her. She was so likable and admirable. While she had her moments, Jordan was mature for her age after the things she’d gone through, and I think that’s what made Jordan and Pike’s relationship so credible. Pike hasn’t had a lot of women like that in his life, and it was one of the things her really liked about her. There was a lot of heat here and this book was so damn sexy, but it was the softer side of Pike and how he wanted everything to be so perfect for Jordan that made me love it so much. Going in, I really thought this was going to be a story of lust turned love, but that’s just not what it was. It was hot, yes, but so sweet and holy slow burn! So worth it. I also liked Pike’s character arc and his struggle with his son. He was so torn (about a lot of things,) and I loved seeing how his relationship with his son changed throughout this book.
I have to say, too, that I really appreciate the way things fell apart with Jordan’s boyfriend, that he wasn’t painted as a villain, but he had his own issues he was trying to get through and was just so unaware as to what was going on around him. It would have been stereotypical to turn him into an jerk, but I like that the author went another way with this.
Birthday Girl may have been a taboo romance, but that was just one layer of this story. There was so much more to this book and so much character development to witness. I enjoyed every single moment I got to spend with Jordan and Pike, and if you like a sweet love story that will leave your heart racing and melting, I think you will, too. This one will be going on my favorites shelf for sure!
This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.
Jordan and Cole are a young couple trying to make positive changes as a couple. When they’re forced to leave their home, they find themselves with no other option than to take up an offer from Cole’s slightly estranged father, Pike, to move in with him and help him with his house. When they do, Jordan and Pike can’t help but notice one another. She’s nineteen, and he’s thirty-eight as well as Cole’s dad, so there’s red flags galore as to why they both need to keep their eyes averted.
Problem is, Cole is out of the house plenty. He likes to party with his friends, he works on occasion, and he has some major growing up to do. Jordan, however, has dreams. She has passions she wants to pursue and is doing everything she can to keep in line and accomplish something in the future. To do that, she works hard, attends classes, and does what was asked of her by Pike, and helps out around the house. When Pike isn’t working, he’s at home doing projects and trying to be hospitable to his son’s girlfriend. Befriending her is dangerous territory because while she doesn’t have much in the way of help in her life, Pike can’t get tangled up in gray areas when it comes to his son’s girlfriend, no matter how much they have in common or how much he wants to see her happy.
When Jordan’s relationship with Cole goes south, Pike is there to pick up the pieces, and even while he fights temptation for as long as possible, frustration and need get the better of him, and he’s there for Jordan when she needs someone most. It’s when their age difference and the opinions of others bombard their secret and sensual world that their entanglement is threatened, jeopardizing their blissful feelings.
I’m sure I’ll be persecuted for this, but I loved every tightly-wound, anxious, and sexy moment of this story. Douglas certainly knows how to let the tension build, and build some more, and build even more before it all comes crashing down for pure satisfaction… and worry.
Sure, the age difference left me perplexed, but thinking down the road where Pike is forty-eight and Jordan is 29, it didn’t seem so taboo or forbidden. I was there for the chemistry, and I adored how fiercely he tried to protect her from being dealt a bad hand in her life. I also admired the hell out of her for busting her butt to work hard and educate herself so that she could be in charge of her own future and focus on successful goals rather than wind up the way most of her family did.
Jordan had ambition and Pike was there to encourage her and protect her while she achieved her dreams, so that, to me, was the focus of the story more so than the forbidden temptation aspect of the story, though, it helped to keep things interesting and kicked the spice levels up a notch which made this one satisfying read!
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- The author has a beautiful writing style.
- There is no cheating between the two main characters.
- The sex scenes are steamy.
- This story is sooo unrealistic - or worrisome. A 38-year old guy finds his one true love in a 19-year old girl over the course of a few weeks. Are you joking? No 19-year old girl is THAT mature. So, then I'm left to infer that the 38-year old guy is an emotionally stunted jerk... how can I see him as the sexy older guy he's supposed to be? Ugh. I probably would have swooned over this fairytale as a teenager but I've not been a teenager for quite some time.
Jordan is a strong beautiful young woman who meets a man at the cinema and gets talking to him. He's older than her considerably but she gets on with him really well and lets face it the man is hot stuff, built, with tattoos and a pretty face she feels an attraction to him. Still at the end of the film they say their goodbyes and they each go their own way, she's never going to bump into him again - right ? WRONG . When her and her boyfriend Cole loose their apartment he says they can move in with his Dad until they save enough money to get another place, but when she see's who his Dad is she get's the shock of her life - yep enter Pike, Cole's father, the man from the picture house. Awkward or what !!
