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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 le 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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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 le 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.

30 review for Rifts and Refrains

  1. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    'RIFTS AND REFRAINS' by Devney Perry is the second full length book in the Hush Notes series which is a rock star romance, each written by a different Author, each centered on a band member in Hush Notes. But can easily be read as complete stand-alones. This wrung so many emotions out of me, a family severed down the middle, their family values and dynamics coming into play admittedly had me more than tearing up in a few places, a much loved one passing, an ex, and a rock star finding her 'RIFTS AND REFRAINS' by Devney Perry is the second full length book in the Hush Notes series which is a rock star romance, each written by a different Author, each centered on a band member in Hush Notes. But can easily be read as complete stand-alones. This wrung so many emotions out of me, a family severed down the middle, their family values and dynamics coming into play admittedly had me more than tearing up in a few places, a much loved one passing, an ex, and a rock star finding her place in the world. This was such a beautiful unique story. Normally I tend to shy away from small town second chance romances, only because they seem to follow the same plot, but this had such a heartfelt slow burn feel about it, and if Devney Perry is the author I’ll read it! Words cannot convey how much I loved this story. 'Rifts and Refrains' kicks starts off with Quinn 'Hush Notes' golden drummer girl getting a phone call which neither one of us ever wants to receive, she's been asked to come home because her Nan passed away in her sleep. Quinn hasn't been home or spoken to anyone from Montana her hometown other than her Nan's weekly Monday phone calls for nine years. Not even her childhood sweetheart she left behind all those years ago have spoken. Not everyone will welcome Quinn with open arms. Past hurts and the reason why she took off all those years ago had left a family divided. Things have changed so much since she's been away, and now even more than in the past she feels like she doesn't belong. I highly recommend this book!! Rifts and Refrains is a perfectly safe rock star romance to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shabby -BookBistroBlog

    Heart strumming plot, Melodic narration, adventurous spirit, These are the base on which Devney so beautifully plays the entire musical story. Who is Quinn Montgomery? Drummer? Writer? Token female? Bitch? She's just a girl who ran from the small box she was being forced to stuff her large artistic personality into. This beautiful Canary wanted to fly high and sing to her hearts content, but circumstances were caging her creativity and clipping her feathers. So she ran..and ran..and ran, till Heart strumming plot, Melodic narration, adventurous spirit, These are the base on which Devney so beautifully plays the entire musical story. Who is Quinn Montgomery? Drummer? Writer? Token female? Bitch? She's just a girl who ran from the small box she was being forced to stuff her large artistic personality into. This beautiful Canary wanted to fly high and sing to her hearts content, but circumstances were caging her creativity and clipping her feathers. So she ran..and ran..and ran, till she found a sky of her own. But she misses the stars in the sky back home. As she left behind all that had made her..HER...The Rock Star. The person who was her biggest cheerleader, the love of her life, Graham Hayes, who's still standing at the place she left him. Clutching his bleeding heart "You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget." This is a journey of a girl in an escapade of her soul full of Rifts And Refrains and in her quest she leaves behind her heart & voice in the back of the pick-up truck. A moving tale of second chances times two. All the characters are in search of Atonement of their own. All abandoned her, and she abandoned all. When the Prodigal Daughter returns home, who will be the bigger person to forgive her and themselves first..this is the base of the story. "He was the towering oak tree, planted firmly in the earth. I was the bird, flying in the sky above, and the wind had carried me too far to turn back now." It gives a small town story a larger than life feel. Devney is a master of this trope and Montana is close to her heart, it's a known fact. So the comfort shows. its an effortless story, with large sentiments and tear inducing emotions. Can't wait for the next one! 4 stars for The Golden Sticks Follow me on: Email🌻 Bookbub 🌻 Twitter🌻 Instagram🌻 Blog🌻 Facebook🌻 Amazon 🌻

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    I loved it!Devney Perry delivers an emotional, heartwarming and sweet!Such a great story, it touch me so much, I find it intense!I absolutely adored Quinn and Graham, I couldn't get enough of them . This has everything I wanted and even more.It has a second chance romance,a single dad , a rock star and first love!Did I need to say more?? This book was fantastic, I read it in one sitting.If you are looking for a heartwarming story this is perfect!      <3 4,5-5 stars <3 I loved it!Devney Perry delivers an emotional, heartwarming and sweet!Such a great story, it touch me so much, I find it intense!I absolutely adored Quinn and Graham, I couldn't get enough of them . This has everything I wanted and even more.It has a second chance romance,a single dad , a rock star and first love!Did I need to say more?? This book was fantastic, I read it in one sitting.If you are looking for a heartwarming story this is perfect!     

