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  • This is a story that will stay with you!

    I fell in love with Caisey Quinn two years ago when I opened Girl with Guitar (the Kylie Ryans series) and was instantly addicted. If you follow me on this blog (or anywhere else), you know my love of Caisey Quinn and her writing, so getting my hands on Leaving Amarillo was like my birthday coming 6 months early! I have a big soft spot for Kylie Ryans (from Girl with Guitar) but I have to say I think Dixie Lark is my new favorite character! I don't have the words for how much I loved Dixie and her fiddle but I will try, because Leaving Amarillo is a book you MUST read! Caisey Quinn makes everything she writes seem so real, from being a struggling musician to a young girl who just can't take the wanting any longer and lays out what she wants from the boy she has loved for years. I was fascinated from the first chapter and I was addicted. I was sneaking in reading Leaving Amarillo in the carpool lanes, while waiting for dinner to cook, while my kids were doing homework; if I had a free minute my eyes were gobbling this story up! Then at 80% I stopped reading. Follow me here for a minute... Have you ever read a book so good that you were afraid for it to end? You are watching the percent left get smaller and you just know that there is no way all that you need from this story is going to get done? I had this moment and I stopped reading for 3 days because I didn't want to be done with these characters. I knew going in this was a series, and knowing Caisey, I knew there would be questions left to be answered for the next installment, but with this book it was like saying goodbye to friends. (Yes. I am a big dork). However, I got over myself and devoured the last 20% and cried, had my heart broken and my spirits lifted. Damn, this was an excellent start to a series! Caisey Quinn is magical; her lyrics and creativity are simply amazing. While Dixie stole the show, the characters in this book were so rich and layered. Gavin! Ugh. I just want to hug Gavin and mother him to death. Gavin is a character I can't wait to get more from, I loved how he was loyal and struggled with what he really wanted and what he craved because of a promise. Caisey Quinn does such a excellent job creating characters that are bent (not broken) angsty, and slightly tortured. Her characters come off as genuine, real and people you could actually run across in real life. I loved the cast of Leaving Amarillo, and while I can't wait to get to know Dallas (Dixie's brother) better in book 2, I really need to check in with my girl Dixie too. Leaving Amarillo is brilliant. The plot was different that what you expect from a "band/rocker" book and the writing is phenomenal. Caisey Quinn knows how to pull on your heartstrings, heat up your Kindle, make you wish you had musical talent and effortlessly has you fall in love with this cast of characters. If you have never read Caisey Quinn then you are in for such a treat! (and after you devour Leaving Amarillo, I HIGHLY suggest the Kylie Ryan books too). Fans of Caisey Quinn, you know you are getting a good book when you pick this up but, Leaving Amarillo is special. There is just something about Dixie Lark that will stay with me until the next book and probably longer, this story resonates inside you. Basically, Caisey Quinn nailed it! Stop whatever you are reading/doing and go 1-click Leaving Amarillo. You are going to love Dixie, Gavin and Dallas. Leaving Amarillo is one of the BEST books I have read this year, I promise you won't be disappointed!

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  • 3.5 Stars

    I wasn't into this book right away. I couldn't get into it and things were constantly bugging me. A couple examples along with my rantings: I don't understand why the dad's last words to Dixie and Dallas would be "take care of each other." That's something a dying father would say. But this father was just going out and happened to die in a car accident. That just doesn't seem like something a parent would say to his children before merely going out. It seems like the author just needed to add that to make the siblings' relationship more meaningful or give more of a reason for Dallas to watch out for Dixie. I don't know. I just don't see why he would say that. In one of the first chapters, Dixie gives Gavin a hard time about smoking. She grabs the cigarette he's currently smoking and chucks it. Then, she talks him into handing over his whole pack for her to throw away. No smoker would ever do this!! A smoker would already be extremely pissed that she took his smoke and chucked it. There is no way he would actually hand over his whole freaking pack. Smokers, back me up here! A couple chapters in, however, I was hooked. While I never felt fully captivated to the point that I didn't want to put it down, I enjoyed the story and the romance. There was quite a bit of depth to the story. This made it break apart from the typical NA Romance. The characters grew together and apart. There were endings and new beginnings. I don't really like how it ended. I prefer these types of books to be stand alones, personally. This one ended with a bit of uncertainty and I was disappointed that it didn't completely wrap the story up.

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  • Wonderful first book in series!

    It is not often that I stumble upon the second book in a series and after finishing it immediately purchase the first book because I fell for the characters and needed to know their stories but that is exactly what happened! However I enjoyed this book better then the second book because the writing style seemed more authentic , the second book seemed like it was written in a hurry. I cannot wait to read the third book about Gavin and Dixie and only hope it is as good as Leaving Amarillo!

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