Friday, June 22, 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Upside of Falling (Blue Line Duet #1) by Meghan Quinn

Book info:
TitleThe Upside of Falling
Author:  Meghan Quinn
SeriesBlue Line Duet #1
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  June 21st, 2018
Source:  E-galley from InkSlingerPR which did not affect my opinion in any way
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:
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.


Purchase Links:
Amazon UK:  http://amzn.eu/ijI7Ici 
Amazon CA:  http://a.co/e9jVlHr
My Review:
This is my second series of books by Meghan Quinn, and I think she's going to be one of my auto-read/buy authors from now on!   Also, warning, this book has a cliffhanger, making me so glad I'm on the tour, and also that she isn't releasing them very far apart, because I have got to read on!  I'm so upset with what happened at the end.  Well, in a good way, in a way that made me tear up and I need to find out just what really is happening.  
Before this one, I'd only read her Dating By Numbers series, which was a little bit more light-hearted than this one.  The Upside of Falling is a little bit more of a drama/serious story. Sure, there still is what I'm guessing is Quinn's trademark humorous dialog, but the relationship and the background of the main characters is a lot deeper in some ways.  Not that the other series didn't have some emotional parts where teared up, but this one had a lot of those moments.  Colby and Rory had a relationship that was hard-fought for, and definitely well-earned.  For the most part there weren't any of those little tropes or issues that I have problems with in romance.  They both listened or talked when they needed to tell the other one something.  So that misunderstandings didn't come between them.  
This story brought to mind the movie An Officer and a Gentleman for me.  And I do really like that movie.  I don't read a ton of military romances, which is kind of weird when I think about it.  I mean, I'm a big fan of military guys, so not sure why I don't read more of these.  But this was a good one.  
Remember how I said that it didn't do any of those things that always irritated me, well I guess I lied a bit.  You know that thing where one person breaks up with the other because they know/think the other would be better off not having to deal with them? Well, that happens in this book.  And it makes me mad.  And it also makes what happens at the very end a surprise to me, because I did NOT see it coming. Especially with a second book!  I have no idea what is going to happen in book two.  How this romance will play out.  However, I am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out!

Book 2:

THE DOWNSIDE OF LOVE – July 5th

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.


 

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!
 

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