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4.5 STARS You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget. I'm a sucker for a second chance romance, and no one delivers on those feels quite like Devney Perry. A refreshingly different take on the rockstar second chance, Quinn and Graham's story stole my heart. Unlike the typical rockstar books 4.5 STARS You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget. I'm a sucker for a second chance romance, and no one delivers on those feels quite like Devney Perry. A refreshingly different take on the rockstar second chance, Quinn and Graham's story stole my heart. Unlike the typical rockstar books, we get a female rockstar that walked away from her love this time around. But Quinn didn't walk away. Her path was riddled with plenty of pain. Growing up a preacher's daughter was never easy for Quinn. Not when her dreams were bigger than the small town she lived in and not when her parent's stifling expectations boxed her in. She ran to pursue her dreams but it cost her her family and the boy she loved. Now a famous rockstar, she's forced back home for the funeral of her beloved Nan and the only family that kept in touch with her while she was away. Her only connection and person who always believed in her now gone, she's forced to deal with the resentment and anger left behind. Facing her family may be hard, but facing her childhood sweetheart and his anger is almost impossible. Graham never forgave Quinn for leaving and he never moved past not being enough for her to stay. But the longer they're forced together by the wishes of her nan in her will, the more they're forced to realize things. Graham begins to see beyond his own anger. The connection between them is just as potent, even after all of these years. Neither Quinn nor Graham ever got over the other. But there's plenty that was left unsaid. This book was a one two punch straight to the feels. I spent the entire time reading going from tearing up, to goofy smile, to tearing up again. There was so much depth and emotion that's packed into this story, I never wanted it to end. I loved the small town setting but I loved Quinn and Graham even more. Quinn and Nix's connection was so incredible too. I love these two friends. The way Nix is so messed up but is always there for her just melted my heart. I can't wait for his book next. As for this one, if you love an emotional and steamy second chance romance, you need this book in your life! ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4.5 'Love Always' Stars! ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review. An angsty second-chance romance from the amazing Devney Perry becomes the perfect continuation of Hush Note’s adventures! Just a few days ago I fell in love with this band through Lies & Lullabies so I was more than ready to read Quinn’s story, especially after seeing her rude-ish behavior in the first book (I was more than curious to know how Devney would develop the perfect love story for the infamous female 4.5 'Love Always' Stars! ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review. An angsty second-chance romance from the amazing Devney Perry becomes the perfect continuation of Hush Note’s adventures! Just a few days ago I fell in love with this band through Lies & Lullabies so I was more than ready to read Quinn’s story, especially after seeing her rude-ish behavior in the first book (I was more than curious to know how Devney would develop the perfect love story for the infamous female drummer!). I will just say, I was not disappointed. So, Rifts & Refrains is the second installment in the Hush Note series, written by Devney Perry. This one focuses on the story between Quinn Montgomery, the known-as-bitchy drummer from the famous band, and the man she left behind to pursue her dreams 9 years ago, Graham Hayes. Quinn is tired and she needs a break. That unfortunately happens when she gets the news her beloved grandma has died. She has to back to her small town in Montana and face the family and the man she left so many years ago. It will not be an easy and happy reunion but will it be worth it? Is it time for a second chance with the people she loves? My Quinn was gone. This was the Quinn I saw on TV. A stranger. And I’d been forced to watch her transformation from afar. First of all, I love Devney. I was all over this series as soon as I saw her name involved so I was especially excited for Rifts & Refrains. Second, I was even more thrilled when I saw the words second chance and single parent (two of my favorite romance tropes!). And how did Devney do? Of course, she did a wonderful job. I loved these characters! Quinn is so much more than what she makes the world see, she is so vulnerable after a heartbreak provoked by her family and her high school sweetheart. Her only connection is Nan and she has just lost her. She has to face those who hurt her (and who she hurt back) and it’s not easy for her to do it. “Why are you always running away from me?” I couldn’t answer him. He’d push and push until I did, but it was the one thing I wouldn’t admit. Because if I admitted that I’d been in love with him since I was fourteen, it would destroy us both. But it is so clear Quinn and Graham never stopped loving each other. Graham is hard with her at the start but it’s understandable. As the story progresses, so does the truth and their feelings and that love is impossible to be stopped. And when that also involves an adorable kid like Colin and seeing Graham love him so much? Yeah, I MELTED (as did Quinn). The chemistry between these two was there from the very first page and it was angsty, emotional and filled with sexual tension. I loved how this relationship evolved and I am so happy Graham and Quinn finally got their HEA. “You set me free once, Graham. You let me fly. Now I’m coming home.” Therefore, I am rating Rifts & Refrains with 4.5 STARS because Devney Perry killed it with this second chance romance. I am such a sucker for those and Quinn and Graham’s love story was to die for! I fell in love with all these characters and all over again with the Hush Note’s members. I literally cannot wait to read Nixon’s story. I already have the ARC ready so I will be going for that one ASAP! Devney’s addition to this series amazed me and I definitely recommend it to any music / second chance / single parent romance lovers out there! CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    This book totally rocked my every emotion! I’m not a huge fan of rock stars in romance so I was uncertain how I’d respond to Quinn. I shouldn’t have worried because once more Ms. Perry showed me she knows how to make me love elements, and in this case, characters, that I would normally avoid. As the story unfolded, so did my understanding of Quinn and I just wanted to wrap her in love and give her what she had been missing for so long. Initially, I was a bit ticked off with the hero, Graham. Howe This book totally rocked my every emotion! I’m not a huge fan of rock stars in romance so I was uncertain how I’d respond to Quinn. I shouldn’t have worried because once more Ms. Perry showed me she knows how to make me love elements, and in this case, characters, that I would normally avoid. As the story unfolded, so did my understanding of Quinn and I just wanted to wrap her in love and give her what she had been missing for so long. Initially, I was a bit ticked off with the hero, Graham. However, it didn’t take long for me to see what it was that motivated his actions. The fact that his true feelings couldn’t be contained for long made me soften to him and soon thereafter I was absolutely in love with him. I loved that this couple had such a rich history, not just between themselves but one that included their families. That added to the angst and drama but also held the promise of so much beauty once I reached the end. I just had to survive to get there! From the first page I felt the emotional pull of this story and as it ebbed and flowed, so did my tears. The relationships that were bruised and damaged by past pain, and aggravated by years of neglect, made my heart physically hurt. I ached for Quinn and all that she was missing. I had to remind myself that this author is a master at creating such characters and then gently leading them into complete healing. But holy heck, the journey she takes us on to get there is fraught with every emotion known to womankind. Highly recommending this beautifully written story with characters that are both somewhat flawed, a little broken, and a lot in love. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow drama; H is a bit jealous of h’s band mate - quickly dealt with; both h/H with a couple of others during their 9 year separation (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Meet Quinn and the Hush Notes! AVAILABLE NOW Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook Back in May of this year I read my very first Devney Perry book and I haven’t looked back since. This woman has talent. She has a way of reaching into your soul and squeezing tight while at the same time showering you in hope. #WordWizardry. I haven’t yet read every book she has ever published, but I am confident in my assessment. She is magic. Once again, I have to tell you that I cried a lot. There’s a depth of emotion th Meet Quinn and the Hush Notes! AVAILABLE NOW Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook Back in May of this year I read my very first Devney Perry book and I haven’t looked back since. This woman has talent. She has a way of reaching into your soul and squeezing tight while at the same time showering you in hope. #WordWizardry. I haven’t yet read every book she has ever published, but I am confident in my assessment. She is magic. Once again, I have to tell you that I cried a lot. There’s a depth of emotion that surrounds this story that left me breathless in many places. It wasn’t just the slow-burn, second chance to get things right journey between Quinn and Graham, it was everything. I’m crying right now remembering and feeling everything. This is a special story. It’s a story of coming home, of family, of forgiveness, of peace, of overcoming, of acceptance, of … everything; and it was all so beautifully unfolded that my heart literary hurt. I don’t have any other way to put it. I ached for the girl that was and the girl that is. I ached for the family that was and the family that is. I ached for the boy that was and the boy that is. I ached so badly for the loss and I ached for the gain. I just ached. And it was gloriously beautiful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*

