Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn Review + Giveaway


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.


I will make it impossible for him to say no, somehow. I have five floors on the elevator to figure it out. My heart rises into my throat as we make our way upward.


I rated Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn FOUR AND ONE HALF leaves!!! 
Leaving Amarillo is the perfect start to the Neon Dreams series!! You will be falling in love with Dixie Lark and Gavin Garrison and be left craving to know more about Dallas Lark.  I loved everything about this story, from the love of music (which plays a major factor through the pages) to the passion and development of an emotional story.   I have a weakness for a music theme romance. Caisey Qunn left me breathless with the way she captured the story of Dixie, Dallas, and Gavin. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series and my heart is fully captured and I never want let it go. This is a fascinating story with well developed characters that kept me on the edge of my seat and managed to hit all my emotions! 
The first book in this series revolved around Dixie Lark. Dixie is a fiddler player in the band with her brother, Dallas and their best friend Gavin. The three have been going through so much in their lives.  Each of the characters had a trouble past; music was their outlet that helped them through everything.  They are a country band on the verge of making it big.  The big twist in this series is that Dixie has been in love with Gavin ever since they were kids.  She can no longer hide her feelings for Gavin and she has to let him know; because of the jealousy of her seeing him with a new woman.

"I have been in love with you from the very first day we met."- Dixie Lark

Gavin doesn't do romance and he doesn't spend time with a woman more than once. Dixie and Gavin have a connection that neither can deny.  Dallas made it in clear the beginning that he didn't want Gavin and Dixie to be together.  Dixie makes a proposition to Gavin to spend one night with no strings attached. To get the feelings for each out there to do whatever they need to do.

I will say this book does not end end up in a pretty box with a bow on top.  The book leaves you with a cliffhanger and hopefully some issues will get cleared up in the next book!! I am looking forward to know more about Dallas! I truly loved Leaving Amarillo!! I cried, smiled, and felt all the emotions so deeply throughout this story!  I feel like I have become incredibly invested in the characters and I cannot wait to see what happens with these characters in the upcoming books in this series!!


Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places. 



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