The Birthday List

The Birthday List

Devney Perry / Sep 21, 2019

The Birthday List 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

  • Title: The Birthday List
  • Author: Devney Perry
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  • 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 Widow Years after her husband s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the l 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 Widow 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for 402 pages Published April 3rd 2018 by Devney Perry LLC More Details Original Title The Birthday List Series Maysen Jar 1 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Birthday List, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How old are Poppy and Cole like 9 months ago Add your answer nikki___c Poppy is 29 and Cole is 31 flag See all 5 questions about The Birthday List Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Apr 01, 2018 Christy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 four stars 4.25 stars The Birthday List is an emotional, moving, and romantic stand alone novel I was drawn in to Poppy s story straight away and I loved it from start to finish Poppy Maysen has been alive the last five years, but she hasn t been living Not really She s still grieving the loss of her husband, Jaime, who died suddenly and tragically five years ago Things have been hard for her, but she s trying to move forward Things are starting to change for Poppy now that she s going through Jam 4.25 stars The Birthday List is an emotional, moving, and romantic stand alone novel I was drawn in to Poppy s story straight away and I loved it from start to finish Poppy Maysen has been alive the last five years, but she hasn t been living Not really She s still grieving the loss of her husband, Jaime, who died suddenly and tragically five years ago Things have been hard for her, but she s trying to move forward Things are starting to change for Poppy now that she s going through Jamie s Birthday List Jamie was a fun loving guy and a free spirit He had this amazing idea to make a Birthday List For each Birthday, he had something big he wanted to do Unfortunately, he never got to check these things off the list Poppy is determined to honor Jamie s memory and work on doing those things for her She s hoping that maybe, just maybe, she can learn to heal a little and move on with her life I wanted to do this for Jamie and let it go Every day, I was getting stronger I was getting back on my feet I was starting to live again for me And until the list was done, I d still be living for Jamie Cole Goodman is the police detective who had the difficult job of notifying Poppy of Jamie s death Though it s been years, he s never forgotten her Cole and Poppy run into each other while Poppy is doing something from the list For some reason, Poppy feels compelled to tell Cole about the list and he decides he wants to help It s apparent these two have a strong connection and I couldn t wait to see what would come of this Cole is such a fantastic, stand up guy He has a huge heart and is always patient with Poppy He gets what she s been through and is willing to wait as long as it takes for her to be ready for him He also never wanted to replace Jamie or his memory and I appreciated that Poppy showed how much strength she had by doing the list I admired that about her The two of them had loads of chemistry and I adored them together This story is one that touched me It was inspiring and sweet, but had just a bit of suspense to keep me on my toes It s a story of growth, healing and beauty It was an all around great read Definitely my favorite from this author to date And can we talk about that cover because OMG it s beautiful I loved the concept of the story and it s one I would recommend flag 121 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Apr 15, 2018 KAS rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 In A Heartbeat StarsWhat a swoon fest of a read Prologues how profound they can be This one knocked my socks off, and made my stomach flip Within the first few pages, I fell in love with the characters and storyline then I wanted to cry.By the third sentence of chapter two, I knew the healing process had begun, and also knew without a doubt, I was in for one terrific read I went in totally blind, of course Those of you who read any of my reviews know this is my preferred method 4.5 In A Heartbeat StarsWhat a swoon fest of a read Prologues how profound they can be This one knocked my socks off, and made my stomach flip Within the first few pages, I fell in love with the characters and storyline then I wanted to cry.By the third sentence of chapter two, I knew the healing process had begun, and also knew without a doubt, I was in for one terrific read I went in totally blind, of course Those of you who read any of my reviews know this is my preferred method Once again, it was the best choice and I encourage you to do the same DON T CHEAT and read the blurb either I am warning you it will ruin the experience if you do LOL I am purposely being vague, but know this is very well written and isThe sweetest slow burn A heart tugger And captivating flag 85 likesLike see review View all 64 comments Apr 01, 2018 Patty Belongs To Kellan Jesse Lautner Miller Jack Racer Rafe Liam Prince Nicholas Hayes Simon Gianluca Archer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, adult contemporary, favorites, hot alpha male police officer, top fantasy boyfriends 4.5 STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache Still, it was there And after every one of my interactions with Cole, that ache flared Because when I was with Cole, I wasn t remembering Jamie Cole made me forget the pain THE BIRTHDAY LIST is my first read by the amazing Devney Perry and it will definitely not be my last I ve 4.5 STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache Still, it was there And after every one of my interactions with Cole, that ache flared Because when I was with Cole, I wasn t remembering Jamie Cole made me forget the pain THE BIRTHDAY LIST is my first read by the amazing Devney Perry and it will definitely not be my last I ve got yet another author to add to my Must Read shelf This story was simply INCREDIBLE It had a gripping plot, loveable Heroine, and one of the most amazing and swoon worthiest Heroes I ve come across in a while Cole Goodman is absolutely perfect, so much so, that I sighed quite often because let s face it, there isn t a man like him that exists outside the pages of this wonderful book All I can say is that I see why there s been so much love for this author s previous works If you haven t tried anything by her yet, this would be a perfect one to start off with.Poppy Maysen was once married to her college sweetheart They were deeply in love and unbelievably happy But one tragic night before their first wedding anniversary, Jamie is killed during a senseless act of violence and life as Poppy knows it is never the same again Five years have passed, and Poppy has not found a way to move on from her grief She doesn t know how to let go and deep down she s afraid that if she did, she would be dishonoring Jamie s memory After so many of her loved ones encourage her to pick up the pieces of her life and start living again, she opens up a restaurant This has been a lifelong dream and it s one of the items listed on Jamie s birthday list Before Jamie died, he put together a list of tasks he wanted to complete before each of his upcoming birthdays Tasks like taking a karate class, buying a restaurant for Poppy, skydiving, etc Poppy thinks that if she completes all of Jamie s birthday list tasks that somehow it will give her closure and then she might be able to move on from the past Early on in her journey to tackle Jamie s list she runs into Cole Goodman, the police officer that delivered the heartbreaking news on her doorstep that changed her life forever She can t ignore the strong connection she feels towards him and it s messing with her head.Cole recognizes Poppy the moment he lays eyes on her He remembered how strong she was after getting the devastating news, and she hasn t forgotten the warm and compassionate man who stayed by her side in her living room until her brother was able to come and take care of her Cole is stunned by Poppy s beauty and all he wants is to get a chance to be a part of her life He senses right away that Poppy hasn t been able to let go of her husband and that if there s any chance for him to be in her life, he s going to have to take things super slow and does he ever Cole finds out about Poppy s restaurant and conveniently shows up for lunch on a regular basis and the two form an easy friendship He s completely smitten with Poppy and deep down she is incredibly attracted to Cole but is so afraid to let him into her heart because she fears that she ll end up forgetting about Jamie and what they once shared.Cole is a man on a mission He wants Poppy than anything and will take her any way he can get her, and so he offers to help complete all the tasks on Jamie s birthday list As they set out on this incredible journey together, Poppy s heart is starting to beat again but now it s for someone new, and yet she still finds it hard to let Jamie go.Will Poppy wake up and realize that true love can come in someone s life than once Is Cole fighting impossible odds and how long will he truly wait on the sidelines for the woman who has stolen his heart Here are my overall ratings Hero 5 Heroine 4.5 Plot 5 Angst 4 Steam 5 Chemistry Between Hero Heroine 5THE BIRTHDAY LIST is currently available and highly recommended flag 84 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Mar 25, 2018 KAT Kitty Kats Crazy About Books rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 arcs, new to me author, 4 stars, standalone MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS THE BIRTHDAY LIST Is a full length Contemporary Romance Novel by new to me author Devney Perry In the PROLOGUE Poppy and Jamie had met each other on the the first day of their sopho years at Montana State, that was the day she had met the man of her dreams Her future husband to be James Sawyer Maysen On the eve of their one year wedding anniversary Poppy receives news that we never want to hear in our l MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS THE BIRTHDAY LIST Is a full length Contemporary Romance Novel by new to me author Devney Perry In the PROLOGUE Poppy and Jamie had met each other on the the first day of their sopho years at Montana State, that was the day she had met the man of her dreams Her future husband to be James Sawyer Maysen On the eve of their one year wedding anniversary Poppy receives news that we never want to hear in our life time, that her husband had been killed Leaving her as a twenty five year old widow Life from that day forwards life had seemed to have stopped for Poppy FIVE YEARS LATER Since Jamie s life had been cut so short Poppy has decided to work her way