    A new favorite from a favorite author! Rifts and Refrains is a stunning novel about loss, forgiveness, and finding your way back home. I was completely blown away by Quinn and Graham's story! Their rich history, family dynamic, and past hurts were so gut wrenching. The emotional aspect of the story had me on the edge of my seat throughout the novel. My pulse raced and heart pounded! It's such an amazing emotional read. I straight up read through tears during some parts of the story. My poor hear A new favorite from a favorite author! Rifts and Refrains is a stunning novel about loss, forgiveness, and finding your way back home. I was completely blown away by Quinn and Graham's story! Their rich history, family dynamic, and past hurts were so gut wrenching. The emotional aspect of the story had me on the edge of my seat throughout the novel. My pulse raced and heart pounded! It's such an amazing emotional read. I straight up read through tears during some parts of the story. My poor heart was tortured and I loved every single second of it! Coming into this story after reading the first book in the series, I wanted to understand who Quinn was and why she behaved the way she did. Devney Perry has an amazing knack of writing real life scenarios with so much depth that the reader can't help but become completely invested in the story unfolding before their eyes. You'll want to root for the characters and see them achieve their happily ever after. That is totally the case with these two! The additional layers of the interpersonal relationships between the band members as well as the family situation that plays a huge part in this story were beyond engaging! Everything worked so well together. Quinn and Graham's story truly touched me. The emotional depth of the story and the character development in this story are truly phenomenal. I was enthralled from start to finish and struggled to put this book down until the last page was turned. In a word, it was PERFECTION! For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    If I wasn't sure I was in love with Hush Note before? Color me smitten, now. Oh, how I loved this emotional second-chance love story. Quinn was a tough sell for me at first. If you've read Lies & Lullabies (and really, you should), you'll know that her character required a bit of redeeming. She was prickly and closed-off and difficult to like. In Rifts & Refrains we get the rest of the story - and the more vulnerable side of Quinn. And y'all? I am here for this story. Guh! It was so good! It was If I wasn't sure I was in love with Hush Note before? Color me smitten, now. Oh, how I loved this emotional second-chance love story. Quinn was a tough sell for me at first. If you've read Lies & Lullabies (and really, you should), you'll know that her character required a bit of redeeming. She was prickly and closed-off and difficult to like. In Rifts & Refrains we get the rest of the story - and the more vulnerable side of Quinn. And y'all? I am here for this story. Guh! It was so good! It was a slow ramp up between Quinn and Graham. There's a lot of push and not a lot of pull until it slowly flips - the chemistry igniting, the emotions exploding, and the sweetness of it all hit me right in all my sweet spots. I loved them so much! But, honestly? For me, the romance was almost a secondary delight in this story. There is a fair amount of family drama going on, and I was so emotionally invested in Quinn's family -- my heart didn't even know what to do with itself. I hurt, I ached, and I sobbed a few ugly tears watching this broken family slowly heal each other. Add Quinn's bandmates - a different kind of family - on top of that? Perfection. I felt like I got a deeper look into the dynamic of Hush Note in this story. Their relationships to each other were more on display, and the way they loved each other lit me up inside. These characters are so special, and my heart is all in for them. This book was the whole package - a compelling, addictive read, jam packed with emotions, and an ending that left me beaming with happiness. This series was one of my most anticipated series in 2020, and these authors are knocking them out of the park. I could not be happier with these amazing characters and their heart-stealing stories! ~ Shelly, 4.5 stars *** Good golly, I don’t even know where to start with this review for Rifts and Refrains. With the second-chance romance between Quinn and Graham, plus all the family dynamics, there is so much awesomeness to gush about. Quinn is the proverbial black sheep in her family. The one who seemingly rejected her upbringing to follow her dreams. She left her hometown, her family, and the love of her life nine years ago and has never gone back. Until now. There was no excuse to find to not go back. And, whoa, was her return a doozy! Especially when her ride from the airport turns out to be none other than that love she left behind. Graham. Graham has had nine years to get over his love for Quinn. Get over his anger and sadness of her departure. Get over her in general. Even has the adorable almost eight year old son to prove that he tried. But there’s just something undeniable that connects them. Something that keeps igniting the spark and driving the lust and the love for Quinn. No matter how much he tries to deny it! I loved the relationship between Quinn and Graham. That they both needed to move beyond what happened when she left nine years ago. Get to a point to where they could talk out their feelings of hurt and anger and sadness from that time. And once they did, wowza. It was as if they picked up right where they left off, just a little bit older and a whole lot wiser. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t also add in my love for Quinn’s family dynamics. The scenes with her family on her first time home in nine years were some of the most awkward, sad, heartbreaking words I’ve read in a long time. And really set up the whole “outside looking in” scenario. I loved how the family conversations unfolded and how they worked through everything. Some of my favorite scenes were between Quinn and her dad—though initially I wasn’t quite sure how things would end up between them. At any rate, I was truly hesitant that Quinn could redeem herself from her antics and attitude in Lies and Lullabies, but boy did I get over that concern and quick once I dove in! And I’m dying to read Nixon’s story in Muses and Melodies next! ~ Missy, 5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Heroine has lousy sex one time in nine years. Over it! Also can I just laugh that of course a female rock star is celibate and untouched while male ones are manwhores. The double standards are ridiculous. What is the aversion female authors have with allowing their heroines to have at minimum satisfactory sex with someone who is not the hero? Its so annoying at this point, and I am just getting turned off to the romance genre as a whole. I dont even remember the last time I read a great romance b Heroine has lousy sex one time in nine years. Over it! Also can I just laugh that of course a female rock star is celibate and untouched while male ones are manwhores. The double standards are ridiculous. What is the aversion female authors have with allowing their heroines to have at minimum satisfactory sex with someone who is not the hero? Its so annoying at this point, and I am just getting turned off to the romance genre as a whole. I dont even remember the last time I read a great romance book. Its like a lot of us have evolved and the romance genre is not evolving with us. The arc ppl will five star anything so I doubt they even like it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    4.5 stars “Maybe our melody hadn’t come easily. There’d been times when out rhythm had been out of sync, none of it mattered. Because our beauty was in the refrain.” Dare I say I have a new favourite Devney Perry book?? I have read every single one of her books and I have to say this one takes the cake. Drummer for the hit rock band Hush Note, Quinn returns home to Montana for the first time in 9 years following the death of her Nan and is left to face her family who struggled to understand h 4.5 stars “Maybe our melody hadn’t come easily. There’d been times when out rhythm had been out of sync, none of it mattered. Because our beauty was in the refrain.” Dare I say I have a new favourite Devney Perry book?? I have read every single one of her books and I have to say this one takes the cake. Drummer for the hit rock band Hush Note, Quinn returns home to Montana for the first time in 9 years following the death of her Nan and is left to face her family who struggled to understand her and her first love she left behind, Graham. I read this in one sitting and not once were my eyes ever dry from tears. This is an emotional ride Its so much deeper than just the romance showcasing complex family dynamics and not being able to understand people sometimes but still caring deeply for them. Quinn’s relationship with her family broke my heart so many times and the way that these relationships grew and healed were so endearing to read. I also loved seeing a new perspective to the bands dynamic. I adore the way Jonas, Nixon and Quinn all care about each other and can’t wait to see even more of that in the final book. The romance itself my goodness. A second chance romance, from each other’s first loves and first everythings to reconnecting over the loss of Quinn’s Nan made for a painful ride. Chuck in the fact that not long after breaking up as teenagers Graham gets another girl pregnant and becomes a single father. His son Colin by the way is adorable. Second chance romance?? Single father?? Rock star?? This book truly has it all. Seeing Quinn, Graham and Colin all interact as a little family was truly precious. The only thing I didn’t love was that I felt the reasoning behind all of the animosity of why Quinn left I felt like it wasn't really strong enough to create all the drama it did and was a little glossed over sometimes. But nonetheless I still felt every emotion and feeling this book had to offer. 2/2 with this series so far I am loving it and cannot wait for the conclusion to the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    5 stars for Rifts and Refrains! I know I say this with each release, but this truly maybe my fave Devney book to date! Quinn and Graham’s story was angsty, passionate and full of history! I love second chance romances and this one had so much more than that. This dealt with painful past goodbyes and forgiveness in the present. Quinn not only broke her boyfriend, Graham’s heart when she left at 18 to pursue her music dreams, but her whole family. This story was full of emotional depth, angst, and 5 stars for Rifts and Refrains! I know I say this with each release, but this truly maybe my fave Devney book to date! Quinn and Graham’s story was angsty, passionate and full of history! I love second chance romances and this one had so much more than that. This dealt with painful past goodbyes and forgiveness in the present. Quinn not only broke her boyfriend, Graham’s heart when she left at 18 to pursue her music dreams, but her whole family. This story was full of emotional depth, angst, and steamy scenes. I love a growly alpha male. I literally read this in a day. Devney just keeps getting better and better. I love her books!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Izzie d

