New release review: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

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Title: Missing Dixie
Series: Neon Dreams #3

Author: Caisey Quinn

Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult & College Romance
Pages: 304 pages

Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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 beginning to move on, but my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands are about to throw us together again.
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?

Review: I feel like I waited for this book forever. Finally, Gavin’s story. I was not disappointed. This third book in the Neon Dreams series is a story of redemption and never giving up on the one you love.

Gavin Garrison is one of the most misunderstood book characters I’ve ever read. In Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams book one), I just read Gavin as a troubled jerk who couldn’t make up his mind. Missing Dixie fills us in on all of Gavin’s troubled past, his history with Dixie and what happened in the year when Dixie was in Houston. (You don’t have to read book one to understand what is going on, but I highly recommend starting from the beginning of the series because the characters are pretty complex and their stories intertwine throughout the books.) Dixie is Gavin’s salvation, his motivation and his one true love.

Admittedly, I get really into a book when I’m reading it. I get lost in the characters and the story. This book pulled me in farther than most. I cried more than once. At one point I was openly sobbing. This book is that emotional.

The bottom line: Missing Dixie is an emotional and highly-charged story of coming back from the darkness, finally accepting help and finding redemption in the light of the love of your life. The book has a happily ever after that ties up not only Missing Dixie, but the entire Neon Dreams series. There is even a surprising short epilogue that made me smile. I’m sad that the series is over, but I am so glad I found it.

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