The Blue Line Duet is now complete with the release of The Downside of Love! Last month I read and reviewed The Upside of Falling. After that ending, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the duology. This duology went in a way that I’m not used to in this genre. That being said, definitely read The Upside of Falling first. The Downside of Love isn’t a standalone. Did the second book meet my expectations?
This isn’t a story about a love triangle. There is no triangle involved.
This isn’t a story about an accidental pregnancy. Although having a baby with her . . . I would.
This isn’t a story about lies and deception, even though at times I’ve lied to myself.
No, this is my story.
A story about sacrifice.
A story about a man who fell in love with the wrong girl.
A story I wish I never had to tell.
This is a story about the true meaning of the downside of love.
Cover Even though I don’t love people on covers, these covers match really well. And in many ways it fits the story too.
Plot I have to start off by saying that this author is an amazing writer! She managed to write a duology with a twist I never saw coming! The Upside of Falling started off as an emotional rollercoaster and kept on going during The Downside of Love. Both of these stories are about finding love, opening up your heart, learning to trust, dealing with your past and following your dreams. I really have to think about how to write this review, because it’s so easy to accidentally spoil something with just a little detail. Meghan Quinn took a big risk I think writing this the way she did. A lot of romance readers expect a predictable romance and this duology is anything but. At first, I have to say I wasn’t happy with the turn this story take, but it grew on me the more I had read. I still had mixed emotions in the end, just because I wanted something different for certain characters. The Downside of Love is just such a raw and emotional book and your heart breaks realizing that some people just don’t get the love they deserve from the people they should be able to expect it from. If you’re a reader looking for something totally different, definitely give this duology a try. You won’t be sorry! This book had me laughing and crying!
Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.
Be somebody’s hero.
That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.
I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.
And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.
Focus. Resolve. Determination.
But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.
One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.
Smart. Charming. Beautiful.
Rory changed everything.
Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.
Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.
And with one single incident, I fly off course.
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
Even though this duology was so different than I expected, it was still an amazing read. I could understand that a lot of romance readers may struggle, but I can’t say too much, you just have to find out for yourself! If you have already read this duology? What did you think?