Review: Rifts and Refrain by Devney Perry

Posted on October 1, 2020 by Nadene in Reviews / 23 Comments

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Review: Rifts and Refrain by Devney PerryTitle: Rifts and Refrains
Author: Devney Perry
Series: Hush Note, #2
Published by Devney Perry LLC on September 29, 2020
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: arc, ebook
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Rating: four-half-stars
Heat Level: three-flames

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.

I had no idea at the time of accepting Rifts and Refrain for review that it was part of a series written by different authors. The good thing though, I had no issues with following the story as it can stand on its own. Each book in the series focuses on a different band member, making me desirous of picking up the other books in the series.

Rifts and Refrain gives us Quinn and Graham’s story. Quinn, the female drummer for the Hush Notes, is fulfilling her dream of being a rock star. Basking in the fame and the glitter of being a star. On the surface she appears to enjoying it all, however beneath it all she lives with regrets, pain, anger and a broken heart. Never once during this time did, she return home, but all would change when she found out her grandmother died. So, for the first time in nine years, she returns home to face her past.

Wow! Perry delivered a tale which took the reader on an emotional journey of love, regrets, grief, family, fulfilling dreams, forgiveness and second chances. I suggest you have a box of tissues on hand if you plan to read this book. Nine years of pain, anger, unforgiveness and heartbreak leapt from the pages. Not everyone welcomed her with open arms. She had several hurdles to overcome to reach the point of healing and forgiveness. They could all have avoided the heartache, the pain and the estrangement through communication and understanding.

I loved how Quinn and Graham found their way back to each other. It wasn’t easy, but I am glad they managed to work it out.. They both have grown in the past nine years, which was clear in the sacrifices they were willing to make for each other. Everything about their romance felt real.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Overall, I had a wonderful time with this book and would recommend it to fans of second chance romance.

 
 

Story Evaluation
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
World Building
four-stars
Writing Style
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Enjoyment
five-stars
Cover
four-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

 

 

Excerpt

She took one step before stopping. A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth, the same corner I’d kissed earlier, and I fought the urge to stand and capture that mouth again. Her smile broadened, though there was pain in her eyes.

 “Colin is a cool kid. You’re a good dad, Graham. I always knew you would be.”

She might as well have stabbed me in the chest.

“Thanks,” I said, watching as she walked away.

Fuck me.

When had I never loved that woman?

Maybe that kiss had woken me up. Maybe it had made me

 

 

 

realize how goddamn lonely I’d been without her. I had Colin, but there was a corner of my heart that would always belong to Quinn.

 I should have followed her nine years ago.

Because now it was too late.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Devney Perry

Devney is a USA Today bestselling author. 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. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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