Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
By Caisey Quinn
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Source: Own Copy 
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 absolutely love rock star romances and have been gobbling up any book of that genre that I can get my hands on. A few people have recommended Leaving Amarillo and said that I would love it, so I decided to pick it up and give it a chance. AND I LOVED IT. SO MUCH. 

After her parents died, Dixie and her older brother, Dallas, grew up with her grandparents, living a meager life together. When they meet Gavin, a kid who had it even rougher than them, the three of them become best friends. As they get older, they create a band called Leaving Amarillo and are chasing their dream to make it big. Dixie has loved Gavin since they were young, but Dallas has made it clear that Gavin cannot touch her. Dixie has decided it's time to put herself first, but will Gavin put his relationship with the man who is basically his brother to give into the intense connection he's never had with another girl before? 

First off, the reason why I really loved this book is because Dixie, our main character, was actually in the band. Dixie played the fiddle and we got to see her in her element and really feeling the music and connecting with her bandmates up on stage. That created a very intense connection with Gavin that was even stronger than it was off the stage. And what an intense connection that was! This connection has been building for YEARS and I was cheering on Dixie every step of the way she decided to finally go after what she wanted with Gavin. 

Gavin definitely sealed the deal for me in this book. I absolutely loved his character and the little glimpses we got into his past that explained why he was the way he was now. He was so loyal to Dallas, which made it that much harder for him to admit that he felt anything for Dixie. While Dallas was annoying for getting in the way of Gavin and Dixie being together, I still really admired how much he loved Dixie and how much he loved music. I am excited to read his story in the next book!

As far as rock star romances go, Leaving Amarillo has moved into the category of one of my favorites. We got a girl who was actually in the band and was finally taking the risk and going after the guy she wanted. Gavin is totally my newest book crush and I just want him and Dixie to be happy! If you want a book with a relationship that will have you BEGGING for them to finally give into their attraction, you have to read Leaving Amarillo.

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