Review: Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry #NewRelease #BookReview

Second-chance romance? Single dad? Small town? Rock star? High school sweethearts? If any of those tropes check your boxes, let me tell you that Rifts & Refrains has it all... and does it so well. 

If you've read Sarina Bowen's Lies & Lullabies, then you already know Quinn. Get ready to see another side of her. And if you're new to the Hush Note world, come on in and meet Quinn - drummer for a world-famous band - and a woman who is about to be forced to face her past.

Rifts and Refrains by Devney Perry is now live! 


Release date: September 29, 2020

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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.

M Y   T H O U G H T S

After almost a decade, Quinn was returning to the hometown she fled. Growing up as the preacher’s daughter wasn’t easy. Her father’s expectations threatened to smother her dreams and when she left at the age of eighteen she left behind the boy she loved. Over the years she’d tried to tell herself that it wasn’t real, that it was just a high school romance, but she never forgot Graham. Now back in Montana to attend the funeral of her beloved grandmother, the only person to keep in touch with her over the years, Quinn comes face to face with her estranged family members, and the man who has always held her heart.

There was so much to love in Quinn and Graham’s story. I’m always a sucker for a second chance romance and it was obvious these two people belonged together. Like Quinn, Graham never got over what they shared. Now a single father, he was determined to keep Quinn at arm’s length while she was in town. Then he could go back to fooling himself that he was over her. Even though the chemistry was obviously still there, for both of them, they had a lot to work through. Facing the past and making peace with the decisions they’d made was the only way to move forward.

It seemed like when Quinn left home her entire family (other than her grandmother) basically wrote her off. They all seemed outraged that she dared to want something different than small-town life. I was so angry and bitter on her behalf. Maybe the way she left wasn’t ideal, but her parents, her brother, and her sister, did nothing to reach out to her afterwards. The effectively cut her out of their lives and I was so hurt for Quinn. It would good to see them make peace, but I have to admit I was still holding a grudge! But when it came to Graham and his son, I was all in. I loved how much seven-year-old Colin idolized Quinn and the way he welcomed her into their lives with open arms. Graham and Quinn had both held on to a lot of anger and pain and resentment over the years and it made it all that more satisfying when they began to let go of the past and get to know the people they had become.

While Rifts & Refrains can easily be read as a standalone, it was even more enjoyable having read Lies & Lullabies, the first book in the companion series, by Sarina Bowen. The cameo with Jonas warmed my heart, and the scenes with Nixon have me totally primed for his story in the upcoming Muses & Melodies. Quinn and Jonas and Nixon are so much more than bandmates - they’re family – and it shows in every interaction. I loved this unconventional rock star romance and Quinn and Graham (and Colin) really captured my heart.

Note: I received a a complimentary copy of this book for review. This does not impact my opinion of the book or the content of this review. I received no compensation and my review is voluntary.

 E X C E R P T

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.


Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. 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 family. 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.

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  1. I always love a second hand romance and being part of a companion series makes it even better. Sounds like there was a bit of drama for them to work through there too.

    1. There was some drama/conflict but nothing over the top or angsty, which I appreciated.

  2. I love second chance romances and have enjoy Perry in the past. I definitely want to read the previous book first. Fab review, Tanya! :)

    1. Thanks Rachel! I hope you'll enjoy the series if/when you get to it.

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    1. I agree, Karen! The cover designer really nailed it with these.

  4. Wow, what an awesome cover! I really like the sound of the story, too.

  5. great cover and i can see why you picked it up
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I've seen a few really good reviews for this one today. So glad you enjoyed it, too!

  7. I love second chance romance that are done well. Lovely review!

    1. Thanks Kimberly. Second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes.