Thank you to Devney Perry and her team for the review copy of Rifts and Refrains, the second standalone book in the new Hush Note series.
The Hush Notes series is a collaboration project between Sabrina Bowen, Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros. Sarina Bowen’s story of the lead singer of the band Hush Note, and then Devney Perry and Rebecca Yarros took up the mantle of writing the stories of the other two band members. I have worked with Devney in the past so I was able to get my hands on this instalment early, but rest assured I am picking up the other two ASAP!!
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“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.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Quinn and Graham are the main characters of this immense second chance romance. Quinn is the drummer for Hush Note and in chasing that dream she left her home, her family, and Graham behind. The opening of the story paints the Quinn she is pushing on the world, that she is a cold bitch. As the story unfolds we begin to see as Nixon calls her, Montana Quinn. The real Quinn is so dynamic, I could not help but feel so much for this girl so fast. I found myself bawling with her when she had a breakdown only about a third into the book. Graham is the boy Quinn left behind, he was her high school sweetheart. He sees music more as a hobby, owns a construction company and is a single dad.
- Setting: Bozeman, Montana in classic Devney fashion she has brought us to her birth state. Devney paints the community that Quinn grew up around, her father was the pastor of the Church down the road. Being the daughter of the pastor in a small town came with a level of judgement that almost suffocated her. At the same time, you see the struggle in her as she years for the community of her family that Bozeman represents.
- Pacing: I never wanted this story to end. I devoured it. I have not stayed up past 1 am reading in a long time, but Devney made me! The story kept me so hooked, as I was already so invested so fast. It made me keep wanting to know more and more and more.
- Romance: Earlier I referred to this as an immense second chance romance. Devney is really good at writing it, she’s taken couples from divorce to remarrying and couples like Quinn and Graham who have always loved each other so deeply that there could never be anyone else. It was so apparent how in love with each other these two were, they both had moments of jealously that displayed it perfectly. They had electric chemistry both in and out of the bedroom. It was also so adorable to see Quinn’s relationship grow with Graham’s son. This may be one of Devney’s best romances yet.
If I have not convinced you yet, check out this 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.
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.”
Rifts and Refrains receives five out of five stars.
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