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Second chance romance. Single dad Hero. Heroine left to pursue her career. Hero is very bitter about her going, the details are revealed slowly through the story. I felt the story is quite sad to start. As a reader you are told the heroine left but not why or why everyone treats her so badly. They obviously feel abandoned esp the Hero but the heroine is really hurting. During separation both with others. 'Colin was the evidence that Graham hadn’t waited long to find my replacement in his truck bed. I, Second chance romance. Single dad Hero. Heroine left to pursue her career. Hero is very bitter about her going, the details are revealed slowly through the story. I felt the story is quite sad to start. As a reader you are told the heroine left but not why or why everyone treats her so badly. They obviously feel abandoned esp the Hero but the heroine is really hurting. During separation both with others. 'Colin was the evidence that Graham hadn’t waited long to find my replacement in his truck bed. I, on the other hand, had waited three years before dating, if you could call two dinners and lousy sex with an executive at my label dating. I hadn’t bothered much with men since then. They were a distraction and required energy I just didn’t have, not when I was pouring myself into the music.' 'I haven’t been in an actual relationship with anyone in a . . . a long time.” “How long? Specifically.” Her shoulders fell. “Nine years.” The same was true for me. There’d been a few casual hookups but nothing with a commitment.' Cute kid, not a prop. Dual POV. I felt a bit that the Hero didn't apologize enough for not supporting her and moving on so fast. They were young but she is treated like the black sheep and I would have liked to see more regret expressed to her from him. Esp with how fast he moved on, yes they'd broken up but he excuses it as a drunken fling. The kids mother has given up parental rights so she's not on the scene. Also the heroine had a lack of support from her family and the Hero is close to them, it just felt to me that they didn't make it up to her enough. She and her dad make up, as they had a huge fight when she left but she had to seek him out otherwise it wouldn't have happened. HEA. Epilogue. Preview of next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    MarvelUsReads

    4.5 Stars Infectious characters, consuming chemistry, raw emotions, Rifts and Refrains enticed us until the very end. As shocking news draws her home, Quinn ends up confronting past heartache. Vowing to fulfill a final request and leave, things prove to be more complicated than she had initially anticipated. As she surrenders her heart to her first love, regrets are bared, love reignited, but fear still looms. A beautifully written story about remorse, family, and making amends. www.marvelusreads. 4.5 Stars Infectious characters, consuming chemistry, raw emotions, Rifts and Refrains enticed us until the very end. As shocking news draws her home, Quinn ends up confronting past heartache. Vowing to fulfill a final request and leave, things prove to be more complicated than she had initially anticipated. As she surrenders her heart to her first love, regrets are bared, love reignited, but fear still looms. A beautifully written story about remorse, family, and making amends. www.marvelusreads.com

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.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 give I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.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. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie -- An HJ Top Pick!! Devney Perry never ceases to amaze me. And her dynamic contribution to the Hush Note trilogy, Rifts and Refrains, truly hit all my sweet spots, all in one story: a second chance, single dad, rock star romance, some family tension–and it even had a small town feel to it. I am absolutely in love with Quinn and Graham–and how perfect they were for each other. So much so that I hated to put this book down and of course I was sad to see See the full review & more at HarlequinJunkie -- An HJ Top Pick!! Devney Perry never ceases to amaze me. And her dynamic contribution to the Hush Note trilogy, Rifts and Refrains, truly hit all my sweet spots, all in one story: a second chance, single dad, rock star romance, some family tension–and it even had a small town feel to it. I am absolutely in love with Quinn and Graham–and how perfect they were for each other. So much so that I hated to put this book down and of course I was sad to see it end. It was a rather epic story as you can tell, being a second chance romance between former high school sweethearts, whose reunion was basically a decade in the making. It was sadly the loss of a beloved family member that took Quinn back to Montana. And it happened to be the person who kept her somewhat in the loop about the goings on in her hometown... Read More

