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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Penelope Douglas comes a new forbidden-love story....  

Jordan:

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.  

Pike:

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 19, and I'm 38. And I'm her boyfriend's father. Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.  

Birthday Girl is a stand-alone contemporary romance suitable for ages 18-plus.  

Cover design by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs.

©2018 Penelope Douglas (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I was pretty skeptical bc of the reviews but this definitely exceed what I thought. I was impressed. slow burn was perfectly executed. I've read many of Penelope's other books and this is my favorite

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  • 2022-06-22

AMAZING loved it so good highly reccommend

so very good love an age gap when theres no cringey parts highly reccommend check it out

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Amazing, exceeded expectations

I loved this! it was everything i wanted and more. The actors in this audiobook are phenomenal. this was my first book by Penelope Douglas and I was so impressed. The book was a slow burn and the sex was so steamy!! I'm left with a hangover after I finished

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age gap, duh

OK I went into this knowing there would be the taboo of an age gap and her boyfriend's father. the smut was excellent, don't get me wrong Penelope Douglas knows how to write a good spicy scene. however, I just couldn't get into the characters. the two younger girls who we're supposed to like are obsessed with a decade each and it comes across as flat, almost like a "pick me" girl and childish. yes the age gap is the point of this story but small aspects Jordan made her seem, well, like an immature 19 year old. Pike, don't even get me started. talk about an incompetent man who is deeply engrained in heteronormative gender roles, which I suppose is to remind us he's nearly 40. but it gave me the ick.
story is definitely worth it if you're looking for smut to turn your brain off for!

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Loved this book!!

This was the first book I decided to try on audible! I am so happy with my decision! Pikes character was amazing to listen to. I enjoyed every bit of the story line. It kept me intrigued and on the edge of seat with the juicy details. I listened to it non-stop. I need another book like this for sure.

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Just kinda Smut…

… and don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty decent smut, but the story is so repetitive and tiresome. I’m finding it hard to get through.

Jordan is so dislikeable. The stereotypical “I’m not like other girls”, typical “guys girl” … I find her completely insufferable. It’s all just kinda dull story wise. If you want a good romp read, it’s fine but kinda painful otherwise….

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Amazing Book!! Absolutely loved it!

I absolutely loved it! Personally my favorite part was when Pike and Jordan went mudding. I love mudding and want to do this with my future person!!

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Wow🔥

10/10 recommend this book to anyone interested in age gap romance!! First time reading her books and will definitely read more!!!

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Wow, just wow.

Have you ever been in a book slump and all of the sudden you read something that just captivates you? This book is so well written, heartfelt and perfectly performed. What I would do to be able to hear it for the first time again!

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loved it! I want to read more... first time reading her, soo impressed :) :)

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  • 2018-08-10

ANOTHER 5 STARS FOR PENELOPE DOUGLAS!!!

This story was amazing and had everything you would expect from Penelope Douglas, hot alpha male and a headstrong female with a soft heart. And even though the dynamic of this story was a little different than what I am used to with this author, her brilliant writing and the great narration completely make the story of an older man and younger woman work without being weird at all. the narrorators do a fantastic job of making you feel what the characters are portraying. Do not miss this one!

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  • Misty
  • 2018-08-09

Serious perfection

From every character to every scene, from the build up to the climax, this book was darn near perfection. Jordan and her boyfriend, Cole, are down on their luck and move in with Cole’s dad, Pike. Jordan and Cole grow distant while Jordan and Pike grow close. You can only imagine the drama that ensues.

The chemistry between Jordan and Pike, the way their relationship built and the things that they found in each other were so simple but so endearing and man, were they sizzling. I do wish there had been more sex but I lived with it because of the intense chemistry that I felt in my bones.

Andrew and Jennifer were excellent choices for Birthday Girl. I felt they embodies everything that these characters were meant to be and sound like. I never once felt like I was being drawn out of the story because of the narration, it only enhanced it.

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  • Kellee
  • 2018-08-08

Love Taboo!!

This was a great audible. The narrators did a fabulous job. Andrew sounded so smooth, confident and mature. Just like an older man should. He is now one of my favorite male narrators. And Jen Mack always kills it! The storyline was so sexy and sooo taboo. I loved it and stayed up all night listening to the last 8 hours of it. It was sexy and the "birthday girl" wasn't immature for her older man. I hope the author explore the other charactors - like the sister and the bar owner. I just did not want this to end!!!

