Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Excerpt + Review: The Birthday List by Devney Perry

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?


5 stars

Romance | Adult Fiction | Contemporary

I received fan Advanced Readers Copy for an honest review. Thank you InkSlingerPR & Devney Perry for providing copy of The Birthday List.

I need some tissues. Yep. Let me just pick myself off the floor and clean up the monsoon that is my crying self. It is official, I am a glutton for punishment. I cannot seem to steer clear of these prodigious emotional reads. My heart seriously cannot take this anymore – not really I love these types of reads. Devney Perry is just another author I need to be adding to my TBR more. The Birthday List left my heart aching until I cried for the characters until I swooned. The emotional roller caster completely took me by surprise, I was beguiled instantly.

Can I just say that I loved this premise. At first when I signed up, I thought to myself, this will probably be that cutesy, adorable cheesy romance that will have me grinning like a school girl. It most likely was going to be a quick, sweet read – not only did I giggle while grinning ear to ear with the adorable cuteness that was the romance, but it slayed me on so many emotional levels – I just cannot comprehend my entire thoughts coherently. I am still reeling from the passion, the angst, the heart ache. 

Poppy. Gosh, I loved this woman. By far one of the best female leads I have read thus so far. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved a lot, but there is something different about Poppy. With her flawed relatable personality to her believable ardent attitude, she was easy to connect with as a reader. You lived her emotions while reading her evolve. From each struggle, Poppy really developed the backbone everything. When she cried, I cried, as she laughed, I found myself laughing. Just an amazingly beautiful character.

As for the dashingly handsome Cole, I just cannot handle the hotness. From his positive, supporting exterior, he really creates this bubble of him and Poppy. Passionate, charismatic, and just all around sweet guy who is obviously drop dead gorgeous. I couldn’t get enough of him. Especially when he and Poppy were together, even before their chemistry moved more physical. There was a level of respect, compassion, and just mutual growth together as their relationship blossomed. 

Of course, if you must know – the sex was beaver drool worthy. I mean it. Their chemistry literally steamed itself from the pages. The sweet connection that emitted from their person while trying to ‘take things slow’ yet built more of a sexual tension that just exploded. 

All in all – Buy this. Get it now and read it. I cannot recommend this novel more than I already am. I am planning on adding more Perry to my TBR because I will be straight with you… this writing style is absolutely beautiful. From the characters backstory to their evolution, the drama, the supporting situations and characters, it was stunning, beyond perfection. It was the right amount of everything until the very end.

And this, I guarantee you will be too, total swoon book boner is what I have for Devney Perry. She has captivated me and I need more – I will get more.



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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.

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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