Title: Loving Dallas
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams #2
Release Date: June 16, 2015
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.
Caisey Quinn knows how to write a leading man. She seems to have an unmatched grasp on those country musicians who have heartbreak written all over them. I enjoyed getting to know Dallas as a musician, big brother, and best friend in Leaving Amarillo, but discovering what kind of man Dallas Lark really is in Loving Dallas was deeply satisfying. Dallas proved to be every bit the caring, kind-hearted, protective, and talented man he seemed to be, impressing me with his adorable personality and understated allure. Dallas is definitely a one-click worthy book boyfriend, charming me with his impeccable manners and delicious dirty talk. His second chance at love with Robyn was an emotional rollercoaster that had me soaring and stumbling right alongside this fantastic couple until I couldn’t help but find myself totally invested in Robyn and Dallas’ happily ever after.
“I don’t even know which thing he’s apologizing for – the past or the present – because I’m melting. The rain, his fiery hot mouth, his hands scorching a trail over my body. I’m drowning in Dallas and I can’t stop. Worse, I don’t even want to.”
I absolutely adored Robyn. She is everything a strong, independent woman should be and then some. Her intelligence, success, and quick wit drew me to her while her evident heartache allowed me to easily connect to the character. Dallas was the sweet southern boy with a not-so-sweet side that made the strained relationship he shared with Robyn spark with desire. Robyn and Dallas had a fire burning between them that was absolutely smoldering, a product of rediscovered lust and uncovered feelings. Their shared history and stubbornness guaranteed a story overflowing with snarky comments, devilish innuendos, and unwavering tension that had me grinning as much as it had me swooning. Caisey Quinn could have not have designed a better match for Dallas than Robyn.
“This is it. Dallas is on one side of the chasm that’s been growing between us for years and I’m on the other. When he reaches me, I know I have to make a choice. Now. Either I can play it safe and walk away, again, or I can jump down a gaping black hole with him.”
I loved the direction in which Caisey took this book. I’ve seen a lot of books about musicians on tour that play into the celebrity lifestyle, but Dallas’ story was different. He was just a regular guy trying to do what he loves for a living while navigating the doubt and insecurities that come with life on the road. His hesitancy to jump headfirst into the fame gave him an edge of authenticity that allowed me to really relate to him. Caisey Quinn had me in knots as I watched Dallas fight for his career, his family, and his heart. Loving Dallas also teased at the drama between Dixie and Gavin that is set in motion near the end of the first book. Small details regarding Dixie and Gavin’s uncertain relationship were shared throughout this story, paving the way for the third and final book. Caisey Quinn gave us just enough to leave me wanting more. I am so ready for the rest of Dixie and Gavin’s story. I can’t wait for more of Leaving Amarillo!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Neon Dreams Series:
Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)
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.