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    Review | The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

    About The Upside of Falling

    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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    I have been gravitating towards duets this year and I was totally on board with this one as soon as I read the synopsis. With my husband in the military, I’ll take on a military romance here and there. I love reading about the couples relationships and the trials and tribulations they constantly face. I totally understand it and it’s not an easy relationship to be in.

    As I started, we get the beginnings of a new relationship. With Colby always having his dreams set on being a fighter pilot, he could never afford any sort of distractions. His life since he left home after high school has been a routine. Doing everything the same, everyday until he finally got to his goal.

    But then the one time he gives in and decides to live a little and steer away from his rigid routine, Rory completely knocks him on his ass. I liked that he endlessly tried to stay away for her, but Rory’s persistence was something to be admired.

    As to be expected, the thing I hate about duets is how the book ends. It’s always on a cliffhanger and usually I’m feeling all the feels and teetering on the edge of anxiety because I just need to know what happens. For majority of the book, we see these two blazing through the honeymoon stage of their relationship. Colby’s walls are breaking down and he’s opening up about his rough life growing up especially after losing his dad. We witness Rory’s uttermost devotion and dedication to her brother that is autistic. You’ll be wondering when that other shoe will drop.

    It’s no surprise what Colby will do once he graduates from the Air Force Academy, already accepted into his dream. There’s that gray cloud looming over them because they will both need to decide what is to happen with their future.

    All I have to say is that around half way through the book, I had a very strong feeling about what was going to happen. And it left me feeling not so great… especially as I was nearing the end. And then it finally happened as I assumed and I was left pretty darn angry…

    If only I could go into more details, but this is something you’ll have to read and find out. As angry as I am about the cliffhanger, I’m 100% nervous about the conclusion book. I feel like that will be the one where we dive deeper into all the emotions we didn’t quite experience in this one. It’ll be a dark and angsty road to get through and hearts will be broken over and over again. How can any happiness come out of this?!

    I wanted to love this, but it’s steering into something that I don’t usually read. And I have no idea how I’m going to handle this. The writing was flawless and everything flowed so perfectly. I’m not sure if my heart will be able to handle the conclusion…


    About The Downside of Love


    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.

    Meet 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!

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