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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 w 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.


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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 w 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.

30 review for The Downside of Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    **Available Now** Here’s the thing, I absolutely adore this author, love her writing, so going into this second book of this duet, I was nervous, so nervous on how and what this book would bring me. I questioned “do I even want to know what happens” after the way book one ended, my heart was on the edge of falling and breaking. I fell in love with Colby in book 1 so how it ended, I was wrecked. So book 2, here we go.... I’m going to try and keep this spoil free so my review will be vague as **Available Now** Here’s the thing, I absolutely adore this author, love her writing, so going into this second book of this duet, I was nervous, so nervous on how and what this book would bring me. I questioned “do I even want to know what happens” after the way book one ended, my heart was on the edge of falling and breaking. I fell in love with Colby in book 1 so how it ended, I was wrecked. So book 2, here we go.... I’m going to try and keep this spoil free so my review will be vague as possible.. This book is nothing, absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. Not only was I shocked with the ending in book one, I am shocked, surprised, and amazed at how book two goes. And I am meaning this in the best way possible. Because I’m that sucker for happily ever afters. So with that ending we get in book 1 (definitely has to be read before the second book) I wasn't sure sure we'd get the HEA. Let's say, you get your happily ever after with this book, with this whole story actually. And may I dare say, I am absolutely 110% in agreement with how Miss Quinn spun it and wrote it 😁 “The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness.” This author can manipulate my feelings, she flipped my thoughts, twisted them, and I can honestly say, I am so thankful for it ❤️ Damn Meghan Quinn, I’m in awe of your writing, love your books. Thank you for an Advanced copy of this book❤️

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****FIVE++++++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness. I’m unequivocally head over heels in love with Meghan Quinn’s writing! I enjoyed the first book but even when I finished it, I was thinking I tend to love her romantic comedies so much more because I get her sense of humor, BUT, I will admit I was so wrong!! THE DOWNSIDE OF *****FIVE++++++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness. I’m unequivocally head over heels in love with Meghan Quinn’s writing! I enjoyed the first book but even when I finished it, I was thinking I tend to love her romantic comedies so much more because I get her sense of humor, BUT, I will admit I was so wrong!! THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE blows the first book out of the water and totally made me a believer in Meghan Quinn as an author who can deliver across multiple genres!! I can’t even begin to express how much this book touched my heart. I stayed up way past my bedtime last night because there was no way I would get any sleep until I knew how the story unfolded for everyone!! Quinn delivered an EXQUISITE conclusion to the ”Blue Line Duet”!! At the end of the first book, I was so angry and already passing judgment. I should have known that this author wasn’t going to take the expected path with the continuation of the story. I loved how it all unfolds in book two. Totally unexpected and completely PERFECT!! I have read a series that took a similar approach and that was a five ++++ read for me too. I like when the author surprises you and makes you see things in a completely different light and now I know if this had been told any other way, I don’t think I would have felt so strongly about this book!! This is one EPIC love story filled with CRUSHING ANGST!! I’ve got to prepare those of you who don’t have the strongest of hearts to be able to deal with that, but I think what you need is a nice glass of wine and a good buddy to read along with you that can get you through the rough patches! This is a duet that should be added to everyone’s TBRs!! Here are my overall ratings Hero: 5++++++++ Heroine: 5 Plot: 5+++++++ Angst: 5 Steam: 5 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++++ THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE is available now!! Don’t waste a minute!! Go on and one-click!! Amazon US: http://a.co/e69fHyq Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/cL6HusD Amazon CA: http://a.co/5arZ98k Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2KADU32

