Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: The Downside of Love | Blue Line Duet by Meghan Quinn

DOWNSIDE OF LOVEThis 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.

5 stars

Romance | Contemporary | New Adult

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through a blog tour hosted by InkslingerPR Tours in exchange for an honest review***

Oh my lanta – this duet. This flipping duet has me conflicted, tangled and soaring like a swooning schoolgirl. The Upside of Falling was absolutely phenomenal. And I will be completely honest with you, the ending – that cliffhanger – it was earth shattering. I was elated yet hesitant into diving into The Downside of Love, especially after reading the synopsis and knowing full well that somewhere, somehow I am going to hate some character by the end of this…

I am obviously going to try to keep this as spoiler free as humanly possible… but guys if you have not read The Upside of Falling, stop now, go read! 

After reading book one we know that we are not only surrounding our tale with Rory and Colby, but also Stryder, Colby’s best friend. Obviously right off the bat I bet you are wondering the big question and let me just clear this up right now – there is no cheating, no love triangle and above all, there is not moments of going from one person to the next. However, you can tell just by the situation that this is between Rory, Stryder and Colby that there is going to be some heartache – hence my hesitance.

Jumping in The Downside of Love we got right into Stryder, which for me is a huge turn of events because I was not expecting to finally get the POV of the best friend; at least not the first perspective. He was such a broken character. I couldn’t help but really sympathize with his personality, the need to just wrap my arms around Stryder was strong. Only getting tidbits of him previously I didn’t know how to receive his character in the least, but honestly he blew me away. He was gentle, sweet, caring and above all respectful yet conflicted and pained. I loved his internal conflicts, his passion and drive. Stryder was very vulnerable side, where Colby was stronger, more independent not seeking everyone’s approval while Stryder really needed to know he was being successful and that kind of flaw can be devastatingly deafening. 

I will also say that Rory is such an amazing character, one that is heartfelt and down right relatable. I love her caring, nurturing personality though at times her romantic entanglements really depended on who ‘needed’ her more. Which really irked me, yet completely understandable. I was also surprised that I did not loathe her, I found her reasons for breaking the situation from Colby in The Upside of Falling to her justifications to Stryder in The Downside of Love admirable almost. 

I will honestly say as far as the happy ending, the climatic drama that followed the relationships between the three characters was beautifully written. Not only did the characters I felt that deserved to be together they actually found their happy ending, they battled their internal and romantic conflicts to get to that point, on top of this there was closure on the other spectrum. Rory was able to feel this void with the person she truly loved and wasn’t just simply infatuated with, while finding peace in her life to move forward for both herself and the man she loved. And lets not forget Colby and Stryder because they finally had their brute war, the fists that needed to happened happened, and quite frankly I was smitten with how they worked their flaws together; by the end they were brothers and stood by each others decisions. I think for me, aside from the amazing romance that was built into The Downside of Love, it was the bromance that really shined a huge light in the plot. It was so pivotal to both the struggles that Colby and Stryder had with their friends and family because they lost sight of one another but didn’t let the drama cloud their progression to start a new.

What can I say – I flipping loved this duet. It took me for a whirlwind of emotions. For my first Meghan Quinn read ever, I have to admit she stole my heart comrades. 

Surprisingly enough too, to counter my previous comment I did not end this on any negative notes towards a single character. I personally loved the ending. It was definitely not what I expected to happen, I was pretty confident I KNEW who Rory would end up with but honestly I was blindsided. And I couldn’t be more satisfied with this. This was truly a magnificent read, it was both breathtakingly emotional yet the laughs and reality of the characters tugged at my heart. I honestly cannot wait to see what is in store next… I have a feeling Ryan’s story may be in my near future? Yes – please say it is happening! I need Rory’s best friend to have her happily ever after with the knight and shinning armor who very much needs his own story.


AMAZON | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

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!

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