Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blog Tour: Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2) by Caisey Quinn

Loving Dallas

Neon Dreams#2


Caisey Quinn

Release Date:

June 16, 2015


William Morrow

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Sacrifice. I’m familiar with it. I've had to leave behind everyone I cared about—my sister, my best friend, my band, and my high school sweetheart—in order to chase my dream of making it in Nashville. But when Robyn Breeland walks back into my life, it’s as if the universe has decided to give me a second chance. I’m just not sure it’s one I’m willing to take.



Heartbreak. I practically majored in it. Dallas Lark was the first boy I ever loved and the one who'd shattered my heart into pieces. But I’ve moved on. Working in promotions at Midnight Bay Bourbon, I’m too busy to sit around moping over my ex. But when my company decides to sponsor his tour, I’ll have to face him whether I’m ready to or not. Dallas is determined to drive me to distraction, and my body begs me to let him. Trouble is, my heart can’t tell the difference between a second chance and making the same mistake twice. 

Neon Dream Series:
My Review of Leaving Amarillo Here

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My Thoughts:

I am loving the Neon Dreams series!  In Leaving Amarillo, we meet the main characters Dixie, Gavin and Dallas.  With book one, we learned about the special bond between brother and sister, and their best friend, Gavin.  We also learned about the secret love that Dixie and Gavin have been holding on to for one another.  We got a to be continued ending, and now in Loving Dallas, Ms. Quinn focuses on Dallas' story and view point.

Dallas' dream has always focused on his love of country music.  He has been the driving force and managed his band, Leaving Amarillo.  He now has the opportunity to make it big in the music industry.  Unfortunately, the music producers do not want his sister, Dixie.  When Dixie decides to leave the band and encourages Dallas to follow his dreams without her, he is very upset and feels guilty.  Then Gavin leaves, and Dallas is on his own performing as a solo act.  

Dallas is shocked to discover that his first and only love, Robyn Breeland, is heading up the promotional campaign for the Kickin' Up Crazy Tour, and will be traveling with the artists.  He never got over the fact that Robyn left him, and he still carries a torch for her.  Robyn still loves Dallas, and sacrificed her relationship, so that Dallas could pursue his dream.  As Dallas and Robyn are together constantly, they both realize that the love they once felt for one another, never went away.  They were high school sweet hearts, but now as adults, they are falling in love even more the second time around, discovering the older more mature versions of each other.  However, their lives are going in two very different directions.  Robyn is becoming highly successful in her career as a marketing specialist, and Dallas is reaching stardom.  Can they finally be together?  Or, are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past?

Loving Dallas was a real page turner.  I enjoyed watching Dallas and Robyn rediscover the love and passion that they had for one another.  They had both grown and matured since high school, and it was obvious that they were destined to be together.  However, there were a ton of obstacles in their way.  Dallas had a manipulative and sneaky agent, Mandy Lantram, who I despised.  They also had to contend with jealousy, insecurity, and the many pitfalls of superstardom.  I loved secondary character, and famous musician, Jase Wade.  He made a lot of mistakes on his rise to being a star, and saw a version of his younger self when he looked at Dallas.  He told his sad and heartbreaking story, and gave wise advice so that Dallas could learn from his mistakes.

Dallas and Robyn were great together.  Dallas had writer's block for many years, but quickly realized that Robyn was his muse.  She made him happy, and every day these two were together, they truly enjoyed their lives.  They had so much passion, excitement, and love for one another, that I got swept away in their romance.  Robyn was a real spitfire!  I loved the way she voiced her opinion, didn't let others walk all over her, was driven, and such a go-getter.  Dallas was very sweet, possessive, and protective with her.

I loved the theme in this story about making difficult choices and having to live with the consequences of those choices.  Dallas had to decide if fame, fortune, his passion for music, and living his dream were worth it, at the cost of being with those that he loved most.  What a conundrum!  The next story in the series, Missing Dixie, will continue Dixie and Gavin's story!  I can't wait to see how everything plays out between these two. 

My Rating:

I give, Loving Dallas, by Caisey Quinn, 4 First Love, Rise to Stardom, Life-Changing Decisions, Passion Filled, Forever-Love Stars!!!                         

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Guest Post:
What Caisey Quinn Loves About Dallas

5. That he knows when to be a gentleman…and when not to be. 

4. His tight jeans and cocky, country boy swagger. 

3. His sweet smile. 

2. His singing voice. 

1. How deeply he loves. 

Top 5 Songs on iPod While Writing Loving Dallas 

1. Smoke – A Thousand Horses 

2. Wheels Rollin – Jason Aldean 

3. Hope You Get Lonely – Cole Swindell 

4. Love You Like That – Canaan Smith 

5. Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

Book Excerpt:

     The universe must hate me. No, it must downright fucking despise me. 

     Of all the concerts in all the world, she has to be at mine. In fucking Denver of all places. Literally the last place in the universe I would expect to see her. 

     My mind can’t stop replaying our exchange. Or how lovingly that dress clung to her mouthwatering curves. Seeing her conjured up memories I keep firmly locked in the box of Robyn that I never open. Ever. 

     Seeing her unexpectedly reminded me of the first time I ever laid eyes on her and practically transported me back in time. 

     “God, I love this song,” she’d announced the night we met. “Come dance with me.” 

     She’d grabbed my hand with surprising strength for a petite redhead who couldn’t have weighed a hundred pounds soaking wet. She had the kind of raspy voice that instantly made you think of dirty talk. Or maybe that was just me. I had just turned sixteen and was basically a hard-on with a pulse. 

     Gavin had raised his eyebrows and smirked as she dragged me closer to the truck blaring the music. She shook her sexy ass and sang at the top of her lungs, off key, but proudly off key. I couldn’t take my eyes or my hands off her. For several years. 

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About Caisey Quinn:

Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places. 

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  1. Oh, I love the idea of reading from Dallas' POV. I have both the first and second book. I need to read them.

  2. I think I need to pick up the first book because I want to read this one! Wonderful review :)

  3. Oh, those second chances really tug on my heart too. Love how you describe this book. I fell in love with it just through your review. :)

    1. Thanks so much Sophia! What a wonderful compliment :) I hope you get to read this series! I love second chance romance too!!!

  4. Loving that this book was a page turner as well as about second chances.

    1. Oh yes! Those were two very awesome things about it :)

  5. The theme does sound good and I like the covers for this series.

  6. I only checked your rating here, Lindy, as I have this one to read myself. I received a copy while I was at RT, and once I arrive in Spain, I'm going to organize all my paperbacks from RT so I know what I want to read next :) I'm really happy you enjoyed it so much!
    Have a terrific Thursday and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. That's awesome Lexx! I can't wait to see what you think of it :) Happy Thursday!

  7. I really want to read these books! Loving Dallas sounds like my kind of read. Glad you were able to get a deeper meaning out of it too. Awesome review!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    1. It was such a great read! I loved it! Thanks Naomi :)


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