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    The Downside of Love (Blue Line Duet #2) by Meghan Quinn 2 stars!!! (view spoiler)[“I might have been a blessing, but I’m sure as hell not the love of your life. I was just a Band-Aid to your broken heart.” This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write but is the result of when one of your favourite authors goes rogue lol. I hate it when I don’t love a book, especially from an author I adore, but I have to be honest and say this one just didn’t work for me. I adored the first book in The Downside of Love (Blue Line Duet #2) by Meghan Quinn 2 stars!!! (view spoiler)[“I might have been a blessing, but I’m sure as hell not the love of your life. I was just a Band-Aid to your broken heart.” This is one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write but is the result of when one of your favourite authors goes rogue lol. I hate it when I don’t love a book, especially from an author I adore, but I have to be honest and say this one just didn’t work for me. I adored the first book in this duet and it is because of that I just couldn’t connect with the second, so much so it took me four days to read it. There are a lot of ways this duet could have gone and the direction that Meghan Quinn took this one would have been the last on my list. It is hard to say anything without spoiling it for anyone else, but when you invest a whole book on one couple and it is a duet, the expectation is there that their story will continue. Colby and Rory’s relationship was hard fought in The Upside of Falling, Colby was this impenetrable fortress and yet Rory persevered, she broke through and she made him fall in love for the first time. That kind of love, for me, is once in a lifetime. Meghan Quinn wrote their story with heart, passion and determination and their character connection was off the charts. To demean all that in the second book really fucking hurt. Seriously, as soon as I saw where book two was going, I cried. The defamation of Colby’s character and his and Rory’s relationship was the last straw for me. While I persevered and read the whole book in the hope that what I was reading would miraculously change, it didn’t and the more I read, the more pissed off I got. So angry in fact I literally threw my kindle. I appreciated Stryder’s story, but his choice of girlfriend was a deal breaker for me. His happy ever after should have come in a spin-off personally, it was definitely a story worth telling, just not in The Downside of Love. Colby put his heart on a silver platter for Rory in The Upside of Falling, for Rory to basically then chop it up, trample, stamp and basically throw it to the pigs in The Downside of Love was testament to her character. Rory was a fixer, she basically went after men that she deemed needed fixing and when her next pet project came along she was out with the old and in with the new. To fall out of love that quickly with someone was unbelievable, especially when their relationship was followed so heavily in the first book, it basically undermined the story that Meghan Quinn told in The Upside of Falling. If you are going to go that route, at least make the reader fall out of love with the first man. Colby was willing to give everything up for Rory, that is how deep his love for her ran and I appreciated that she wanted him to fulfil his dreams first, but to not even try a long-distance relationship? The letters, why? It just didn’t work for me. There are a lot of glowing reviews for this one and I am definitely in the minority, what didn’t work for me will probably work for you. The book was incredibly well written as ever, but for me, it was the plot that let it down. Meghan Quinn lined up a spin-off book at the end, and I’m sorry, but that is just another hell no for me. I gave The Upside of Falling 4.5 stars, but this one just didn’t match it unfortunately. “Loving you has been my greatest sin, and I’m fucking ashamed.” (hide spoiler)] www.theromancecover.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    5Emotional Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Meghan Quinn what an emotional journey you have taken me on with this duology... The first book is an absolute must before you read this one.... in my review of the first book I compared the book to a plane flight that landed you in the wrong destination.... now this book starts with you at that incorrect destination... at first all you can think is... this is not where I want to be! But then you take a closer look and you see this location is different but beautiful as wel 5Emotional Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Meghan Quinn what an emotional journey you have taken me on with this duology... The first book is an absolute must before you read this one.... in my review of the first book I compared the book to a plane flight that landed you in the wrong destination.... now this book starts with you at that incorrect destination... at first all you can think is... this is not where I want to be! But then you take a closer look and you see this location is different but beautiful as well.... The sun is shining, the waves are crashing, the drinks are flowing... so you decide to stay and see how it goes, perhaps this will be the best vacation you’ve ever had??? This book sure made me alter my expectations... i’m going to need to be very vague in this review, because the entire book is really a spoiler and I do not want to spoil this for you... just know this is a beautiful emotional story that will take your emotions on a rollercoaster ride.... you’ll find yourself wanting things to happen that you never thought you would... apparently Meghan Quinn knows better than we do.... This book had everything you want in a romance... fantastic characters... sizzling chemistry... and all the feels... this book will make your heart beat a little faster and set those butterflies off in your stomach... and the ending..... perfection! And the epilogue... ugh please tell me there is a follow up, please! Absolutely recommend to fans of an emotionally filled love story that will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart💕 *** many thanks to Meghan Quinn for my copy of this book ***

  5. 4 out of 5

    JP

    Awful duet, awful characters This author has been hit and miss for me lately but this is definitely the most terrible story I have read. This review isn't a reflection of the author as a person but of this story and I am going to give you the spoiler everyone else wants to avoid because I believe if you pay for your books it will make a difference . This is Strder and Rory's story and it's just ugly. Rory is ugly, shes just an awful character that there is no redemption for in my mind. Basically Awful duet, awful characters This author has been hit and miss for me lately but this is definitely the most terrible story I have read. This review isn't a reflection of the author as a person but of this story and I am going to give you the spoiler everyone else wants to avoid because I believe if you pay for your books it will make a difference . This is Strder and Rory's story and it's just ugly. Rory is ugly, shes just an awful character that there is no redemption for in my mind. Basically she falls for Stryder and they end up together after they basically abandon Coby because Coby left to be a pilot. Rory is too shallow and self centered to care about anyone but herself in both books. It's all her all the time. I dont know what either character saw in her. She basically says she didn't really love Coby and he was just a challenge but she loves Stryder because they were friends. After she chased Coby down she was too weak to stand up for love and stayed home for her brother because apparently she is the only one who can care for him. Really? Ugh. Self righteous b#tch. She deserves no one. She ends things with Ciby in an awful way by just not ever answering him back so he "did not get his Hope's up." Really. Terrible character. And Stryder betrayed his best friend. Ugly. And Roroy gets mad at Coby for being mad at Stryder because Coby doesn't support Stryder when he breaks up with her. Ugh again. Awful. Dont waste your time!!! Why even write the first book of you are going to completely invalidate that whole love story?! Trivialize it. Stupid. AND really Ryan and Coby? Nope! Not having it. Rory and Stryder end up together and Coby gets screwed over with a broken heart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Quinn

