Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn

Title: Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2)
Author: Caisey Quinn
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
In the second novel in bestselling author Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams series, a country rock band and its members embark on the rocky rad to fame and find love along the way.

Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.

Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.

When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning flame.

Since turning the last page of Caisey Quinn’s Leaving Amarillo I have been pretty much dying for Loving Dallas. I just had to know where the story would go next and what was going on with Dallas. My patience paid off because Loving Dallas was ABSOLUTELY worth the wait.

Dallas is finally getting what he wants after so many years of chasing his dream. Now he’s ready to make it big in country music. But getting to Nashville, hasn’t been easy. Dallas has had to sacrifice everything, including his band and most of his relationships, in order to get to where he is today. So the last person he expected to find on his tour is Robyn, the girl he left behind in order to chase his music dream. Robyn has put the past behind her and is now a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a big liquor company. She loves her job, but working on the same tour as Dallas, the man who broke her heart, is proving more difficult than she expected. It doesn’t take long before old feelings get stirred up and both Dallas and Robyn start wondering if everything they’ve sacrificed was worth it, if it meant not having each other in their lives.

Oh man. Loving Dallas. When I finished reading Leaving Amarillo earlier this year, I was pretty much dying to read Loving Dallas. But at the same time, I was a little apprehensive because I didn’t particularly like Dallas in the first book. In fact, I pretty much downright disliked him. So reading a book that was all about him and half told from his perspective? Yeah, I wasn’t sure how that was going to go down. But well, that didn’t turn out to be an issue. At all. Once I started reading Loving Dallas, I had a whole lot of trouble putting the book down. I just couldn’t stop reading. The story completely grabbed me. I wanted to find out everything there was to know about Robyn and Dallas, about their history together and what that meant for them now. The romance between those two was so much more than what I thought it was going to be (did I mention I had a few issues with Dallas before starting this book). It doesn’t hurt that seeing people who have a history get together is one of my favourite things to read when it comes to romance, but still. Even if that wasn’t the case, I would have loved Robyn and Dallas’s story. There’s just no way I couldn’t have. And once again, Caisey Quinn totally left me begging for the next book. I finished Loving Dallas and all I could think about was how much I wanted to read Missing Dixie. Like right now.

Any hang ups I had about Dallas Lark went out the window the moment I started reading Loving Dallas. He wasn’t the asshole I had thought him to be after I finished reading Leaving Amarillo. I mean, I suspected he wasn’t, but he didn’t exactly give me much to go on in that first book. But now I’m pretty much all in favour of Dallas. I would be happy to keep reading about him. And falling for him in the process. Because that’s totally what happened to me while reading Loving Dallas (totally an appropriate title, for what was happening to me). Sure, there were some times when I wanted to knock some sense into him because he was making some stupid choices, but at the end of the day, I loved Dallas. Almost as much as Robyn loved him. And Robyn was basically awesome. I loved reading about a girl who was kicking ass in the business world and didn’t take crap from anyone. But at the same time, I could feel her pain. How much she had been hurt by everything that went down with Dallas. So she was hesitant to start something again with him, especially in the middle of a huge music tour. But Dallas and Robyn together were kind of perfect in a totally imperfect way. And that’s really the best kind of romance. 

Needless to say that I loved Caisey Quinn’s Loving Dallas. If you love romance and country music, the Neon Dreams series is one you should get your hands on. It has music, drama, sweetness and romance…basically everything I love all rolled into one. And on that note, here’s Robyn’s description of Dallas. And it’s a pretty damn accurate description of how I felt while reading. 

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