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.
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.
4 Loving Dallas and Robyn Stars
Loving Dallas is a standalone and is part of the Neon Dreams series.
You do not have to read the first book Leaving Amarillo prior to reading Loving Dallas, BUT you will need to read Leaving Amarillo prior to reading the last book, Missing Dixie.
I really liked Dallas and I was interested in his story. He was the side-character that was just there. He was the over-protective brother and always blocked Dixie and Gavin from hooking-up. So, now it’s Dallas’ story and it’s a finding-love-again storyline.
I love these.
Robyn and Dallas dated, but Robyn left Dallas and broke his heart. When she tried to make nice again, Dallas didn’t want anything to do with her and broke her heart in return.
A lot of hearts were broken.
Years later, Dallas is on tour sans his bandmates, Dixie and Gavin. Dallas is on tour with headliner, Jase Wade. Jase Wade’s promotions is handled by **GASP** Robyn and oh how the drama unfolds.
I’m still me, Robyn. No matter what’s changed between us, I’m still me
Here’s a BIG surprise, the angst in this one is VERY MILD! CQ is known for crazy angsty books and it drives me crazy. Dallas and Robyn have great banter and mild sexual tension. There are a lot of unresolved issues and it kind of all comes out. I liked the beginning and pace a lot. I found Loving Dallas to read quicker than Leaving Amarillo and I liked how “adult” Dallas and Robyn were.
When they both realize they would be working closely with each other, they meet up and kind of talk it out. You have no idea how many times I LOVE this in a read. I love it when characters “work-out” issues, it’s just common sense right? Don’t worry, there still plenty of drama to keep you entertained.
I’m going to risk a world of hurt for experiences that might become painful memories. Because I’m pretty sure it will be worth the pain.
For better or worse, I am his, and he is mine- even if only for a little while longer
On tour Dallas needs to work out a lot of stuff. He still has guilt for leaving his bandmates, he tries very hard to push away Mandy’s (his manger) advances and he doesn’t know how he feels about Robyn. I kind of liked Mandy and I know she’s the crazy villain, but she’s so mean that I love and hate her. I kind of hope she gets her own book and it explains why she is the way she is.
Robyn wants Dallas to be successful. She understands Dallas has an image and he needs to look single, even if that means he goes to parties and flirts with girls. Robyn handles it fairly well. I liked this and no she isn’t passive, she’s just realistic.
Towards the last 30% things get crazy angsty. I was pulling my hair out, just a bit, but it didn’t last too long. I never knew what was going to happen and I was ready to push Robyn to talk to Dallas and Dallas to talk to Robyn! Don’t worry, it will keep you glued to the pages.
If you are a fan of the series, you will love Dallas’ story.
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One of the absolute craziest things about writing Loving Dallas was the fact that it was like having two male leads. Dallas himself says it best in the chapter where he explains to Robyn about "Person Dallas" and "Performer Dallas." The recording label he is hired onto quickly turns charming Dallas Lark from Amarillo (think: country cutie Easton Corbin) into the sexy, sharp-tongued Dallas Walker, a drifter with a shady past (think: country music outlaw Eric Church). I thought it might be fun to compare the two sides of my guy side by side!
First up, even though he's really just one man, Dallas has a completely different style when he's on stage. If you were to see the laid back crooner around town, he'd be clad in a well worn-in flannel button down and his favorite pair of jeans and cowboy boots. There will likely be trucker hat providing some shade over his baby blues. However, stop in to see a show and you might not recognize him! On stage Dallas Walker rocks an edgier look including Aviators, leather jackets, and biker boots. Vintage rock band tees are a staple in the wardrobe of this version of Dallas!
Dallas Lark is a caring and somewhat overprotective big brother to his little sister, Dixie. He believes women should be treated like the ladies that they are with the respect they deserve. He says Grace and he says ma'am, y'all!
Dallas Walker on the other hand is a little rougher around the edge and if you get too close you might enter a danger zone where you end up in scandalous tabloid photos alongside country music's newest bad boy!
Dallas Lark will forever carry a torch for his high school sweetheart, Robyn Breeland. She is and will always be his muse.
Dallas Walker can't be tamed or tied down and women traipse in and out of his life quicker than Billboard chart toppers change places! He does certainly pay a lot of attention to one special lady that has yet to be identified by media sources. Rumor has it she's the one that got away!
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Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series and writes New and Young Adult books about country girls finding love in unexpected places.