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    Thought I loved book 1, then I got to book 2 and realized it's so much better. So, naturally, I'm very happy with the outcome of the story. But even if I wasn't, it's about the journey. And, hey, fictional characters. :D Thought I loved book 1, then I got to book 2 and realized it's so much better. So, naturally, I'm very happy with the outcome of the story. But even if I wasn't, it's about the journey. And, hey, fictional characters. :D

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: July 5, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Actual Rating: 5+ stars Highly Recommended The Downside of Love is a rare and phenomenal romance with a true portrayal of the human heart. Meghan Quinn pens an excellent and emotional read. I thought I knew what I wanted, I thought I new what I needed. But Quinn throws us a delicious curve ball and shows us what is really meant to be. This is going to be a short and sweet review because anything I say about the story has a potential to Release Date: July 5, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Actual Rating: 5+ stars Highly Recommended The Downside of Love is a rare and phenomenal romance with a true portrayal of the human heart. Meghan Quinn pens an excellent and emotional read. I thought I knew what I wanted, I thought I new what I needed. But Quinn throws us a delicious curve ball and shows us what is really meant to be. This is going to be a short and sweet review because anything I say about the story has a potential to be a spoiler for those who are itching to read it. I will say this though, Quinn has written an original and unforgettable novel. She writes a raw love story that anyone can relate to yet, so many know nothing about. Most romances are clear, cut, simple. Not this one... But you will want it and fall in love anyway. Make sure to read this duet IN ORDER. I cannot stress that enough! And don't cheat and flip to the last few chapters because it will ruin the emotion and vulnerability of the story. Also, this book (and the first) will consume you. Friends and I who have been reading together have not been able to stop talking or thinking about it for days. It's that GOOD. I highly recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Olga therebelreader

    This book was a disappointment for me. The first book was a 5 star read but the way the story progressed in the second book left me with feelings of frustration, anger, confusion. I'm giving the plot a 0-star rating....and a 2-star general rating just because I was curious enough to see how the story ended and I made it to the last page... In short: Hero 3/5 | Heroine 2/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 0/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 2/5 | Romance 3/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 1/5 | Humor 0/5 | This book was a disappointment for me. The first book was a 5 star read but the way the story progressed in the second book left me with feelings of frustration, anger, confusion. I'm giving the plot a 0-star rating....and a 2-star general rating just because I was curious enough to see how the story ended and I made it to the last page... In short: Hero 3/5 | Heroine 2/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 0/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 2/5 | Romance 3/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 1/5 | Humor 0/5 | Secondary Characters 3/5 | Drama-Conflict 4/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 1/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 1/5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Not what i was expecting Did not like the plot. Lost total respect for the characters. It just seemed like they used the guy. Played him. Total sleeze thing to do. The girl, such a shallow character in the end. I saw that they tried to give her credibility in her struggle but, she still lied about her feelings and made choices that weren't hes to make. I felt the main character could have been just fine on his own without that nonsense, would have ended up in the same place but much happier. Not Not what i was expecting Did not like the plot. Lost total respect for the characters. It just seemed like they used the guy. Played him. Total sleeze thing to do. The girl, such a shallow character in the end. I saw that they tried to give her credibility in her struggle but, she still lied about her feelings and made choices that weren't hes to make. I felt the main character could have been just fine on his own without that nonsense, would have ended up in the same place but much happier. Not my favorite.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    With The Downside of Love Meghan Quinn finishes off her heartrending Blue Line duet. In The Upside of Falling we were left with a distraught Colby who upon coming home to bury his Gramps is witness to a sight that crushes him further. The Downside of Love fills the gaps between the time Colby left for flight school and when he comes back. It is impossible to write a review describing more about it without giving it away. It is meant for the reader to experience all the emotions it evokes firsthan With The Downside of Love Meghan Quinn finishes off her heartrending Blue Line duet. In The Upside of Falling we were left with a distraught Colby who upon coming home to bury his Gramps is witness to a sight that crushes him further. The Downside of Love fills the gaps between the time Colby left for flight school and when he comes back. It is impossible to write a review describing more about it without giving it away. It is meant for the reader to experience all the emotions it evokes firsthand. The wonderful writing though, can certainly be mentioned along with the great character development, the twist in the plot I didn’t expect nor see coming. Yet this is not the book I wanted, nor expected. The mixed emotions I felt made it very difficult to read. I avidly read romance novels because of the escape they provide, hoping for that happily ever after that will give me a satisfied feeling once I finish the book. I experienced a bittersweet feeling. I was saddened by the characters’ plights and glad that they found their way out from their dark past and towards happiness, even when I wasn’t a Rory fan. Had this been a stand-alone, I would have fallen head over heels with this book. Yet its predecessor’s backstory prevented me from fully enjoying it. Kudos to Meghan Quinn for her brilliantly storytelling and ability to evoke such strong emotions. The Downside of Love is the second book of the Blue Line duet by Meghan Quinn. It is a heartbreaking and bitter sweet contemporary romance, told from several points of view. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2lNXheB 3.5 stars * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via Inkslinger PR. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Twitter * Pinterest Book Teasers * More reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Saunders

