Title: Birthday Girl
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17th, 2018
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 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+*
Jordan Hadley has never had anything just handed to her. She’s willing to work hard for a chance at something better. That’s why she can’t understand why her boyfriend Cole can hardly manage to get out of bed in the morning. Somehow working endless hours still isn’t paying all the bills. So when his father offers for them to move in with him so they can save for a place of their own, they jump at the chance.
Cole’s father isn’t at all what Jordan expected. He’s younger, more intense and far more dangerous. And he’s everything that she’s ever wanted.
“So, what are you?” he asks. “Like twenty-three, twenty-four?”
Pike Lawson regrets some of the decisions that he’s made in his life. But his son isn’t among them.
He’s always tried to be there for Cole in every way even though his mother tried to paint him as a monster. He would never consider anything that would ever hurt him in any way. But he just can’t seem to control his desire for the one person that he can never have – Jordan.
Together, they heal each other’s wounds and ignite forbidden passions. But no one can ever find out or it will destroy everything.
“I’m falling for you,” I whisper.
Birthday Girl is so much more than just a forbidden romance. It’s a story about being brave enough to love on your own terms. It’s about friendship and strength, just starting out and starting all over again.
Penelope Douglas fashions something extraordinary out of the mundane. The unorthodox becomes something that we all aspire to be. And that is a thing of beauty all on its own...
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About The Author ~
Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, TheDevil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
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