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The Upside of Falling

(Blue Line #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,354 ratings  ·  636 reviews
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
Published June 21st 2018 (first published June 7th 2018)
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Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
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I may have loved Meghan Quinn's writing before, but now, now I'm down right obsessed with her writing.

Well too bad, I need the next book NOW!!!!!!

This book took my heart and it is literally still is holding it captive. One word, so unexpected.....

We meet Colby Brooks, broken, closed off, discouraging attitude, moody, downright rude, and has no time for anything but his dream, graduating flight school and flying. He's lost a lot in his short lifetime, been abused p
Meghan Quinn
Jun 10, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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If you were given the chance to choose between accomplishing your dream or keeping love, what would you choose?

Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

With a soul so devoted to doing the right thing, he’s irresistible to me. My heart beats wildly for him, seeking the rhythm of his love.

Meghan Quinn is one of my top favorite romantic comedy writers. I crave everything she writes. When I saw the title of each installment of the ”Blue Line Duet” and the book covers, I knew that this was going to be my first endeavor on the serious side of this author. I have to say while I was extremely excite
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THE UPSIDE OF FALLING: Is the first romance book in the ‘Blue Line duet’ by new to me author Meghan Quinn. In this we meet Colby & Rory.

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The ‘Prologue’ introduces us to ten year old Colby, as he hangs out with his Gramps discussing planes, which is one of his most favourite things to do. He aspires to be just like his Granddad and hopes to one day become a fighter pilot just like him.

A few years ago h
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, 2018
5 High Flying Stars🛩 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Meghan Quinn... Wow what a book! And that ending? What a cliffhanger, cannot wait for the next book in this duology... going to be clever and compare this book to a plane trip... I was all buckled up and ready to go and was thrilled there was a smooth take off... there was some turbulence on the flight, but then it smoothed out, and then some more turbulence.... The landing was pretty darn rocky and then when I got off the plane??? I was NOT where I thought I would be,
Elle's Book Blog
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: June 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Actual Rating: 6+ stars

Highly Recommended

Meghan Quinn has proven herself to be one of the finest authors around. She can write the best romantic comedies that make readers roll around on the floor laughing and she can write emotional books that tear readers hearts apart and slowly build them up again. The Upside of Falling; the first book in the Blue Line Duet, falls more into the emotional category. And not in a way that means our
Olga therebelreader
I think it's hard not to enjoy this author. Her writing style is easy and fun and fast-paced.

Once again, the characters in this book were absolutely wonderful and immediately pulled me into the story. Colby is an extraordinary character. Determined to become an Air Force Pilot since the age of ten, Colby is focused on studying and avoids distractions. Likewise, Rory is completely intriguing. Her love for life and family made me love her from the first pages. There is an extremely strong chemist
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
5 Top Gun meets Nicholas Sparks Stars

A New Adult romance with all the Feels. The story is epic, heartbreaking, and hopeful, all rolled into a beautiful package.

I abso-freaking-lutely loved this duet! It’s flirty, emotional, and heartbreaking in places. It’s the perfect mix of everything I love about romance. Meghan Quinn has the uncanny ability to make me fall head over hills in love with her male leads. Colby imprinted on my heart!

"He isn’t a challenge because I can sense that I’
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

I’ve never been so happy to be taken hostage by a book! Lately I’ve been feeling kind of funky. Book funky, that is. I’ve been disinterested in reading, and it’s been troubling me because I freaking love to read! I needed something to snap me the hell out of it, and The Upside of Falling did just that. I could not put this book down. And the cherry on top of this addictive sundae is that it’s only the first book in a duet.

How do you know if this story is for you? Ask yourself if you lik
Smoking hot taciturn men in uniform are irresistible and Meghan Quinn has created the perfect book boyfriend to fall in love with in the first installment of the Blue Line Duet.

