Rifts and Refrains by Devney Perry is now live!
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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I had quite the crush on Quinn Montgomery when I met her in Lies and Lullabies. I loved her energy, her passion, and her presence, and I couldn’t wait for her story and get to know her beyond Hush Note’s drummer, aka “The Golden Sticks,” a nickname she wasn’t particularly interested in keeping.
I don’t really know who I expected Quinn to be before she reached rock star status but heading home to Bozeman, Montana, after not looking back for 9 years, allowed me to understand how she became the driven and tenacious entertainer that she was and it also offered insight into what or should I say who she left behind.
The rift between Quinn and her family as well as the one between her and her first love are not easily resolved, especially since she doesn’t plan to stay longer than a week. There is so much pain, anger, and heartbreak on both sides, which means that the only way that they can begin to heal is by having those difficult conversations, facing past regrets and finding a way to make peace with what happened and moving forward with the knowledge that they did everything they could to make things right. But that’s only if they’re willing to meet each other halfway.
It was beyond obvious just how real the love between Quinn and Graham was, even though they were young and the fact that Nan brings them back together in a way that reminds them of what they truly mean to each other gives them a fighting chance to figure things out and Devney Perry allow Quinn and her family as well as Quinn and Graham to find their way back to one another naturally based on a connection that may have been fractured but it was never fully broken.
Devney Perry had me at female rock star drummer…she kept me at second chance romance…and she solidified my love for Rifts and Refrains with a group of secondary characters who are just as endearing and as pivotal as the hero and heroine.
4.5 Poison Apples
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.
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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