In the second novel in bestselling author Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams series, a country rock band and its members embark on the rocky road to fame and find love along the way.
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
Caisey Quinn Top 5 Songs on iPod While Writing Loving Dallas
1. Smoke – A Thousand Horses
2. Wheels Rollin – Jason Aldean
3. Hope You Get Lonely – Cole Swindell
4. Love You Like That – Canaan Smith
5. Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
“Tell me what you’ve sacrificed. I want to know,” Dallas says evenly, completely unfazed by my obvious psychotic break. “Because I know a thing or two about sacrifice myself. But I can tell you this much, I would never sacrifice my dignity and I sure as hell didn’t get where I am on my back or by putting anyone else on theirs.”
What the hell?
“Mandy. She’s my manager. Our relationship is strictly professional, and it will stay that way, regardless of what her intentions may or may not be.”
“Okay.” I don’t want to feel relieved. I shouldn’t care. But my tightly wound nerves loosen a fraction.
“Your turn,” he informs me, folding his muscular arms over his broad chest.
“My turn for what?”
“To tell me if you’re fucking Wade! If that’s how you got on this tour, I want you to end it. He’s a grade A piece of shit who doesn’t give a damn who he—”
Dallas doesn’t get to finish his sentence.
Because I slap him. Hard. So hard my hand is still stinging.
Our faces must be matching masks of shock and I see the replay in slow motion. I’ve never struck another human being in my entire life. And I just slapped the only man I’ve ever loved with everything I was worth.
“If you ever, ever, even think to insinuate that I got where I am on my back, I swear to God, Dallas Lark, I will make that seem like a love tap.”
I am so immensely infuriated that everything in my line of sight is tinged in red. But more than that, I’m hurt. Hurt that someone I once cared so much for, and still care about more than I’d like to admit, would think that of me. Stitched-up lacerations on my heart that were on their way to being pretty pink scars are opening wide and angry. He didn’t invite me here for pancakes to catch up or spend time with me or figure out how to work together or even attempt to make amends. Nope. He’s just jealous and arrogant and a raging asshole.
“I didn’t mean to insinuate that—”
“Get the hell away from me.” I whirl around and step right into a fresh puddle. Great. Wonderful.
“No,” Dallas says, pulling me toward him and catching me off guard. “I need you to hear me out.”
“What’s to hear? You’re an arrogant ass and I hate you.”
He gives me an infuriating smirk. “No you don’t. If that were true, you wouldn’t be this pissed.”
I struggle to find a reasonable argument to this so I say, “Fuck you, Dallas.”
“Yes, please. Come back to the hotel with me. The car service is already here.” I yank out of his grasp, causing a painful friction between our skin.
He pulls me to his chest and my anger is fading, too diluted by his scent and his intensity.
“I’m sorry, baby. I’m so damn sorry,” is all he says before kissing me brutally on the mouth. Mine pops open in shock when he pulls back to breathe. His gaze presses into mine as my mind tumbles over itself trying to process the abrupt turn of events. His thumb grazes my cheek gently. “I never meant to hurt you,” he says before devouring me again.
And Lord help me, I don’t even know which thing he’s apologizing for—the past or the present—because I’m melting. The rain, his fiery hot mouth, his hands scorching a trail over my body. I’m drowning in Dallas and I can’t stop.
Worse, I don’t even want to.
“Crazy Town,” Jason Aldean
“Ho Hey,” Lumineers
“Smoke,” A Thousand Horses
“This Town,” Clare Bowen and Charles Esten
“Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band
“I See You,” Luke Bryan
“Texas Was You,” Jason Aldean
“Springsteen,” Eric Church
“Distance,” Christina Perri featuring Jason Mraz
“Dancing Away with My Heart,” Lady Antebellum
“Hope You Get Lonely,” Cole Swindell
“Wheels Rollin’,” Jason Aldean
“Easy,” Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield
“Make You Miss Me,” Sam Hunt
“Come Over,” Kenny Chesney
“Love You Like That” Canaan Smith
“It Goes Like This,” Thomas Rhett
“I Walk the Line,” Johnny Cash
“Save Your Breath” Josh Dorr
“Let Her Go,” Passenger
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton
“More than Miles,” Brantley Gilbert
“Run Away with You,” Michael Ray
“Crash My Party,” Luke Bryan
“I Won’t Give Up,” Jana Kramer
“Simple Man,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Say You Do” Dierks Bentley
“Play It Again,” Luke Bryan
Loving Dallas is book 2 in the Neon Dreams series, and while you could read this as a standalone you would miss out on some tough choices Dallas had to make in Leaving Amarillo that really play into some of his internal struggles in Loving Dallas, so I don't recommend it. (Besides Leaving Amarillo is one of the best books of the year, so go indulge yourself)
I 100% completely and totally fell in love with the Neon Dreams series in book one, Leaving Amarillo, but to be honest, I did not like or care for Dallas. Dallas is dedicated to his dreams and comes off as an arrogant and selfish person to get those dreams to come true. However, Caisey Quinn is a brilliant writer, she knows how to layout out and tell a story, so I trusted that she would help me see more in Dallas and I dove in. (Never doubt Caisey)
While I did not fall in love with Dallas like I did Gavin, I get him now. Dallas gets thrown into this life he has always dreamed about, but he had to pay a price that now weighs on him. Sometimes getting everything you ever wanted can be a bitter pill to swallow if you don't have the people there that you dreamt the dream with. Getting to know Dallas and reading about his struggles really helped me connect to him and understand some of the choices he made. Caisey Quinn has never written a character that has the easy road to dreams and love, and I really love that. Reading the struggles, the human-ness of her characters is what makes her writing so special, so "real".
Robyn we also meet for a bit in Leaving Amarillo, but in Loving Dallas her part with these characters really makes sense and explains some of the moods she brings out in Dallas. Robyn is a tough, independent woman who wants to reach her dream of success. She is has a hard shell, but it takes seeing her old flame, Dallas again to help melt her into a softer character. I loved seeing these two "play" in New Orleans, I loved the heat and anger that came out in Denver, but I just wanted more something from them that I didn't get.
Caisey Quinn did a great job of taking two ex-lovers and reconnecting them with sparks. While I liked Robyn and Dallas, I felt like their story was really just a transition to get to the rest of Dixie and Gavin's story in the third book (coming soon). Loving Dallas was written beautifully, the emotions, the struggles and the revelations that are made in this book were really needed for me to start liking and relating to Dallas's character. The Neon Dreams series is shaping up to be an intense, amazing and emotional series about chasing dreams and I can't wait for more. I loved the direction Loving Dallas took this series and I will be on pins and needles to see how it all comes together in the end.
If you are a fan of Caisey Quinn you will love this series. If you are new to Caisey Quinn and the Neon Dreams series, please snatch up Leaving Amarillo, when you 1-click Loving Dallas, no matter what order you read them in you will want to read both, I promise! Now the hard part.... waiting for Missing Dixie!
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MEET THE AUTHOR:Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places.
Website: www.caiseyquinnwrites.comGoodreads: www.goodreads.com/caiseyquinn
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