My rating: 5/5 stars
Every book from Penelope Douglas is a journey for me because nothing is the same in what she writes. My admiration for her grows with every story and character she builds, because she likes to inovate, to get the reader to reach it’s limits and surpass them. I like the way she is breaking rules and making them completely normal to be broken, getting the reader to taste ” the forbidden fruit” and loving it in the process. I like when I remember an author by scenes and characters and when I think of Penelope Douglas I have some examples that quickly come in mind, like the sauna scene from “Corrupt”, to the scene from the garden between Jared and Tate, to the popsicle ice-cream meeting between Jax and K.C 😀 They all have something unique, hot and extremely catchy and that is why Penelope Douglas is one of my favorite authors:)
“Birthday Girl” delivered another emotional blow and delicious story with a big FORBIDDEN written all over it and it was amazing being part of this. I have a guilty pleasure for student-teacher affairs, and this book, discussing mainly an age difference topic, hit the jackpot for me. It totally won me over at: “She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight. And her boyfriend’s father” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jordan is a 19 year old girl who lived a lot for her age. Neglected, abused by her ex boyfriend and struggling to pay bills and debts, she doesn’t dream big, but dreams to have a beautiful life and career, with someone by her side who will love and respect her. When her boyfriend, Cole, gets into trouble and they are forced to leave the apartment in which they live, they have to share the house with Cole’s dad, Pike. From this point on, a very interesting and slow burn connection with arise between them, which will be not only physical, but also on a sentimental level, because Pike and Jordan connect in many ways than one.
I love Jordan because even at 19 she is experienced and mature, with clear principles and ideas. She is not as innocent as I was at 19, but I liked this fire within her. Of course she will have her childish moments, but I think it is normal for everybody. She wants to do better in life, become somebody and works hard for it. Pike was her imediate click and she wasn’t afraid, she took the chance not daring the consequences. Pike on the other hand, being 19 years older than Jordan, lived his life and made his faire share of mistakes. Having Cole as a teen took a toll on him and this life was full of sacrifices for his son. He forgot to actually live, being kind of grumpy and focused only on work. Jordan opened up so many doors for him, not only because of her energy and youth, but because she has this free spirit and love to share that made him remember what it feels like to live again fully, without having to worry.
I don’t want to spoilt the plot, but please don’t have the idea that things between Jordan and Pike will progress in the same time as hers with Cole. What I am trying to say is that the 2 of them will put up a hell of a fight, will try to keep things in a friendly zone, but eventually the heart doesn’t care about age, status or current situation. It takes and give in an even amount. This will add up to other happenings and when the tension will explode, you will love every moment. The scenes between them won’t be only sexual, we will discover this 2 characters deeply and we will get to know their fears, worries and most hidden desires. They will make mistakes, they will be afraid, but fingers crossed to find their way back to each other.
I liked how Penelope breaks these barriers and shows us what love can do. How she thought us that age is only a number and that you should take a chance to reach out and take what you want and need. She tells us to be brave, to fight, to not let people influence our mind and heart and just listen to our needs and desires. In a society where everybody believes they are flawless, its up to you to built your own future based on your needs. Love openly, without restrain and regrets, because at the end of the day, you only live once:)