    ******Spoilers Ahead****** Got to 89% (chapter 27) and I couldn't go on so its a DNF. I disliked the female character so much. I didn't get how she pursued Colby to the extent she did in book 1. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable. She fell "deeply in love with him" and then ended up where she is in book 2 with Stryder. "Brothers" don't betray each other and I honestly could not feel or got the point of this love triangle. Her comparisons to the two men were nonsensical. Bit like peeling an oni ******Spoilers Ahead****** Got to 89% (chapter 27) and I couldn't go on so its a DNF. I disliked the female character so much. I didn't get how she pursued Colby to the extent she did in book 1. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable. She fell "deeply in love with him" and then ended up where she is in book 2 with Stryder. "Brothers" don't betray each other and I honestly could not feel or got the point of this love triangle. Her comparisons to the two men were nonsensical. Bit like peeling an onion and taking away the inner layers. Her treatment and rational of Colby was callous and for me she crossed the line and when she delivered that line "it's over" I honestly thought it she would come to her senses and realized how stupid she was being. Her actions were callous especially after how she pursued him so much. Her lack of consideration for his feelings and the way she just cast him aside with not thought that it wasn't over for him was MEH. What finished this for me was her fast fall for Stryder and her reasons for "loving him". I didn't understand where Meghan Quinn was coming from with this duet. These two books just did not marry. PS I eventually got to the end and yes, I won my bet. You won't need to bet where the next book is going. Sadly, for me, this was one of the worse two parters I have read this year.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)

    Well! Everything is right in the world again. I’m crying happy tears. As you know The Downside of Love is the second part of a duet. I’ll be honest at the end of book one The Upside of Falling I was heart-broken. I could not wait to dive into the second book because I was dying to know what happened to the lives of Rory, Ryan, Colby and his best friend Stryder. At the same time, it took me a bit of courage to continue because I was afraid I might harbor bad feelings for one or two of these chara Well! Everything is right in the world again. I’m crying happy tears. As you know The Downside of Love is the second part of a duet. I’ll be honest at the end of book one The Upside of Falling I was heart-broken. I could not wait to dive into the second book because I was dying to know what happened to the lives of Rory, Ryan, Colby and his best friend Stryder. At the same time, it took me a bit of courage to continue because I was afraid I might harbor bad feelings for one or two of these characters. Something happened … it’s a big spoiler so you just have to read it and find out. My thought at the time was that there aren’t enough excuses in the world to justify what was happening between two people. Let me make it clear though there is NO CHEATING, NO BED HOPPING, or LOVE TRIANGLE … so you don’t have to worry about that … Meghan did a amazing job with the characters. As I read their journey to find love which is rocky and full of ups and downs, I am convinced that what happened with these two were meant to be. Friends who lean on each other through difficult time eventually developed romantic feelings for one another. It’s also a bit of “I love someone but that person loves someone else” … They both tried hard to stay way but the undeniable chemistry, the strong bond, and the love they have for each other triumph over any spectacles. The heart does not choose who to love after all. In the end, it was faith that bought them together. My only concern is that when Rory finally explained her reasons … I felt she was a little too “matter-of-fact” about the whys and the hows given the deep love she had for him, and also knowing how he still feels about her. I love Rory though – she is a very sweet, caring, nurtured, compassionate person but I thought her affection for “him” was misplaced – because “he needed someone”. He did need someone desperately and I am completely sympathetic to the choices they BOTH made at the time … This is just my personally opinion though … In the end, everyone got their happy endings they so deserved. Meghan did a brilliant job of taking care of every single characters. Everything happened for a reason and the world is as it should be. And guess what? Looks like we are going to get more ... The epilogue gave us a promise for Ryan’s love story and I could not be more elated for the TWO of them 🙏❤ The Downside of Love is another raw, angsty, stunning, emotional read. It’s a story of friendship, finding oneself, soul searching, sacrifice, and the pursuit for love. The writing is phenomenal – I was completely consumed by her words from beginning until the end. This duet completely stole my heart 💜 Best of Meghan’s work in my humble opinion 🙏