  17. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    5 stars! Devney Perry delivers again with a beautifully emotional second-chance-romance, and a story of love, family, and coming home. This is the second book in the Hush Note series. Each of these books stand alone, but tie together as members of rock band, Hush Note, have their stories told by three different authors. The first, Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen, and the third, Muses & Melodies, by Rebeca Yarros. This is the story of Hush Note drummer, Quinn, who is returning to her home town in M 5 stars! Devney Perry delivers again with a beautifully emotional second-chance-romance, and a story of love, family, and coming home. This is the second book in the Hush Note series. Each of these books stand alone, but tie together as members of rock band, Hush Note, have their stories told by three different authors. The first, Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen, and the third, Muses & Melodies, by Rebeca Yarros. This is the story of Hush Note drummer, Quinn, who is returning to her home town in Montana following a family tragedy. It’s been nine years since she left at 18 in heartbreaking circumstances, leaving behind her family, friends, and the boy she loved. She has barely spoken to any of them in all that time, and the hurt, grief and guilt weighs heavily on her, and she’s dreading what is to come. It doesn’t get better when she is picked up at the airport by a very angry Graham, her first love and now a single father whose life is heavily entrenched with her family, so he and his son are always around. Graham’s heart was shattered when Quinn left, as were his plans for the future. He tried to move on, but made some stupid decisions which saw him dropping out of college to raise his newborn son. He is now a devoted father who has created a good life for himself and his boy, so he is less than pleased to see Quinn back in town disrupting his peaceful life. You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget. Graham and Quinn have this electric chemistry which is obvious from the first moment we see them together. There is so much anger and pain between them and they are both still hurting from their separation, neither of them really moving on from the other. And as Quinn wrestles with the grief of her loss and the anger and sadness of everybody and everything she left behind, Graham sees her pain and he is there for her, just like he always was. “We were real … We are real.” It’s a beautifully emotional story and I was feeling everything right along with these characters. The story of Quinn’s past unravels throughout the book, including the full story of why she ran all those years ago, so we fully understand both Quinn and Graham’s perspectives, and I was heartbroken at their situation. But their reconnection is absolutely gorgeous. It’s honest and natural, and full of feels, and I read with a sense of excitement and anticipation as their truths come out and they find their way back to each other. “I never stopped loving you. I doubt I ever will.” Even though they acknowledge everything that is between them, they’re mature and real about it all, recognising that life has taken them in completely different directions – she’s an international rock star and he’s a single father partnering in a new business. A future between them seems impossible, but will they be able to let go again? More than just a romance, this is also a story of family. Quinn’s relationships with her parents and siblings are a big part of her journey. Again, there is a lot of pain there and there is a lot for them to work through, and I loved that aspect of the book. Graham’s son, Colin, is also a big part of things, and he’s just adorable. His hero worship of Quinn the rock star is so cute, and I love the special relationship shared by father and son. Quinn’s bandmates, Jonah and Nixon also appear, having Quinn’s back and showing that the family you choose is just as important as the family you were born into. There’s some nice follow on to Jonah and Kira’s story and a great introduction to Nixon's book coming up next, and I can’t wait to continue on. I loved this book so much. It has all of the emotion and feels that I was hoping for, with a beautiful, functional relationship, and I finished it with a huge smile on my face. 5 stars! An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

    5 STARS! ✨ NOW LIVE! ✨ "Maybe our melody hadn’t come easily. There’d been times when our rhythm had been out of sync. None of it mattered. Because our beauty was in the refrain." Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry was just all the FREAKING FEELS!! This book had the perfect balance of angst and swoon that I LOVE! Gah, did this story hurt, but just as many tears as it caused it also warmed my soul. Quinn Montgomery receives some devastating news that changes her life over night. Now after nine y 5 STARS! ✨ NOW LIVE! ✨ "Maybe our melody hadn’t come easily. There’d been times when our rhythm had been out of sync. None of it mattered. Because our beauty was in the refrain." Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry was just all the FREAKING FEELS!! This book had the perfect balance of angst and swoon that I LOVE! Gah, did this story hurt, but just as many tears as it caused it also warmed my soul. Quinn Montgomery receives some devastating news that changes her life over night. Now after nine years, she must return back to her hometown of Bozeman, Montana and bury her beloved grandmother, Nan. But Quinn quickly realizes upon returning that alot has changed in the nine years she was away. Graham Hayes was the boy she left behind and Quinn is shocked to see him waiting for her at the airport. But Graham is no longer the boy she left behind, instead he's a devastatily gorgeous man. This book continued to hurt my heart and frustrate me at the same time... IT WAS THAT GOOD! I love the sweet torture 🥴. Hello feels, my dear friend. But things seemed to be coming together and mending, except when it came to Quinn and Graham. These two needed a good rehashing, a real heart-to-heart. Rifts & Refrains will put your heart through the ringer! At the end, you'll be left pondering life and the importance of family. Devney continues to blow me away with her writing, no one does small town romance quite like her. This book was special and I truly didn't want it to end! I wanted to be apart of Quinn and Graham's story forever! Next in the Hush Note series is Nixon's story written by Rebecca Yarros, and I must admit Devney sets it up perfectly. I cannt wait to see what Rebecca has in store!! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Valentine PR. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen (About That Story)

