Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams Series #1)

Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams Series #1)

by Caisey Quinn


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Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780594677833
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 88,443
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several new adult and contemporary romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places.

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Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Jenna77 More than 1 year ago
There are only a few authors who can write books that intertwine music into their stories so much that you get so pulled in that you can visualize every performance and feel every emotion. Caisey Quinn is one of those authors. I loved every bit of Leaving Amarillo. I am from the Nashville area, so I have seen the live shows played in those downtown bars and let me tell you, when I was reading this it was like I was transported to one of those places watching Dixie, Gavin and Dallas playing their hearts out. Granted the story wasn't based in Nashville but I imagine all honky tonks are similar! Dixie, Dallas and Gavin make up the band Leaving Amarillo. Dix and Dallas are brother and sister and Gavin is Dallas' best friend. Dixie has been in love with Gavin for as long as she can remember and let me tell you, I don't blame her! Gavin is hot, but there is so much more about him under the surface and Dixie can see it all.  Dixie and Gavin are off the charts hot! I love Dixie and how she finally just says what she wants and then takes it. The whole time I was in her cheering section, cheering her on! Gavin is hot and troubled. Did I say hot? Him and Dixie together are smoking. It's sexy and a tearjerker all in one.  "I want you to touch me. To take me, to own and possess me like you know you already do. I want you- all of you. the good, the bad, and that secret darkness inside you that you never show anyone else. I want to be the one you spend your nights with, the one you wake up with, and the one you can't stop thinking about." I have loved everything I have read by Caisey, but this one is one of my absolute favorites and I will be screaming from the rooftops for everyone to read this! Caisey Quinn does not disappoint and I cannot wait for more. I love Dallas and want his story, but am DYING for the rest of Dixie and Gavin. Pick this one up, you will not regret it! This is one of those books I could read over and over again.  5 bluebird stars! 
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Leaving Amarillo was my first Caisey Quinn book, but it won't be my last! What I Loved: That cover, these characters, and this story sucked me in and didn't let go until the very last page. And yes, I am THAT person who reads the Acknowledgements too. Dixie is a fun, feisty, MC who holds her own with the guys, and she's passionate too; about her family, her friends and her music. One of those friends happens to be Gavin. For years, Dixie has harbored feelings for him and she suspects Gav feels the same about her, but has yet to act on them because of his loyalty to both the band and Dallas. Plus, Gavin isn't really a talker, he's more of a show-don't-tell kind of guy, so when he actually DOES talk, his words mean something. Oh, and about the "showing" part, let's just say the romance that sparks between Dixie and Gav is hot enough to melt your strawberry ice cream! I had so much fun reading this book even if it did yank on my heart-strings---hard! What Left Me Wanting More: THAT ENDING THOUGH! I need LOVING DALLAS like yesterday! Final Verdict: Fast. Fun. And steamilicious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect mix of romance, emotion and passion. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend told me about this author. I live in Birmingham, AL So I thought I would give this local author a chance. So glad I did. I love this series. Please read all three books. The story will make you laugh, cry and in the end make you feel good about this beautiful family and there story. To the author, please keep writing stories for us to enjoy. You are blessed with a great gift. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
LEAVING AMARILLO is the first installment in Caisey Quinn’s contemporary, new adult Neon Dreams romance series focusing on twenty year old musician Dixie Lark, her brother Dallas, and the man that she has loved for close to ten years Gavin Garrison. Dixie, Dallas and Gavin make up the band Leaving Amarillo. Told from first person point of view (Dixie) LEAVING AMARILLO follows the Dixie, Dallas and Gavin as they wander the minefield of musical stardom. A chance entry into a five day music festival finds the trio on the cusp of making it big but Dixie begins to feel uneasy when their new manager makes a change to the direction of the band. Meanwhile, Dixie’s relationship with Gavin takes a step towards something sexual when Dixie offers Gavin one night-no strings- knowing that there will never be any going back once the couple have crossed the line between friendship and sex. Gavin has loved Dixie since the day that they met but a warning from Dixie’s brother not to cross the proverbial line has found Gavin on the outside looking in. Gavin’s earlier years are heartbreaking