Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams Series #2
Publisher by: William-Morrow Publishing
Published on: 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.
Sigh! I love a second chance romance.
Loving Dallas is that and so much more. Dallas and Robyn are high school sweethearts that are finally getting a second chance at forever. They were both young and made a lot mistakes that could have been easily avoided with a dose honesty.
Loving Dallas is continuation of the Neon Dreams Series but it not continuation of Leaving Amarillo technically. It continues the storyline just not the couple from LA. Loving picks up where Leaving Amarillo ends with him going on tour by himself. Dixie has decided to stay behind not only because she still grieving her grandfather’s death but she was kinda pushed out by Mandy “The B*tch” Lanthem. Gavin has also left to go back to Dixie…kinda. You get more of the story as you travel through Dallas’s and Robyn story.
Can Loving Dallas be read as standalone? I guess technically it can. You only get snippets of Dixie and Gavin’s story plus Dallas and Robyn’s is completely separate from them so you can follow along. What you won’t understand is Dallas. Dallas from Leaving Amarillo and this Dallas are not the same. You meet Dallas Lark in LA. That Dallas is Dixie’s over protective brother. Gavin’s best friend and the closeted thing he has to family. He is the guy that had his heart-broken by Robyn.
Now….Dallas Walker. He is a country star. He is an a**hole. HE is the guy trying to make it to the top until Robyn comes and bulldozes right through it.
“Ask me anything, Robyn. Ask me to back off, to keep my hands to myself, to stop wanting to pummel every guy who looks at you sideways. I can’t make any promises, but I can try. But please, babe, don’t ask me not to care. Because I can’t not care about you. I’ve tried. I failed. I will always care. And anytime I see someone who I think might try to hurt you in any way, I probably won’t be able to stop myself from stepping in even if you don’t want me there.”
I really loved Dallas and Robyn. I loved their banter and I loved seeing this part of Dallas. He was so hard on Dixie in LA that at times it was hard to love him but he is so different with Robyn. She brings out a different side of him. A side that makes you swoon. He is all types of country boy sexy. They loved just as hard as they fought so it made their connection electrifying. One of the few books I was rooted for them to have it out just so they could make up. ***fans*** That was hot making up.
I was really angry when I first found out that Caisey decided to do the series this way. I wanted to have resolution with Dixie and Gavin but by the time I was 15% I got it. The story NEEDED to be told this way. This really is honest portrayal of how life works. Things don’t always just happen. We don’t always make the best decisions. We have to separate to fix ourselves so we can go back to the person we love a better person. Be better for them. Sometimes it takes being apart to see what we lost and how important it was to us. That’s how Dixie, Gavin’s, Dallas and Robyn’s stories are playing out. They all need each other but they all needed to go through their pain apart to get to place they want to be together.
I am so excited to see what happens to Gavin and Dixie in Missing Dixie and to see where this great group of friends/family end up.
“Tell me what you’ve sacrificed. I want to know,” Dallas says evenly, completely unfazed by my obvious psychotic break. “Because I know a thing or two about sacrifice myself. But I can tell you this much, I would never sacrifice my dignity and I sure as hell didn’t get where I am on my back or by putting anyone else on theirs.”
What the hell?
“Mandy. She’s my manager. Our relationship is strictly professional, and it will stay that way, regardless of what her intentions may or may not be.”
“Okay.” I don’t want to feel relieved. I shouldn’t care. But my tightly wound nerves loosen a fraction.
“Your turn,” he informs me, folding his muscular arms over his broad chest.
“My turn for what?”
“To tell me if you’re fucking Wade! If that’s how you got on this tour, I want you to end it. He’s a grade A piece of shit who doesn’t give a damn who he—”
Dallas doesn’t get to finish his sentence.
Because I slap him. Hard. So hard my hand is still stinging.
Our faces must be matching masks of shock and I see the replay in slow motion. I’ve never struck another human being in my entire life. And I just slapped the only man I’ve ever loved with everything I was worth.
“If you ever, ever, even think to insinuate that I got where I am on my back, I swear to God, Dallas Lark, I will make that seem like a love tap.”
I am so immensely infuriated that everything in my line of sight is tinged in red. But more than that, I’m hurt. Hurt that someone I once cared so much for, and still care about more than I’d like to admit, would think that of me. Stitched-up lacerations on my heart that were on their way to being pretty pink scars are opening wide and angry. He didn’t invite me here for pancakes to catch up or spend time with me or figure out how to work together or even attempt to make amends. Nope. He’s just jealous and arrogant and a raging asshole.
“I didn’t mean to insinuate that—”
“Get the hell away from me.” I whirl around and step right into a fresh puddle. Great. Wonderful.
“No,” Dallas says, pulling me toward him and catching me off guard. “I need you to hear me out.”
“What’s to hear? You’re an arrogant ass and I hate you.”
He gives me an infuriating smirk. “No you don’t. If that were true, you wouldn’t be this pissed.”
I struggle to find a reasonable argument to this so I say, “Fuck you, Dallas.”
“Yes, please. Come back to the hotel with me. The car service is already here.” I yank out of his grasp, causing a painful friction between our skin.
He pulls me to his chest and my anger is fading, too diluted by his scent and his intensity.
“I’m sorry, baby. I’m so damn sorry,” is all he says before kissing me brutally on the mouth. Mine pops open in shock when he pulls back to breathe. His gaze presses into mine as my mind tumbles over itself trying to process the abrupt turn of events. His thumb grazes my cheek gently. “I never meant to hurt you,” he says before devouring me again.
And Lord help me, 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.
Caisey Quinn 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
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 book swagger.
3. His sweet smile.
2. His singing voice.
1. How deeply he loves. <3
Loving Dallas Playlist
“Crazy Town,” Jason Aldean
“Ho Hey,” Lumineers
“Smoke,” A Thousand Horses
“This Town,” Clare Bowen and Charles Esten
“Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“I See You,” Luke Bryan
“Texas Was You,” Jason Aldean
“Springsteen,” Eric Church
“Distance,” Christina Perri featuring Jason Mraz
“Dancing Away with My Heart,” Lady Antebellum
“Hope You Get Lonely,” Cole Swindell
“Wheels Rollin’,” Jason Aldean
“Easy,” Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield
“Make You Miss Me,” Sam Hunt
“Come Over,” Kenny Chesney
“Love You Like That” Canaan Smith
“It Goes Like This,” Thomas Rhett
“I Walk the Line,” Johnny Cash
“Save Your Breath” Josh Dorr
“Let Her Go,” Passenger
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton
“More than Miles,” Brantley Gilbert
“Run Away with You,” Michael Ray
“Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan
“I Won’t Give Up,” Jana Kramer
“Simple Man,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Say You Do” Dierks Bentley
“Play It Again,” Luke Bryan