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?
I officially jumped on the Devney Perry bandwagon. This is the first book by her that I’ve ever read and it definitely won’t be the last because gosh, that woman has a beautiful way with words. She made me fall in love and broke my heart in the PROLOGUE alone. She then soothed my heart with a second chance at love and it was the most amazing journey ever.
This is one of the most romantic books I’ve. Ever. Read. I know, I know I read like one romance novel a day but most of them are not this romantic, you know? They are a little steamy and swoony but this book is ROMANTIC. I’m talking grown-up romance (aka my favorite). Like I-want-to-live-inside-this-book, I-want-to-marry-the-hero, this-could-be-a-Nicholas-Sparks(ish)-movie kind of romantic book. The Birthday List literally contains everything I love in a contemporary romance. There is just the right amount of drama and sadness, it has the perfect amount of sexual tension and angst, Poppy and Cole (the hero and the heroine) are mature and they are both lovable and open to finding love despite their pasts, and there is even a little crime solving/suspense going on.
I cannot tell you how freaking much I love Poppy and Cole, they are the cutest couple ever. I don’t really enjoy reading second chance books where the characters refuse to let love in their lives again after a huge loss and I was afraid that was going to be the case with this book but that didn’t happen at all. Of course there was a little bit of hesitation from Poppy’s part when going into a relationship after losing her husband but it was handled so well. And Cole is the most understanding and persistent and overall beautiful man you will ever read, he’s so sweet I’m still on a sugar high. The timeline is always another important thing for me when reading books like this one and this one has the perfect pace. Poppy took her time mourning her husband and then everything fell perfectly into place.
I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are looking for an emotional book that is not too emotional (does that even makes sense?!) then you should’ve bought this book already!! Kidding, but you really do need to go check it out right now. I will be here waiting to welcome you into the Devney Perry bandwagon.
5 / 5 flowers
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.