and traumatic, and he has always had Dallas and Dixie at his back but changes in the band will find our hero losing everything he has always wanted when the band’s new manager pulls the members apart before they have a chance to make it big. LEAVING AMARILLO is the introductory storyline that focuses on heartbreak and betrayal; anguish and regret; loving and letting go. Caisey Quinn writes an emotional tale that will merit a tear or two for a woman whose life is about to change when the man that she loves searches for his future in another direction. LEAVING AMARILLO is an entertaining and enjoyable storyline about two tortured souls whose lives are about to change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love dixie...what a strong woman. Couldnt put this down...not many things make me cry but this book moved me to tears. I hope mandy gets hers and i have little use for dallas. A must read...will be starting next in series NOW...i hope dallas can redeem himself
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ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
O..M..G.. Really? That just happened? Cliffhanger. No! But it did. And while I'm about to open book number two, it's clearly not the continuation of Dixie and Gavin's story. Book two is clearly Dallas, her brother's story. So I'm in misery. I NEED more Gavin. I need to understand what happened when Dixie was in Houston. I need to understand what she's doing. Yes, I need to know what's up with the band too. And I'm hoping to get some glimpses of things in Loving Dallas. BUT is it OCTOBER YET???? Guess you can tell that I love these characters. Dixie has loved her brothers best friend, Gavin, FOREVER. But her brother has determined her off limits. And Gavin isn't breaking a promise to him. So they avoid touching each other and being alone together. And it's killing them both. Being in the same hotel room for a week may do them both in. But Dixie has a plan. Yeah, her plans aren't always the best ideas. But I love that she's willing to take hold of something she so desperately wants. She needs to grown up and relieve her brother of the responsibility he took on when their parents died. She makes some progress in this book and I see hope for more. She's tired of her overprotective brother trying so hard to make her life better. She needs to do it herself. I was glad she figured that out. Gavin. My heart breaks for the boy. He needs cuddle time. LOTS OF CUDDLE TIME. He raised himself with a drug addict mother and who knows who he is father. When Dixie's grandparents take them in, they take Gavin in as well. They are inseparable. His only meals are at their house. But Gavin still has to go home at night. He still has to deal with his mother's messes. And even now, he can't get past that. It's part of that mystery that didn't get answered in this book. I NEED TO KNOW. Oh, and did I mention he's the drummer! He's the beat and heart of this band. And I so love drummers!!! SO LOVE THEM. Dallas is overprotective and very focused on the success of the band. He's given up a lot to get the band where it is but once he gets there, things aren't what he expected. I'm excited to see how that works out for him. I know what I want to see happen. I am not a fan of his manager. Don't trust the woman. Lots of sexy and lots of story in this one. Add some music and trying to figure out who you are and this is one great story. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon that's desperately waiting for Losing Dixie, then you probably want to fix that before October.
MargoH More than 1 year ago
During the first 100 pages of this novel, I had decided to give it 3 stars as an average straight-up chick-lit story that would appeal especially to chicks under 25 years of age. Dixie, a violinist in a country band, has a crush on the band’s hunky but troubled drummer Gavin. Dixie’s brother Dallas is the third member of the band. Gavin likes Dixie too, but because of his seriously-troubled past and because of Dallas has forbidden it, he finds it hard to express his fondness for her. The first 100 pages describes the typical “he loves me / loves me not” mental turmoil and machinations common to teenage girls. As the novel progressed, however, I became more and more impressed with the book. The story is well-written and cleverly plotted, with some believable serious conflicts involving Gavin and Dixie’s brother, dealing with the death of parents and grandparents, dealing with rejection, etc. The author does know how to write a good sex scene, although she makes the reader wait over 100 pages to get to the first of about 3 in the story. Unfortunately, this is one of those novels designed to be the first of a money-making series. It has a satisfying-enough ending, but I would have been more impressed it were written as a stand-alone novel.
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I really liked the storyline and can not wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book can't wait for the next one to come out.. I love that she doesn't sit around and cry, when something doesn't go her way. She just deals with it.
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Couldn't put it down.
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I loved this book. Had me all teary eyed a couple of times. Gavin is hot, hot, hot!! Can't wait for the next book!
