Leaving Amarillo is about three people trying to find their way in the country music industry. Lifelong friends since childhood, Dixie, Gavin and her brother Dallas are inseparable. Dixie I loved from the very beginning, Caisey has now become sort of known to write these awesome strong willed woman characters, who have a kickass drive and great independent personalities while at the same time having a sweet vulnerable quality. Dixie is a 19 year old fiddle player in her band Leaving Amarillo alongside Super sexy drummer Gavin, and her guitar playing hottie of a brother, Dallas.
Dixie and Dallas have a troubled past with the loss of their parents at a young age, and Gavin has an equally troubling past but for a whole different reason. That alone is why these three have such a strong bond. Gavin has always been the rock for Dixie and her feelings for him for the past 10 years have grown tremendously. But of course she never acts on them and the friendship stays just as it is. No touching, only band rehearsals and monotonous shows, until they get the chance to play at a music festival. This is when the band starts to grow attention from agents, and also when Dixie decides she needs more from Gavin than just friendship.
The buildup in this story is great, you really get a feel of the struggle that Gavin and Dixie have to keep their relationship professional, but obviously they eventually crumble and holy hell is it HOT. In my opinion this is the sexiest book that Caisey has written. Gavin has this great underscored alpha quality about him that is so hard to describe. He’s so soft and sweet, and then BAM here comes the dirty talker! And yes, ladies his mouth is pretty damn good.
The one thing I have to say about Dixie is that she is willing to put her heart on the line for what she wants. She is so willing to risk everything for a chance at love! This includes the wrath of her brother, Dallas when he finds out. She simply doesn’t care, and she’s just OUT there with her feelings. It’s so refreshing to have a heroine that isn’t whiny about anything. She knows how she feels and she says it loud and clear.
I really loved the dynamic of these three characters, and you also get to meet a couple other people who I believe we will meet in the next book. Does this story have a happy ending, or is it a cliffhanger? Well…this is the ONLY part of the book I was a little confused or disappointed about. When the book ended I thought oh great! There’s an epilogue, and then when the epilogue ended I still felt a little empty. And I’m pretty sure the next book is for Dallas, so I sure hope I get my Gavin and Dixie fix in that book because I NEED it now!!
Overall I really liked the book a lot, I can always count on Caisey for a great story with Characters that are extremely easy to fall in love with, I am so excited to see what happens in Loving Dallas and what road these people will go down.
Caisey Quinn’s Inspiration for the Neon Dreams series
Not too long ago (barely over a year), I took a trip to Nashville with some friends. It was one of those last minute “oh my gosh, we have to see this super big artist doing a concert in a tiny venue because they just Tweeted that they’ll be there” type road trips. Unplanned, beef jerky, big gulps, and random road mix cd style adventure. My favorite kind.
However, by the time we arrived at the venue it was packed. Literally. Wall to wall crammed, people spilling out onto the sidewalk, full to maximum capacity packed. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who caught word that a big name artist was going to be there.
We decided to just check out a few local spots instead. In a bar called Crossroads we got comfy, ordered drinks, and started chatting about how bummed we were that we didn’t get to see the original artist we intended to. I can’t even remember now who it was. Here’s why.
As we’re ordering a second—okay, maybe a third—round and deciding if we’re going to just call it a night and get a hotel room or head home (Birmingham is only about three hours away), this glorious sound fills the air. No, it pierces the air, rips through it and grabs everyone in hearing range by the eardrums.
Our conversation—along with many others—ceased instantly. Chill bumps ran up my arms even though it was quite warm and I was wearing a jacket.
Most of the patrons gaped in awe as this young woman played the fiddle as if she’d been born to do that and only that. It was the solo from “Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels band and she was rocking it beyond comprehension. Pretty sure even the bartenders stopped what they were doing. The rest of the night was a little blurry, but I know we didn’t leave until that band had played their entire set.
We ended up getting a hotel room but none of us slept. All we could talk about was that band and how amazing they were and how we were kicking ourselves that we didn’t get their name so we could check them out online and hear more. I still look for them when I’m in Nashville and one day I fully expect to hear them on the radio. Whoever they are, they will forever be the band that inspired the Neon Dreams series.
This isn’t the exact band but they’re pretty close! The search continues!
VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKAl1lBDEY