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  • 2018-08-14

Perfect summer read and realistic

Ok don’t get me wrong...... I love with then girl snags the big rich alpha and he gives her all she could want and more. But I love it when an author can make me feel like the girl in the story and the couple doesn’t have to be billionaires to be happy ever after. So there at least you know that. Otherwise this book....pure GOLD. Yes, there is a little taboo on the relationship end but that’s what made me want to read it. No daddy issues or a man trying to hold on to his youth. Just two like minded individuals that happen to enjoy the same thing. Just perfection and hats off to Jennifer and Andrew for great narration. I was not taken out of the story at all. I felt completely submerged. And it wasn’t too long.

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  • 2018-08-12

Best book ever!!!

Loved the narrators and the story. I feel in love with this book immediately and I highly recommend it to everyone. The audiobook was so good. it's very difficult for me to say my feeling since English it's not my first language, but there were times so filled with emotions and angst that I nearly cried....I had to be very careful because I was in the bus going to work :)) I want a Pike in my life!

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  • 2018-09-07

WOW!

Honest engine! If I read this I wouldn’t have, listening to it was 100 times better. Love Jennifer Mack’s voice. This book was so awesome. Forbidden love with a HEA. Loved it!

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  • 2018-08-14

it's a great, hard to put down, read.

I wish the tension between the main two characters didn't last as long to begin the story. I found myself saying..."just tell him!"

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  • Amy H
  • 2018-08-11

Bye bye book slump!

Perfection! This book had it all....the perfect amount of character development mixed with angst that will make you cry mixed with a wonderful slow burn. I enjoy some hot sex mixed with a great storyline and this book delivered....not too much and not too little.

I did have a few times when I wanted to throw my earbuds across my desk, but isn’t that what a good book does? It makes us feel! The narrators did a good job bringing the characters to life. I would definitely recommend using a credit on this one.

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  • Jessica B
  • 2019-01-21

good story, but too much bickering

I loved the narration of this audiobook. The dual narrators delivered great performances. I also loved the storyline. Pike is my dream man, minus the terrible name and being a father. What I didn't love was the way the characters bickered at each other, often going below the belt to hurt each other. That is NOT romantic. Even in the heat of the moment, I am a strong proponent of staying as respectful as possible. And Jordan constantly storming out or threatening to storm out got on my nerves. It's sophomoric and disrespectful. Considering she's written as this elegant, brilliant, mature young woman, that aspect of the character strongly contradicted the author's intent.

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  • Thelma
  • 2018-12-17

Good story!

the narrations by Andrew and Jennifer were great!! i really enjoy them so much, they really brought the characters to life and made the story more enjoyable...

Birthday girl is the story of Jordan, a very strong heroine that was alone in life, her parents weren't in the picture, didn't care that much about her and she had to survive, working and moving all around..

Jordan is living a very hard life as she doesn't have a real place to stay, her only hope is to follow her "boyfriend" Cole so they can save money and finally rent a place on their own.. but life hasn't prepared her for all these challenges, sooner or later she will have to make a decision stay or leave before things start to collapse because she didn't count her heart was about to get in the middle of her life plans..

"You make my heart pound so hard it hurts, Jordan. You, your mouth, and who you are, it all makes me want to touch you. It makes me not want to stop this.”

Pike wasn't looking for anything new in his life, he was a single dad with an ex that still was giving him a hard time and a son that didn't much appreciate him, thanks to some past drama. life has a funny way to show us what we're lacking and bring us things that will help us but also break us, Pike didn't know things in his life were about to change so drastically now is a matter to him if he is willing to embrace this changes or continue living a life full of emptiness and lies..

"I know everything we’re doing is wrong, and I don’t know how I’m going to explain this to anyone, but right here—right now—I don’t want to be anywhere else. I wish I could die as happy as I am right now."

I really love, Pike and Jordan. Jordan really was a very mature heroine, life and circumstances made her that way and I believe that made it more easy for Pike to fall in love with her.. Jordan had mature so fast due to her past situations and her lack of family.. making her grow even faster than her own age... whenever she was around Pike i could never saw any difference between them.. on the contrary for me they were perfect..

“Pike is proof that we learn when we’re forced to and maturity is more the result of experience than age,”

Pike was kind of stubborn and try to always put walls and excuses between them, it was understandable his fears and doubts but at the end, love is what conquers everything and sooner or later all his excuses meant nothing when they finally realize there was no escaping from his feelings and emotions..

“I hope you love me, because I love you like crazy, and I’m going to want you the rest of my life. I tried to stay away because I thought it was the right thing, but I can’t. I need you, and I love you. This doesn’t happen twice, and I’m not going to be stupid again. I promise.”

Overall it was a good story, great characters, really love my first book by Penelope Douglas.

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