Thursday 28 June 2018

Review ~ The Upside of Falling (Blue Line Duet #1) by Meghan Quinn

Book Description:

Gripping, heart-stopping, and an incredibly epic journey with a twist you'll never see coming. Best selling author, Meghan Quinn, brings you a modern take on an old fashion romance that will leave you breathless and wanting more. 

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.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Careers fade, but love lasts forever.”

Meghan Quinn is one of those authors that no matter what genre she writes, she captivates me from first to last page and The Upside of Falling was no different. I love her serious side, those contemporary romances that rip the heart right out of you all the while piecing you back together in carefully orchestrated paragraphs. While this is a duet, and if like me you are an emotional sap, then you won’t get your final piece of heart restored until book 2, The Downside of Love, but Meghan Quinn leaves this book in an apt place and having already read the second book, can see why she left it where she did.

“There is so much to be written about our love story, and to hell if I’m going to let you believe otherwise.”

This is reminiscent of Top Gun as Meghan Quinn keeps us glued to the pages with Air Force Flight School, I was just waiting for Maverick and Goose to grace the pages. Instead we have Cody and Stryder, two best friends that have been there for each other through thick and thin, both characters are extremely lovable, exceptionally flawed (which I loved) and their bond was priceless. However, enough about the men in hot flight suits that grace the pages.

“You’re the only girl who’s ever made my heart skip a beat, that’s for damn sure.”

Rory is our heroine, let down by a man in the past and reticent to find love again. Rory lives for her autistic older brother and her relationship with him will bring tears to many eyes. Meghan Quinn does an amazing job in showing just how hard it is for parents and siblings alike when it comes to a severely autistic son/brother and the sacrifices they make, the lives they put on hold just to make sure that the life of the sufferer is as stable, loving and normal as possible.

“You’re the only guy who’s ever made me feel like I’m actually worth something.”

This book was emotional, heartfelt, romantic, and contemplative. It brings many issues to the fore and really took me by surprise. I didn’t even read the synopsis for this one and this book bit me on the ass in the best way. Meghan Quinn takes your emotions through the gamut as she navigates the complicated course of true love with perseverance and brutal honesty. I could feel the chemistry oozing off the pages, I adored the angst, I loved the friendships, I adored the characters, basically there was nothing not to love about this book. As ever, the smattering of Meghan Quin’s insane humour littered the pages and expertly broke up the heavier moments.

“The upside to falling for someone is never being alone.”

While the end is always expected in a duet, I must admit I was blindsided by this one and having an inkling as to how this was all going to play out in The Downside of Love, I was EXTREMELY nervous. While I have read The Downside of Love, I am not going to mention anything about it in this review, but let me just say, it is a good job it is just around the corner. Meghan Quinn has brought forward the release date to 1st July, so now would be an ideal time to dive into this one.

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