Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn
Neon Dreams #1
Release Date: March 17, 2015
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.
Whitney’s Four Star Review
Leaving Amarillo is a sexy and tension filled start to a great new series by Caisey Quinn.
The story follows three young musicians and their dreams of country music stardom. Dixie, Dallas (Dixie’s brother), and Gavin (long time friend). Dixie has been in love with Gavin for years and is tired of being quiet about it. Determined to know one way or another how he feels about her, she lays is all on the line. Gavin is torn between keeping his promise to Dallas and his growing feelings for Dixie.
But a whole host of problems are waiting to interfere. The band’s new manager, Gavin’s mother, and secrets Gavin is holding on to.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Caisey did a great job of developing Dixie into a strong, admirable girl and Gavin has a perfect broody, bad boy musician quality to him. His past breaks my heart and I shed a few tears learning how Gavin grew up. There is a lot left to learn about these characters as the series goes on and I am very much looking forward to knowing Dallas better in the next book.
One thing I enjoyed most is Caisey’s ability to write well about music. What do I mean by that? I think she captures very well how musicians feel, how they think and makes the music they play come alive on the pages with her descriptions.
Please note this is not a stand alone and is book one in the Neon Dreams series. I will definitely be waiting for book two which is coming soon!
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Top 5 Most Played Songs on Dixie Lark’s Playlist
1. I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
2. One Night – Christina Perri
3. Dream – Priscilla Ahn
4. Love Runs Out – One Republic
5. Bluebird – Christina Perri
About the author
FALLING FOR FATE by Caisey Quinn
Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Fate Buchanan just wants to escape the constraints of her old life. After checking her mother into rehab and catching her fiancé with her maid of honor the night before their wedding, she ran. Angry and hurt, she’s aching to do something reckless.
Dean Maxwell is having one last summer of freedom before taking over his family’s multi-billion dollar medical conglomerate. When he sees a beautiful woman running down the beach alone after dark, he knows it’s not safe. So he does something impulsive.
When their paths cross unexpectedly after a night of unbridled passion, neither of them can forget the memory of the affair they shared. What began as one night is about to become a whole lot more.
*While part of the Second Chance series, this novel is a standalone.
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Whitney’s Four Star Review
I adore Caisey, especially her Keep Me Still books so I was happy to dive into a new series from her. Falling for Fate is book two in a series, however, it truly can stand alone.
Dean and Fate have a very ‘fateful’ encounter one night after Fate discovers her fiancée has been cheating on her with her best friend. Her whole life, she’s tried to do the right thing including saving herself for marriage and now she finds all of her previous efforts thrown in her face.
Fate is alone and devastated with no family, friends or money. The prospect of moving to a strange city to a new job is her only option. Especially if she wants to help with her mother’s medical bills.
Dean is a love em’ and leave em’ kind of guy but after one steamy night with a mystery girl, he can’t forget about her. Luckily for him, ‘fate’ brings them back together but not in the best of circumstances. Fate is now Dean’s employee and his father’s company has a very strict no dating policy.
I won’t elaborate more on the storyline because you need to read it for yourself but there were a lot of positives about this book. Dean is super sexy and while Fate is a bit awkward at times, ultimately she is a good heroine and a great person. The sex scenes are pretty steamy but don’t overtake the plot. I also really enjoyed the side characters and the witty banter between Dean and his best friend.
A few times, I felt the story drag a bit and some of the writing style was occasionally awkward. But those things in no way affected my ability to enjoy this story. Overall, this is a sweet romance and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a light, sexy read.
About the Author
Caisey Quinn lives 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 Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at http://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com .
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