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    Title: The Downside Of Love (Blue Line Duet #2) Author: Meghan Quinn Genre: Romance I feel manipulated. I feel confused. I feel angry. I feel distraught. Too many feeling for one so young hahahaha The Upside of love (Blue Line Duet #1) left me distraught and hopeful that the end was just one big misunderstanding or something…anything! See? confused! The downside of Love… well, I am honestly torn. On one hand, I am uncertain but understanding while on the other I was hoping for a Title: The Downside Of Love (Blue Line Duet #2) Author: Meghan Quinn Genre: Romance I feel manipulated. I feel confused. I feel angry. I feel distraught. Too many feeling for one so young hahahaha The Upside of love (Blue Line Duet #1) left me distraught and hopeful that the end was just one big misunderstanding or something…anything! See? confused! The downside of Love… well, I am honestly torn. On one hand, I am uncertain but understanding while on the other I was hoping for a second chance between Colby and Rory. I admit I WAS passing judgement left and right without a care in the world. But half way through, just like the characters I was coming to terms with the fact that life moves on; People make sacrifices for the greater good, hearts break, people lose loved ones, hearts mend, have a second chance at an everlasting love. This book is a true definition of angst and I for one am content.  The Downside of Love is an emotional book to say the least. It will take you into a journey of emotions. A stunning conclusion to an epic duet. For more ... www.jemimajamir.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    5 stars So many feels, what an emotional roller coaster The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn turned out to be. I truly could not put this book down. It's hard to review a book without mentioning names and giving anything away, so I'm just going to keep it short and share how this book and duet made me feel. When I started The Downside of Love it felt like someone punched me in the stomach, the feelings of confusion and hurt took over and I wasn't sure if I could keep reading with an open mind. BUT 5 stars So many feels, what an emotional roller coaster The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn turned out to be. I truly could not put this book down. It's hard to review a book without mentioning names and giving anything away, so I'm just going to keep it short and share how this book and duet made me feel. When I started The Downside of Love it felt like someone punched me in the stomach, the feelings of confusion and hurt took over and I wasn't sure if I could keep reading with an open mind. BUT knowing author Meghan Quinn is a genius with her pen and words I kept turning the pages and soon I was hooked, I fell in love with these sensitive, complex characters and I was totally taken with them. They made my heart ache with their pain and on so many occasions I wanted to reach into my kindle to hug them. They'd been through so much and seeing them together I had no doubt they were true soul mates and belonged together. This duet will make you feel, you will smile, you will swoon, you will want to throw yourself on the floor and sob like a baby but then when you think your heart can't take much more you will slowly start putting the pain behind and relishing the unconditional love blossoming in front of you. By the end I was left with a satisfied and a happy heart full of love and knowing that all is right and it was all meant to be. A big thank you to Meghan Quinn for writing and sharing this beautiful, heartfelt story with us. It's been a very long time I've felt so many emotions while reading and I highly recommend you read the Blue Line Duet. *Grab them here* The Upside of Falling here Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2yrCA0V Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/ijI7Ici Amazon CA: http://a.co/e9jVlHr Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2loXZi2 The Downside of Love Amazon US: http://a.co/e69fHyq Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/cL6HusD Amazon CA: http://a.co/5arZ98k Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2KADU32 *I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jill M