through her deceased husband s birthday list The first on the list was to open their dream cafe, The Maysen Jar which she had accomplished and was proving to be a huge success My heart had been in pieces sine the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache Jamie s birthday list had become an obsession of his, it was his own version of a bucket list except it would be a birthday list instead of a list of things he wanted to accomplish before each birthday She d also already braved skydiving, the next thing on his list was to learn karate That day when she turns up for class she runs into Cole Goodman, the cop that came knocking on her door many years ago informing her that her husband was dead Going through his birthday list and accomplishing each activity set out was in some ways offering her closure, allowing her to finally put him to rest and allowing her to say goodbye to him There s electricity sizzling between them which Cole felt straight away which he s never felt towards any other female before and he s sure she feels the same way he just has to wait until she s ready to move on I really enjoyed the simplicity of this story, just a straight up raw emotional beautiful story of Poppy s struggle to find her ground after the brutal death of her husband I would ve liked to have seen the effects this had on her personally instead of the jump that occurred 5 years later I just wanted to stay in that moment for a wee bit longer, to feel the build up of emotions of losing someone so dear to her heart but with the big jump that occured I didn t get to fully feel the debilitating struggle she would ve gone through losing the love of her lifeBut where I did get those feelings was the ticking off of Jamies birthday list, so beautiful, so unique, that s where all the feels came rushing at me Add in Cole and he was just the icing on the cake flag 80 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Apr 03, 2018 Dri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 4 minute by minute stars I ll take whatever you ll give me Esse o primeiro livro que leio da autora e estou encantada pela escrita dela Eu gostei bastante dessa hist ria, dos personagens, o ritmo e como tudo foi acontecendo no tempo certo, sem pressa e sem afoba o Crying doesn t make you weak, Poppy Sometimes, it takes strength to let go than it does to keep it all inside Gostei muito da Poppy e sua personalidade Os seus medos, inseguran as e d vidas que surgiram 4 minute by minute stars I ll take whatever you ll give me Esse o primeiro livro que leio da autora e estou encantada pela escrita dela Eu gostei bastante dessa hist ria, dos personagens, o ritmo e como tudo foi acontecendo no tempo certo, sem pressa e sem afoba o Crying doesn t make you weak, Poppy Sometimes, it takes strength to let go than it does to keep it all inside Gostei muito da Poppy e sua personalidade Os seus medos, inseguran as e d vidas que surgiram no decorrer da trama exp s uma fragilidade que nem sempre vejo quando esse tema abordado Acho que nessa parte, a autora conseguiu me deixar bem satisfeita Acompanhar o florescer e crescimento da personagem foi bem gostoso His face drew you in with his chiseled jaw and straight nose, but those eyes were what made you stay O que falar do Cole Eu s tenho elogios pra ele, realmente foi o personagem que mais gostei e que ganhou minha simpatia e adora o rapidamente.Imposs vel n o se apaixonar pela sua determina o, dedica o e personalidade I m just saying, you think he s cute From the look in his eye, he thinks you re cute too You two should spend some time being cute together A forma como o relacionamento dos dois progrediu me agradou muito Aos poquinhos foi ganhando for a, se solidificando A amizade, o companheirismo e compreens o do Cole foi essencial e t o lindo de se ver Fiquei encantada e torcendo muito por esse casal Maybe I didn t have to be strong enough to banish the pain away all by myself Maybe being strong meant learning to lean on those who would take some of the pain away A autora atrav s de sua escrita flu da, narrativa envolvente e gostosa conseguiu me cativar completamente Eu simplesmente devorei esse livro e n o consegui parar a leitura por muito tempo.Apesar de ter muitos pontos positivos, um fator que me incomodou foi a quantidade de coincid ncias que surgiram Eu n o sei explicar, mas nessas situa es em especial, achei que ficou for ado demais Outro fator, que eu senti falta de mais emo o , no entanto, creio que isso mais culpa minha do que da hist ria em si N o que o livro n o seja emocionante, ele , mas n o na intensidade que eu imaginava e esperava Como disse, isso uma quest o minha, talvez minhas expectativas em torno disso estavam muito altas e com isso ficou aquela pontinha de decep o Ainda assim, terminei essa leitura com um sorriso no rosto e com o cora o satisfeito Foi uma bonita hist ria de amor e recomendo muito Because of you, I wake up smiling I look forward to each and every day Because of you, she took my hand off her cheek and pressed it against her heart, this only has happy beats flag 61 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Feb 03, 2018 Harper Sloan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Every now and then, a book comes into your world and touches something deep down that you never knew you needed That, is The Birthday List So much healing love, pouring from every word, I know I ll never forget a single page flag 52 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 20, 2018 Maria Steamy Reads Blog added it review of another edition Well, I ll keep it short I wanted to take Cole, the hero of this novel, put him in my pocket and RUN Seriously, I wish a Cole for every woman lol He is perfect but not totally perfect Know what I mean If you like a romance story about healing after a tragedy and finding peace and love again, then don t hesitate and pick this one up Devney Perry wrote an inspirational novel that has everything a romance reader should wish for Well, except if you re really set on not reading about dead Well, I ll keep it short I wanted to take Cole, the hero of this novel, put him in my pocket and RUN Seriously, I wish a Cole for every woman lol He is perfect but not totally perfect Know what I mean If you like a romance story about healing after a tragedy and finding peace and love again, then don t hesitate and pick this one up Devney Perry wrote an inspirational novel that has everything a romance reader should wish for Well, except if you re really set on not reading about dead exes But the author did a wonderful job with this book Super sealed flag 51 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Mar 18, 2018 Mindy Lous Book Review rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, arc What a beautiful story I m gonna be one of the first ones to say that having a deceased spouse as a major part in a book rarely works for me, however what Devney Perry did here was just beautiful The way she wrote how Cole helping Poppy on the journey to letting Jamie go was stunning I ve never read a perfect way to introduce a new love into someone s life who wasn t ready to let go of the last love.Poppy has been mourning Jamie for 5 years She knows she needs to get to a better place a What a beautiful story I m gonna be one of the first ones to say that having a deceased spouse as a major part in a book rarely works for me, however what Devney Perry did here was just beautiful The way she wrote how Cole helping Poppy on the journey to letting Jamie go was stunning I ve never read a perfect way to introduce a new love into someone s life who wasn t ready to let go of the last love.Poppy has been mourning Jamie for 5 years She knows she needs to get to a better place and maybe completing her husbands birthday list will help get there Just before Jamie was murdered, instead of doing a bucket list, he created a birthday list of things he wanted to do before each of his birthdays Since the police never found his killer, Poppy is hoping that completing his list will bring her some closure.One of the first items on the birthday list was taking a karate class When Poppy shows up to class, she runs into Cole Goodman Cole is instantly drawn to Poppy He s never had a woman capture his attention so thoroughly Knowing that she lost her husband, he knows he has to tread carefully or he may scare her off The way Cole integrated himself into Poppy s life and how patient and kind and protective he was of her will make you fall so far into love with him I can t stress enough how perfect the author wrote Cole s character and his pursuit of Poppy in this delicate situation I was riveted This is one book that will stay with me for a very long time ARC provided by Author flag 47 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 03, 2018 Corina BookTwinsReviews rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Birthday List by Devney Perry was the ULTIMATE love story I was consumed by it Entirely invested in this absolutely gorgeous story from beginning to end It was PERFECTION Beautifully composed, masterfully written, a heartwarming, sweet, and swoony story that is by far the BEST work that the author has written so far I m incredibly picky It s a curse, and unfortunately limits my reading experience to a few amazing books a year, and many DNFs each month Devney Perry has been someo The Birthday List by Devney Perry was the ULTIMATE love story I was consumed by it Entirely invested in this absolutely gorgeous story from beginning to end It was PERFECTION Beautifully composed, masterfully written, a heartwarming, sweet, and swoony story that is by far the BEST work that the author has written so far I m incredibly picky It s a curse, and unfortunately limits my reading experience to a few amazing books a year, and many DNFs each month Devney Perry has been someone I admired from the very first time I heard of her Luckily I realized from the very beginning that she had talent, I just had to wait for the right book to wow me and knock me off my feet.And The Birthday List was exactly that book It spoke to me in its entirety There was nothing in this book that I didn t love.From the premise of the story to the events that brought Poppy and Cole together this book had it all The plot was beautifully executed, from heartwarming dialogues to a cast that made me smile and chuckle Poppy and Cole s love simmered and grew with each chapter They were a couple that worked in every sense of the word iThey worked together to fulfill Jamie s birthday list They also worked on each other, by giving space and being patient, as well as letting go and moving forward when the time was right iI fell in love with the characters because they took their time I fell in love with the author because of the way she handled this sensitive time in Poppy s life lI fell in love with a book that made me happy instead of breaking me.I fell in love with The Birthday List The author did a marvelous job in bringing two people together that were just right for each other It s