Series: Blue Line #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 1, 2018
Format: eARC, 310 pages
How I got it: From the author
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.
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.
Guys, I have to be totally honest here — I have no idea how to review this book in a way that won’t spoil the story. If you’ve not read the duet and you’re planning to, tread carefully. I’m going to try my best to not give things away, but I’m also not sure how to talk about my feelings without doing just that.
I’ll be the first to admit I was a) heartbroken, b) nervous and c) a little angry when I started this book. But, at the same time, I trusted Meghan to give us the story she wanted us to have. Even if I was more than a little unsure about how things were playing out. It was impossible not to fall for the idea of Rory and Colby while reading The Upside of Falling. Their connection seemed real and their love seemed true and, even through the struggles, I hoped they would be able to work things out. I doubted it, though, when I read the ending. Yet, a little piece of me still held out hope.
The Downside of Love isn’t the story I thought I wanted. I can’t lie about that. But, what I can say is that while it might not have been what I wanted, I truly believe it’s what was right. My brain was basically shouting “No! No! No!” for awhile, but my heart felt differently. As much as I loved the first book, I can’t deny this just fit.
While I love Meghan and trust her work, I did worry about how this duet would play out. I tend to be such a shipper that I’m basically ride or die when it comes to my favorites, unwilling to see there just might be something else that works better. I went in with as much of an open mind as I could manage and I fell in love. This duet won’t be for everyone, but it worked for me. While this story arc is complete, I can’t wait to see what happens next for another character (or two?). Write quickly, Meghan.
Do I tell her love her? Do I tell her I saw her first, that I stepped aside, despite wanting her more than anything? Do I tell her that she is not only my best friend, but the woman of my dreams?
“For the first time in my life, Rory, I want to be the gentleman you deserve.”
“My life is magnificent because of you. I am more than happy. I’m content and full because you also breathe life into me. And that’s the sort of life I want to live. And it’s only possible with you.”
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.
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