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I Belong


Review: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Missing DixieTitle: Missing Dixie

Author: Caisey Quinn

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Neon Dreams (Book #3)

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Format: Paperback, 360 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062366866 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062366863 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Fighting for redemption…

I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise-a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on…

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I’m finally beginning to move on when my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

Quick & Dirty: This is an emotional story that sadly felt like it was stuck on repeat for most of the book. It felt like the characters just kept running in circles around each other.

Opening Sentence: “I need a Michelob Light, two Jack and Cokes, a bourbon on the rocks, and a Sex on the Beach,” a waitress named Kimberly calls to me over the crowded bar.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Dixie Lark is a nineteen year old fiddle player for the band Leaving Amarillo. The band is made up of her older brother Dallas and their childhood friend Gavin. For the last year of Dixie’s life she spent it in a very prestigious musical college where she had the chance to make it big as a violin player, but when her loving grandfather had a heart attack she left school to go home and take care of him. Playing in an orchestra never felt quite right, and she missed the band more than she ever thought possible. There are only a few months left of summer, and the band has a big gig at the Austin Musical Festival coming up that could give them their big break. If not, Dixie might not have any other choice but to go back to school and live a life she doesn’t want.

There is one other complication with Dixie’s plan, she happens to be madly in love with Gavin, the drummer from the band. Ever since Dixie and her brother Dallas moved in with their grandparents after their parents were killed in an accident, Gavin has been one of their best friends. He doesn’t come from the best home life and Dallas has warned him multiple times that he is to never touch Dixie. As things start to heat up in Austin, Dixie might get one night with the man of her dreams, but what will be left after she finally gets what she has always wanted?

Dixie is an interesting character that I had some issues with, but overall I really liked her. She is this sweet girl with a very broken past, and she has had to deal with more heartache then most people in her fairly short life. I loved that she was completely oblivious to how gorgeous she is and the fact that she played the fiddle was just awesome. She is one of those characters that you easily like, and with her sad history it’s impossible not to feel sympathetic towards her story. The one thing I didn’t care for was that she was a little too rash at times. She comes across as a fairly put together young lady that knows what she wants, so when she makes some of her rash decisions it just didn’t seem to fit with her personality. But on the other hand she is a very passionate person and people like that can sometimes make bad decisions without much thought to the consequences. For the most part I thought she was a great character and I am very interested to see where her story goes next.

I have always had a soft spot for musicians and bad boys, so of course, I found Gavin completely sexy! He has that brooding, mysterious vibe that just makes me swoon! He is also a loyal friend and underneath that entire facade he is actually a really good guy. Sure he is a total player and he has some serious demons he is going to have to overcome to have a good future, but that just made him more interesting to get to know. His relationship with Dixie was sweet, intense, and very HOT! They have some unbelievable chemistry between them and the sexual tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and I think that they are one of those couples that really complement each other. She brings out the sweet and more gentle side of him, and he brings out the more confident and spunky side of her. There are still some things that haven’t been revealed about Gavin’s past so it will be interesting to see how that ends up affecting their relationship!

Leaving Amarillo is a steamy new adult romance that is immersed with emotion, heartbreak, and hope. While I wouldn’t say that it was the most original story, it was still a very entertaining read.  The entire cast of characters are all very intriguing and there are a few of the secondary characters that I am really interested in getting to know better. I loved the whole musical atmosphere that was constantly present throughout the whole story and Quinn did a great job bringing a lot of emotion into the story. There were a few times that I felt like the story dragged a little bit, but for the most part the pacing was pretty good. The ending was way different then I was expecting and I am still undecided if I liked it or not. It definitely left me wondering what is going to happen next, but it also felt rushed and unfinished. I didn’t love everything about this story, but I did find it to be a great quick read and I would recommend it to new adult romance fans!

Notable Scene:

I wish I could give you this.

Right as I’m about to look away, her gaze collides with mine. My heart swells in my chest. I have so much to say and no words to say it.

I’m sorry.

I’m trying.

I love you.

She doesn’t even flinch at the turmoil I know is probably apparent on my face. She just gives me a confident smile and a knowing look as if to say, One day.

One day that will be is.

A future.

A forever.

Neon Dreams Series:

1. Leaving Amarillo

2. Loving Dallas

3. Missing Dixie

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FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Missing Dixie. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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