July 20, 2015

Wicked Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Published: November 14, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Series: Love Me With Lies #1
Acquired: Digital copy

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.

This book has me all sorts of stuff. It had me crying, laughing, thinking, and I enjoyed every bit of it. See, Olivia is hung up on Caleb so when she sees him again after so many years, she wants him back even if she doesn't want to admit it.

Opportunist is the perfect word for her. She took the opportunity that Caleb has lost her memories and hopefully draw him back in. She's not obvious about it. I mean, you invite your "ex-boyfriend" over to your house for dinner even you fully know that he has lost his memory? This is a brilliant scheme.

What's more, Caleb has a "girlfriend", Leah Smith. These two are practically the same. They both want Caleb and they will move heaven and earth to make that happen. Caleb is one lucky bastard. This book is written in Olivia's perspective both in the past and the present. Olivia is sharp, witty, cunning, and smart. Which is probably why she's a lawyer.

She refused Caleb's advances when they were in college. She refused to be just another name in Caleb's little black book. But eventually, Caleb won her over. But Caleb being a typical dude, he wants to have sex with Olivia and she refuses.

They fell apart after a year and everything has taken a turn. This story involved Olivia and Caleb running in circles, never really staying with each other.

Tarryn Fisher, you are brilliant. Especially with that twist in the end. JUST. WOW.

I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories. 
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word "smolder". If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don't be mean to me; I'm half badass, half cry baby.

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