hard for me not to gush all day long about a story that touched me in a way that only a few manage to do This comes from the bottom of my heart when I say, that this book was a LOVE STORY that should be on everyones reading list I adored it If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For of my reviews My Blog Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog flag 42 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Mar 11, 2018 Carvanz rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves alpha, emotional, arc but i bought it anyway, arc, best book ever, charming sweet hero, death of a loved one, favorite author, favorite books, fbi police Oh my gawd This book This absolutely beautiful, heartfelt book There are really no words to describe how amazing it is or how it made me feel as I moved through the story I am not a writer but it is at times like this that I wish I had the talent to express how incredible a story is and how it touched my heart and my soul.After the death of her husband, Jamie, Poppy is struggling to find some closure even as she lives with the heavy weight of guilt upon her shoulders Before his death, her Oh my gawd This book This absolutely beautiful, heartfelt book There are really no words to describe how amazing it is or how it made me feel as I moved through the story I am not a writer but it is at times like this that I wish I had the talent to express how incredible a story is and how it touched my heart and my soul.After the death of her husband, Jamie, Poppy is struggling to find some closure even as she lives with the heavy weight of guilt upon her shoulders Before his death, her husband made a list of things he wanted to do each year prior to his birthday Taking the task upon herself, Poppy sets out to fulfill the list, knowing it may take her years The first is opening her own restaurant.Cole is one of the good guys He believes in second chances much as someone in his past extended another chance to him When he meets Poppy he is instantly drawn to her He acknowledges that the look in her eyes is from a deep sadness and he d like nothing than to help chase the sorrow away.Learning of Poppy s determination to check off items from her husband s list, he offers her his help He hopes that along the way she will come to trust and rely upon him, smile with true delight at him, and dare he hope, grow to have feelings for him.I have without question fallen irresistibly in love with Cole Goodman I cannot recall another hero that has ever taken over my heart as quickly nor as thoroughly as Cole His sole dedication once meeting Poppy was to help her to move on And yet, he never expected to replace Jamie in her heart He was so patient and caring, tender and giving How could you not fall in love with such a man who s every moment was centered on the heroine in some manner Watching the strength it took for Poppy to move forward was inspirational She may have started out broken but with each checkmark she grew in confidence toward a life that held hope There were so many moments that broke my heart before bringing the pieces back together assuring me that these characters were stronger with each step they took It s definitely a story of incredible coincidences that were completely believable The secondary characters were extraordinary They added such richness and texture to the book without stealing the focal point While this is a bit of a slow burn, it was within reason and understandable The journey this couple took could not be rushed And I loved every moment of it.If anyone should ask if you will be reading The Birthday List, you re prompt reply can only be, In a heartbeat I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own.Dual POVSafety view spoiler H recently broke up with ow and she confronts him it does not affect the h hide spoiler No apparent triggers flag 40 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Apr 02, 2018 Megan Steamy Reads Blog rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 5 stars, arc, beautifully written, dual pov, emotional, favorites The rest is still unwritten OMG I fell in love with this story and I fell hard I loved everything about it, from the all consuming love story, to the heart wrenching emotions that this story evoked, to the flawless storytelling and the unbelievable characters that brought The Birthday List to life It doesn t happen very often when an author and her stories live up to the hype I had heard amazing things about Devney Perry s Jamison Valley series and after reading this phenomenal story, The rest is still unwritten OMG I fell in love with this story and I fell hard I loved everything about it, from the all consuming love story, to the heart wrenching emotions that this story evoked, to the flawless storytelling and the unbelievable characters that brought The Birthday List to life It doesn t happen very often when an author and her stories live up to the hype I had heard amazing things about Devney Perry s Jamison Valley series and after reading this phenomenal story, I now have the series waiting for me on my kindle It doesn t happen very often when an author lives up to the hype and you instantly fall in love Poppy and Jamie are college sweethearts, madly in love and are set to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary, well that is until tragedy strikes Jamie leaves one night to run some errands when he is murdered during a liquor store robbery Poppy, who was starting to get worried when Jamie didn t arrive home when expected developed a sinking feeling in her stomach Then there was a knock on her door, a knock that would change her life forever A uniformed police officer appeared to deliver the grave news, a young wife s worst nightmare that her husband would never be coming home again Little does Poppy know at this stage that the police officer delivering her the worst news of her life, might also be the man to save her life I wanted to do this for Jamie and let it go Every day, I was getting stronger I was getting back on my feet I was starting to live again for me And until the list was done, I d still be living for Jamie Prior to his death, Jamie had started a birthday list, a list of things he wished to achieve by each birthday Some activities on the list were extreme, some were silly and some were scary Five years have passed since that horrible night and Poppy makes the decision to conquer Jamie s list and achieve what he never got the opportunity to do This list becomes a coping mechanism for the grieving widow, and she hopes it will help her move on with her life, the way Jamie would want her too One of the items on Jamie s birthday list was to take a Karate lesson and when Poppy arrives at the lesson, she is not prepared to face the man who not only delivered her the worst news of her life, but also the police officer who stayed with her all night to make sure she was ok and to look after her Cole is the police officer that had the unfortunate job of delivering the horrible news to Poppy and he can t believe that she is standing right in front of him in his Karate school He is drawn to her by unexplainable forces and has never felt this undeniable attraction and electricity towards anyone before Cole knows Poppy feels something for him too, but will wait as long as it takes until she is ready to let him into her heart Jamie would have wanted you to be happy and have love in your life And I think it s time for you to open your heart again to that possibility Cole is the perfect swoon worthy hero who is a patient and understanding man with a heart of pure gold I loved how he took his time with Poppy, gave her space when he felt she needed it and was there for her He proved time and time again that he would move mountains for Poppy if she needed him too I especially loved how he never once wanted to take Jamie s place in Poppy s heart, but just hoped one day Poppy would find room for him too The Birthday List was such a beautifully written love story that pulled at my heart strings big time and captivated me from the very start This heart warming story about love, loss, healing and ultimately giving love a second chance really moved me beyond recognition and showcased that even after going through the ultimate loss and grief, you can move on and give love a second chance by entwining your past with your present and future If you re anything like me and love your slow burning romances then I urge you to one click The Birthday List, because I have a feeling Cole Goodman will be melting hearts around the world flag 39 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Mar 24, 2018 Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, cats and dogs, contemporary, favourites 2018, is that a gun in your pocket, if this guy was real, steamy, sweet, tear jerker, the good guy hero Moving with the curves I started this review thinking 4 stars, but getting all these feelings down, it s a bloody 5 all the way.When I was younger, I swore to my hubby that he would be my one and only For me, at the time, I felt like there was no chance that I could move on if something happened to him Sorry hubby, but I think I ve changed my mind Don t get me wrong, I would be devastated, my heart would break, and life wouldn t be worth living for a while But, eventually, I think I would li Moving with the curves I started this review thinking 4 stars, but getting all these feelings down, it s a bloody 5 all the way.When I was younger, I swore to my hubby that he would be my one and only For me, at the time, I felt like there was no chance that I could move on if something happened to him Sorry hubby, but I think I ve changed my mind Don t get me wrong, I would be devastated, my heart would break, and life wouldn t be worth living for a while But, eventually, I think I would live my life I don t think I would go looking for another love like the one I have, but I think there is room to love than one person.Geez, that s the first time I ve admitted, thought and committed to that, and hubby, if you re reading this, love you to the moon and back Heart and soul hubby, you are the best thing since sliced bread.Are five years enough or too much time to grieve over the death of a love of your life Is there a time limit before you can move on Should a wife or husband forgo their own happiness with someone else because the person you committed to, is no longer living It s such a hard question to answer I think, deep, deep down, that if it s the type of love where you gain pleasure from your loved one finding pleasure, that they and I would want you to move on Sure, if you moved on the next day, they d probably be a little peeved but five years is a decent amount of mourning But, then again, who s to say In this case, Poppy is still young, mourned hard for five years and was definitely not happy The Birthday List was her chance to move on, find a little closure and hopefully say goodbye to the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with With each item marked off her husband