    Gah… Meghan is a pure genius. After that cliffhanger and the book hangover from hell, Meghan wrote this beautiful, amazing story. If like most of us you were left breathless at the end of book 1. You will get all your answers and so much more with book 2. It will be worth all the sleepless nights, heart palpitations and anxiety waiting for this book. I can’t say much without giving anything away and that would be wrong to Meghan’s loyal readers. But I will say that never have two books moved me mo Gah… Meghan is a pure genius. After that cliffhanger and the book hangover from hell, Meghan wrote this beautiful, amazing story. If like most of us you were left breathless at the end of book 1. You will get all your answers and so much more with book 2. It will be worth all the sleepless nights, heart palpitations and anxiety waiting for this book. I can’t say much without giving anything away and that would be wrong to Meghan’s loyal readers. But I will say that never have two books moved me more. I cried my eyes out when I read Dear Life and nothing comes close to the emotions I felt with this duet. This book isn’t just a romance story. This is about being selfless. About sacrifices. About being yourself and never letting anyone bring you down. It’s about finding that soul-searching love and navigating through the good, the bad and the ugly. Meghan’s words will take you on a journey that will have you laughing and crying but will fill your heart with so much emotion it will be hard to let these characters go. “The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness.” I’m so glad Meghan took a chance and shared this story with us.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    Omg I just devoured this book. It pretty much just consumed my life. When this hit my kindle last night, I stopped my current read and I had to dive right in. This story was absolutely beautiful and brilliant. I hands down love this book more than the first. I’m not really an emotional person (cause emotions are ew) but they were all over the place with this one. See that blob over there? That’s my cold dead heart that was ripped out of my body and thrown on the floor. God, this story is so g-da Omg I just devoured this book. It pretty much just consumed my life. When this hit my kindle last night, I stopped my current read and I had to dive right in. This story was absolutely beautiful and brilliant. I hands down love this book more than the first. I’m not really an emotional person (cause emotions are ew) but they were all over the place with this one. See that blob over there? That’s my cold dead heart that was ripped out of my body and thrown on the floor. God, this story is so g-dang good. For really reals, this duet is a must read. I’m not just saying that because I love this authors words and they speak to me. I feel like this was her best book to date and I’ve pretty much loved them all. Gah, the feels are so strong right now. This is reread worthy. I just need to throw it out there again on my huge mega love for this duet. Book hangover! My favorite quote: “The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness. Life is full of chances. Opportunities. Challenges. But it’s what you do with them that counts.” <—-YES! Heart eyes and an emotional high five!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I went into this book nervous. I knew I was gonna struggle and I did. I still loved the emotion behind the characters as well as the dynamic between them. Its a great story about all the ups, downs and in betweens of love. It left me raw and really emotional.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile

    NO SPOILERS! The Downside of Love was absolutely BRILLIANT! It was an incredibly unique, sexy, emotional, and beautiful conclusion to the Blue Line Duet, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart and soul! The storyline and characters were phenomenal, and Meghan Quinn completely blew me away with her extraordinary talent and writing style. The Downside of Love is the perfect example of why I love Meghan Quinn and her amazing books so much. Not only can she write hot and hilarious romantic co NO SPOILERS! The Downside of Love was absolutely BRILLIANT! It was an incredibly unique, sexy, emotional, and beautiful conclusion to the Blue Line Duet, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart and soul! The storyline and characters were phenomenal, and Meghan Quinn completely blew me away with her extraordinary talent and writing style. The Downside of Love is the perfect example of why I love Meghan Quinn and her amazing books so much. Not only can she write hot and hilarious romantic comedies, but sexy, emotional, and heartbreaking/heartwarming contemporary romances as well. The Downside of Love completely blew my mind in every best way possible, and I am so excited for what’s to come! The storyline was completely unexpected, but even better than I ever could’ve imagined. It was so much different than I thought it would be, and certainly took me by surprise. Even though it wasn’t what I was expecting, I truly couldn’t have loved it more. It was phenomenal from beginning to end, and I absolutely adored it with my entire being. It was emotional and heartbreaking at times, and there were a few aspects that I didn’t like whatsoever, but it also made me so freaking happy that I could’ve burst with tears of joy. The Blue Line Duet has definitely been the most unique and memorable duet that I’ve ever read, and has hands down been my favorite one to date. Meghan Quinn blew me away with this story, and I will never, ever forget it. The characters were even better in this installment, and I couldn’t have loved them more. I loved their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and the strong connection and friendship they had together. Since I don’t want to give spoilers away, I won’t say any of their names, because that might ruin it for people who haven’t read it yet. I will say that the two main characters have been some of my top favorite fictional characters ever. I loved them to pieces and couldn’t get enough of them and their story. It definitely wasn’t an easy journey, but all of the ups and downs were completely worth it in the end. Every feeling and emotion I felt while reading this book will be ingrained in me for a long time to come, and I can’t wait to return to this story and these characters over and over again. They will stay in my heart and soul forever. The Downside of Love was a unique, sexy, beautiful, and emotional conclusion to the Blue Line Duet, and I would HIGHLY recommend it and The Upside of Falling! Meghan Quinn truly outdid herself with this duet, especially The Downside of Love, and I was absolutely ecstatic with the way everything ended. The Blue Line Duet was unlike any duet I’ve read before, and I will hold it near and dear to my heart forever. After reading the epilogue, I am so freaking excited to see what Meghan Quinn has in store next! ARC received in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews and other book news, please visit: https://theromancebibliophile.com

