The Downside of Love
The Blue Line Duet
4 no 5 no 4 CROWNS
I have been wavering with my rating for this book so I’m going to choose not to rate IT because I want to give it all the stars and then there are also things that make me so angry that I want to tear it apart and throw my kindle across the room. No matter how angry I am at certain characters it is a beautifully tragic romance that doesn’t show readers the idealized romance novel love but the real world, hard love.
This is continuation of book one, The Upside of Falling. It follows the story of Colby, Rory, and Stryder as they navigate life and love. It is hard. It will make readers angry. It will have them hating characters. But it is also an authentic look into the idea that you can love someone, connect with them and not be with them forever. It showcases that love can be transformational and but not permanent. That some are just mean to help you grow and evolve, but they are never meant to be your always and forever.
Colby and Stryder are both such tragic characters with different forms of abuse in their pasts. They find solace and brotherhood in the Air Force, which is part of the reason readers love them. These men deserve love and happiness. They are more than their past, though. They are honorable, gentle, kind, and loving men. Both are true book boyfriend material, which is part of the reason people dislike Rory so much.
Rory is a hard character for me and I’m going to assume other readers to like. I struggled with understanding where she is coming from with letting one go and trying to find love again, and being so mad at her for even beginning a relationship at all with the one. I felt at times her need to fix people made her selfish. She wanted to be needed, to feel important, but I never felt it was truly selfish. It is a part of her character. What I didn’t love is her comparison between the two, but there is definitely a distinction made between being in love with someone and loving someone, especially when we spent so much time watching her “love” the one guy. However, she is human and our emotions change and evolve. It would be wrong to condemn someone for changing how they feel. It happens. It didn’t change the fact that I wanted to throat punch her, because I did. I wanted to because I love the two men in this book.
What Meghan Quinn did with this book, though, is make me understand. I didn’t want to like the new couple. I wanted to hate them, and I did for a good portion of the book. She slowly won me over. It doesn’t mean that I liked it. I was almost mad at myself for understanding, and at the end of the book, I had mix of emotions swirling through me, happiness for the couple to get their HEA and sadness for the one left behind because I wanted an HEA for both men and it just isn’t possible, which is really how life goes.
This book is not for he faint of heart, but I think what Meghan Quinn’s honest look at real world love is moving and emotional and authentic. And for that, there is value in this journey
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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.
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.
Get The Upside of Love (Book One) Today!
About the Author:
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!