I love it when authors push my boundaries, and Penelope Douglas does this so well. Be it hate to love stories (Fall Away series), forbidden romances (Misconduct), or romantic suspenses that will make you doubt your sanity because you like them so much (Devil’s Night series). With Birthday Girl she is once again pushing that boundary on multiple levels!



While the whole set up of Birthday Girl might scream daddy issues at first glance, that is just to lure you in. Wait ’till you start reading, and discover what tantalising tale Penelope Douglas has spun.

Starting off we have one sweet girl, one fuckboy boyfriend, and one caring dad. Cue the drama!

When Jordan moves in with Cole, and his dad, Pike, well what happens next is not something any of them was expecting.

Forbidden romances are always a bit harder to wrap your head around, though the way it flows here so seamlessly is brilliantly done.

Jordan didn’t mean to fall for Pike. She fought rather hard not to fall. While Cole didn’t mean to be a lousy boyfriend, but all he seems to do is mess up. And all Pike wanted was to reconnect with Cole, and somehow ended up connecting with Jordan instead.

Complicated, and impossible to explain without spoiling I won’t say more.

Birthday Girl isn’t conventional, and I love how Penelope Douglas pushes your boundaries. After finishing Birthday Girl you’ll definitely feel something, that’s for sure. Jordan and Pike’s story wasn’t pretty, and rather messy, but in the end, to me, it all made sense.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


By Penelope Douglas

Birthday Girl




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. 

About the author

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming in early 2019. 

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.