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cristal Jatip

    I bailed after skimming chapters and I just wanted to know if the ending to book 1 was a misunderstanding. I couldn’t do it. Rory annoys me. Like you just professed your love for another guy and made him follows his dream (which is really selfless of her) but are starting to check out his bf’s bulge and six pack? What the hell is that?! I got to chapter 15 and started wonder what the hell is so special about Rory? Why are these guys willing to throw their dreams away for her? Ugh spare me with t I bailed after skimming chapters and I just wanted to know if the ending to book 1 was a misunderstanding. I couldn’t do it. Rory annoys me. Like you just professed your love for another guy and made him follows his dream (which is really selfless of her) but are starting to check out his bf’s bulge and six pack? What the hell is that?! I got to chapter 15 and started wonder what the hell is so special about Rory? Why are these guys willing to throw their dreams away for her? Ugh spare me with the “she’s so beautiful with no makeup.” And the “she is so kind and has a big heart” I hate these “girls” authors write making them seem like “the perfect girl”. Rory sucked in this book. Stryder was annoying when he would go on forever about how beautiful she as and how he had to hide his love for her. Barf, spare me. And Rory broke up with Colby because she couldn’t leave with him and he would be stationed anywhere but Stryder is Jon the Air Force to an can be stationed anywhere! How is that different?! I still she can’t leave her family but I don’t understand how she made it ok to be with Stryder when she broke up with Colby for that reason. These relationships were so codependent and unhealthy. Rory needs to save people and feel needed and both men did that for her. This isn’t a Duology. Far from it. What a disappointment. I will say that I really love this authors book and even though this one pissed me off I will still read her other stuff.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀

    4.5 Stars I wasn't sure I was going to recover after the end of book 1 and I was very skeptical that I would enjoy this one. Meghan Quinn thankfully proved me wrong and somehow twisted this story to have the ending I never realized I even wanted. This one is super emotional and pulled on my heart strings. Absolutely loved it! 4.5 Stars I wasn't sure I was going to recover after the end of book 1 and I was very skeptical that I would enjoy this one. Meghan Quinn thankfully proved me wrong and somehow twisted this story to have the ending I never realized I even wanted. This one is super emotional and pulled on my heart strings. Absolutely loved it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW*** 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 on ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW*** 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

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5/23/2018 Well, Doesn't Ms. Quinn think she is sly... And Savvy... And Mysterious... Per Ms. Quinn... "Oh nooooo . . . you don't get the blurb on this one just yet!" Well, be that way... it won't stop me from watching this space for ... The Downside of Love-July 5th 2018 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways 5/23/2018 Well, Doesn't Ms. Quinn think she is sly... And Savvy... And Mysterious... Per Ms. Quinn... "Oh nooooo . . . you don't get the blurb on this one just yet!" Well, be that way... it won't stop me from watching this space for ... The Downside of Love-July 5th 2018 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    I don’t think I’ve ever been so emotionally fucked by a book in my bookworm life before. I don’t even know how to rate this. I don’t even know if I want to review it. Gahhhhhh. 😩

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna Valsa

    So disappointed 😡

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather C

    "The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness." First and foremost, you CANNOT read The Downside of Love without having read The Upside of Falling. If you haven't read that, stop right now and go read it. This review could be a potential spoiler and you would be lost if you started here. This book. This story. It's everything. It ripped me apart only to put me back together better th "The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness." First and foremost, you CANNOT read The Downside of Love without having read The Upside of Falling. If you haven't read that, stop right now and go read it. This review could be a potential spoiler and you would be lost if you started here. This book. This story. It's everything. It ripped me apart only to put me back together better than before. I'm not even sure how to review it without giving anything away but I'm going to try to be vague and only talk about my feels because of that. I will say that I had a feeling this story was going in the direction that it did and I couldn't have been happier with the way it turned out. My heart bled for everyone while soaring at the same time. I felt even more connected to everyone than I did in the previous book. The Downside of Love is emotional, beautiful and raw. I cannot express to you how much I think this Duet belongs in everyone's life. I can't recommend it enough. Well done, Meghan Quinn. You made me feel and you delivered my all time favorite work from you. I will be screaming about this Duet to everyone. *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This is probably going to be the most vague and non-spoiler review I have ever written. You MUST read the Upside of Falling before reading this one. And then once you do, you will immediately want to read this one so you can try and patch up your heart. And well, there will be ALOT of patches after this one. As I said to Meghan and others, this book left me in a puddle of emotions. I hated and loved everything I read. I hated and loved these characters simultaneously. And yes that is possible. The This is probably going to be the most vague and non-spoiler review I have ever written. You MUST read the Upside of Falling before reading this one. And then once you do, you will immediately want to read this one so you can try and patch up your heart. And well, there will be ALOT of patches after this one. As I said to Meghan and others, this book left me in a puddle of emotions. I hated and loved everything I read. I hated and loved these characters simultaneously. And yes that is possible. The ride that Meghan takes us on with this duet is one I have enjoyed and at times wanted to jump off while everything was still moving along. I won't give you any specifics on names, scenes and whatnot. This book is best left to go in totally blind - the blurb gives you all that you need. This duet was everything I needed and didn't know it. And that epilogue - WOW!!! Meghan is really outdoing herself with this one. Now, if you need me - I will be rocking myself in a corner trying to figure out all these emotions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tracy C

