Series: Blue Line #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 21, 2018
Format: eARC, 270 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ok, y’all, I just finished The Upside of Falling last night and I have so many feelings I don’t really know what to do with myself. Without getting spoilery, all I feel like I can say is I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest before it was all over. Starting the second book in the duology didn’t help that much either because I AM SO CONFLICTED. But, I trust Meghan and the story she’s giving us, so I’m going for it. With all the freaking feels, I’ll probably need a glass of wine or two before it’s all said and done.
These characters. My word. I was so in love with Rory and Colby throughout the book and I swear I just fell deeper with every new chapter. Sure I had some “OMG WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!” moments for both of them, but it wasn’t a bad thing. I was just that invested in the characters and their stories. A good amount of Rory and Colby’s story was told through letters they exchanged and, I swear, my heart ached with the rawness and vulnerability in those letters. Particularly from Colby. I just wanted to hug him. I get teary eyed just thinking about his experiences growing up.
The Upside of Falling is a hard book to review. It’s tough to put all the feelings I have into words. I swear, I’ve gone through all the stages of grief since finishing the book and starting the second part of the duology. (AND NO this is NOT me telling you someone dies. This isn’t that type of book. Promise.) My heart is more than a little broken right now and I need Meghan to put it back together. Which, I trust she will.
I’m so accustomed to reading Meghan Quinn’s books when I’m in the mood for all the laughs — with a ton of heart and sexy times — and this book wasn’t that. Don’t get me wrong, it had loads of heart (and feels) and super hot sexy times, with a side of humor. As much as I love her rom coms, I love that she’s branched out like this. This was a gorgeous book. The writing was beautiful, the characters were complex and relatable and the story … the story wrecked me. So much angst. Prepare yourselves for feels. That’s all I’m going to say.
One night. That’s all this will be. Can be. One night of letting go, of indulging, of allowing myself some leniency from the strict plan I’ve held myself accountable to.
When you give in to the calm, you lose track of what matters the most. That’s when you settle. And it’s when your hopes and dreams are put on hold. I can’t give in to the calm. I need the turbulence.
“You’re the only girl who’s ever made my heart skip a beat, that’s for damn sure.”
“You’re the only guy who’s ever made me feel like I’m actually worth something.”
I’ve never felt this close to another person before. I feel like I know every last piece of you, and I wonder if it’s because we’ve given ourselves time to talk. The physical aspect of our relationship doesn’t exist five days out of seven, and we’ve replaced it by communicating with our hearts.
How do you feel about cliffhangers?
Love them? Hate them? Tolerate them?