Sep 12

The Setup by Meghan Quinn Review



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I’ve fallen victim to a heinous act.

An act so vile, so downright dirty, that I’m not sure as a twenty-year-old man I’ll ever recover. Brace yourself, because what I’m about to tell you might have you gasping in secondhand horror.

Ready? Here it goes . . .

I’ve recently become the pawn of a meddling mom.

Yes . . . A MEDDLING MOM–who’s been trying to set me up all summer.

Now, I understand it’s not a crime for a mother to want her child to fall in love, but when she makes it her relentless MISSION, the heinous act should be classified as a misdemeanor at least.

Of course, my mom, the evil matriarch in the devil’s leggings, made her final stab at finding a girl for me days before I went back to college.

And I hate to admit it, but she saved a doozy for last.

A titan in black skinny jeans.

A boss of nonchalance.

And a girl who would not only turn my life upside down, but do it while juggling a soccer ball, looking effortlessly gorgeous around campus, and is one hundred percent against relationships. Of any sort.

Thanks, Mom.

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I absolutely adore Meghan Quinn’s addictively engaging writing style, and I can’t get enough of it. She drags me right into her stories with plots that are positively bursting with her fantastic sense of humor, passionate romances and gut-wrenching punches of emotion that always catch me by surprise—even though I know full well they are coming.

The Setup, a new adult sports romance, features two juniors in college, Indie, the soccer player, and Lincoln, the baseball player. Indie is a quick-witted and ballsy girl whose moves, on and off the field, catch Lincoln’s attention. A talented pitcher who was drafted in the first round, Lincoln was gearing up to leave college before his senior year to start his pro-ball career with a stint in the minor leaguer when he met Indie. With an expiration date looming on the horizon, they still managed to have one heck of a great year together, bonding over everything and forming a deep connection. Quinn is a gifted storyteller, but that gift is especially obvious in her friends-to-lovers romances. Nowhere is that more evident than in the banter between her characters. Indie and Lincoln’s banter game was completely on point, natural and effervescent. This particular element of their relationship was not only the glue between them, but it also illustrated the organic evolution of this couple’s relationship from friendship to romance. Make no mistake, the attraction between Indie and Lincoln was always intense, and that slow-burning heat just burned hotter as time wore on.

As is always the way with Quinn’s books, I knew it was coming—I knew it. I was sitting there, in my happy space, devouring a great story, totally caught up in it, visions of happily-ever-after dancing in my head when it happened. Meghan Quinn and her emotional sneak attacks…she just has this way of dishing out powerful emotions when a reader least expects it! Like I said, I knew it was coming, but even despite that she still managed to obliterate me completely with a devastating blow of feelings.

The Setup was a slow-burning, friends-to-lovers story with all the feels—all of them, every single one. I do not know exactly how she does it, but somehow Meghan Quinn managed to write a story that was charming yet emotionally devastating. My hopeful little happily-ever-after loving heart raced in anticipation, ached with pain, yet finished the story blissfully soaring—and I loved every single beat of it. The Setup by Meghan Quinn gets five smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo




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