    I can't believe I am saying this about one of my favorite authors, but I disliked this book so hard! What the heck?? I was so upset by what these 2 did to Colby I couldn't sleep!! And Rory had the nerve to act like he abandoned Stryder?? She was awful. Stryder was awful. They deserve each other. Poor Colby! Stupid plot!! Check out the blog: I can't believe I am saying this about one of my favorite authors, but I disliked this book so hard! What the heck?? I was so upset by what these 2 did to Colby I couldn't sleep!! And Rory had the nerve to act like he abandoned Stryder?? She was awful. Stryder was awful. They deserve each other. Poor Colby! Stupid plot!! Check out the blog:

  29. 4 out of 5

    aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog

    This review was so hard to write. For days, after I finished this final installment of the duet, I was lost in my thoughts processing it all and basking ALL THE FEELS. Admittedly, I did not expect how Meghan Quinn took me to this ride as she was brave enough to lead me to this path I knew so well, until I realized I didn't. When I opened the book, I closed it again thinking I read the wrong one. Boy how I read the right book indeed. And I am floored. Floored to Meghan Quinn's brav This review was so hard to write. For days, after I finished this final installment of the duet, I was lost in my thoughts processing it all and basking ALL THE FEELS. Admittedly, I did not expect how Meghan Quinn took me to this ride as she was brave enough to lead me to this path I knew so well, until I realized I didn't. When I opened the book, I closed it again thinking I read the wrong one. Boy how I read the right book indeed. And I am floored. Floored to Meghan Quinn's bravery. Floored to a story that brought feels I am still basking even after all this time. The Downside of Love, was a story of friendship, finding oneself, sacrifices and selflessness and then love. I am totally surprised as I go along with these characters journey. Sure, I was left in a puddle of emotions when book 1 ended, but the second book totally lead me to a difrerent roller coaster ride I didn't saw coming. I cried tears of joy and sadness, I got so mad yet I swooned and fell so hard. It might not be the ending I was loking forward but I could not deny the fact that I love how the story goes and ended. It was realistic and it knocked me off my feet. I was caught of guard the moment I read the very first page but I was captivated how it was executed. Overall, I highly recommend this book and I will just leave my review as vague as possible because the whole plot is a great spoiler for you. Know that this book is not for the faint of heart. I myself was surprised with the unexpected turn of the events but I trust Meghan Quinn's delivery. I am glad I did. It was one of the best duet I have the honor of reading. Indeed, The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness. When I finished the book, I now fully understand how one's life choices affects so much. Because in the truest fashion, Life is full of chances. Opportunities. Challenges. But it’s what you do with them that counts. Gahd! How I love this duet so much! Kudos, Meghan Quinn!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bibliophile Chloe

    Is any decision the right one?  This is the question that kept running through my head as I was reading this.   The Downside of Love is the epic conclusion to the  Blue Line duet.   I am still processing my feelings. I ran the gamut when reading.  I was sad, I was angry, I was happy. This story hit so many personal things with me, which in turn made me love and hate this all the more.... The locations: I lived in Colorado Springs for 12 years and I could picture the places and been to quite a few Is any decision the right one?  This is the question that kept running through my head as I was reading this.   The Downside of Love is the epic conclusion to the  Blue Line duet.   I am still processing my feelings. I ran the gamut when reading.  I was sad, I was angry, I was happy. This story hit so many personal things with me, which in turn made me love and hate this all the more.... The locations: I lived in Colorado Springs for 12 years and I could picture the places and been to quite a few of them.  I was in the military, I married a military man. I could empathize with Rory.  I could empathize with all of them, but I chose differently. The dynamic between the characters: I too had to make decisions and choices that seemed right at the time.  But at what cost? Luckily I did choose correctly and I have been thanking my lucky stars ever since.   The true testament to this story is that I was so determined about what I wanted the outcome to be.  I was so filled with angst and shaking my head and crying when I was reading.  But being the brilliant writer that Meghan is, she changed my way of thinking, to see the otherside.  Meghan flipped the script! I may not agree on the outcome, but I can understand it better and I could appreciate it more.  And that in itself makes me love Meghan's words even more than I thought was possible! I am hoping, and praying that Meghan makes sure that all the characters get their happily ever afters!  They so deserve it!  This duet proves that Meghan can write more than just funny, sweet romances.  She can also deliver one helluva angst, tear filled, love story for the ages!   This is a MUST READ duet! This duet is amazing! This is definitely in the running for my best of 2018 reads! Get your hands on this! 

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