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review 2014-05-10 19:30
Thief (Love Me With Lies, #3) - Tarryn Fisher



   I think I have whiplash! I was jerked in so many directions in Thief that I'm not even sure what way is up anymore. The will they or won't they was absolute torture right up until the very end. It was rather sad to watch Caleb deal with all the repercussions of his poor decisions. This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was thinking that all Caleb's dirty secrets were finally going to be put on display here, but instead it was just sad to see how much he was trying to fill the void that not having Olivia had left in his life for so many years. I really thought that he might have been more sinister than we were lead to believe at the beginning, but it seems that he was just more damaged than anything.


  "Maybe our souls touched underneath that tree. Maybe I decided to love her. Maybe love wasn't a choice. But when I looked at that women, I saw myself differently. And it wasn't in a good light. Not a thing would keep me from her. And that could make a person do things they never thought themselves capable of. What I felt for her scared the hell out of me. It was a consuming obsession."



   It was nice to finally get the remaining pieces to the puzzle, even if they weren't always what I was expecting. Leah and Olivia's interactions as always were pretty entertaining. I like the claws that Olivia has finally let out with her in the past two books. She used truth as a weapon against Leah, and it was a sharp one. This series was a rollercoaster ride for your emotions, and while it's exciting and there is a part of you that desperately doesn't want to stop riding the high, I am also content with the ending and the fact that the story is over. It ended quite perfectly for this bunch of characters. Nothing seemed out of place or unrealistic. 


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review 2014-05-09 08:28
Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2) - Tarryn Fisher


    Tarryn Fisher is an evil genius!!!!!




    I was equal parts nervous and excited to start Dirty Red. After meeting Leah in the first book how could you not have some reservations about being caged inside of her head for an entire length of a book? She was portrayed as a callous and jealousy ridden person in The Opportunist, and in Dirty Red she only took that to all new loathsome levels. Levels so depraved that I doubt anyone could have seen them coming. After being subjected to such atrocities I'm sure you are wondering how I could have possibly rated this book the highest of ratings....there was no other option. Anyone that can stick you in the mind of such a disgusting creature, someone you can't stand to even look at, but don't dare to look away from, is well deserving of your awe. I've scarcely ever read a book where I was in the mind of the villain of the story, and can't imagine what a feat it must be to have your audience hanging off every last word, in spite of the fact that the voice luring them in is the same one that makes them cringe away in horror. Tarryn Fisher did this, and she did it well.


   I would say that I felt at times something akin to pity for Leah....maybe. But the way she thought and acted....there was never going to be any atrocity done to her large enough to fill that hole of hate that I felt towards her. And my friends, Fisher said it all for me...


    "Hate is such a prodigious feeling. It's hot and oppressive like fire. It starts burning through your God-given reason until there is nothing left of it but a mound of ash. It moves on to your humanity next, hot tongues flicking across the few remaining threads of innocence until they melt into each other and morph into something ugly. Then, in the rubble of what you were, hate plants a seed of bitterness. The seed grows to a vine and the vine chokes what it touches."


    I don't know that I have ever used the highlighting function on my kindle as much as I did throughout this book. As you read through the seemingly endless lies and gut wrenching manipulations, you find that your precious characters are not the only ones being manipulated here. You are stuck in the web of deceit that this author has weaved, and you are unable to do anything other than frantically watch it all play out for you. You are left dangling, clinging to any truth that comes to light, just waiting to catch another one before your inevitable fall.


   There were so many revelations in this book. Each one jarred me, took me completely by surprise. The hits just kept coming! Right up until one of the very last lines. That one most especially. I don't even know what to think about that, or by god what it means for the next book. I can't get to that next book quick enough. I need to see where this game finally ends.


   "I'm being half loved. I stuff a few handfuls of clothes into a bag and then collapse on the floor. Who am I kidding? I'll never leave him. If I leave him, she wins."


   Leah isn't the only one playing in this game though. We've seen Olivia's side, and now Leah's, all that's left is Caleb's. As shocking and horrifying as Leah's book was, I am thinking Caleb's might be worse! If that's even possible. I don't know how Fisher can top this, but I think if anyone can surprise me and do it, it's her. I can't wait to see all Caleb's dirty little secrets. He's held them closer to his chest than maybe any other person in this series. Which only makes me think that maybe that's because they are the worst! These women have been so blinded by their dirty, obsessive love of him, that they can almost have you believing that he's as charming and good as they think he is. I have no doubts that underneath that charming smile of his awaits some of the biggest lies yet.    


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review 2014-05-08 02:56
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher



   This was a lot different than I thought it was going to be. It was darker than I anticipated...and I kind of liked it. I mean you could kind of tell right from the beginning that Olivia was a slightly off kilter, but I was surprised about just how much she was, and the other characters took me by surprise as well. Caleb was definitely glamorized a lot throughout this book, understandably since this was told from Olivia's perspective and in her mind Caleb was the one that got away, but there was some pretty shady stuff that he did as well in this story. And I have a feeling that there is even more going on there that we have are yet to see. Basically my outlook on EVERYONE in this book was they were all at least a little crazy and I trust NO ONE!



  I have to admit the dark and crazy vibe I was getting from Olivia was intriguing. I had to keep reading to learn more and more. I like the way this author writes her characters, they are if nothing else, all very unique. I like how she writes these flawed characters, and while she gives you some insight as to some of the reasons they are the way they are, she never really excuses their harsher actions and attributes. They just simply are the way they are. I think that's bold and I really respect it. You don't see a lot of that in real life or fiction. I actually liked Olivia more because of her flaws....  


       "I knew what I was going to do, something that would hurt him more than he hurt me. That's the way I fought, dirty. An eye for an eye..."


She was more than flaws though, and all though she didn't verbalize her kinder or remorseful thoughts as often as the grittier ones, she still had them...    


     "I had hurt the person I loved the most, the only person I had- all to avenge myself. And in the end, I had destroyed myself."      


  I find it ironic that the series name is, Love Me With Lies, when what I think I appreciated most in this book was the viciousness of the truths. I get that so much of every characters lives seemed to revolve around them all lying to each other, but the truths within them were what spoke the loudest to me.


   Leah was the perfect villain. She honestly scares the crap out of me!! After getting to know Olivia like I have and getting a peek at the cold fury under Leah's pretty exterior, it really makes me wonder what in the world Caleb is thinking, and what is really wrong with him that he chooses to be with there kind of women?! I'm not really sure who I was supposed to root for here! I did ultimately want to see Caleb and Olivia fall back into each others arms and get their happy ending, but honestly I struggle with seeing that happen for them. I can hardly imagine what true happiness looks like for them individually let alone together. I found myself honestly questioning whether they are truly even good for each other. But in the end, I'm still leaning towards that being the rightest ending....I think lol.


   I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series, which just so happens to be Leah's book. I am equal parts excited and terrified to start that book. I can't imagine feeling anything other than disdain for Leah, but somehow I picture Tarryn Fisher not trying to make you. Hence the excitement. I haven't really read many books where you are in the villain's head, and I think this is a good author to pull that off in a very unique way. I look forward to seeing what comes next.


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