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Caisey Quinn two years ago when I opened Girl with Guitar (the Kylie Ryans series) and was instantly addicted.  If you follow me on this blog (or anywhere else), you know my love of Caisey Quinn and her writing, so getting my hands on Leaving Amarillo was like my birthday coming 6 months early!  I have a big soft spot for Kylie Ryans (from Girl with Guitar) but I have to say I think Dixie Lark is my new favorite character!  I don't have the words for how much I loved Dixie and her fiddle but I will try, because Leaving Amarillo is a book you MUST read! Caisey Quinn makes everything she writes seem so real, from being a struggling musician to a young girl who just can't take the wanting any longer and lays out what she wants from the boy she has loved for years.  I was fascinated from the first chapter and I was addicted.  I was sneaking in reading Leaving Amarillo in the carpool lanes, while waiting for dinner to cook, while my kids were doing homework; if I had a free minute my eyes were gobbling this story up!  Then at 80% I stopped reading.  Follow me here for a minute...  Have you ever read a book so good that you were afraid for it to end?  You are watching the percent left get smaller and you just know that there is no way all that you need from this story is going to get done?  I had this moment and I stopped reading for 3 days because I didn't want to be done with these characters.  I knew going in this was a series, and knowing Caisey, I knew there would be questions left to be answered for the next installment, but with this book it was like saying goodbye to friends.  (Yes.  I am a big dork).  However, I got over myself and devoured the last 20% and cried, had my heart broken and my spirits lifted.  Damn, this was an excellent start to a series!  Caisey Quinn is magical; her lyrics and creativity are simply amazing. While Dixie stole the show, the characters in this book were so rich and layered.  Gavin!  Ugh.  I just want to hug Gavin and mother him to death.  Gavin is a character I can't wait to get more from, I loved how he was loyal and struggled with what he really wanted and what he craved because of a promise.  Caisey Quinn does such a excellent job creating characters that are bent (not broken) angsty, and slightly tortured.  Her characters come off as genuine, real and people you could actually run across in real life.  I loved the cast of Leaving Amarillo, and while I can't wait to get to know Dallas (Dixie's brother) better in book 2, I really need to check in with my girl Dixie too. Leaving Amarillo is brilliant.  The plot was different that what you expect from a "band/rocker" book and the writing is phenomenal.  Caisey Quinn knows how to pull on your heartstrings, heat up your Kindle, make you wish you had musical talent and effortlessly has you fall in love with this cast of characters.  If you have never read Caisey Quinn then you are in for such a treat!  (and after you devour Leaving Amarillo, I HIGHLY suggest the Kylie Ryan books too).  Fans of Caisey Quinn, you know you are getting a good book when you pick this up but, Leaving Amarillo is special.  There is just something about Dixie Lark that will stay with me until the next book and probably longer, this story resonates inside you.  Basically, Caisey Quinn nailed it!   Stop whatever you are reading/doing and go 1-click Leaving Amarillo.  You are going to love Dixie, Gavin and Dallas.  Leaving Amarillo is one of the BEST books I have read this year, I promise you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it !!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
"I play because I have to, because when everything falls apart and the walls of my world try to cave in around me, it's music that holds me up. Right now it's the only thing keeping all the parts of me together." I feel like I can't even breathe right now. This book's essence has invaded my body and it is squeezing the life out of me. I am so wrecked over this one you guys. Seriously. Caisey Quinn has Blown. Me. AWAY. The writing is so gorgeous and vividly descriptive that I couldn't stop highlighting quotes as I went- they were that impactful. I loved everything about this book. The story, the characters, the tension and angst that threatened to consume every part of my soul... I have to start with the prologue. Wow. Talk about an experience. I felt like I was THERE. Maybe it's the absolute music lover in me and the fact that I have been to several outdoor shows where musicians have poured their heart and soul into their playing, but I had chills from reading the prologue. I loved Dixie. I love her honesty and how she really steps up and decides she's going to do something about her love for Gavin once and for all. She was such a vibrant character and I was wrecked for her so many times. She feels so much, has lost so much, and above all wants so much. I loved that about her and I was rooting for her every step of the way. I never wanted her to doubt herself or her talent and I just wanted Gavin to snap out of his 'I want you, but I can't be with you' funk already. Oh, Gavin. I know that he hasn't had the best childhood or has grown up dealing with the easiest of things, and that makes me want to hug him even tighter. He is always watching out for Dixie and Dallas and their relationships are so important to him. They are the two closest people on earth to him, so naturally he's afraid of overstepping his bounds with Dixie. Dallas has made it clear that Gavin is NEVER EVER to go there with her and Gavin doesn't want to destroy their friendship and he doesn't want to hurt her either. However, Dixie is getting hurt either way. She has loved him all her life, so it killed me to see her pine for him while he held himself