So this is where it starts to get all angsty and frustrating as we get the smoldering build up of a relationship development between Cole's father and his girlfriend. The characters are just wonderfully written and are so easy to like and get to know. I totally loved Pike and Jordan too although she could be a little childish at times which I guess is normal for a nineteen year old. The times I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall in frustration was many I can tell you, but then we hit 68% and this book soared and I mean soared right up to that scorching sun in the sky. I had a smile on my face that was so wide it actually hurt but it was so good and hot and sexy and delicious - DON'T MISS READING THIS BOOK !!!!
So in my opinion Penelope Douglas has outdone herself with this one, I have loved her other books but this for me was just perfection. A tease of a book, full of love, feelings, smoldering lust, decisions of what's right and wrong, heart's being denied and learning lessons - just magnificent,don't miss the chance to experience this book and how it will make you feel !!!
Jordan is a nineteen year old that doesn’t actually know her own strength, she is independent and is used to relying only on herself and her older sister Cam to get through, she’s Living in a small town studying landscape design and making ends meet with her boyfriend Cole who is choosing to be just as unreliable as everyone else in her life and due to circumstances beyond her control they end up living with Cole’s estranged father Pike. They are meant to be staying there until they can save enough money to get back on their feet.
Pike and his son haven’t been getting along for years due to his mother’s manipulation and all he wants to do is be there for him and help him out anyway that he can. He is shocked to the core that the girl he met at the cinema was his sons girlfriend, trying to deny the instant chemistry that sparks between them from the start and now she’s living with him.
I honestly don’t want to say too much about this story other than it will have you desperate to find out the ending and the tension between the characters as they all try to deny their true feelings will have you on the edge of your seat, and at times have tears in your eyes with a pain in your heart. This book is definitely one of my top reads so far of 2018, I enjoyed every moment of this angst ridden, slightly taboo slow burn of a romance and it’s a MUST READ as far as I am concerned.
Jordan is a really likeable heroine. Yes, she is 19 and at times there are reminders that she is young but she is an old soul and really mature with her outlook on life. She had to grow up fast and it made her resilient and resourceful. She's a sweet girl and my heart ached for her sometimes with how alone she was in life. Her relationship with Cole started out as friends and they got together romantically after their closest friend died. It felt like a relationship that they drifted into.
Pike is such a gorgeous Hero. OMG, he stole my heart. He and Jordan are so similar in many ways. He tries everything to quash his attraction to her, but it honestly felt as though these two were soulmates and they were absolutely destined to be together. The path they walk is a rocky one at times. The story shredded my heart in places but I was completely invested in them as a couple and wanted them with each other.
I would really urge you to read this love story. It's addictive , sweet, sexy (OMG - Pike is HOT), heartbreaking and memorable. I lost sleep over this book because I could not put it down. This quote perfectly sums it up....
"For however long it lasts, I’m a little braver, and he’s my new hero"
Ahhh...you and me both Jordan.
HEA? Yes - gorgeous
Cheating? No. (Not between Jordan and Pike. They don't do anything physical until after Jordan and Cole have split. Emotionally they are very drawn to each other from the start).
Forbidden Romance - ✔
Age gap - ✔
Steam - ✔ (like off the scale 🌶)
It's safe to say I fell hook, line and sinker for this book. This had been on my wishlist since this time last year and holy mother of spice I wish I'd just bought it a year ago
The slow burn of this had me literally gripping my kindle for dear life, grinding my teeth and perched on the on the edge of the sofa. The frustration of the slow build up was well worth the 3 day jaw ache it gave me because when I hit around the 60% mark we had lift off and it was worth every damn second, my heart soared and I had the stupidest of grins on my face and still do now 2 days later (queue more jaw ache)
Im very open minded with this genre and love a taboo subject, but the relationship between Pike and Jordan didn't feel taboo at all, it felt very real and very raw. Their connection had me rooting for them right from the start. These two souls were meant for each other despite their age difference. The backstories give you hope and their journey to getting together has the potential to shut down a lot of stereotypical/societal views perfectly. I know a lot of people really won't feel comfortable reading this one and that's fine but it really cemented for me, why I love everything about this genre and that I will always need to read more and need to stop worrying about what people think and get them on my shelves/kindle #youdoyou
Book hangover incoming 100%
BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.