    This was an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt story filled with so much healing and growth. I was caught up in all the emotion as everything was learned and Quinn and Graham reconnected. It consumed me and I loved it all. I loved learning about Quinn and Graham and their history together. Quinn seemed a bit broken with walls up but I loved her determination to move forward. Graham was so sweet, I loved him with his son and working through his feelings for Quinn. Them reconnecting was angst-filled a This was an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt story filled with so much healing and growth. I was caught up in all the emotion as everything was learned and Quinn and Graham reconnected. It consumed me and I loved it all. I loved learning about Quinn and Graham and their history together. Quinn seemed a bit broken with walls up but I loved her determination to move forward. Graham was so sweet, I loved him with his son and working through his feelings for Quinn. Them reconnecting was angst-filled and tense, I could feel that pain, and I was instantly caught up in knowing the why behind it all. I loved the build to those details and the developing layers. I really liked that this was first person, dual POV. I felt like I was really able to get into their heads and understand where they were at then and now. I loved them opening up and sharing and watching their attraction reignite. I never wanted to stop reading! There were so many wonderful characters. I loved meeting Quinn's bandmates and will definitely be reading their stories. I love the family they've formed and how they're there for one another. Graham’s son was amazing, anything with him involved made my heart happy. I really enjoyed the story with Quinn's family as well. There was so much pain and hurt between them and I loved the build to them opening up and beginning the process of healing. Rifts and Refrains had my emotions riding high the majority of the time, I love everything it brought out in me. It was an incredible story about healing, love, and letting go. It was emotional for sure but I also felt it was really uplifting. A definite page-turner! Complimentary paperback received from the author for review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    Well done ⭐️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    This was so good! I loved Graham and Quinn, even though their story broke my heart. I definitely need to go back and read Jonas's story and I can not wait to read about Nixon. This was good!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    4.5 Stars ‘You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget.’ You know what? Rifts & Refrains might just be one of our favourite books by this author to date. Devney Perry takes the small town second chance romance theme she does so perfectly and infuses it beautifully with the single Dad and rock star trope, 4.5 Stars ‘You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget.’ You know what? Rifts & Refrains might just be one of our favourite books by this author to date. Devney Perry takes the small town second chance romance theme she does so perfectly and infuses it beautifully with the single Dad and rock star trope, bringing the warmth and love we yearn for in her stories. We absolutely loved it, and we’re loving this series as a whole. ‘She crossed my mind daily, either in anger or curiosity or longing. Nine years, and damn it, she’d never truly left.’ The way these three authors have taken each story so far and stamped their own unique style, whilst effortlessly entwining Quinn, Jonas and Nixon’s quirks and personalities through each book is extraordinary. We’re completely captivated by each character, including the secondary characters. The Hush Note members share a strong bond. All phenomenally talented, and after being together and rising to fame for nearly ten years, they’re more like family. But life is changing for these guys – performing live is taking its toll and songs are becoming more difficult to write. ‘I lived for the music. It was as much a part of me as my heart and lungs and blood. I needed the pulse of the drums racing through my veins. I needed to be swept up in a crescendo and set free in the climax. The music made me feel alive.’ After meeting the prickly Quinn in Lies & Lullabies the first book in this series, (they can be read as standalone’s, but we urge you to read in order as the characters weave so beautifully through each book) we were itching to know her story and why she craved her solitude. A brilliant drummer with the incredibly popular Hush Note band along with Jonas, their lead singer and the troubled Nixon on guitar, Quinn is tenacious, talented and her story became a revelation! ‘Quinn Montgomery had always been destined for greatness. It was in her soul and it came through her music. Quine’s music was this enormous, living, untameable beast that she’d unleashed upon the world. But it shined especially bright when she was singing.’ Quinn Montgomery fled her Montana home, leaving behind her family and first love Graham Hayes when she was just eighteen. Now nine years later, and after no contact with her family or Graham, there is only one person Quinn had communicated with over the time her star was on the rise, and that was her beloved Gran. Now, Quinn must return for the hardest of reasons, for her Nan’s funeral and face the family who ostracised her and the boy, now a single Dad, who always held her heart. The boy who had all her firsts, the boy whose heart she’d broken when she left. ‘Not a day would pass when I wouldn’t think of his face and mentally whisper his name.’ If you love small town second chance, if you love rock stars and if love single Dad stories, this book will have you squealing with delight! Devney Perry delivers all the warmth, wit and familiarity we love about her stories. We felt as though we were a part of Quinn and Graham’s families, and once again, we revelled in taking in the exquisite Montana landscape Devney Perry so famously and vividly feeds into our imaginations. Gosh, we love this series. To say we are EAGERLY anticipating Nix’s story in Muses & Melodies is an understatement. We especially love the camaraderie and bond between Nixon, Jonas and Quinn. Theirs goes beyond friendship. The loyalty, love and support they offer one another hit every part of our hearts. In Rifts & Refrains, there was much to love with Quinn, Graham and Graham’s son Collin, stealing our hearts! “Love you.” “Love you too, Daddy.” Daddy. My kid could slice me open with one word. Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wil Loves Books!

