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.
Top 5 Most Played Songs on Dixie Lark’s Playlist
1. I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
2. One Night – Christina Perri
3. Dream – Priscilla Ahn
4. Love Runs Out – One Republic
5. Bluebird – Christina Perri
My Review of Leaving Amarillo
This was my very first Caisey Quinn read and I assure you that it will not be my last. I absolutely loved Leaving Amarillo and can’t wait to read more about this set of characters.
I’m a huge fan of the friends to lovers type read. In this one we have the young and beautiful Dixie Lark, who’s desire to play music, and make her family proud is almost as strong as her feelings for her band mate. The unfortunate part is that they have known each other for many years, and even the warning her brother put out all those years ago couldn’t stop her from falling for the bad boy drummer.
Dallas has a fire burning for Dixie but years and years of her brother Gavin telling him to keep his hands off her, makes it harder to act on those feelings. Dixie taunts him without even trying, and Dallas tries hard to stay away from her. He knows he isn’t good enough for her and never would be. He’s hiding something huge that happened while Dixie was away at college.
The tension is so thick between these two you could cut it with a knife. While Gavin is distracted by their new potential manager, Dixie take a leap and tries to capture the man she dreams of, the one she’s in love with, and wants all to herself. When they connect I swear it’s like fireworks exploding in your chest. You will feel fulfilled and conflicted knowing that the embers that they just stoked aren’t going to be enough, and wondering what it’s going to do to the band…
I truly did enjoy this book. There was one aspect that I felt was left hanging a bit, and I wondered where thing might go next. It looks as if Gavin’s story is next but I did feel a little like Dixie and Dallas have some really unfinished business. Hopefully we will get more of them in the near future… If you love a great read that drives up the sexual tension and is swimming in secrets, then this is a book for you! In the end I gave this one 4 starlet stars! Can’t wait to read more!