Release date : March 17th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.
Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.
Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.
I’ve heard many great things about Caisey’s books. Not just this series, but her Girl With Guitar series. Which ironic enough, was the book that started my friendships with many bloggers, but one I didn’t read.
I was juggling my decision to start this series for a long time, but finally said what the H and dove in.
To be frank – I am very conflicted on my thoughts on Leaving Amarillo. While I did enjoy it and loved Dixie’s character, there are a few things that really got on my nerves and overall, didn’t sell me on this series.
For starters, I am not sold on the writing. The story is told in pieces and typically, I do enjoy this but it just didn’t work. I felt like I was putting together a puzzle, not realizing ahead of time that pieces were missing until I was almost done and had everything together. That’s not to say that there were HUGE things that happened that threw me off, but the information provided to me about the characters and their past was written that way and I didn’t like it.
Another aspect, this had the friends-to-lovers troupe that is hard to sell me on anyway. I have to see, understand and FEEL the connection on a fundamental level before the romance is brought in and I just didn’t see that. It took a long time for me to connect to the romance. Was I rooting for it? Absolutely. But for me personally, it shouldn’t take as long as it did, ya know?
Also, Dixie’s scheme? I didn’t like it. You know damn well what she was proposing was NOT going to be enough. Thus, creating more angst then what’s it worth. I also didn’t like the whole, “you are too good for me” shenanigans. I hate when couples try to dictate what is good and what is not for the other. I didn’t understand Gavin’s hell-bent reaction to not betray Dallas and get involved with Dixie. I talked to a friend of mine about this and she did say that more comes to light later on.
Speaking of, Dallas is an overbearing Ass. He is so selfish, not only from the career aspect, but the fact is that he had so much “sway” in whether or not Gavin and Dixie got together. This creates more tension between the group and is the main part of why Gavin claims they cannot be together. Then at the end, just is all, “OKAY, GO GET EM TIGER!” Wait, what? So his protests against them were simply for angst? I don’t get it. I am hesitant to even continue the series because I have no wish to read his story. First impressions are a lot.
On the plus side, once I was able to put my irritations aside and enjoy the romance, I adore these two together. They have chemistry for sure and while it took a long time for me to see it beyond sexual, it’s there. I also liked the ending, since it didn’t technically end on the best note but made it more realistic for me. I want to know what happens with their relationship but as I said, I am hesitant to read the next book.
Overall – it was just an OKAY read for me. I do see why so many love this series and Caisey’s books, it’s addictive but maybe not wholly for me. Still, if you love romance, with the friends to lovers troupe and music, I recommend it.
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