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Blog Tour Packet + Review - Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Title: Birthday Girl 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Author: Penelope Douglas 
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Synopsis:

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 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+.
My Review: 

Birthday Girl is hot, but at the same time deep. Once I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it would be a great novel. I read Birthday Girl slowly to enjoy every detail. Jordan is strong, wise, and kind. Pike is smart, dominant and honest. Their chemistry is stronger than every kind of fear. Their story is a taboo. But they can't resist. Birthday girl focuses on their sexual tension and their doubts. The style of writing is good planned and the character are so captivating. Birthday Girl is absolutely a must read. 

Claudia
Recensione
Birthday Girl è un libro che sin dalla lettura della trama aveva acceso la mia curiosità e, soprattutto, le mie aspettative. E devo ammettere che non le ha disattese, il contrario. Bithday girl è un libro che si prende il suo tempo, che cresce pian piano, senza essere mai noioso, che sonda non solo l'attrazione fisica di una coppia sui generis come quella di Pike e Jordan, ma anche i risvolti psicologici della situazione in cui la loro storia si sviluppa. 

Pike è un uomo con la testa sulle spalle, un lavoro che ama, una relazione fallita alle spalle, e un figlio con il quale fatica a relazionarsi. È una persona che conosce l'impegno e fa di tutto per realizzarsi come uomo e come padre.
“Il tempo passa via come un proiettile,” dice lui, “ e la paura ti dà la scusa perfetta per non fare quello che dovresti fare. Non dubitare di te stessa, non assecondare- o meglio non lasciare che la paura ti trattenga; non essere pigra, e non basare le tue decisioni su quanto possano fare felici gli altri. Vai avanti e basta, okay?”

Jordan è una ragazzina cresciuta troppo in fretta. È stata delusa, calpestata e ignorata, ma nonostante questo continua a credere nella vita. Jordan crede che con impegno e costanza riuscirà ad avere ciò che desidera realizzando i sogni che nasconde nel cuore. Jordan non è la tipica diciannovenne, anzi. Lei è matura, conosce l'importanza della casa, del lavoro e dello studio. Non vuole sacrificare la sua morale per arrivare dove sa di voler andare; preferisce faticare il doppio senza perdere alcun pezzo di se stessa. 

Pike e Jordan insieme sono perfetti. Lei sembra leggergli dentro, lui sembra essere l'unico che la guardi veramente e che ci tenga. Nonostante la sostanziale differenza d'età, entrambi hanno le stesse passioni e interessi, ma soprattutto lo stesso progetto di Vita. 

La loro relazione non è facile. Jordan infatti è la fidanzata del figlio Liam. Il senso di colpa, l'impossibilità ad emettere sentimenti che esistono, le incursioni di un mondo esterno che non comprende la loro sintonia rendono la loro storia complessa e piena di ostacoli. 

Jordan teme di essere ancora una volta la seconda scelta di qualcuno, o meglio la scelta fatta perché più comoda e utile; Pike teme di perdere la fiducia della sua famiglia, il figlio, e teme che la differenza d'età sia una colla che tappi le ali di Jordan. Come leggerete, i dubbi, le perplessità e i passi indietro saranno molti, e impiegheranno del tempo ad ammettere una verità che è chiara solo nei loro cuori. 

Nel complesso, Jordan e Pike sono circondati da personaggi ben descritti e che giocano un ruolo fondamentale, sia in maniera positiva che negativa.

“Quello che senti per lui o per chiunque altro non ha importanza. Questo-” le poggia una mano sul cuore, “quello che senti adesso- è la cosa migliore che potrà mai capitarti. Perché quando tutti i pezzi del tuo cuore cominceranno a tornare insieme, e lo faranno, saranno più forti. E batteranno ancora di più per qualcuno.”

Lo stile rimane quello tipico di Penelope Douglas, e rispetto agli altri libri sembra un pò più profondo e meditato. Il point of view alternato è vincente e necessario per conoscere i pensieri e i dubbi di entrambi i personaggi. I luoghi, nella loro opposizione, scandiscono in maniera sublime la differenza apparente che c'è tra i due protagonisti. 

In conclusione, vi consiglio davvero di leggere questo nuovo lavoro di Penelope Douglas, perchè Birthday Girl è un libro che rapisce e che fa innamorare.

