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



Summary:

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.

Review:

**5 SOUL WRENCHING STARS**

WOW.

WTF JUST HAPPENED?

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING??

MY HEART IS BREAKING!! I THINK I CAN HEAR IT SHATTERING INTO MILLION TEENY TINY PIECES!! I’M A MESS!!

^^That was me by the end of the book.

Now I am this:

You know that feeling of reading a book that consumes you? And when it ends, you’re in a haze. Not only because the story is over, but you feel so emotional drained? Yep. That’s me. Tarryn Fisher took me on a crazy emotional roller coaster ride. I got butterflies in my stomach. I swooned. I laughed and had a goofy smile on my face. I got angry. I got sad. I wanted to throw my copy at the wall and I wanted to throttle people. And I cried. A lot. But no matter how you feel about it, I can say with certainty that it’s one of those stories you won’t forget after reading. It’s just one of those books I guess that really resonates with some people.

I’m not going to go into a long review because I don’t think I could say a whole lot without throwing spoilers around everywhere. Because trust me, The Opportunist is filled with twist after twist. If you read the blurb or the book for that matter then you are very much aware that this book involves deception and lies. With that being said you should be prepared for love, lost and heartache.

The characters:

Olivia Kaspen

She  is manipulative, deceiving and selfish. I wanted to hate her. She is self-destructive. I wanted to shake some sense into her. She is so insecure that she became her worst enemy. I wanted to remain unfeeling. But I didn’t, something clicked and she became embedded in my heart. She’s imperfect and probably one of the most flawed heroines I have ever read, but as the story progress,  I did begin to develop an understanding of why she behaves the way she does, and I start to hurt at her pain and her inner turmoil. Her actions are questionable but I can’t help but root for her or I could even say I loved her. That, I think is the magic of this book.
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Caleb Drake

Ok first off, I have to get this out off my chest: he is completely not a victim.  Most reviews goes on and on about Olivia being horrible, though I agree that she did in fact made horrible decisions, Caleb is not a saint either. Olivia has baggage that made her built a wall so thick and I do believe that Caleb loved her but he doesn’t know how to handle it. He sometimes pushes her to much instead of providing the security she needs. And (///MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD!!!) he cheated!! WTF!! There is no excuse. I know that Olivia’s closeoffness drives him to do it but I don’t think that’s an excuse. He could have talk to her or even break up with her./// But I also could not fault him to some of his actions because he had definitely been put through a wringer.

Both Olivia and Caleb loved each other so much they tore each other apart. However, their love was not entirely bad. I was actually swooning and sighing for them at the past because I think they were so cute, endearing and sweet. And the end made me hopeful that love can bring out the best in anyone, even the ones who thought that they’re only capable of rotting everything they touched or even loved. All it takes is to make the choice. 

“I have finally accepted that there are consequences to every action. I earned them and they are rightfully mine. There is no time to make bad decisions. Every step is precious. The definition of living is mine.”

I got to see into the hearts and minds of these characters and I got to experience something beautiful in the beginning, then something ugly,  heartbreaking, tragic, and something life changing.

“That’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”
“I stole a magnet from the dollor store once.”
“Oh boy,” I say. “I’m not sure you’re ready for my story.”
“Try me.”
“I fell in love underneath a tree,” I begin.”

Tarryn Fisher has written a raw, strong, and compelling story that takes you through the beautiful and ugly sides of love. 

“You can only give your heart away once, after that, everything else will chase your first love”

The Opportunist is the best book I’ve read this year and one of my all-time favorite. Yep, a book that gutted me ends up one of my favorite. IT RIPPED MY FREAKING HEART OUT, FUCKED MY MIND AND CRASHED MY SOUL but I regret nothing. I don’t know, it was just so well-written! I say that a lot when reviewing a book, but I swear I have never felt that word meant so much than describing this book because I am seriously at awe how perfectly it was written. Seriously, Tarryn I salute you! (BTW, I’m gonna meet her this Saturday and I couldn’t be anymore ecstatic!)

If you haven’t read it, what the hell are you doing? GET TO IT NOW!

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Some of my favorite quotes:

“Can I be your favorite girl?”
“You already are, Duchess.”

^^ AHHHH!! THE FEELS!!!

“Does he look at you, the way I look at him?”

^^ I WANNA CRY!! ;((

“Olivia, you can have any man you want. Why him ? Why is it always about Caleb ?” “Because…because I didn’t need anyone until I met him.”

^^ CAN I LIVE??

“I was waiting for you – for years. I didn’t live. I just waited for you to come back.”

^^ *SOBS*

 

rheeza calloway sisters

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