27 March 2015

Title: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 352 Pages (March 17th, 2015)
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Format: eARC/ARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

Review: 3.5 Stars - Leaving Amarillo is the first title in the Neon Dreams trilogy from author Caisey Quinn. With three head strong band members, working together to make it in the music business.

Dixie, Dallas and Gavin are the members of the band Leaving Amarillo. They love what they do, they work hard and with Dallas and his head for business they just know that making it big is right around the corner for the trio. Dixie and Dallas are a tight unit as brother and sister but Gavin’s been around them for so long he’s more like one of the family.

Each character has their own issues they are dealing with – some much larger than others, yet choices must be made. Some harder than others, but the three together and apart need to figure out what’s next for them on this crazy road they are headed down.

I couldn’t wait to read this one yet was a tad let down a few times throughout. Often the story felt sluggish which sadly removed me from the book. Yet when the book flowed I enjoyed the characters and their journey without issue.

The book itself is written in Dixie’s point of view so we spend more time with her as she tries to come to terms with what’s currently happening to her and what she might have to face next. And she does have choices – some easier than others and really she has a huge heart.

It was her brother that rubbed me the wrong way more than once. I didn’t understand his actions often and his comments were somewhat confusing, however I can only assume that’s what would happen to someone as driven and focused on the end game as Dallas was.

And then there’s mysteriously hot drummer Gavin who has so many things he’s hiding that I couldn’t get enough of him and what made him tick. I enjoyed that the Epilogue was in his voice, yet wondered if it all was too late? Or perhaps not enough? And then wham! Quinn added yet another layer to this guy with a few simple words that I just knew I’d want to find out all that makes him who he is. So, the next two books will be must’s for me to read… however I’m thinking we won’t really find out what’s up until the third book, so yeah… the long, long wait is not going to be my friend.

The book does without a doubt have some serious sexual tension and steam. It was hot and heavy and sometimes sweet and every time just right. Quinn without a doubt made the chemistry flow.

In the end I liked the book. I wanted to have a mad love for it, yet it just wasn’t so. Sadly, we can’t love them all, but there was some serious like there. I think that parts I was most impressed with were the background parts and the bits and pieces away from the music that gave these characters life and made me seriously intrigued to want more. And even without mad love there’s enough like there and interest to want to know more so I will be excited to see what happens next.

Fans of contemporary titles centered around music, strong family bonds and loves of a lifetime shouldn’t pass this by. And readers won’t have to wait too long for the next two books as they’re released later this year. Future readers, enjoy!

About the Author:

Caisey Quinnlives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring Southern girls finding love in unexpected places.

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