Jamie s list, she said goodbye Some of the items were goofy, while others were a little naughty Each time though, Poppy savoured while missing and wanting, the opportunity to say goodbye.Then, one day, one of the items on her list lead her to a man, a man she would never forget This man ruined her life but would one day be her future.Goh blimey, this book was EMOTIONAL But, as usual, Devney Perry has treated us to an absolute cracker of a hero Oh my lordy, Cole, was HOT Ok, he was than hot, he was sweet, patient, loving and HOT, with a side order of a man in a uniform without the uniform because he s made Detective and gets to wear polos and jeans, seriously I think that s just as good as the hot guy in uniform and now this bracket has gone on too long and I feel like a goose.Seriously, I really enjoyed The Birthday List It was a little confronting because no person who s in a loving and committed relationship wants to face the idea of their loved one dying too early What it was, was an opportunity to acknowledge and accept that life does go on People die, make mistakes, learn from mistakes or not, and you move forward.This story is not just a look at life after death, we also get to see other relationships and how they live and die I m going to try and not get too specific, but there s one relationship that was as confronting as Poppy and Cole s This relationship came to an end like a lot of relationships in this day and age Making work a priority over family, separating, and then making a catastrophically bad decision, then learning to deal with guilt and the repercussions I admit, I crossed my arms and tutt, tutted at first, then, as time went on, my view became a little skewy iff What was once a nail in a coffin sort of offence became a, maybe it wasn t so bad I loved that this story made me think and analyse my narrow minded views.If you re looking for a good story, look no further than Devney Perry s, The Birthday List She has again made me stop, think and realise that life is full of paths, and sometimes those paths are not straight You ve got to learn to move with the curves Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes. flag 38 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Apr 06, 2018 Alex rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves safe, strong heroine 3.5 starsVery touching and poignant love story I expected to love it I still clicked 4 stars, but I wish there were less issues, that bothered me.No time and desire to write a long review I limit my complains to 2 points they dismissed H s ex gf too fast They didn t really bash her, but I felt sorry for her Big fat minus for the hero sub story with h s brother and his ex wife Ugh Poor woman, they put her in bad light, made her a cheater and I guess she would be the one to grovel 3.5 starsVery touching and poignant love story I expected to love it I still clicked 4 stars, but I wish there were less issues, that bothered me.No time and desire to write a long review I limit my complains to 2 points they dismissed H s ex gf too fast They didn t really bash her, but I felt sorry for her Big fat minus for the hero sub story with h s brother and his ex wife Ugh Poor woman, they put her in bad light, made her a cheater and I guess she would be the one to grovel in the next book And her saint ex husband had a gf at the end I already smell the plot of their story Ugh It was my 1st book by this author I checked all previous ones, unfortunately not my coppa I hope there will be another one in the future I like flag 34 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Apr 07, 2018 Alicia rated it it was amazing review of another edition OMG That Prologue Shattered flag 34 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Mar 16, 2018 Pavlina Read sleep less blog rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, best cover, want to read soon 3 4 stars 3This is my third book from Devney Perry and she doesn t stop surprising me each time I start a new book by her This was a lovely, heartwarming and emotional story.The love story between the characters was slow burn and sweet, I enjoyed it.Cole was perfect for Poppy, he was exactly what she needed The story was told from both Cole and Poppy made the story intimidate Even though the story was interesting and the romance was good there were parts where it was a little bit slow f 3 4 stars 3This is my third book from Devney Perry and she doesn t stop surprising me each time I start a new book by her This was a lovely, heartwarming and emotional story.The love story between the characters was slow burn and sweet, I enjoyed it.Cole was perfect for Poppy, he was exactly what she needed The story was told from both Cole and Poppy made the story intimidate Even though the story was interesting and the romance was good there were parts where it was a little bit slow for my taste and this make me not to give it 5 stars.However, it was a beautiful story flag 32 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 23, 2018 Christie SHBBblogger rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves april 2018, advanced copy, cop hero, widow widower Title The Birthday ListSeries StandaloneAuthor Devney PerryRelease date April 3, 2018Cliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler He was a dream How had I found a man who was so understanding and patient, who saw me so clearly It was nothing short of a miracle.Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Devney Perry I ve heard so many good things about her writing, but somehow never got around to checking out any of her books When the early praise and excitement for The Birt Title The Birthday ListSeries StandaloneAuthor Devney PerryRelease date April 3, 2018Cliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler He was a dream How had I found a man who was so understanding and patient, who saw me so clearly It was nothing short of a miracle.Believe it or not, this is my very first read by Devney Perry I ve heard so many good things about her writing, but somehow never got around to checking out any of her books When the early praise and excitement for The Birthday List started to flood in, I knew it was time to go for it I don t shy away from a highly emotional book, in fact, if an author can make me feel so intensely for her characters, I know that they ve created something really special and meaningful I was expecting a weighty narrative due to the subject matter, but honestly, it felt uplifting than anything Perry managed to infuse a lot of humor and lightness into Poppy s journey that made for a really fast paced read This is the story of a woman s rebirth in a sense, how she discovered that there was the possibility of life after loss Poppy thought she had everything she could ever hope for when she married the love of her life right out of college, and they started to build a home together She took for granted that the future promised years of laughter and love with her husband Jamie Then in the blink of an eye, that future suddenly dawned dark and grim Logically it makes sense that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was stolen from her But the guilt gnawing at her seems to contradict that After four years of surviving a unrelenting grief and living in limbo, she s finally at a place where she feels ready to try to give herself permission to find happiness again So she comes up with the birthday list plan The birthday list was Jamie s own version of a bucket list Things that he wanted to accomplish and experience in his lifetime by each of his birthdays Poppy decided that completing his goals would give her a sense of peace and freedom, and fearlessly jumped into each challenge in order to honor the man she loved.I wanted to do this for Jamie and let it go Every day, I was getting stronger I was getting back on my feet I was starting to live again for me And until the list was done, I d still be living for Jamie.Despite her brother Finn trying to talk her out of such an emotional upheaval, she knew it was the right thing to do She was taking steady steps to reach a happier future Until she walked into her next challenge at the karate dojo, and the past confronted her in the form of Cole Goodman He was the man who once shattered her entire world The irony was, he was going to be the one to help her glue all of her pieces back together again This man was so perfect for her, and so deserving of the fragile woman that needed to be handled with extreme care Cole was so utterly patient and understanding of her need to keep things slow, and sensitive to what she needed to feel comfortable with him He knew that there was a powerful attraction brewing between them, but he needed to help her to see past her guilt for feeling it One of the things I thought was really amazing was the fact that he realized that he had fallen in love with her before their first kiss. Not because of insta love, but because he put their physical relationship on hold until she gave him the signal that she was ready.When I pictured kissing another man, it was Cole When I imagined sleeping with another man, it was Cole He was the man of the future, patiently waiting on the other side of the line I could imagine him standing there, holding out his hand.Poppy was such an incredibly strong character She faced each task on Jamie s list with courage and grace, all while managing to launch her new restaurant and make it a huge success Her budding feelings terrified the living daylights out of her, but she faced her fears and put one foot in front of the other in order to let love in her life again There was an additional conflict involving the unsolved murder of her husband Jamie Cole worked his fingers to the bone in order to bring Poppy closure, but what he uncovered was something that neither of them could have anticipated I m really glad I gave this story a chance, and I know without a doubt that I will be reading from this author My reason for a four instead of a five was partly because I was expecting of an ugly cry book, and while it had some sad moments, it didn t really delve into the darkest days of her struggle I really appreciated the overall tone, but I wouldn t have minded seeing her work through those initial stages of grief Also, there were a couple of things in the book that occurred that I thought were a little bit too coincidental or convenient to be 100% realistic towards the end However, if you re looking for a slowburn romance with a heartwarming message about love and new beginnings you can t go wrong with The Birthday List. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 07, 2018 Berit added it review of another edition Shelves 2018, blog tour, need to review 4.5 Adorable Stars.5This was my first book by Devney Perry, but it definitely will not be my last this was such a sweet love story with the perfect amount of angst, heartbreak, humor,romance, and steam The book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it left me with a big smile on my face.Poppy was married to her college sweetheart Jamie the love of her life and then one day when running errands he got caught up in a robbery and was murdered Jamie was a fun loving guy and 4.5 Adorable Stars.5This was my first book by Devney Perry, but it definitely will not be my last this was such a sweet love story with the perfect amount of angst, heartbreak, humor,romance, and steam The book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it left me with a big smile on my face.Poppy was married to her college sweetheart Jamie the love of her life and then one day when running errands he got caught up in a robbery and was murdered Jamie was a fun loving guy and created a list the Birthday List listing an activity he wanted to complete on or before each of his birthdays it is now five years later and Poppy is still heartbroken but starting to move on she has opened a restaurant and now is attempting to complete all the items on Jamie s Birthday List One of the items on the list is to attend a karate class while at this karate class she runs into Cole the police officer who had informed her of her husband s death five years ago and there is definitely something between them but how can she dishonor the memory of Jamie Poppy was such a real and likable character absolutely a girl I would love to go to lunch with preferably at her restaurant and have a yummy chicken pot pie in one of those adorable mason jars topped off by some apple pie in a jar as well.Cole was in a word perfection sweet, nice, patience of a saint, hot hot hot, muscles for days, not clingy, not controlling, not overly romantic, and did I mention patient and hot hot hot unfortunately there is no man like Cole walking around in the real world, he only exists in this book, and that s why reading is so wonderful The chemistry between the two of them was both hot and adorable I loved how Cole wanted to help Poppy complete Jamie s list see what I m saying no man in the real world I also loved a lot of the items on the list it was so much fun especially swimming in Jell O and the paint fightStrongly recommend to fans of romance, with a sweet story line, and fabulous characters thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this wonderful book flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 29, 2018 Tijuana Book Twins Reviews rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc beta or proof, contemporary, cops and robbers, cover love, cry sob emotional, favorites, fbi police fireman military, romance 5 Minute by Minute Stars This man took me breath away That quote pretty much sums up this book for me Cole is an amazing character and he now owns a little piece of my heart I loved every single little thing about Cole and Poppy s story Devney Perry has cemented her place as a force to be reckoned with The Birthday List is thoughtful and thought provoking I felt all the feels and experienced the full array of emotions while reading It s a magnificent journey of love and loss that I ll 5 Minute by Minute Stars This man took me breath away That quote pretty much sums up this book for me Cole is an amazing character and he now owns a little piece of my heart I loved every single little thing about Cole and Poppy s story Devney Perry has cemented her place as a force to be reckoned with The Birthday List is thoughtful and thought provoking I felt all the feels and experienced the full array of emotions while reading It s a magnificent journey of love and loss that I ll remember for years to come What I absolutely loved The characters Not only the main characters, but the secondary characters are all so well developed I feel as though I got to know them I was interested and invested in their stories Cole and Poppy are stunning He s pure male perfection and she s one of the strongest female leads I ve read Both are very well written and fleshed out They re love story jumps off the page and completely consumed me While I loved them both and Poppy certainly appealed to my emotions due to her loss, but Cole stole the show He s swoony PERFECTION The storyline, plot, and execution couldn t have been beautifully rendered The pace is spot on The emotional triggers well placed But most of all the writing is fantastic You ll hear no critique from me I loved it From the beautiful cover and story, to that amazing ending, it s sheer perfection If you love heart wrenching love stories with feeling, you have to one click The Birthday List It s UNPUTDOWNABLE Highly recommended flag 29 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 03, 2018 Stacie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves contemporary favorites, favorite leading ladies, favorite males, tpam br 4 3 4 You carried me Stars I loved this story It felt really true to life in a great coincidences romance novels kind of way to me Really bad stuff happens in life, but life goes on and really great stuff can happen too I absolutely loved both Poppy and Cole Cole s last name was Goodman and that was exactly what he was a good man So patient, kind, understanding, funny, authoritative, but not jerkish And definitely not a pushover He was not only good book boyfriend material, he was 4 3 4 You carried me Stars I loved this story It felt really true to life in a great coincidences romance novels kind of way to me Really bad stuff happens in life, but life goes on and really great stuff can happen too I absolutely loved both Poppy and Cole Cole s last name was Goodman and that was exactly what he was a good man So patient, kind, understanding, funny, authoritative, but not jerkish And definitely not a pushover He was not only good book boyfriend material, he was real life good boyfriend make him your husband material Poppy was loyal and sweet and feisty at times She was heart sick and struggling, but she was taking things minute by minute I really respected her And I was so very happy for her I enjoyed seeing them fall in love It was the perfect slow burn There was physical attraction from the start, but they got to know each other They built a friendship first Trust.I have to say, I loved Jamie too Getting to know him through his Birthday List made me want to known him and miss him a lot And so sad That his life was cut short by senseless violence Imagined how much Poppy must have missed such a big personality One other thing I liked a lot about this book was Finn s Poppy s brother and Molly s Poppy s bestie little side story Real life strugglesAnywho, I loved it Happy reading flag 30 likesLike see review View all 14 comments May 09, 2018 NMmomof4 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves scribd, 3 5 star, friends to lovers, military security government, safe, separation without other partners 3.5 StarsOverall Opinion I was fully going into this expecting an epic angst fest, but sadly it wasn t that for me I didn t shed a single tear I m not saying I disliked it, but those darn expectations hit again I f loved the H I usually like my Hs obviously alpha, but I think he was absolutely perfect for the h and the situation they were in He made the book for me At times I wanted to shake the h because I do think it was all about her all the time, but that very well could be just beca 3.5 StarsOverall Opinion I was fully going into this expecting an epic angst fest, but sadly it wasn t that for me I didn t shed a single tear I m not saying I disliked it, but those darn expectations hit again I f loved the H I usually like my Hs obviously alpha, but I think he was absolutely perfect for the h and the situation they were in He made the book for me At times I wanted to shake the h because I do think it was all about her all the time, but that very well could be just because I loved the H so much and I wanted her to deserve him a little I felt like the story was about the h moving on and healing than a romance tbh, which wasn t my favorite I wanted time with them connecting romantically without the list dictating what they were doing I wouldn t say that this is one of those books where the dead spouse feels like the third in a love triangle I think the h was understandably guilty at times, but not so much it felt OTT The H also was completely open and understanding that the h s husband will always hold a place in her heart, but that he had a shot at helping her heal and being a part of her future Overall, it was a sweet story about healing with little drama and a great H.Brief Summary of the Storyline This is Poppy and Cole s story Poppy s life is turned upside down when Cole informs her that her husband has been murdered About five years later, they meet again when Poppy signed up for a karate class taught by Cole Poppy s late husband had a birthday list that had things that he needed to do before certain birthdays, and she is trying to finish it in hopes of moving on Cole doesn t hesitate to offer his help in getting the items checked off, especially if that means time spent with Poppy The time they spend together, the feelings develop and they fall in love There is a little drama, some sexy times, and some sweet and funny momentsand they get a HEA ending.POV This alternated between Poppy and Cole s POV.Overall Pace of Story Good I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.Instalove No Instant attraction after reunion for sure, by I wouldn t call it instalove.H rating 5 stars Cole Wow If any of us ever have something tragic happen to us like it did for Poppy, I can only hope that we all can have someone like Cole to put us back together He was flipping amazing So patient So sweet So understanding Just Perfect.h rating 3.5 stars Poppy I liked her for the most part, but I did feel like she took advantage of the H at some points but that might be simply because I liked him so much.Sadness level Low, no tissues needed surprisingly I expected tears here, but the never came for me Push Pull Yes view spoiler The h hold guilt for having feelings for the H, so she pushes away at times The H is not pushy in any way, but I d say he is the main pursuer of the relationship hide spoiler Heat level Good They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes but not so much it takes away from the story It is probably what I would consider a slow bun as they don t kiss for the first time until around 56% Descriptive sex YesOW OM drama Yes view spoiler The H s ex shows up and causes some drama The h is not fully over her husband s death and takes a while to get over the guilt of moving on hide spoiler Sex scene with OW or OM NoCheating No Separation Yes view spoiler They are separated shortly couple days , but there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time hide spoiler Possible Triggers Yes view spoiler Loss of a spouse on page h , and murder on page through H viewing surveillance videos hide spoiler Closure This had a cute epilogue and what I would call a HEA ending view spoiler they re married with children hide spoiler Safety This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers view spoiler Does Not have cheating Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW