Loving Dallas, by Caisey Quinn

loving dallas

Grade: A-

Doing it at:  23%

Catnip: First Love, Second Chance Love, I’m With the Band, Guitar Players, Dual Narrative, Strong Female Lead

Shame Scale: Low shame, just mind how big your print is around virgin eyes

Fantasy Cast: Sam Hunt, Jane Levy

Book Description:

Every dream comes with a price…

Dallas

Sacrifice.

I’m familiar with it.

I’ve had to leave behind everyone I cared about—my sister, my best friend, my band, and my high school sweetheart—in order to chase my dream of making it in Nashville.

But when Robyn Breeland walks back into my life, it’s as if the universe has decided to give me a second chance.  I’m just not sure it’s one I’m willing to take.

Robyn

Heartbreak.

I practically majored in it.

Dallas Lark was the first boy I ever loved and the one who’d shattered my heart into pieces.  But I’ve moved on. Working in promotions at Midnight Bay Bourbon, I’m too busy to sit around moping over my ex. But when my company decides to sponsor his tour, I’ll have to face him whether I’m ready to or not. Dallas is determined to drive me to distraction, and my body begs me to let him.

Trouble is, my heart can’t tell the difference between a second chance and making the same mistake twice.


I read and loved the first book in Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dream’s series, its still holding strong in best nickname of all time, and was both excited and apprehensive about the follow up. Excited because Quinn is a fantastic writer. Apprehensive because I didn’t love Dallas as he was introduced to us in Dixie’s book. He was kind of an asshole and I didn’t want to suffer the devastation of book disappointment. Thankfully, Dallas as a leading man is a god damn delight.

Our story picks up a few weeks after Leaving Amarillo ends, you don’t have to read that book to read this one though personally I think it can only enhance your life, with Dallas touring solo across the south. A new manager pressured him to ditch his band, made up of his sister and best buddy, and he’s having new found success and some heavy guilt playing on his own. His new manager is also trying to pressure him in to her bed, because she likes to have a very close and personal relationship with her clients, and he’s trying his hardest to not fall in to that trap. Dallas seemed like kind of a self centered jerk when we first met, but in Loving Dallas we meet a guy who has always sacrificed for his sister and who is still nursing a broken heart from the girl who got away years before.

The girl who got away is Robyn, his red headed high school sweetheart, who had very good reasons for breaking his heart that she’s never disclosed. She’s also the girl handling the sponsorship for the big-time-country-music tour he just got signed to join. Robyn’s reaction to finding out she’s going to be spending so much time with her ex is to get good and drunk on the bourbon her company makes. Dallas’s is to bury the hatchet and then bury himself inside of Robyn.

Despite all of Robyn’s best intentions to lay down some ground rules and keep things chaste, she slips and falls onto Dallas’ cock. And it is glorious. Steamy hot action and plenty of it, thank you very much.

I forgot this. Somehow in the years of struggling to make music while making ends meet, I forgot how perfectly I fit inside her, how her body was always seemingly molded for mine.

Afterwards, Robyn vows that this REALLY can not happen again, like for real this time. The duo have a lot of history and heart break between them, and they definitely have different long term goals. Dallas wants to make it big, which means non stop touring and no time for a serious girlfriend with a career of her own. And Robyn wants her career, she wants to be the best. And she wants a family to, no messing around with guys who don’t fit in to her long-term life plan for Robyn. Nope.

My previously erected steel facade obviously had some weak areas I forgot to address. Particularly in the area around my vagina, it would seem.

I just have to figure out what in the world I’m going to say.

Thanks for the hot sex but I don’t think we should make it a habit seems kind of harsh.

I’m ignoring you because I don’t want to lose my job for sleeping with you doesn’t really work, either.

Should I just book one room for us to share from now on? is what actually comes to mind.

That whole staying out of each other’s beds plan doesn’t go so well for Robyn, in her defense Dallas is mighty charming and I’d have trouble resisting him as well (my restraint is not my best feature). Soon the two are tied up in some drama, secrets are being kept, and I was worried I was going to get cliffhanger’d again by Quinn.

“No matter how many guitars you own, you’ll always have a favorite,” my granddad used to say. “It probably won’t be the most expensive one, or the one with the richest sound. Likely it’ll be the one with all the scratches and nicks in the wood. It’ll be the one that’s been with you the longest, the one you know inside and out because you’ve put it through the most hell.”

He was right, and not just about guitars.

Dallas is all-in, in love Robyn. He realizes this and gets his head out of his (probably adorable) ass just in time to keep me from throwing my kindle across the room. Though I almost did, and good job Ms. Quinn for giving me a rage-mini-stroke and making me finish the last thirty percent of the book when it was well past my bedtime. The ending made it worth how sleepy I was the next morning though– maple syrup sweet and just what I wanted. Book three is releasing October 27th! I’m so pumped for Missing Dixie and the conclusion of Gavin and Dixie’s story, and think y’all should be too, hit that pre-order link and come back here to talk about on oh… October 29th. Quinn’s got me hooked.

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