Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1) by Caisey Quinn
My Copy: ARC eBook, 285 pages
Publication Date: March 17, 2015 (Next Week!)
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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 wasn’t into this book right away. I couldn’t get into it and things were constantly bugging me. A couple examples along with my rantings:
- I don’t understand why the dad’s last words to Dixie and Dallas would be “take care of each other.” That’s something a dying father would say. But this father was just going out and happened to die in a car accident. That just doesn’t seem like something a parent would say to his children before merely going out. It seems like the author just needed to add that to make the siblings’ relationship more meaningful or give more of a reason for Dallas to watch out for Dixie. I don’t know. I just don’t see why he would say that.
- In one of the first chapters, Dixie gives Gavin a hard time about smoking. She grabs the cigarette he’s currently smoking and chucks it. Then, she talks him into handing over his whole pack for her to throw away. No smoker would ever do this!! A smoker would already be extremely pissed that she took his smoke and chucked it. There is no way he would actually hand over his whole freaking pack. Smokers, back me up here!
A couple chapters in, however, I was hooked. While I never felt fully captivated to the point that I didn’t want to put it down, I enjoyed the story and the romance. There was quite a bit of depth to the story. This made it break apart from the typical NA Romance. The characters grew together and apart. There were endings and new beginnings.
I don’t really like how it ended. I prefer these types of books to be stand alones, personally. This one ended with a bit of uncertainty and I was disappointed that it didn’t completely wrap the story up.
Best aspect: The story’s depth
Worst aspect: The captivity factor