3.5 Stars - Leaving Amarillo is the first title in the Neon Dreams trilogy from author Caisey Quinn. With three head strong band members, working toge3.5 Stars - Leaving Amarillo is the first title in the Neon Dreams trilogy from author Caisey Quinn. With three head strong band members, working together to make it in the music business.
Dixie, Dallas and Gavin are the members of the band Leaving Amarillo. They love what they do, they work hard and with Dallas and his head for business they just know that making it big is right around the corner for the trio. Dixie and Dallas are a tight unit as brother and sister but Gavin’s been around them for so long he’s more like one of the family.
Each character has their own issues they are dealing with – some much larger than others, yet choices must be made. Some harder than others, but the three together and apart need to figure out what’s next for them on this crazy road they are headed down.
I couldn’t wait to read this one yet was a tad let down a few times throughout. Often the story felt sluggish which sadly removed me from the book. Yet when the book flowed I enjoyed the characters and their journey without issue.
The book itself is written in Dixie’s point of view so we spend more time with her as she tries to come to terms with what’s currently happening to her and what she might have to face next. And she does have choices – some easier than others and really she has a huge heart.
It was her brother that rubbed me the wrong way more than once. I didn’t understand his actions often and his comments were somewhat confusing, however I can only assume that’s what would happen to someone as driven and focused on the end game as Dallas was.
And then there’s mysteriously hot drummer Gavin who has so many things he’s hiding that I couldn’t get enough of him and what made him tick. I enjoyed that the Epilogue was in his voice, yet wondered if it all was too late? Or perhaps not enough? And then wham! Quinn added yet another layer to this guy with a few simple words that I just knew I’d want to find out all that makes him who he is. So, the next two books will be must’s for me to read… however I’m thinking we won’t really find out what’s up until the third book, so yeah… the long, long wait is not going to be my friend.
The book does without a doubt have some serious sexual tension and steam. It was hot and heavy and sometimes sweet and every time just right. Quinn without a doubt made the chemistry flow.
In the end I liked the book. I wanted to have a mad love for it, yet it just wasn’t so. Sadly, we can’t love them all, but there was some serious like there. I think that parts I was most impressed with were the background parts and the bits and pieces away from the music that gave these characters life and made me seriously intrigued to want more. And even without mad love there’s enough like there and interest to want to know more so I will be excited to see what happens next.
Fans of contemporary titles centered around music, strong family bonds and loves of a lifetime shouldn’t pass this by. And readers won’t have to wait too long for the next two books as they’re released later this year. Future readers, enjoy!
4.5 Stars - Slow Burn is the fifth title in author K. Brombergs Driven series. This book is a spin off from the previous installments and follows two4.5 Stars - Slow Burn is the fifth title in author K. Brombergs Driven series. This book is a spin off from the previous installments and follows two characters who we had a chance to meet and spend time with as secondary characters. Now, center with their own story readers have a chance to find out what makes these two characters tick.
So, Slow Burn is about Haddie, Rylee’s best friend and Beckett… Colton’s best friend. These two have had their fair share of time within Rylee and Coltons story so they are far from strangers for those of us who have read the four previous books. We have somewhat of an idea who they are, yet in this book they are center stage and their story wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
Haddie has reasons, deep rooted reasons to not want to let anyone else close to her. It’s these reasons that she wants a no string night with Beckett. And Beckett being that good guy that he is wants more. He wants the strings Haddie is so hell bent on keeping loose. So, when she wears him down and their night is beyond what either thought it’d be, it’s then that trouble finds these two and makes them question things they might not have.
The book is written mostly from Haddies point of view as she’s dealing with so much more than just the loss of her sister. She’s really struggling with how she lives her life yet knows she doesn’t want anyone to face what her sister’s husband did. She pushes people away yet Beckett makes her question all that.
These two have chemistry that could heat a small country! WOW! Bromberg has them burning (no pun intended) up the pages and with all the pushing and pulling they go through as they try to figure out each other and more what’s holding Haddie back.
There’s smaller things in the story that I loved. Like Becketts mom and pink flip-flops. And I loved having a chance to see how Rylee and Colton are doing. I also love that there are some pretty amazing one lines that I’ve come to love with this series and was happy to see they were included in this book too.
Also, without giving too much away, Haddie and Becketts story will without a doubt pull on your heartstrings because there’s such a bigger thing that’s going on… that if it doesn’t affect readers like it affected me, I’d be shocked.
I had tons of emotions hit me while reading and being scared for characters in the way that I was scared doesn’t happen often but I felt these feelings quite often throughout much of the book. It’s an emotional story with a strong undercurrent of love that you won’t miss because it’s there in huge ways.
In the end I was thrilled to hear we’d get a chance to spend more time in Brombergs “Driven” world and I look forward to the next book to have a chance to visit again. These characters have become a favorite of mine so news of another book was exciting to say the least. If you haven’t read the four previous books, it’s not really needed to pick this title up, however you’d be doing yourself a great injustice in missing out on some extremely memorable characters. Please note that this is an Adult title with adult themes that should be taken into thought for younger readers or readers who don’t care for sex, cursing and drinking in their stories. Otherwise, grab this one and dive right in. Hold on tight and have some tissues handy because it’s a tear jerker. Happy Reading!
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Such a great, fun, quick read! Loved it!!! It was just what I was looking for at the time too. Fun characters, story and a fab idea for the story. CanSuch a great, fun, quick read! Loved it!!! It was just what I was looking for at the time too. Fun characters, story and a fab idea for the story. Can't wait to see what comes next from these two authors and this series.
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