Oct 02

Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry Review



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From the moment Quinn Montgomery sat behind her first snare and cymbal set, she was destined for fame and glory. As Hush Note’s infamous female drummer, she sets the rhythm for the band’s chart-toppings hits. When people tap their feet to their music, it’s to her pulse.

Quinn is content to live in a world away from her family and the cage of her youth. Her only regret is leaving Graham Hayes behind without a goodbye. No matter how many sold-out stadiums she plays, no matter how many crowds sing her songs, his voice haunts her when the music stops.

When a family tragedy forces her to return home to Montana, she plans to leave the second she’s paid her respects. But seeing Graham again turns her life upside down. As a boy, he wasn’t able to make her stay. As a man, he might be her future.

If they can mend their rifts and find solace in the refrains.

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Confession: Rock star romances are not a favorite trope to read. I know, I know, believe me, after reading this one I know it sounds crazy. But that’s where I was when I picked up Rifts & Refrains. I was pretty much giving it a chance because I’m such a huge fan of Devney Perry. Honestly, I went into it just praying that I’d at least like it, hoping I’d even get through it, but certainly not expecting to love it, and definitely not as much as I did. Boy, did I love this story.

Almost immediately, I was drawn into this captivating and moving rock star romance. I don’t know if it was the small-town vibe or the longing of a second-chance, but it sure didn’t take long for Quinn Montgomery and Graham Hayes to pull me into their history. Perry dished out some powerful emotion in this story, and when my stomach wasn’t doing angsty acrobatics, my heart was breaking, aching or racing. Quinn gave up the love of her life to chase her dream, and she achieved more than she ever imagined. But it came at a heavy price, and she had a huge, gaping Graham-sized hole in her lonely life to show for it. It was much the same for Graham as he spent those years waffling between wanting Quinn back and hoping she never showed up.

Quinn had more than just Graham to contend with upon her return, though. She was dealing with the grief of the loss that brought her back, and she still had to face her family. An angry sister, an apathetic brother, and her apprehensive parents make for days full of awkward, fumbling and uncomfortable conversations and interactions. The stomach twisting emotions, the longing, the pain and the hurt! But there was so much more to this story than the heart-shredding I’m describing here. There was the kind of attraction and chemistry that even has the reader’s hair standing on end, and the kind of passion that makes you a little shaky. The sweet bliss of forgiveness and healing, and my absolute favorite – the relief of reciprocation. Oh, yes, Devney Perry tapped out all of these emotions like her heroine tapped a beat out on her drums.

Rifts & Refrains was hands down the biggest surprise read of my year. I know it’s only September, but I already know this down to my bones. I was not anticipating a single thing about this book – I went into it fingers crossed that I wouldn’t “DNF” a favorite author’s work – and Perry surprised me with every turn of the page. A soulful, tender romance that stole my breath and wreaked havoc on my heart, I loved every word of this story and it’s one of my top favorite reads of the year. Five smooches from me for Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry!

~Danielle Palumbo



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