    I loved Riffs and Refrains! Devney Perry's book is the second one of this series of interconnected standalone that narrate the story of the members of the band Hush Note. The first one Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen was a little bit of a let down, but Riffs to me was definitely a better book. I love second chance romances, especially in a small town setting. Quinn and Graham's story is beautiful and full of feels and I was totally hooked from beginning to end. I totally loved that the heroine I loved Riffs and Refrains! Devney Perry's book is the second one of this series of interconnected standalone that narrate the story of the members of the band Hush Note. The first one Lies & Lullabies by Sarina Bowen was a little bit of a let down, but Riffs to me was definitely a better book. I love second chance romances, especially in a small town setting. Quinn and Graham's story is beautiful and full of feels and I was totally hooked from beginning to end. I totally loved that the heroine was the one that was the rock star, and that she was unapologetic for following her dreams and rocking at it. This was just so refreshing and great. Like I said in my review for Book #1, I love these 3 authors and can't wait for Nixon's story, written by one of my favorite authors, Rebecca Yarros! The audiobook narrated by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden is also all sorts of awesome. Totally recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    My Rating: 5 Stars Tropes: Second Chance Romance | Rock Star Romance Is it a surprise that Devney Perry wrote another 5-star, amazing read? Nope. She continuously does so. Why? Because she has a special talent when it comes to bringing her characters to life and capturing every single emotion within their lives. So, before I go on, remember this: YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH A DEVNEY PERRY NOVEL. It doesn’t matter if she writes romantic suspense, small town, or rock star romances. She nails My Rating: 5 Stars Tropes: Second Chance Romance | Rock Star Romance Is it a surprise that Devney Perry wrote another 5-star, amazing read? Nope. She continuously does so. Why? Because she has a special talent when it comes to bringing her characters to life and capturing every single emotion within their lives. So, before I go on, remember this: YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH A DEVNEY PERRY NOVEL. It doesn’t matter if she writes romantic suspense, small town, or rock star romances. She nails it every time. Rifts and Refrains is the second STANDALONE in the Hush Note series. I haven’t had the chance to read the first book so I can say for sure that you can read them in any order you choose. The only thing that connects these books is the fact that the main characters are all a part of the same band. In this one, readers will meet Quinn Montgomery, the female drummer of Hush Note. If you’re looking for a book that hits every emotion, one that makes you FEEL all the epic moments, and one that deals not only with a romance but the hurts of the past and intense family dynamics then this is a must read for you. This book HAS IT ALL and I loved every second of it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    Devney Perry never disappoints- but even so, Rifts and Refains was a surprise treat. I’m pretty convinced that Devney can take any trope and give it her magical touch- the captivating, sincere, emotional, and intimate storytelling that makes her books so emotionally resonant, and thoughtful and profound. This novel is about rifts- the distance between people, the loss and pain that comes with estrangement, being alienated not only from loved ones and your home but also from your former self. Quin Devney Perry never disappoints- but even so, Rifts and Refains was a surprise treat. I’m pretty convinced that Devney can take any trope and give it her magical touch- the captivating, sincere, emotional, and intimate storytelling that makes her books so emotionally resonant, and thoughtful and profound. This novel is about rifts- the distance between people, the loss and pain that comes with estrangement, being alienated not only from loved ones and your home but also from your former self. Quinn, the sassy and edgy drummer of our central cast, the band Hush Notes, is a jaded loner. She hasn’t seen her family in almost a decade- but the death of her Nan, the only family member that she has not removed from her life, has passed, leaving her no choice but to go home to Montana for the first time since she left everyone behind to pursue her rockstar dream. But this means facing those that lovingly but misguidedly attempted to control her, those that judged her- her pastor father, her mother, her siblings, even the nieces and nephews she’s never met. And that means facing the childhood sweetheart that she left behind- the causality of her cutting the strings from her former life. The man still hurt and angry about their end. The rift between this family is deep- and no break is one-sided. Everyone has wronged and been wronged, and the passage of time and Quinn’s alienation has only deepened wounds and amplified anger and pain. Some are bitter, some are remorseful, and all are conflicted-because no one is the same. Emotions are high, love is complicated, and Quinn still feels on the outside. Only now, she wants to stay there. But a week at home can change everything-including her confused and regretful feelings about her ex, Graham. Can they mend what has been broken? And what if the rift isn’t just with your family- but with parts of yourself- with your former identity? Can you reclaim any of your former self while also owning who you are in this moment? For Quinn and Graham that is their journey- repairing what is broken between them but also repairing the tiny breaks they’ve made in themselves over time. Devey is such a moving writer- she has a gift in creating stories that are both accessible and emotionally complex. In part because she writes characters who are real- who are relatable and dynamic. In part because she so beautifully captures the emotional range of this story by focusing on those characters- the moments that matter to them, their connections with others. And that makes us FEEL it. We feel Quinn’s loneliness, her alienation and sadness, her family’s hesitancy and remorse, the longing and emotional tension between her and Graham. This story PULLS on your heart- because it is unapologetically intimate. This is a rockstar story, yet every moment in this story is quiet and personal. You feel such a profound connection to both the characters and the place- like you are smelling the Montana air or hearing the clicking of the ivory keys as Quinn composes. We are immersed in the emotional labyrinth of this family paralyzed by their own breaking, drowning in past pain and unresolved conflict, all while saying goodbye to the one person who kept them all connected. Finding that connection- without their glue- that is this journey. Repairing the rifts. Finding the refrains, though forgiveness and love. But even that has a double meaning. On one hand, this is about finding your way back to someone you’ve lost, and also back to your full self. Replaying a melody that was once beautiful but that got lost, one that now has more meaning and surer notes, because you’re deeper into the song. And to do that, you have to refrain in a different way, too- refrain from falling into old patterns, refrain from falling into the traps that lead to the pain. For our entire cast of characters, it is hard and emotional, but restorative, to find their way home, with each other and with themselves. But the journey is magical, a beautiful and rewarding ballad- an emotional song full of hope and healing. Series Note: For those wondering, this can be read as a standalone. I did not read the first book, mostly because I did not realize it was a series since each book is by a different author- and it did not influence my enjoyment at all. That said, I suspect book one left us with some serious questions about Quinn, and the little taste I got of Jonas in this book has me one- clicking book one. I look forward to seeing just what Nixon’s story is all about.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Rifts and Refrains is the second book in the Hush Note Series and it follows the story of Graham and Quinn. From the moment I met Quinn, I was absolutely intrigued with her. Quinn is the famous female drummer for Hush Note. She’s living the dream, but a part of her is missing. She left home at the bright age of 18 and never looked back. But, there’s more to her story than meets the eyes. When a family tragedy pulls Quinn home, Quinn is faced with the past she left behind. Will time be able to me Rifts and Refrains is the second book in the Hush Note Series and it follows the story of Graham and Quinn. From the moment I met Quinn, I was absolutely intrigued with her. Quinn is the famous female drummer for Hush Note. She’s living the dream, but a part of her is missing. She left home at the bright age of 18 and never looked back. But, there’s more to her story than meets the eyes. When a family tragedy pulls Quinn home, Quinn is faced with the past she left behind. Will time be able to mend the pain of the past? Will the heartache ever go away? Will Quinn ever feel good about being home? There’s only one way to find out…. Rifts and Refrains is a heartachingly beautiful second chance romance. It’s rich with emotion and will leave you with all the feels. Quinn left home at the age of 18 after a fight with her family. Nine painful years have gone by with no closure in sight. So, when a family tragedy forces Quinn to come home, not only will she have to face the ghosts of her past, but also the man she left behind. I had a lot of mixed feelings when I first met Quinn’s family. Nine years may have past, but their hurt was clear as day. It shouldn’t have taken a tragedy to bring them back together, but sometimes, it’s the moments that hurt us the most that bring us back together. That brings us to Graham. Graham was everything to Quinn. But, a few harsh moments and wrong decisions tore them apart. Graham doesn’t know what to think now that Quinn has returned home. And it’s not just himself that he has to think about. He’s also a single father. Time may have passed, but there is no denying the pull between Quinn and Graham. The love these two share is the kind that can withstand anything. They just have to be willing to fight for it. Neither one of these characters were perfect. They both made tough decisions that they would learn to regret. But, they were young and stupid and couldn’t see what they were giving up. This couple is the kind that you just want to root for. They give you a reason to stay glued to their story and hope for a happily ever after. Rifts and Refrains took my expectations and blew them out of the water. Devney Perry has knocked it out the park with this emotional second chance romance and will leave readers hooked on each and every word. I’m not ashamed to say that I devoured this book. It was filled with so much delicious angst, there wasn’t a chance of me putting it down. I’m not lying when I say I had tears in my eyes throughout most of this book. I was just filled with so much emotion and so consumed by Quinn and Graham’s story. Rifts and Refrains took me on one heck of an emotional journey and in the end, left me with all of the feels. There wasn’t one moment of this story that I didn’t love and that is a rare thing. This book is truly special. It is everything that I want and need from not only a rockstar romance but a second chance romance as well. I loved getting swept up in this story and highly recommend checking it out. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Cowles

