Review: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn

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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.

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I was expecting, based on the blurb, an angsty unrequited romance between Gavin Garrison and Dixie Lark. Well, I did get the romance but there’s also other stuff pertaining to the struggles their band, Leaving Amarillo, endures as they try to make it big in the country music scene.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book very much. It’s part romance, part coming of age story. Dixie Lark has been in love with Gavin since she was a little girl. Gavin is her older brother Dallas’ best friend. Gavin made a pact with Dallas to never touch Dixie which became the source of angst for Dixie especially since Gavin seems to return her feelings. But Gavin’s promise and his past family life stops him from pursuing a future with Dixie.

I liked Dixie. She’s a country girl by heart. She and Dallas lost their parents and they grew up poor but she never let it got to her. She was optimistic and hopeful. I loved her loyalty to Dallas, to Gavin and her devotion to her grandparents. Gavin, on the other hand, frustrated me. His hot and cold attitude became tedious after a while.

Another thing that I wasn’t crazy about was the fact that I didn’t really get a resolution to their story in this book. It ended with Gavin going home and trying to fix his life before pursuing Dixie and from the look of things, we won’t have a conclusion until the third book because guess what? Their time apart from each drove an even bigger wedge between them.

Kudos to Caisey Quinn, though, for making me feel invested with Gavin and Dixie, and Leaving Amarillo. I want to see them find their HEA and I want them to achieve their dreams so bad. I also enjoyed the music business aspect in the book and in the series as a whole. I feel like the author gave us a realistic picture of the country music business with its rampant misogyny and sexism and favoritism. It’s all very fascinating to me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I just wished I had gotten more romance even without the conclusion yet. But I am invested and I’ll definitely be continuing the series.

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