The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher

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Rating: 5++  STARS

Genre:Contemporary, Drama, Chick-Lit

BLURB: Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

I do not lie when I give the admission that this book completely blew my mind.  There’s just something about it that had me so head over heels in love. I feel like I’ve just come out of a book coma. After going through many books recently that were just kinda ‘meh’ I happened to finally pick this up after a really long delay and from the first chapter I was deeply involved. I just KNEW I was going to love it. And I did.

So I must point out that the heroine makes some very bad decisions. But for the first time in my book life I’ve not been annoyed at the main characters will to ruin her life. Instead I felt for her. I felt her pain, cried with her, even sympathised with her. I never do that. Usually when I dislike a characters behaviour then the book becomes a total no no for me but I was surprised when I never felt that way for this. Like I wish she would have done things differently and saved herself from a world of pain but at the same time I understand why she did the things she did. And I credit the author for being able to input that emotions in her writing which enabled me to understand just how deeply Olivia felt she needed Caleb and just how far she was willing to go for him. I UNDERSTOOD.

The authors ability to arise emotion in me was spot on. A book has to be able to make you feel for you to love it and never forget it right? Well I was lucky to receive that. I mean I didn’t enjoy the crying but it touched me all the same which makes it unforgettable. All the way through I was able to connect with the characters,  the plot… everything was just so perfect in my eyes. There are scenes that just melt your heart completely. In a romance I feel it’s so important to be able to understand the value love plays (as cheesy as that sounds) and often I am unable to understand the characters claim of love for each other. But with this, I got them. I felt with them. And it damn felt real which was a pleasant surprise. I particularly enjoyed the replay of their past events, the things that happened to bring them to where they are now. It gives you a glimpse as to why they are as important to each other. It’s completely bitter sweet and has you all gushy. There are reveals where you’re just like ‘WOAH DID NOT SEE THAT COMING’ and it totally makes the story better.

The only thing that was slightly displeasing for me was the ending. I felt like everything was in compete; running of balance for Olivia and Caleb like every time. My heart hurt. After everything that happened, all those experiences and this is how it ends? But then I realised there’s more books in the series which made me a happy girl once again and all was good in my world. But there’s still the fact of how many years went wasted for them. Years that could have been spent happy and together instead of being miserable. Just because things like pride and the inability to openly speak your heart got in the way. I mean what’s a moment of weakness for a lifetime of happiness?

“You will remember every day for the rest of your life because I was the one and you threw me away.” And then he left.

There are lessons to learn from this book. Some which I feel other books have failed to comply. Such as trying to live a normal life again because feelings can’t always keep you tied down. Knowing you made a mistake but owning up to it with the truth. And most importantly NOT manipulating the people you love because it WILL come back to bite you in the ass.

It has been a long while since I felt so compelled to read a book until I managed to finish it in one sitting. When that happens you know you have a great book. Olivia and Caleb have earned a place in my heart in this unforgettable story. Their past, present, it was all so beautifully presented. I totally recommend! And if any of you do happen to give it a go then I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”

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