    I completely devoured this book! I'm talking, ignore the things I should be doing and stayed up too late because I could not get enough of Quinn and Graham. Devney Perry weaves a story that is both soulful and sexy. A second chance romance that goes beyond the scorching chemistry and heart-aching what-ifs. This story touches on family and faith and what home really means. One of my top reads of the year!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    4.5 Stars ‘You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget.’ You know what? Rifts & Refrains might just be one of our favourite books by this author to date. Devney Perry takes the small town second chance romance theme she does so perfectly and infuses it beautifully with the single Dad and rock star trope, 4.5 Stars ‘You were supposed to let go when your first love ended. You were supposed to look at the past and smile at the memory. You weren’t supposed to hold it so close that it wound into your very existence, making every moment impossible to forget.’ You know what? Rifts & Refrains might just be one of our favourite books by this author to date. Devney Perry takes the small town second chance romance theme she does so perfectly and infuses it beautifully with the single Dad and rock star trope, bringing the warmth and love we yearn for in her stories. We absolutely loved it, and we’re loving this series as a whole. ‘She crossed my mind daily, either in anger or curiosity or longing. Nine years, and damn it, she’d never truly left.’ The way these three authors have taken each story so far and stamped their own unique style, whilst effortlessly entwining Quinn, Jonas and Nixon’s quirks and personalities through each book is extraordinary. We’re completely captivated by each character, including the secondary characters. The Hush Note members share a strong bond. All phenomenally talented, and after being together and rising to fame for nearly ten years, they’re more like family. But life is changing for these guys – performing live is taking its toll and songs are becoming more difficult to write. ‘I lived for the music. It was as much a part of me as my heart and lungs and blood. I needed the pulse of the drums racing through my veins. I needed to be swept up in a crescendo and set free in the climax. The music made me feel alive.’ After meeting the prickly Quinn in Lies & Lullabies the first book in this series, (they can be read as standalone’s, but we urge you to read in order as the characters weave so beautifully through each book) we were itching to know her story and why she craved her solitude. A brilliant drummer with the incredibly popular Hush Note band along with Jonas, their lead singer and the troubled Nixon on guitar, Quinn is tenacious, talented and her story became a revelation! ‘Quinn Montgomery had always been destined for greatness. It was in her soul and it came through her music. Quine’s music was this enormous, living, untameable beast that she’d unleashed upon the world. But it shined especially bright when she was singing.’ Quinn Montgomery fled her Montana home, leaving behind her family and first love Graham Hayes when she was just eighteen. Now nine years later, and after no contact with her family or Graham, there is only one person Quinn had communicated with over the time her star was on the rise, and that was her beloved Gran. Now, Quinn must return for the hardest of reasons, for her Nan’s funeral and face the family who ostracised her and the boy, now a single Dad, who always held her heart. The boy who had all her firsts, the boy whose heart she’d broken when she left. ‘Not a day would pass when I wouldn’t think of his face and mentally whisper his name.’ If you love small town second chance, if you love rock stars and if love single Dad stories, this book will have you squealing with delight! Devney Perry delivers all the warmth, wit and familiarity we love about her stories. We felt as though we were a part of Quinn and Graham’s families, and once again, we revelled in taking in the exquisite Montana landscape Devney Perry so famously and vividly feeds into our imaginations. Gosh, we love this series. To say we are EAGERLY anticipating Nix’s story in Muses & Melodies is an understatement. We especially love the camaraderie and bond between Nixon, Jonas and Quinn. Theirs goes beyond friendship. The loyalty, love and support they offer one another hit every part of our hearts. In Rifts & Refrains, there was much to love with Quinn, Graham and Graham’s son Collin, stealing our hearts! “Love you.” “Love you too, Daddy.” Daddy. My kid could slice me open with one word. Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  29. 5 out of 5

    Escape into a Booksite

    *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Wow, just wow. After Lies & Lullabies, the first book in this series by Sarina Bowen, I wasn't too sure how I would feel about Quinn - was she going to be a character I would like? Because I wasn't fond of her in that book at all. Well, let me tell you, Devney Perry has woven a story that I could not put down. I devoured it in less than 24 hours and I loved every second of it. Quinn was actually a really likeable character, and I fo *5 Stars* ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Wow, just wow. After Lies & Lullabies, the first book in this series by Sarina Bowen, I wasn't too sure how I would feel about Quinn - was she going to be a character I would like? Because I wasn't fond of her in that book at all. Well, let me tell you, Devney Perry has woven a story that I could not put down. I devoured it in less than 24 hours and I loved every second of it. Quinn was actually a really likeable character, and I found that discovering her past was quite interesting. I actually disliked her family and the way they treated her, but I found I could understand Graham, and man did Colin steal the show too. And even though she wasn't there, Nan was a huge part of this story, and I loved that as well. This one has everything, I was hooked, and it gave me lots of emotions. There were times where I had a tear or two running down my face, and times when I was so happy about what was happening. I also liked that we got some more details about Hush Note life, and of course the guys are in this as well. I really look forward to seeing what Rebecca Yarros brings us with Nixon's story in Muses & Melodies when that releases. The more we got of Nixon in this one, the more I was intrigued by him. Highly recommend this one, loved it so much! Review also on my blog - Rifts & Refrains by Devney Perry Follow me on: Facebook Twitter Instagram

  30. 4 out of 5

    ~Dawn~TUG

    Holy female rockstar!! I fn loved this book. I didn't think I would fully connect to the female being the rocker BUT I WAS SO WRONG. This book was so much more than a rocker love story. The family dynamics, the heartfelt wrongs that were made, the justifications and placating that occured. Nine years of heartbreak stood before her in the first few pages and I felt it, completely. Graham and Quinn had amazing chemistry and angst that oozed from the story. Even when they were not being honest with Holy female rockstar!! I fn loved this book. I didn't think I would fully connect to the female being the rocker BUT I WAS SO WRONG. This book was so much more than a rocker love story. The family dynamics, the heartfelt wrongs that were made, the justifications and placating that occured. Nine years of heartbreak stood before her in the first few pages and I felt it, completely. Graham and Quinn had amazing chemistry and angst that oozed from the story. Even when they were not being honest with themselves you felt the ache. Devney Perry created a love story that went beyond the two main characters, the surrounding players all added a part in who Quinn had become, who they created her to be in their own mind, who she was allowing herself to be. For so long she had hidden her truths, her wants, her love for her family and with one event it all came crashing toward her. This story completely spoke to me. I devoured it within hours, I bonded with every single person introduced in the journey and I so want more. It started with Jonas, which I loved. It continued with Quinn who I completely fell head over heels for and we will wrap up with Nixon, and I for one can't wait to see what his demons are going to lead us. This series is a MUST read. xo

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