“He sang to me and I forgot how to breathe.” —Rifts and Refrains
Devney Perry is one of those authors whom I cannot gush about enough. Her latest book, Rifts and Refrains— the second book in a collaborative trilogy about a fictional band called Hush Note— is easily one of the best books that I’ve read all year.
I know I’ve hit the jackpot with a phenomenal book when it hits these criteria: I cannot put the book down, the book makes me laugh and cry, and when I’m reading I find myself highlighting passages and quotes like a maniacal word-obsessed fiend hell-bent on savoring all the beautiful prose. Rifts and Refrains hits all of this criteria and more.
I don’t normally go out and seek rock star romances. Every reader has their own sweet-spot for tropes they enjoy, and unless I’m told to read one or get lucky enough to get an ARC of a new release, rock star romance is a trope that I would usually pass by. I am so glad that Rifts and Refrains landed in my lap! Quinn Montgomery is a female drummer for Hush Note, and she is currently my literary girl crush. Unlike most rock stars, Quinn is down to earth and relatable in a way that is almost visceral to me. I get her. She is both empowered, yet scared and humanly flawed. She’s a beautiful person but makes mistakes. Quinn is a character that you want to root for, and one you desperately want to see win.
Graham Hayes is no longer the boy she left behind in Montana, but a man who never forgot the girl who followed her dreams and left him in the dust. He has a life of his own, complete with a son, and a head full of what-ifs. He turned his heartache for Quinn into raising his son on his own, and building houses with his best friend (who just happens to be Quinn’s older brother). Graham never anticipated that a death in Quinn’s family would lead to the two of them getting a second chance at rectifying the past. Reading this story about how Quinn and Graham come to terms with the pain of their pasts, and learning to navigate a chance at a future is perfectly and deliciously angsty…in the best way. Devney Perry has a way writing the most poignant and bittersweet scenes, full of emotion, and completely un-put-downable!
Rifts and Refrains is the first glimpse into the Hush Note series for me. The other two books are written respectively by Sarina Bowen and Rebecca Yarros. I cannot recommend Rifts and Refrains enough! This is a beautifully poignant story, and it hit all the sweet spots for me. Devney Perry is a true author rock star, and honestly, one of her best books yet.
Go pre-order this book immediately, as Rifts and Refrains will be available September 29th.