 Claudia

Excerpt:

Jordan is working at a bar, and Pike comes in to meet friends.


PIKE 
“What the hell is she wearing?” I grumble, sliding into the booth. 
Dutch turns his head toward me, his drink inches from his lips. “It’s the lingerie show,” he tells me. “They have it every Thursday night. The bartenders and servers don nighties or corsets and serve drinks and food. It’s fun.” 
No, not really. 
But I look around and see a few other ladies carrying out appetizers and bringing drinks, some of them in very thin attire. At least Jordan’s corset looks as thin as armor. 
“But Jordan’s never done it before,” he goes on. “That’s what shocked me. Thought you should know.” 
“Why the fuck would I want to know?” I pull a beer out of the ice bucket on the table. 
“Yeah, sorry.” He turns away, mumbling into his glass, “You seem like you couldn’t care less.” 
I shoot him a sideways look, hearing the laughter in his words. 
Sticking the beer back in the bucket, untouched, I rise and head to the bar. I hear a snort behind me, but I don’t care. She’s kind of my responsibility, and I don’t want her doing things like this, because she thinks she needs money. 
There’s only one bartender besides Jordan. The owner, Shel. I’m sure she hasn’t forgotten me, so I veer to the opposite end and catch Jordan’s attention as she pops the tops from a line of six bottles of beer. 
“What the hell are you wearing?” I lean in, speaking as quietly as I can. 
She jerks her head toward me, meets my eyes, and quickly turns away again like I’m the last person she wants to deal with right now. 
She hands over the beers, collects the cash and spins around, punching the screen in front of her. “It’s fine,” she assures me. “It’s just a corset, Pike.” 
“They are all looking at you.” 
She nods, smiling sarcastically. “That’s the point.” 
“Jordan,” I sigh, trying to whisper as I squeeze around some old dude at the bar. “This is a small town. What if your father were to walk in?” 
“He doesn’t come in here,” she says, closing the register drawer and finally looking at me. “And neither do you, normally.” A blush crosses her cheeks. “Besides, I’m not stupid. I wouldn’t take part in something I thought would humiliate me.” 
She turns and hands the change back to the customer, but he waves her off, letting her keep it. She smiles and turns back around, dropping the bills into an already overflowing canister. 
“What are you even doing here?” she says, starting to mix another drink. “I thought you were sitting the bachelor party out, because…” She sets the bottle down and does air quotes as she imitates my growling voice, “‘there needed to be at least one sober person at work tomorrow’.” 
I arch a brow at her. I don’t sound like that. 
Reaching into my pocket, I pull out the flyer and push it over the bar at her. 
She stills, and her face goes ashen. “Where did you find that?” 
She grabs it and dumps it somewhere under her. To a trash can probably. 
Taking a napkin, she sets it in front of a customer and gives him the fresh drink she just made. 
“If you need money,” I tell her, “I’ll lend you whatever you need, okay?” 
And she stops, slowly turning her eyes on me. Her gaze sharpens, angry, and she looks like she wants to yell at me, but she doesn’t. Instead she whips around and barrels down the bar and through the partition, turning only enough to crook a finger at me before she twirls back around and heads down the hallway. 
My stomach sinks. I really don’t mean to piss her off as much as I do. What did I say now? 
Veering through the crowd, I make my way down the empty hallway, finally coming to the same room she was crying in when I pissed her off the last time. 
Entering through the open door, I see her standing with her hands on her hips and her head cocked at me. 
“I would rather eat from a dumpster than take money from you,” she bites out. 
I should shut up. But God help me, I can’t. “Hate to break it to you, but you already do,” I tell her. “You live in a house where you pay no rent or utilities, young lady.” 
“I cook and clean for you!” she shouts, but I doubt anyone can hear us back here and through the music. “I pay my way, you arrogant prick!” 
“Alright, alright,” I growl, blinking long and hard. “You’re right, okay? But, Jordan, men will get ideas. They’ll think they have a free pass and they can touch what belongs to my son. You’re embarrassing him.” 
“Your son?” she mocks, laughing. “Well, you just missed him, actually. He already saw me, and he doesn’t care, Pike. He thought I looked good, and then he left with his friends. He doesn’t care!” 
“Well, I care!” 
The words are out of my mouth before I can stop them, and I freeze, almost too afraid to breathe. 
Oh, shit. What did I just say?

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, The Devil’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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