OM Does have the h pushing the H away Does have a short separation between the h and H Does Not have abuse Does have a HEA ending hide spoiler flag 27 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 23, 2018 Elles Book Blog rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves romance, best of 2018, standalones, top favorites, must read Release Date April 3, 2018 Genre Contemporary Romance Rating 5 starsI fell HARD for this novel Gosh The feels I was memorized Devney Perry is a pro at writing small town romances that will make you swoon, cry, and fall head over heels in love Her novels will suck you in, capture your heart, and make you believe in fate I don t know where it comes from, but her words are pure beauty and a breath of fresh air You need to read this book It s now going to be sitting at the top of my Release Date April 3, 2018 Genre Contemporary Romance Rating 5 starsI fell HARD for this novel Gosh The feels I was memorized Devney Perry is a pro at writing small town romances that will make you swoon, cry, and fall head over heels in love Her novels will suck you in, capture your heart, and make you believe in fate I don t know where it comes from, but her words are pure beauty and a breath of fresh air You need to read this book It s now going to be sitting at the top of my list for favorite books of 2018 In the Birthday list, Devney Perry is going to make your heart BREAK But not in a way that will make you feel down and upset at it all No She is going to simply tug at your emotions and make you see that life the turbulent journey that it is is beautiful There are sad moments, blissful moments, hard moments, and so much in between But that moment where you truly find your other half The one that will stick by you no matter what moment you are in, that make all the other crap worth it She proves this in the birthday list, and breaths beauty through pain Poppy lost the man of her dreams in a moment of tragedy It takes her 5 long and hard years to come to terms with her grief and she knows that in order to truly let go of the overwhelming pain that she needs to do something for her late husband And that thing It s checking off all his dreams on a birthday list The birthday list is much like a bucket list The only real difference I suppose is the emotion wrapped into the stuff that is placed on it Now, while finding love again may not be on that list, it sure comes to her in an unexpected way And that future she thought she would never have The happiness that comes and goes Well, it begins to shine again when she meets small town detective Cole Readers who want to FEEL something, those looking for a unique and utterly beautiful read that will take over your emotions MUST read this novel It s my favorite of the authors work even though all her previous novels were 4 and 5 star reads I can t tell you how much it touched me because putting those feelings into words is difficult But I can say that it s a beautiful story with amazing characters and a heartfelt plot Therefore, I HIGHLY recommend it to you flag 26 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 10, 2018 Wil Loves Books rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, on kindle This was a super cute read I truly enjoyed it I love the premise and how the story unfolded You know dead spouse stories are not my jam, but this one was very well written I do have to admit that this heroine tested my patience from time to time, but overall she was super adorable But the hero was so amazing and so swoony he made the book for me Love, love, love Cole The book also has a hint of sexiness that was refreshing Overall, I like Devney Perry s storytelling, her books are truly This was a super cute read I truly enjoyed it I love the premise and how the story unfolded You know dead spouse stories are not my jam, but this one was very well written I do have to admit that this heroine tested my patience from time to time, but overall she was super adorable But the hero was so amazing and so swoony he made the book for me Love, love, love Cole The book also has a hint of sexiness that was refreshing Overall, I like Devney Perry s storytelling, her books are truly easy to read and she captures small town life well I was also super intrigued by Finn and Molly s story, I see that she will get her own book and I truly hope Finn is the hero and that is super angsty I definitely recommend The Birthday List I half read half listened to this one, loved the female narrator but the male one Jeremy York was not my favorite but that s just me flag 23 likesLike see review Apr 04, 2018 Sophie Beware Of The Reader rated it really liked it review of another edition The author has kindly provided an ARC but it has no influence whatsoever on my always honest review 4 sweet stars I want to change things with this review you have to shake the coconut tree from time to time to keep things interesting and will give you five reasons why you should read The Birthday List The Birthday List is the book made for you if you love Perfect hero And when I mean perfect it is REALLY perfect You know in every book with great male characters they do stupid thing at The author has kindly provided an ARC but it has no influence whatsoever on my always honest review 4 sweet stars I want to change things with this review you have to shake the coconut tree from time to time to keep things interesting and will give you five reasons why you should read The Birthday List The Birthday List is the book made for you if you love Perfect hero And when I mean perfect it is REALLY perfect You know in every book with great male characters they do stupid thing at one time or another Be it in not telling their secret to the main female MC sooner, deciding something for her own good without consulting her beforehand, kissing someone else while drunk ANYTHING that makes you want to shake some sense in him and shout Stop being a dumbass or you ll lose her Well not Cole.Cole is just perfect Handsome perfect with chocolate brown hair and light green eyes paired with perfect white teeth Tall and ripped As a cop he loves doing the right thing and will be hard with seasoned criminals but forgiving with stupid young guys speeding he will give them a once Smart, kind and really understanding He will follow Poppy s pace never pressuring her but not letting her forget him either He will repair your truck, carry you on his back for miles while on a hike in a park, follow you everywhere to help accomplish your bucket list.See P E R F E C T Sweet and brave heroine Poppy is the epitome of sweet girl but with a graceful and strong mind She will love you with all her heart She was madly in love with her husband and was crushed when he died Utterly crushed But she is resilient She will fight one moment at a time She will live minute by minute She will realize his dreams and will become a restaurant owner She is visiting her late husband grand father every week to spend some quality time with him She will save teenagers in distress She will make Cole wait a little too long for my taste but two can t be perfect in one story Bucket list stories OK this is called The Birthday List but it truly is a bucket list A list Jamie, Poppy s late husband wrote to accomplish at every birthday To honor his memory, to let lose and to heal Poppy will do every item on the list.I wondered how Devney came with some of these ideas If skydiving is a pretty common wish swimming in Jell O is not something I would have thought of Eeek I ve never eaten jell o being non American but I can t imagine swimming in something green and slimmy Just to come out of the pool looking like a leprechaun or Hulk depending on your frame Emotional but not too much low on angst stories That s one of Devney s trademark she is on the sweet emotional side Not on the I grip you by the guts put your emotions through the grinder kind of stories No If you don t like extreme emotions, extreme angst, incredible highs and abysmal lows this is your perfect read.You will shed some tears as it s about grief and guilt You will laugh sometimes specially when two old grumpy men will battle with pink paint or go for stupid bets You will swoon and blush because of Perfect Cole You will worry when you ll wonder how to help a teenager in a bad place In short you will read it quickly because it flows effortlessly.To use another comparison it s like rafting at level 2 Very enjoyable Stories with lovable side characters The key word here being side characters In some stories you have side characters with personalities so imposing they should be called main characters Often they get their own book later to our utter delight Devney wrote a story filled with good sidekicks They give substance to the book but don t overpower the main characters They help create the background of the story Who are the main characters friend with Who are their parents Who help them to sort their emotions Who kicks you out of your own restaurant to rest because you are dead on your feet Etc.You ll like them all and it will give the book a family feel Reading The Birthday List was like eating chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream effortless You barely began that it s already finished and you are wondering how you gobbled this all without feeling overstuffed Now for my friend Melanie here is my stars summary Male MC even if I doubt someone as perfect exist in real life but news this is fiction Duh Female MC brave, sweet and ginger Angst you have grief but no real angst Emotions 2 sweetness, some tears and Oh Poppy Poor Poppy thoughts but not overwhelming Heat instant attraction but very delayed gratification Cole compensated by his overflowing pheromones dripping through my Kindle Trigger maybe if you recently dealt with grief Plot 2 straightforward with some light twists here and there to keep things interesting Writing flows effortlessly Have you read it or any Devney Perry s books Thanks for reading Sophie Find me on Wordpress Beware Of The ReaderFacebook Beware Of The Reader Facebook group Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram bewareofthereader Twitter BewareOffReader flag 23 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Apr 05, 2018 Jenny TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 Stars My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache What an emotional, devastating, sweet, hopeful and inspiring story Powerful words and moments of intense passion The birthday List takes you from utter tragedy and despair, leading you through a process of a grieving stalemate until a light demands to extinguish the dark Devney Perry wrote a story chock full of human emotio 4.5 Stars My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache What an emotional, devastating, sweet, hopeful and inspiring story Powerful words and moments of intense passion The birthday List takes you from utter tragedy and despair, leading you through a process of a grieving stalemate until a light demands to extinguish the dark