Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[Blog Tour; Review + Excerpt] The Birthday List, by: Devney Perry


by: Devney Perry
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Read Date: March 16th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eARC
Pages: 402

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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my rate

This story is one of those that by finishing the Prologue will make you cry. Is a story with a sad beginning and a wonderful ending. Is a story of someone strong enough to look forward and not staying in the same spot. Is a story that breaks your heart so it can mend it together back again.

I found this author by accident. I read one book and fell in love, read a whole series and I was hooked forever. When I knew there was another book of hers in the way, I had to read it. When I knew I could read it before coming out, I was all in. Imagine my surprise when I got the book in my Kindle App. I went right in. I devoured the book in one day. I read it while crying, laughing at loud and finished it with a huge smile on my face.

Poppy's life was good. She was married to a wonderful man who made Birthday Lists. Lists of things to do before each birthday, like a bucket list. Everything was cut short because he died and made her a widow. You see? My heart broke for her, but fate was not done with Poppy. Because five years later, fate brought her Cole. Poppy is going to make a check in everything on that list, and Cole is going to help her do that and more. Love might be the best cure for her and he is going to give it to her in a heartbeat.

Look, this story made me devoured every chapter like it was the last water on the desert. I couldn't stop on one chapter to do anything else, I had to finish it and be happy. This book also made me to create a bucket list for myself, just because I want to do everything she did. Seriously, who wouldn't want to do a Paint Fight, I want that, who is with me? This book, as any other second-chance romance book, taught me that love can be found in the least expected place and always in the correct moment.

I fully recommend this book to anyone seeking to read something very romantic and full of deep feelings. Be aware that you will need tissues because the tears will be inevitable.


     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.


Devney Perry 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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