My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love Me with Lies series…. (The Opportunist, Dirty Red, and Thief) by Tarryn Fisher
I read the Love me with Lies series a while ago, but it was a series that I absolutely LOVED. I’m going to review them all together because they really are one continuous story and they should be read in order. ***So as a warning…this review has spoilers***
The Opportunist, this is the 1st book, told from Oliva Kaspen’s POV. Olivia 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.
Dirty Red is the 2nd book and continues the story but from Leah Smith’s POV. The story focuses more on the life between Leah and Caleb. She finally has everything she has ever wanted, except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.
Thief is the 3rd book and told from Caleb’s POV. Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.
Where to begin….this series was a random find for me and I was literally hooked from the first page. Tarryn Fisher has such a flawless and easy writing style. It reminds me a lot of Colleen Hoover’s writing style. So if you like Colleen Hoover, I think you will like Tarryn Fisher’s books.
Tarryn Fisher draws you into this dysfunctional relationship between Olivia and Caleb. They share a love that is so strong and beautiful and yet they both manage to taint the relationship with lies and dysfunctional choices. The Opportunist starts out with Olivia and Caleb reuniting under the front of Caleb losing his memory and Olivia pretending she doesn’t know him. It’s such a cute relationship and you can see why the fall for each other. There are glimpses of the past and how their relationship fell apart back in college. It’s amazing because I was completely frustrated with Olivia and Caleb and yet the writing was so good that I kept reading and craving more of their story. I hated Leah and I hated Caleb for choosing Leah over Olivia. I hated Leah for keeping Caleb and Olivia apart. I hated that Caleb let Olivia think he cheated on her when he didn’t. I hated Olivia for her one-night stand and for her deceit in college. But with all the craziness, I loved that Caleb loved Olivia so much he pretended to lose his memory to start over with her. I loved how Olivia followed Caleb to Italy to win him back. I loved how this book made me feel. It evoked so much emotion; it is an absolute roller coaster.
Dirty Red was my least favorite of the books probably because I did not like Leah. At times, I did feel a bit sorry for her and I could sympathize with her because all she really wanted was to be loved. But no matter, she made bad decisions and was the worst mother of all time. There is no forgiving her for her selfishness. Dirty Red continued the story, but it really only looked at the life between her and Caleb. Olivia’s presence is very little in the 2nd book.
Thief nicely wraps up the series. In my head, I was cursing thinking Caleb and Olivia better get it together and finally be with one another. Luckily, Tarryn Fisher did not disappoint. Through the years, Caleb and Olivia mature and start to figure out what went wrong and how to open up honestly to make their relationship work. It was an ending that was desperately needed for them. While the ending is happy, a part of me wishes it was a little happier. I just felt that Olivia and Caleb endured so much and I wanted their story to end with neat little bow. The ending was happy but realistic in a sense where nothing ever ends up too perfect.
Overall, this book is a MUST READ!!!!