Review: The Downside of Love, Meghan Quinn

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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5 fucked up stars

I’m pretty sure this was the hardest duet I have ever read. Book 1 was absolutely beautiful even though Meghan tore my heart out of my chest with that ending. I was actually afraid to start book 2 because I had an idea of what was about to happen and I didn’t want it to happen. Let me tell you I put it off a day or two because I knew I wasn’t ready for what I was about to read even though I had been dying to read it since finishing book 1.

>>If you haven’t read The Upside of Falling then be warned there are spoilers ahead. Keep reading at your own discretion.<<

Reading this book was like someone was stomping on my heart, that had been previously been tore out of my chest, right in front of my eyes and it hurt to watch and I felt every little, every big stomp with my whole being. I don’t think I’ve EVER felt so conflicted in my life. As much as I love Colby, I’ve always loved Stryder too and watching him be treated so badly by his family and still be an amazing guy made me fall more for him, and feel bad and want to see him happy. Him and Colby are a lot alike in that way. Stryder was just amazing and he loved Rory so fiercely, and all the little things were enormous. He was so beyond sweet with her, he was perfect and he deserved to get his happiness just as much as anyone.

What he did for Colby was so selfless but now reading all that happened with him in this book was so bad at first that I was so apprehensive. What’s even worse is that I felt happy for him and super angry and sad at the same time for the other guy.. It is so conflicting. I wanted both of them to be happy, but they couldn’t be happy at the same time, not while they were in love with the same girl. 

At one point I lost all hope for what I had been wishing fot and I’m the kind of person who holds on to hope until the end... I was desolate and actually sick to my stomach, which was a first. This book pulled out feelings from me I’d never experienced while reading a book before. I have never in my life felt so conflicted and angry/hurt/content over a love triangle. I always have a favorite even when I love them both but between Colby and Stryder I honestly don’t have a clue. I truly wanted them both to be happy and it hurts to know that they all went through such heartache. But I also can’t help but love they way this book ended and the promise of the other guy’s book which I’m praying will happen as soon as possible; I need to see my other boy get his happy ending. And from how this book ended I know it's gonna be good and interesting.

Even though I hated the betrayal, I loved all these character fiercely and I know without a doubt these will be characters I will never never forget due to the strong emotions they pulled from me from the very beginning until the very end. I think this truly might have been the greatest duet I’ve read, not only because it was beautiful and unbelievably heart-wrenching but because it was not at all what I was expecting it to be when I first read the blurb of book 1 or ever when I finished book 1. And despite being so so different from what I thought it was gonna be, it was truly remarkable and haunting and just amazing that I loved it like none other.

Meghan Quinn thank you for this crazy & marvelous ride. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I first started this duet but it all came full circle, including my emotions and feelings about everything that happened and I was quite happy with that ending which knowing me is a surprise. So thank you for that as well.

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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