Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Birthday List by Devney Perry: Review & Excerpt Tour


Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.


Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

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Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.

Cole Goodman was walking my way.

My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.

Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.

His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.

Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”

Wow was right.

Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.

He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.

About the Author:

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Yvette's Review:

It was after I devoured The Coppersmith Farmhouse in a matter of hours, then proceeded to binge-read the rest of the Jamison Valley Series just in time for the release of The Bitterroot Inn, that I knew I had found a new favorite author in Devney Perry. Her books were reminiscent of Kristen Ashley’s, with this effortlessly cool vibe as well as storylines and characters that tugged on your heartstrings. After the reading the blurb for her newest release, The Birthday List, I was particularly excited to get started on this book for its unique premise, which led the heroine on a quest to fulfill her deceased husband’s version of a bucket list. The Birthday List is a heartfelt journey about grieving, healing, and starting over, but it’s also a swoon-worthy, hopelessly romantic love story that’ll make you believe in the power of fate. This combination makes for an emotionally compelling, riveting page-turner that’ll keep you hooked from start to finish.

When Poppy Maysen first met Cole Goodman, he was the officer delivering the devastating news of her husband’s murder. It isn’t until five years later that the two meet again, this time drawn together by fate and Poppy’s determination to complete her husband’s birthday list before her self-imposed deadline. Each chapter in the book brings new challenges for Poppy as well as Cole, a willing participant in her mission to accomplish every goal on the list, no matter how silly, bizarre, or boundary-pushing. It’s through this experience that the two forge a bond of friendship with the potential for something more. With their potent chemistry and undeniable spark of attraction, a romance between Poppy and Cole would seem like a foregone conclusion. Their situation is much more complex, however, leading to a slow-burning romance rife with conflicting emotions.

What starts as an effort to give herself closure after her husband’s death turns into a journey of self-discovery for Poppy. Her journey brings moments of happiness and heartache, as well as moments of hope and despair. The narrative is weighted and intense at times, evoking so many heartbreakingly beautiful and gut-wrenching emotions, but there’s also a lightheartedness to the story that’ll bring a smile on your face. And what would a great romance novel be without a swoon-worthy hero? Cole breathes life and energy into every chapter, making readers fall in love with the strong, capable Alpha-male with a gentle, giving, compassionate side. The man effortlessly evokes sighs and swoons with every word he utters and every move he makes. Cole is the perfect counterpart to Poppy, handling her with care even as he bulldozes his way into every aspect of her life.

With The Birthday List, Devney Perry continues to impress me with her brilliant storytelling abilities. Every character, big or small, has a purpose, enriching the story with their appearance, however brief it may be. The writing is so beautifully descriptive, you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Bozeman alongside Poppy and Cole, and so powerfully evocative, it’s impossible not to become emotionally invested in these characters and their story. The Birthday List is a must-read and is sure to be on my list of top favorites of the year.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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