Devney Perry wrote a story chock full of human emotions, of coping, overcoming and living with heartbreak as well as guilt and hopelessness Whilst it was quite morose it was also all kinds of wonderful Love is wonderful To have experienced it, lived with it, felt it and accepted that love comes into your life than once and in many forms and whilst what brings you love may leave you in its physical form, it still remains in your heart Every day I feel like he s slipping further and further away from me Poppy is a young beautiful woman, happily married to the love of her life, Jamie and together they re just starting out with hopes and dreams for the future When tragedy strikes Poppy must learn how to live on when every day is cloaked in sorrow and her shoulder weighed down by guilt You are my best friend and I love you I want you to be happy and have love in your life Jamie would have wanted you to be happy and have love in your life And I think it s time for you to open up your heart again to that possibility The premise of a birthday list was a wonderful way of showcasing a young man s desire for life and living To never have a dull day and to live each year to its full potential When Jamie s life is so brutally cut short, Poppy grieves for the man who had her heart and for a life she must now face alone How long does grief last and does each day truly get better with time Poppy, a few years on, decides to complete Jamie s list a list that brings about a new business, new experiences as well as people into her life she d never have expected Because of you, I wake up smiling I look forward to each and every day Because of you, she took my hand off her cheek and pressed it against her heart, this only has happy beats Cole was a wonderful and protective presence in helping Poppy find herself and live again They shared a horrific moment five years ago and now meet again with Cole realising that the brief connection he felt is still there This almost reluctant romance which built ever so slowly was beautiful to witness Their connection was intense, their passion fierce and their love all encompassing and healing He had her past I was taking her future Fate moves in mysterious ways and sometimes every cloud has a silver lining with people turning up just as we unknowingly need them The Birthday List had a wonderful and inspiring message with real human emotion and we highly recommend it Will you do something for me In a heartbeat Kiss me Available to purchase below US UKCome visit and follow us at TotallybookedBlog TB on Facebook TB on Twitter TB on Pinterest flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 21, 2018 Mandy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best heroine, best book boyfriend, best of 2018, doggies, favorite couple, favorite epilogue, favorites, funny, love love love, ugly cry This was a fantastically written story that will stay with me forever There were so many emotions for me while reading this There were parts that made me cry and my heart just hurt so much for Poppy but then there were moments when I was laughing so hard ex paint fight that I had to take a little break I loved the writing, loved the characters, and loved the story This is a top pick of 2018 for me and a book I look forward to going back and rereading Highly Recommend flag 18 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Apr 04, 2018 Angie Angies Dreamy Reads rated it really liked it review of another edition This was such a surprising, sweet, tender, heartfelt romance I absolutely loved every minute of reading it Poppy and Cole stole my heart 4.5 Stars Full review coming soon flag 16 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2018 MiDouradoP rated it it was amazing review of another edition A roller coaster of emotions that you love Minute by Minute I finished this book yesterday, and I still have no words to describe it I m in awe, mesmerized, in love, hopeful This book was everything and so much.I laughed, I had tears on my eyes, I felt pain, I felt love, I felt grief and hope I felt their sorrow, I felt their joy I grew That s right, I grew And this is so amazing Because I m a reader, I m a passionate reader, I love to read and I love books But even though book A roller coaster of emotions that you love Minute by Minute I finished this book yesterday, and I still have no words to describe it I m in awe, mesmerized, in love, hopeful This book was everything and so much.I laughed, I had tears on my eyes, I felt pain, I felt love, I felt grief and hope I felt their sorrow, I felt their joy I grew That s right, I grew And this is so amazing Because I m a reader, I m a passionate reader, I love to read and I love books But even though books are kind of a second source of life for me, it s not always that I feel that a book made me grow.Somehow, along the plot, I can say this book made me a better person.I m not saying I m noble or that now I m beyond and above No Nothing like that, that would be pretensious I m saying that, for reading it, I learned a little bit I grew a little bit I m mature, comprehensive, sensitive Progress Not perfect The way Devney presented us with these questions was so beautiful As we can see in the blurb, this book is about Poppy and Cole She was married to good man, a really good man, but Jamie was taken away from her aparently too soon, but somehow, at the right time.Without closure and needing to move on after five long years mourning his loss, she decides to finish The Birthday List he started a little before he was gone And what an amazing idea And one of the things I loved about this book is that Devney didn t just tell what the items were She didn t just mention en passant She described one by one, she made us live through them all As I read all of the items, I was wondering if I could pull that off too Some of them were so funny, some were exciting, some were crazy, some were thoughtful All of them were responsible for bringing Cole and Poppy together Like I ve told you, I m glad to help you with the list No, I m not talking about the list This is about everything else Because of you, I wake up smiling, I look forward to each and every day Because of you she took my hand off her cheek and pressed it against her heart, this only has happy beats Poppy was resilient Strong even in her worst nightmares She survived such an excrutiating pain, but she kept going as well as she could.But when she needed help, when her family couldn t do it, Cole stepped up to be anything she wanted, anything she asked, anything she didnt ask but he knew, anything she needed Whatever you need, I ll be there in a heartbeat Cole Goodman I think the pun is intended was exactly that a good man One of the greatest ones He was patient, comprehensive, an amazing friend, a wonderful shoulder to cry one, the strongerst hand to hold when you re falling, the safest arms to be embraced in Cole Goodman was close to perfect In our time together, I d yet to discover a chink in his armor What s one of your weaknesses His hand at my hip moved up my spine so his fingers could play with my hair You Little by little, progress by progress, minute by minute , he was crumbling Poppy s wall, without being agressive about it No It s the very opposite He broke the walls down by walking at the right pace Not pushing too hard, not letting too still, just the right intensity to make move, to make her get over it without hurting even in the process A part of me wanted to run away from that line Another wanted to take a flying leap to the other side As it was, I was just standing with my toes on its edge Frozen.Because I knew the mand who s pull me across was Cole I wasn t waiting for some nameless, faceless man of the future When I pictured kissing another man, it was Cole When I imagined sleeping with another man, it was Cole.He was the man of the future, patiently waiting on the other side of the line I could imagine him standing there, holding ou his hand As the time went by, as the Birthday List were being completed, Poppy and Cole got closer and closer, leaning on each other for love, strengh, help, understanding When I hadn t been strong enough to do something myself when the pain had been too much he d done it for me They learned how to rely on one another, how to trust on one another, they weren t two souls walking around any looking for a place to rest from the craziness of life They were walking together, they were a team So much had happened since the day Cole had come back into my life The highs and lows of my emotional roller coaster had been almost too much to handle But I couldn t regret a second of that ride not if this is where I got to step off Here, in the arms of this incredible man Poppy had a really hard time letting the past go, letting the life whe had with Jamie go And that is expected She totally loved Jamie, he was her first love Feeling guilty, even though logically doesn t make much sense, emotionally it was so right on spot It was so hard to let go, so scaring to move on But when the right time comes When the right person appears When you start to love again Everything is doable Everything is possible She would always have a special place in her heart for Jamie That didn t mean she couldn t love me too.He had her past I was taking her future.I d get to buy her another dog I d get to watch her have our babies I d get to dance with her at our golden anniversary Because I was never letting her go.As long as I lived, Poppy would be mine This book was amazing for so many reasons, and I know as soon as I hit save in this review, I ll thinkg of so many things I could have said about it Poppy and Cole made my last few days They gave so much hope and so many great times It was a journey I feel so happy and fullfilled to have bee a part of Then I fell asleep next to the second man I d ever had sex with The man who had set out to win my damaged heart The man who had been healing it ever since.The man I saw when I dreamed of the future In this book we learn about grief and love About patience and resilence About hope and strengh About fearing to let the past go and craving for the future Knowing that what we have so far is not everything we ve got Because the rest The rest is still unwritten flag 14 likesLike see review Mar 30, 2018 aNneMarLi Chatterbooks Book Blog rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 arc, 2018 reads, emotional, standalone, tear jerker Change someone s life Gah Why again I haven t read any of Devney Perry s works Shame on me because what I just finished reading, was all sorts of AHMAZING I seriously can t say enough how I freaking like this book Start to finish, I was drawn to this emotional, heartbreaking yet heart warming journey I have the pleasure of reading It might be my first Devney s book, but I assure you, it wont be my last Her words are like magnet as I was gravitated towards it with all the feels and MORE Change someone s life Gah Why again I haven t read any of Devney Perry s works Shame on me because what I just finished