at arm's length. These two have crazy chemistry though. Gavin is at breaking point when it comes to Dixie and it is taking all of his strength and resolve NOT to let himself go there with her. The sexual tension was so maddening and I felt like I was going to burst from anticipation. (Quinn does build up so very well.) Their scenes together are filled with so much passion and longing... I can't even convey to you all the beauty behind it. They are like a volcano ready to erupt. So much is simmering underneath the surface and you just know when it explodes... it's going to be messy and hot and cause a firestorm. "It's dangerous to love, to allow yourself to be loved. But I dared to fly too close to the flames and I've decided it's better to burn- to have that all-consuming powerful kind of love that scars you for life even if it only lasts a little while, than to play it safe forever." The ending nearly killed me. The band is faced with some pretty impossible choices, especially on the heels of tragedy. It was hard to read, especially knowing everything Dixie desperately wants for her life. Life doesn't always work out the way you dreamed it would, but sometimes broken dreams lead to new ones. I'm eager (and a bit nervous!) to see the direction Quinn takes these characters next, and I can't wait to read a bit more about Dallas, especially since I love second chance romances. I highly recommend picking this one up. I love the story Quinn has created, the musical aspect that surrounds it, and the vibrant characters she has brought to life within. "I love that you can't pin it down, can't control it. Music is free. It's unpredictable and alive. You can't own it or buy it or sell it. Not really. No matter how hard people try. It belongs to no one."
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"It's dangerous to love, to allow yourself to be loved. But I dared to fly too close to the flames and I've decided it's better to burn--to have that all-consuming powerful kind of love that scars you for life even if it only lasts a little while, than to play safe forever" It's books like this that remind me of why I love to read. This is not just a book. This is an experience. This book is not just about romance and love and friendship. It's also about the music... "It's times like this, times when I'm on, giving it my all as the bow dances across the strings like it has a mind of its own, that I feel like I can fly." Leaving Amarillo follows the story of Dixie, Gavin and Dallas. Dixie has been broken ever since her parents passed away. Thanks to her grandfather, she learned to find a way to express her broken heart-playing the fiddle...10 years later, Dixie and her older brother Dallas are following their dreams of playing music. But this journey isn't exactly easy for Dixie. Dixie is harboring some non-friendly feelings toward their drummer Gavin. She's been in love with him since they were kids. The only thing that stands in their way, is a promise that Gavin made to Dallas as a young kid. Somehow, Dixie is able to get Gavin to agree to spend one night with her. One night to get each other out of their systems. Lines will be crossed and promises will be broken....Will Dixie's heart still be in tact when this is all over?? Wow! Just wow! I was hooked on Leaving Amarillo from the very first page. I seriously devoured this book in half a day. It was that good. This is one book that I did not want to put down. I loved the idea behind the story and I love, love when an author includes music in their stories. The music is not just music. It becomes it's own character. "Music is an experience. It's alive. untamable. You can try to plan it out, pin it down and bend it to your will, but it can't really be done." Speaking of characters...I was hooked on them from the very first page. Dallas and Dixie suffered loss at a very young age and all they had was each other. I loved how protective Dallas was over Dixie and how he was always looking out for her and taking care of her. When they met Gavin, they sort of just took him in and made him part of their family. The three of them have their own baggage, but share one amazing bond.  One of the things I love most about Caisey Quinn books is that she puts her heart and soul into her books. You feel the characters emotions so strongly, it's as if you are living this story with them.  Gavin and Dixie...What can I say? Their chemistry was scorching, off the charts and certainly undeniable. Poor Gavin tried desperately to be the good guy and keep a promise that he made to Dallas. But, some promises were meant to be broken. I loved the push and pull of their relationship. I understood their struggles and was rooting for them every step of the way. "For one night, I held fire. And then a few nights ago, fire held me, too. I thought it would destroy me, being that close to him. In some ways it did. But as I take a long, lonely walk down memory lane, I realize the fire Gavin and I created has fueled me as well. I will wait for him. Feels like I've been waiting on him most of my life. But I will not put off living for another second." Leaving Amarillo was a fantastic ride. It will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love. I love, loved the angst of this story. It was so palpable, I felt like I could reach out and touch it. And the ending......Not really a cliffhanger per say, but it definitely has you asking questions and wondering what's next for our beloved characters. There is so much that is unresolved and I can't wait to get those answers.  * I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* *Quotes taken from ARC and may slightly differ from completed copy*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The woman on the cover is sexy sexy she has sexy breasts