Let the Beat Drop

by Cheri Ritz

There is nothing Sadie DuChamp loves more than rocking out on stage behind her drum set. Her music career is a dream come true. But when her band breaks up and she gets evicted from her New York City apartment all in the same week, her life suddenly feels more like a nightmare. She finds herself with no choice but to retreat to her mother’s home in the suburbs of Chicago. The return also forces Sadie to face the guilt she has choked down since the last time she left.

Jess Moran is fine with her love ’em and leave ’em reputation. She’s too busy with grad school to let herself be distracted by matters of the heart. Her plans for the summer break include lazy days in the sun and nights helping with her family’s craft vodka business. If she happens to stumble upon a few one-night stands along the way, all the better. But when she arrives home from school to find neighbor-turned-rock goddess Sadie swimming in her backyard pool her plans for a quiet summer disappear like free samples of vodka at happy hour.

The more the two neighbors butt heads, the more they are drawn to one another. Will they find harmony? Or risk missing the beat and losing the rhythm of love…



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Genre Romance
Length 204 pages
Publication Date September 17, 2020
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642471557
Editor Ann Roberts
Cover Designer Pol Robinson



"Rock ‘n’ roll dreams—who hasn’t had them? But what happens when you’re actually living the dream and it suddenly comes crashing down around you?

That was where I started when I first put pen to paper on Let The Beat Drop. Sadie’s band had been doing pretty well in the NYC underground rock scene until their lead singer decided to go solo and leave the rest of them in his dust. With the band broken up, Sadie returns to her hometown to recharge and redirect her rock star plans.

I’m not a musician—at least not on Sadie’s level—but I believe all artists carry that deep craving to create art no matter what their circumstances. So when Sadie finds herself living with her mom in a sleepy little suburb after leaving New York City, I didn’t think she would lose that drive to create and perform. I enjoyed exploring how she would fulfill that need when she became a rock ‘n’ roll fish out of water. I imagined her assessing her surroundings—her mom’s circle of middle-aged, suburbanite friends, the local pizza joint that brought in live music a couple nights a week, and of course the grumpy (and gorgeous!) neighbor gal she can’t get off her mind—and trying to make it all fit her plan to get back to her music. To me, being able to think outside the box and being able to reinvent yourself (or your dream) are key strategies in achieving success in life, and I think Sadie would agree. Let The Beat Drop is the story of the romance that develops between Sadie and Jess, but it’s also the story of how Sadie finds her dream again."

—Cheri Ritz

Customer Reviews

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  1. Ameliah

    This is a light and sweet story. I liked how the girls interacted with their mothers and each other. They were so cute. I loved the awkwardness as they circled around each other at first and the closeness they share as they get to know each other better.

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