Despite his appalling past and practically nonexistent support, Colby Brooks has a single minded focus on achieving his lifelong dream, to be become a fighter pilot. He’s determined to avoid any and all distractions. But after enough cajoling from his best friend Stryder he goes out one night and his life will never
~Merrideth Hawk ~Filthy Fahrenheit Book Blog~
"Throughout life, you run into people who either have a positive influence or a negative influence on who you become. It’s your job to decide whether you keep them at your side, or move on." ~ Kinda like how I wish I moved on from ever reading this novel. . . .

Sooooooooo. . . .let's start with the positive:

🔥 - The entire novel was golden (well almost the entire novel but we'll get to that in a New York minute). . . loved the main character's chemistry, character development & depth, as well as t
Sentranced Jem
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a book!What a book!
As I write this review, I am overwhelmed by the roller coaster of emotions just remembering what It felt like  reading this book. It's safe to say that the effect this book had on me has not left off.

Just the other day, I was raving about this book to a friend of mine, gushing about what A Gem this book is and how in love I am with Colby Brooks. she said, I quote "You have too many book boyfriends!". At this moment I would like to point out, our friendship nearly go
Jun 29, 2018 added it
EDITED: I'm taking back my rating because I really don't know how to rate this series so I'm just not going to.


I hate this ending.

I hate everyone in this book.

Why is Meghan Quinn playing these games??!!

What the ever loving fuck??!! 😤🔪
Bex |
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
When I heard Meghan Quinn was working on another ‘emotional’ book, I couldn’t wait to read it (her last emotional book, Dear Life, was a top read last year). The fact that it’s a military romance was like icing on the cake. While I enjoy her romantic comedies, I have to say, I love her angsty and full-of-feels stories. She has a way of writing the most realistic characters who you can’t help but feel attached to and make you root for their happiness.

Rory is a woman who is used to working hard af
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

5 why did you make me cry CROWNS

***this will not be a normal review because I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone.

My heart is broken mess, lying in a pile wet with my tears. Meghan Quinn did that to me. My favorite rom-com writer broke my soul, crushed my heart.

She (MQ, not a character) also makes me so angry I can’t see straight. I want to throw things, scream this isn’t fair. I want to hate characters. I want to throat punch these people. Honestly, my em
There may be an upside to falling, but there sure as hell is a downside to love…

Characters & Chemistry.

Although Colby came across as a dick, he was reserved and didn’t want to put himself out there. He doesn’t know any different. Although he came across as standoffish in the beginning I still liked him a lot. Once he lets you in you are in. Beyond the tortured soul and the gruff exterior he has a heart of gold and is full of compassion.

Colby has always ever wanted one thing and that is to be fig
Anne OK
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
The Blue Line Duet - with its first installment - is holding me prisoner. All the emotion has been rung out of me -- from the very sad to the happy, from laughter to tears, from smiles to frowns, from liking to loving, and in the end -- I don't know how to feel. Empty, maybe. I had a feeling of what might be winging its way towards readers -- but when it landed, I wasn't quite prepared. And then holy crap - that cliffy just left me torn to shreds. And I told myself before I even downloaded this ...more
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 5 / 5 stars

Oh lordie, Colby Brooks is special and I'm not just saying it for the heck of it. He truly is special. And you'll find out for yourself how much once you read this book. My goodness my poor heart was very excited when I started reading this book, but once the first chapter of Colby as a child appeared it started to hurt. You start figuring out who Colby is and why he is the way he is in a general basis, but mostly importantly why he tries to stay away from Rory. You get glimps
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Well then... I was not expecting that. At all! But I knew it was coming. I felt it deeply and in my very gut as my heart raced. Now I'm left here wondering what the heck is happening!? What have you done, Meghan Quinn!?

The Upside of Falling was beautifully heartbreaking and an emotional story of perseverance. It was everything you look for in a good angst filled romance that will give you all the feels!

