Book Review: Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn

July 22, 2015 New Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★

Book Review: Loving Dallas by Caisey QuinnTitle: Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams #2
Published by: William Morrow on June 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
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three-stars

Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.

Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.

When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning flame.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: A sweet second chance love story!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Having not read the first book in the series, I wasn’t familiar with any of the characters in this book. Usually with companion novels this isn’t an issue, but it was kind of an issue here. It didn’t take away from Dallas and Robyn’s story/romance, but it would’ve helped me connect to and understand Dallas’ mindset more and his relationship with his sister and his band. I could easily glean what was going on and all that, but still. Aside from that, the story itself was good. You know I’m a sucker for second-chance love stories and Dallas and Robyn’s was done well. Having left things on a low note in the past, they’re both wary of each other during this tour they’re stuck on. However, the chemistry is obviously there and even stronger now that they’re older and wiser. As far as the drama goes, things are pretty low-key, definitely not one of those roller coaster reads, which is great from time to time.

I respected Robyn so much. Trying to make a name for herself in her industry, she’s very ambitious and determined. I also liked how much she valued Dallas and his dreams and she’s pretty selfless when it comes to him. Granted, I’m on the side where you need to give people an option and not keeping secrets, but I totally understood why she did what she did in the past and during this book. She was never one to be in the way of Dallas’ dreams and goals and I liked how she gave him the freedom and chances to live his life. It added believable drama to their story and she does mature by the end of it on that front, so I appreciated that.

Dallas was decent as well. I loved how protective he was of his sister and the importance of family to him. He was very conflicted though because he wanted to be about family, but he also wanted to chase his dreams and he thought those two couldn’t mix for some reason. There was a lot of inner battles and him figuring things out. My favorite parts involved Dallas texting song lyrics to Robyn. I thought that was sweet and cute. I loved the ways the reconnected and how their relationship progressed.

For the most part, I liked Caisey’s writing and her characters. While not captivating or epic, Robyn and Dallas’ love story was fun, endearing, and sweet. I am very happy that Caisey handled a particular aspect of the story very well. That plot tool is tricky at times and can be overused in this genre in all the wrong ways, so I’m happy it fit with their story and wasn’t the sole focus of it. She’s definitely got me curious about the first book and Dallas’ band so I might check it out soon. This book left me very content and I enjoyed reading it.

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