Series: Neon Dreams,
Also in this series: Loving Dallas, Missing Dixie
Published by William Morrow on 17 March 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Family, Friends to Lovers, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult
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Also by this author: Loving Dallas, Missing Dixie
Place(s) Traveled To: Austin, Texas // Amaillo, Texas
First Line(s): It’s time like this, times when I’m on, giving it my all as my bow dances across the strings like it has a mind of its own, that I feel like I can fly.
If I’d known going into LEAVING AMARILLO by Casey Quinn that it wasn’t the full story than I may not have picked up this book. I’m not a huge fan of serializations and while this isn’t quite a serialized story its not your typical contemporary romance either. For me, I like my contemporary romances to end with an HEA and to be contained in one volume. When you have a 352 page story you shouldn’t need another 300 pages in order to finish it properly. That just leaves way too much time for angst and unnecessary drama. And y’all know how much I dislike my unnecessary drama. If there is a real and logical reason I can get behind it but I am so not a fan of the pointless breakup.
In LEAVING AMARILLO there is much angst and drama and I have many a comment in my kindle that simply reads as WTF. Dixie starts off as this strong heroine but by the end she was a total Mary Sue that just let everyone walk all over her. Ok, there were inklings of this in the beginning with how overbearing her brother Dallas was but at least she attempted to stick up for herself in those times. She also went after what she wanted, or rather who she wanted when she made the decision to go after Gavin after lusting after him for years. What’s frustrating with this book is that there is no logical reason for these two to be apart other than some random promise made between Gavin and Dallas when they were children. So you can imagine all the frustrated sighs that I sighed while reading LEAVING AMARILLO.
LEAVING AMARILLO also suffers from being a single POV story. Dixie’s voice was so angsty and annoying at times and with the epilogue narrated in Gavin’s POV it just really highlights how much could have been added if the story switched between them. I may have liked both Gavin and Dixie more by the end if I’d been able to experience this story from both of their viewpoints. With only seeing things from Dixie’s POV you get a very warped view of Gavin who tends to run very hot and cold throughout the entire book. Torn between his love of Dixie and to promises made to her brother as well.
With all the angst and drama in this story I really wanted there to be a HEA to make all the suffering worth the journey. But alas, that is not the case. LEAVING AMARILLO ends on a very unsatisfactory note and in order to see if Gavin and Dixie get their HEA is to read two more books. Ok, so one of the books, LOVING DALLAS, is Dallas’s story but its book 2 in the series and my need of reading things in order means that to get to MISSING DIXIE than I would have to read that one. Not to mention that since the story is a continuation there could be things that happen between Gavin and Dixie in LOVING DALLAS that would be missed if that story was skipped. All in all, LEAVING AMARILLO was a book that didn’t leave me with the warm fuzzies. It was a fast read but it was unsatisfying and I just wanted more from that ending. Like, you know, an actual ending.