Saturday, August 8, 2015

Loving Dallas (A Neon Dreams Novel, #2) by Caisey Quinn ~ Review

Sources:  Received an ARC at RT

In the second novel in bestselling author Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams series, a country rock band and its members embark on the rocky road 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.


I was hungry for any tidbits about Dixie and Gavin in this one.  I picked it up right after I finished book one.  I wouldn't read this one standalone.  You could, but you miss a big chunk of Dallas' story from Leaving Amarillo.  Of course, there were only little tiny tidbits about Dixie and Gavin and all of them were not happy for that couple.  So, I enjoyed Dallas' story and continue to wait for Missing Dixie.

In Leaving Amarillo, Dallas is the driven one.  He's determined to have a music career and he's determined to take care of his sister.  When he believes those two things are going in different directions, he goes with it.  That had made me unhappy at the end of Leaving Amarillo but it was nice to understand him better in this one.

I loved the duel POV in this one.  We didn't get that in Leaving Amarillo and I really, really wanted to be inside Gavin's head.  So, I was excited to know what Dallas was thinking.  It really helped me understand him more.  And I found that I really liked him, indeed I fell for him.  He's a good guy trying to do what he believes will make everyone happy.  He believes he knows what that his for him.  He learns a few things about himself in this book and his dream changes along with that knowledge. 

I met Robyn in Leaving Amarillo but didn't really understand her.  She broke Dallas' heart in the past and we learn the truth about that in this book.  I was not happy with her over that.  I get it.  I just didn't like it.  When she starts to make the same mistake, I wanted to crawl in the book and slap her.  But she finally redeems herself and she makes Dallas happy.  

I, once again, can not stand Mandy.  She had me fuming in Leaving Amarillo and she picks right up again in this one.  There is a scene where Dallas finally gets it about her and does the right thing.  I was jumping up and down excited for that.  You rocked that country boy.

There's a few scenes with Dixie.  One where she talks about Gavin and it ripped my heart out.  I was so glad for the prologue in Gavin's POV to Missing Dixie at the end of this one.  I needed that.  

I'm excited about the music aspect of this series.  Lots of changes happen over the course of these two books with the band.  I'm happy to see where things are headed now.  YAY!

The writing is great and the story addictive, but you may want all three books to devour at once with this series.  It's not your typical companion series at all.   That being said, don't miss this one.  LOVE IT.

1 comment:

  1. So glad that Dixie redeems herself. Hate that you are not feeling it for Mandy though (thinking she may get one of the boys in the end.) Love that the band is growing with each book in the series as well.