Wednesday, April 29, 2015
REVIEW: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn
Leaving Amarillo is the first in the Neon Dreams new adult romance series. Told from nineteen-year-old fiddle player, Dixie's POV, the story centers on her band's struggling rise to success. Having lost their parents at an early age, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, the band's front-man as well as his best friend and drummer, Gavin, are determined to make their mark on the country music scene; however, the road to success is not without its potholes.
All Dixie can seem to think about is the unbearable attraction she feels toward Gavin. In turn, he is just as attracted to her but maintains his distance out of fierce loyalty to his best friend. Forced into close quarters on tour, Dixie confesses her feelings, getting Gavin to agree to just one night together. What remains to be seen is if one night will be enough for either of them or if sneaking around will set off an explosion of consequences that neither of them are prepared to explore.
Quinn does a stellar job of incorporating a passion for music with the general nuances of new adult romance including anger, grief, and other profound issues surrounding the main characters. As a reader, I hope that there is more exploration of Gavin's past and his problematic relationship with his addict mother. I like Dixie. She's smart and sassy but needs to have knock down, blow out fight with her well meaning but overprotective brother.
I wholeheartedly recommend this series to fans of new adult romance and similar contemporary romance involving music. Be prepared for frustration since this is an ongoing story. There is no clear conclusion in sight. The story continues in the summer of 2015 with the followup, Loving Dallas.
Overall I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.
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