Colby Brooks is an amazing, yet broken man. Brooding, quiet, and somewhat
Gina *loves sunshine*
This is part 1 of a duet and they must be read together ~ and they probably should have just been 1 book!!!!!!!! but what is the fun in that(sarcastic)?!?!?! it's like buying socks separate. Thank goodness we don't have to do that!! LOL. MAJOR CLIFFHANGER at the end! please just have them both ready. you were warned.

This book was phenomenal - it threw me into a tornado of emotions again and again! I 100% fell for Colby. His past with his family just put daggers in my heart, his determination to
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh man! I have to say this Meghan Quinn outdone herself with this book. I really love this more serious side of her. I might even say this is her best book to date!!!!
However, I’m very saddened by the end ... I think I know where the story is going and I’m not sure how I feel about it... but I know in my heart everything happened for a reason!
Knowing Meghan she will give me closure. What meant to be will be ... hopefully .... because I don’t think my heart can take it! ❤️

There you have it! A g
***4.5 ‘I Think You’re Mine’ Stars***

Ummm...what the…*Slowly puts the Kindle down so I don’t throw it as a plethora of curse words come out of my mouth that the beep is really just one long annoying sound with no breaks*?!?!?!

Yes, a cliffy was expected ~ it is a duet after all, but seriously??


Nope. No. Just...I we are just going to pretend that it doesn’t exist and move on.
(Why do I feel as if the author is giggling in devious delight right now at my reaction?)

*Time for de
Karen Mc
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

”It’s the little things that matter the most.”

When Meghan Quinn Author told me she was writing a story she thought I’d enjoy, a military romance, I was over-the-top excited! I knew from the beginning that this story would be different—less humor, some heat, and more heart. Full of so much SWOON and SOUL, The Upside of Falling made me fall hard in love from the very first page and never stopped. The Upside of Falling HITS DEEP. I was ENAMORED with this full of depth and breadth love s
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula, missy
Meghan Quinn has honestly written herself a masterpiece with this book. The writing was so amazing and epic and I sit here overwhelmed with emotions after reading this book. Colby and Rory were fantastic. They were passionate and sexy and their back and forth banter (via letters) was charming. I could not get enough and that ending was OMG crazy and intense and just everything!!!

Colby was absolutely divine! He was the sum of everything I love in a military man - broody and stoic and closed off
5 Heartfelt Stars

I have no words to describe how much I loved and enjoyed The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn.
The storyline is beautifully written, my interest is held from start to end and the characters Colby and Rory touched me so deeply, they'll always own a very special place in my heart.

This book, what can I say that won't spoil anything for you other than the plot is well paced, the characters are likable, relatable, emotional and they will bring out the feels with their story.
So many
Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

The Upside of Falling was a sexy, angsty, and emotional start to the Blue Line Duet, and I really enjoyed it! The storyline and characters were great, and I loved Meghan Quinn's writing style.

Colby and Rory were wonderful, and I really enjoyed them and the first part of their story. It took me a little while to warm up to them and get invested in the plot, but once I did I really enjoyed it. I really liked their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and how their relationship
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: men-in-uniform
What in the world...??!! It took me so long to decide how to rate this. I just know I'm hurt, confused and angry.


After Book 2 I will hopefully leave a review that's more coherent.


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A Book Obsessed Brit
*** ARC generously provided by the Author Meghan Quinn in exchange for an honest review***

Meghan is a one click Author for me and I will read anything she writes! The Upside of Falling is another fantastic book in Meghan's repertoire. For me, style wise this reminded me very much of one of my other favourite books by Meghan, My Best Friends Ex, a sweet and seductive tale with an emotional back story, with a little bit of humour thrown in but a whole lot of heart. Plus this cover is one of my fav
Alecia (The Staircase Reader)


The Upside To Falling is the first book in the Blue LIne duet by Meghan Quinn.
To be honest, when i first started reading The Upside To Falling, I didn’t really know what to expect. From teasers and such, I gathered that this book had to do with someone in the Air Force. I also gathered there would be an emotional love story attached. With that being said, let it be know I freaking adored the hell out of Colby and Rory!

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