reading, was all sorts of AHMAZING I seriously can t say enough how I freaking like this book Start to finish, I was drawn to this emotional, heartbreaking yet heart warming journey I have the pleasure of reading It might be my first Devney s book, but I assure you, it wont be my last Her words are like magnet as I was gravitated towards it with all the feels and MORE.First off, I have to thank Danielle Sanchez of Inkslinger PR why I came across Devney Perry You see, I am not so into social media I seldom browse on my fb feeds but once I do, I made sure I have something with me when I logged off That s when I read Danielle s post on The Birthday List I have no idea who Devney is, again, shame on me and with how Dani raved about it I just couldn t let it pass I am so thrilled that I did because this book was just someting you don t want to miss.It made my heart ache, my head hurts, and my tummy to flutter but above all it made me fall in love over and over again as if I m a new woman or just the better version of me.The Birthday List made me obsessed and compelled over Cole and Poppy s journey These two stunned me to a whole new level Simply put my ride with them was UNPUTDOWNABLE Together their chemistry is something that slowly sizzled and then exploded with full of emotions and I can t get enough Cole is the most patient man I have read I love him to bits of pieces and I adore how he handled Poppy He is alpha in his own ways Without being caveman ish, this man sure showed alpha sexiness to a new level Poppy on the other hand, is one strong woman Having lost the love of her life, the pain she went through was unfathomable but she handled it well and I adore her for that I can definitely feel her fears of opening her heart again for a new love, but when she finally did, it was beautiful and I can only manage to cry out of joy Her and Cole s love for each other was just perfect and a true definition of how love is patient I highly recommend this book Start to finish you will be captivated to a journey worth every single tears and even a sleeples night The feels was spot on and the writing was fantastic It was delivered to make you feel from loss, healing and love It s uniqueness made me a goner I am touched, I am in love and I am riveted.Kudos Devney You have a new fan in me flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 01, 2018 Shayna rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc review, read in 2018, march 2018, author devney perry, standalone, genre contemporary romance, widow I ll take whatever you ll give me Nobody gets my heart pumping faster or my soul flying higher quite like Devney Perry s words I remember when the news about this upcoming release broke and I had the biggest smile on my face the entire day I was incredibly intrigued by the storyline, captivated by the book cover, and completely enad by the author s name on said cover I don t think it s possible to read a synopsis like and not be hooked instantly Devney Perry is known for her PHENOMEN I ll take whatever you ll give me Nobody gets my heart pumping faster or my soul flying higher quite like Devney Perry s words I remember when the news about this upcoming release broke and I had the biggest smile on my face the entire day I was incredibly intrigued by the storyline, captivated by the book cover, and completely enad by the author s name on said cover I don t think it s possible to read a synopsis like and not be hooked instantly Devney Perry is known for her PHENOMENAL Jamison Valley Series I ll admit that it s one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE series, but after people get their hands on Poppy and Cole s story, well, I can tell that this epic tale will be on the top of a lot of people s TOP FAVORITES list, for sure I remember when this author was a new to me author and look how far she s come I can t get enough of her memorable words and unforgettable characters Poppy and Cole absolutely tore me in two they broke me shattered me but at the same time, they filled my heart with such immense joy that I didn t know what to do with myself There wasn t a single second, while devouring this book, that I didn t feel some sort of emotion Happy, sad, distraught, anger, fear, envy, love, joy it was all there in bits and pieces that eventually made me whole again by the end.If you haven t had the pleasure of reading a Devney Perry Romance, THE BIRTHDAY LIST is the PERFECT PLACE to start It s a standalone EPIC love story that will have you shouting your love for it from the rooftops Be prepared to fall in LOVE with the writing, the characters, and the emotional pull that it will have on your heart and soul Angst, charm, romance, hilarity, and of course, sexiness THE BIRTHDAY LIST had it all There is nothing better than losing yourself within the pages of a love story, and Devney Perry makes it easy EVERY SINGLE TIME flag 14 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2018 Allyson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for EVERYBODY Shelves favorites, read 2019 holidays with the belles ARC provided by the author for an honest review Preorder now on for only 2.99 Price goes up after release week Release Date April 3, 2018Devney Perry you re killing me I honestly didn t think any future work could even come close to my love for Jamison Valley but here it is The Birthday List.I have been sitting here staring at this page for like an hour definitely longer than that and the words are failing me I felt everything The grief The sorrow The happiness The ARC provided by the author for an honest review Preorder now on for only 2.99 Price goes up after release week Release Date April 3, 2018Devney Perry you re killing me I honestly didn t think any future work could even come close to my love for Jamison Valley but here it is The Birthday List.I have been sitting here staring at this page for like an hour definitely longer than that and the words are failing me I felt everything The grief The sorrow The happiness The love The connection between the two characters Every single thing I honestly wish I had words but anything that I say can t compare to how good this book truly is.Poppy and ColeI don t even want to let them go I would reread this book in a heartbeat flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Turning Pages At The Birthday List by Devney Perry 41 18 May 04, 2018 06 26AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed devneyperryConnect with Devney Facebook Other books in the series Maysen Jar 2 books Books by Devney Perry More Trivia About The Birthday List No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Birthday List Cole Goodman was simply put gorgeous He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank you in return 3 likes To tell myself to keep breathing, 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 2023, 1121, 325, 64, 31 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy 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        Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state 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 husband and two sons Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expe Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state 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 husband and two sons Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do But now that she s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.Visit Devney s website to sign up for her newsletters and learn about upcoming booksvneyperryConnect with Devney Facebook


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    1. 4.25 stars The Birthday List is an emotional, moving, and romantic stand alone novel I was drawn in to Poppy s story straight away and I loved it from start to finish Poppy Maysen has been alive the last five years, but she hasn t been living Not really She s still grieving the loss of her husband, Jaime, who died suddenly and tragically five years ago Things have been hard for her, but she s trying to move forward Things are starting to change for Poppy now that she s going through Jam 4 [...]


    2. 4.5 In A Heartbeat StarsWhat a swoon fest of a read Prologues how profound they can be This one knocked my socks off, and made my stomach flip Within the first few pages, I fell in love with the characters and storyline then I wanted to cry.By the third sentence of chapter two, I knew the healing process had begun, and also knew without a doubt, I was in for one terrific read I went in totally blind, of course Those of you who read any of my reviews know this is my preferred method 4.5 In A Hear [...]


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      4.5 STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author My heart had been in pieces since the night Jamie had been killed It had taken every day of the last five years for the pain in my chest to fade to a dull ache Still, it was there And after every one of my interactions with Cole, that ache flared Because when I was with Cole, I wasn t remembering Jamie Cole made me forget the pain THE BIRTHDAY LIST is my first read by the amazing Devney Perry and it will definitely not be my last I ve 4.5 STARS ARC Gen [...]


    4. MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS THE BIRTHDAY LIST Is a full length Contemporary Romance Novel by new to me author Devney Perry In the PROLOGUE Poppy and Jamie had met each other on the the first day of their sopho years at Montana State, that was the day she had met the man of her dreams Her future husband to be James Sawyer Maysen On the eve of their one year wedding anniversary Poppy receives news that we never want to hear in our l MY REVIEW can also be fou [...]


    5. 4 minute by minute stars I ll take whatever you ll give me Esse o primeiro livro que leio da autora e estou encantada pela escrita dela Eu gostei bastante dessa hist ria, dos personagens, o ritmo e como tudo foi acontecendo no tempo certo, sem pressa e sem afoba o Crying doesn t make you weak, Poppy Sometimes, it takes strength to let go than it does to keep it all inside Gostei muito da Poppy e sua personalidade Os seus medos, inseguran as e d vidas que surgiram 4 minute by minute stars I ll t [...]


    6. Every now and then, a book comes into your world and touches something deep down that you never knew you needed That, is The Birthday List So much healing love, pouring from every word, I know I ll never forget a single page.


    7. Well, I ll keep it short I wanted to take Cole, the hero of this novel, put him in my pocket and RUN Seriously, I wish a Cole for every woman lol He is perfect but not totally perfect Know what I mean If you like a romance story about healing after a tragedy and finding peace and love again, then don t hesitate and pick this one up Devney Perry wrote an inspirational novel that has everything a romance reader should wish for Well, except. if you re really set on not reading about dead Well, I ll [...]


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