Series Review: Kylie Ryans by Caisey Quinn

Posted November 10, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Series Review / 0 Comments

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I’ve been on a real country kick lately and, after writing my review for Caisey’s Missing Dixie AND watching the CMAs the other night, I decided I wanted nothing more than to binge the hell out of a series I should’ve read a long time ago. So, I did just that.

Series Review: Kylie Ryans by Caisey QuinnGirl with Guitar by Caisey Quinn
Series: Kylie Ryans #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 234 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true.

Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.

In Review: My Thoughts

I really am kicking myself for waiting so long to read this series. But, since I’m in the “all things country/small town/southern” mood right now, maybe the timing was just perfect. Regardless, I’m glad I decided to read it. It was emotional, and a good kind of angsty, and I love-love-loved the behind-the-scenes country music drama.

I liked Kylie, even with the immaturity that sometimes drove me nuts. I appreciated her willingness to say what was on her mind and not pull any punches, even when it was to her detriment. I love a good, sassy heroine. Kylie was passionate about her music and making a name for herself, but she didn’t want to compromise herself in the process. She’s “discovered” and gets her chance to go on tour with a legitimate country star, but it’s nothing like what she thought it would be. Why? Well, Trace Corbin is a mess. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a jerk, more often than not. He’s unreliable. But, he’s sexy as sin and there’s an undeniable spark between Kylie and Trace.

You won’t find insta-love here. Instead you get oodles of sexual tension and that slow burn that feels so, so good. They’re both battling demons from their past and it definitely takes its toll on the thing building between them. I loved them together – through the good and bad times – and found myself squarely in their corner, hoping they could work things out. It was real and raw and when I finished this book, I couldn’t wait to jump into the second one, Girl on Tour.

Series Review: Kylie Ryans by Caisey QuinnGirl on Tour by Caisey Quinn
Series: Kylie Ryans #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 25, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 208 pages
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An up and comer trying to make a name for herself...

Kylie never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend's ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career...

Trace thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can't trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don't always lead you to the same place...

In Review: My Thoughts

If Girl with Guitar was about Kylie finding herself and finding love, Girl on Tour was about her trying to keep both and manage a blossoming career at the same time. In this book, Kylie and Trace’s relationship is brand new and both of their careers are going places. (Hers is moving in a better direction than his, honestly.) They’re very much in love, but it’s not easy to maintain a relationship on the road. It’s even more difficult when you’re apart more often than together.

Where I was lukewarm to Trace in Girl with Guitar, I found myself pretty much entirely head over heels for him in this book. He was trying to put himself back together, but struggling a bit with that when Kylie wasn’t around. She was his center. She kept him from heading down the bad path that was calling his name. Of course, it didn’t help matters any that the woman he was on tour with was a hot mess. Her actions definitely affected him and made the struggle that much worse. I loved Trace but he absolutely shattered my heart in this book, but NOT for the reason you might think. But there were some very real tears with this book.

Girl on Tour was a fantastic continuation of Kylie and Trace’s stories. It was just as raw and real as the first book – and maybe even more so because it showed them handling not only life things, but career and love ones, too. It had its share of hot and sexy moments, as well as its share of those that made me an emotional wreck. (There was some humor, too.) I love well-developed secondary characters, especially when they’re important to the overall story. We got more of Trace’s sisters, Claire Ann and Rae, which made me happy. I also loved the addition of Mia and and Lily to this book. I was uncertain about Mia in the beginning because of her supposed history with Trace, but I really grew to like her character during the course of this book.

I finished this book and leapt right into the third and final book, Girl in Love, because I needed something to soothe my heart after the events of this book. I was legitimately concerned for the future of Kylie and Trace, but I also trust Caisey not to wreck me without putting me back together in the end.

Series Review: Kylie Ryans by Caisey QuinnGirl in Love by Caisey Quinn
Series: Kylie Ryans #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 9, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 342 pages
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She's living her dream...

Kylie Ryans is the biggest thing to come out of Nashville since, well, since Trace Corbin. With a hit album and a powerful label behind her, she appears to be the girl who has it all.

But appearances can be deceiving.

Fresh out of rehab, Trace Corbin is ready to take on the world. Just not the girl he walked away from. Because if there's one thing he knows for certain, it's that the people you love are the ones who have the power to destroy you.

As their worlds collide, they'll have to make the ultimate choice. Follow their dreams, or give it all up for love.

They say love conquers all, but for Kylie and Trace, it just might wreck everything they've worked for.

In Review: My Thoughts

Girl in Love wasn’t the easiest book to read. It’s not because of the writing or anything that’s wrong with it. It’s simply because it was painful to read about Kylie and Trace apart. After the events of Girl on Tour, they’re over and doing their own thing. And it sucks… for everyone. When you know just how much they love each other, it’s hard as hell to read about them going their own separate ways.

Kylie is trying to manage her career and live her life, without Trace in it. It was hard to watch her struggle. And, despite the show she tried to put on to the outside world, she was struggling. She was hurt. I can’t blame her. She didn’t always react in the best way, but she’s young and it’s hard to get your heart broken.

Trace wasn’t having any easier of a time. He’s out of rehab and trying to build a career comeback. He also wants to right the wrongs he made with Kylie. It’s so obvious he still loves her, but they were both so hurt I wasn’t sure they’d ever be able to set things right, especially when there were games being played and certain secondary characters causing additional strife.

I loved watching these two come together the first time. It broke my heart when they were apart, but somehow watching them work their way back together made it all better. Each of these characters grew so much from when we first met them. They battled their demons and found a way through it all and became far stronger on the other side.

Girl in Love didn’t disappoint. In fact, it was everything I wanted and more. It might’ve been a bumpy and emotional ride, but I’m sorry it’s over because that means giving up Kylie and Trace. I definitely finished this one with a huge smile on my face and a tear (or two) in my eyes. It was a wonderful end to a series I enjoyed so very much.

About Caisey Quinn

Romance writer fueled by coffee, music, and love. Bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series.

I love hearing from readers and other writers, and those freaky hybrids like myself!

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