The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher Review

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Title: The Opportunist
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me With Lies #1
Date: November 14th 2011
Pages: 278
Source: Purchased
Purchase: The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1)

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.

My Thoughts: 

OMG!! I have read hundreds of books in my lifetime, but never have I been so affected by one. I normally finish one and then move on, but Tarryn Fisher has written this one so well and took me on such an emotional roller coaster that I have no idea where I am or what I am supposed to do next (besides read Dirty Red)! 
I have read some amazing reviews of this entire series and I am glad that I had the foresight to purchase all three titles when I did, otherwise I don't think I would have been able to pick up another book between them!

Olivia and Caleb have a relationship that has it's ups and downs, mostly downs, and while you can see from the beginning that they would be great together, you just know that it will never work out. Olivia is a classic child of neglect and circumstance, she is afraid to let anyone really in and it shows in her relationships, romantic and platonic. Her college roommate Cammie is a character and i was glad to see her in strategic spots throughout the story.

Olivia met Caleb in college, he was your typical good looking jock from the outside and every girl wanted him, well every girl but Olivia. They do end up "dating" and for a short while things are good; then of course Olivia pushes him away. There is a decent gap where the two are not together and Caleb isn't even acknowledging Olivia, but she continues to "stalk" him through friends of Cammie's and eventually she sees an opportunity to get him back.. Enter the abortion and Olivia's subsequent rumor starting through Cammie and a Frat party and the two are back together.

In true Olivia fashion, things get really serious and when she is almost finished with college she happens upon something that tears them apart..She of course goes off and does something worse and confesses a whole bunch of the things she did. Caleb's parting words broke my heart...

“I will love again, Olivia, you will hurt forever. What you’ve done is…You are worthless because you make yourself that way. You will remember me every day for the rest of your life because I was the one and you threw me away.”

Now keep in mind that all of the previous is learned through "flashback" chapters to the past. The book is told in the present after Olivia and Caleb have spent three years apart. Caleb was in an accident and has amnesia...There is a chance encounter between the two, and Olivia uses this to her advantage and has Caleb back for what she assumes is just a short time. Caleb has moved on and while he doesn't remember his current girlfriend he stayed with her because it was what was expected of him. Leah is one character that I did not like at all, even before "meeting" her she was on the bottom of my list. This charade that Olivia is playing does end up biting her is the butt when Leah finds out the truth. She of course threatens to tell Caleb and Olivia runs instead of facing the consequences. She runs off to Texas to stay with Cammie and years pass...

Not going to give away the rest, but know that the two do come back together again...though not the way you would like to think...

My Rating:


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