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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bookslapped Presents: Leaving Amarillo by Casey Quinn; #Review & #Giveaway

Title:  Leaving Amarillo
Author:  Caisey Quinn
Series:  Neon Dreams, #1
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date:  March 17, 2015
ISBN:  0062366815
Pages:  355/732KB
Rating:  4 1/2 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Bookslapped and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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, LeavingAmarillo. 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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1. But here, where I am right now, Gavin Garrison is making love to me with his eyes. And I don’t want him to stop. Ever.

2. It’s when he takes her hand and slowly slides up the sleeve of her dress shirt so that he can write on her wrist that I lose my mind completely.

3. He breathes into me, filling me, and I take his offering greedily, pulling his tongue and lips into my mouth harder than is appropriate for a first kiss.

4. I’ve taken the first hit and already I’m addicted.

5. If I can’t make him see that he is both capable and worthy of love, that memory will have to be enough for me, even if it’s all I’ll ever have.

6. All I can feel is his mouth on my neck, his hands on my hips, and the promises of what’s to come—literally—against my backside.

7. I’m thrusting against his mouth and moaning in pleasure when I feel it. The pressure has reached its peak and I need him inside. Now.

My Thoughts:
This author includes a Playlist for her readers.  So if you like to listen to music as you read, you may want to check that out first.  Or listen to your favorite country artist(s).

Dixie Leigh Lark is only nineteen but she’s on the fast track to fame.  And going along with her is her brother Dallas and their family friend Gavin Garrison.  The author creates a scene between Dixie and Gavin that you can almost feel the frustration coming off the page.  Then fate steps in and his name is Afton Tate – you will see how quickly things change once we meet him.  And our author also creates a character that you will hate.

Dixie is a young lady growing into a woman right before the reader’s eyes but some men are totally clueless.  Then there’s the double standard to fight against.  It’s a story that gives the reader a peek into the world of music.  Makes the reader wonder if this is a true glimpse of what goes on for those trying to make a name for themselves in a very hard business.  What are you willing to give up for those you love?

If you love to read a book that teases your senses than this is for you.  Because this story is told from Dixie’s point of view, Gavin is something of a mystery.  And like any good mystery, things get revealed slowly.  It’s also a great way to start off the series and will build your anticipation for when Loving Dallas comes out in June.  I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

About the author: 
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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What others are saying about Leaving Amarillo:

“Book one in Neon Dreams is wickedly good and sheer perfection, though the ending will have you champing impatiently at the bit for the next installment. The backstory is both heartbreaking and touching, while the chemistry between Dixie and Gavin is off-the-charts combustible. Quinn’s new series is off to a great start, as readers will adore this likable trio with bonded tragic pasts.”RT Book Reviews

 “Caisey Quinn writes with an integrity, emotional depth, and heart that leaves me breathless. Leaving Amarillo has made me a fan!”—Candis Terry, author of SOMETHING SWEETER


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