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Review: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

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Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)
   by: Caisey Quinn

Publication Date: Oct. 27, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 304 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Fighting for redemption…

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise-a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on…

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I'm finally beginning to move on when my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

 
 
I feel like I've been waiting for this book for so long! After finishing Leaving Amarillo, I was desperate to see how Dixie and Gavin's story would continue. My heart ached for both of them, as Dixie is heartbroken over Gavin's inability to commit to her and he is struggling because he doesn't want to hurt her. However, Gavin has secrets of the past and wants to try and get his life together before he feels he can truly let himself be with her.
 
As much as I was rooting for these two to get their HEA, it took me a bit to work past the anger and frustration I felt (mainly at Gavin). This book was more angst-filled than the others and it drove me a little nuts because I just wanted Gavin to stop with the act and open up to Dixie and be honest with her. She deserved that from him, especially after telling her to wait for him and giving her hope. Even after time apart and Dixie being hurt by Gavin not telling her he was back in town, they still have explosive chemistry together. They both can't deny they want the other, but Gavin still hasn't gotten his crap sorted and he knows he has to come clean to Dixie if he ever wants a shot. I was not a fan of his plan to intentionally hurt her because he feels he may never be good enough for her. Dixie has always been in his corner, ever since they were kids, so to see him treat her the way he did broke my heart for both of them. His past is an ugly one and I can't blame him for wanting to keep it from her. He has a lot of anger in him and music has always been an outlet for him. However, his friendship with Dixie and Dallas has also shaped a lot of who he is too. He is a good person and I love that his friends believed in him every step of the way.
 
One of the most surprising developments in this book was Liam. I absolutely loved the addition of this character and seeing him bond with both Dixie and Gavin floored me in the best way. I won't say much more, but he will definitely leave an impression on your heart.
 
Dixie and Gavin have not had an easy road together and it does take quite a bit of the book for them to finally get to a point where they are tackling things together. I was so happy then because I loved seeing them work as one and be able to support each other wholly.
 
Overall, I am happy with the way the story concluded, even though the emotional whiplash I felt between the two of them really messed with me. (I'm not typically an angry reader, but the back and forth just put me over the top.) This is a very raw, intense story and while parts of it are not easy to read, it is a love story through and through and we see firsthand just how messy love can be... but also how worth it.


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3 comments

  1. I'm conflicted about this series. On one side the romances sound amazing, but the angst though ... I don't know if I can deal with that!
    But I'm glad you got the ending you wanted!

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  2. I am always torn on books that make me angry. On one hand I'm glad that the book made me feel so much but on the other I'm just mad at the damn characters. This series definitely sounds like one that rips your heart apart. Great review!

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