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review 2016-05-16 18:38
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher

My emotions were all over the place with this book, especially at the end and it takes a lot for that to happen to me. Tarryn Fisher has such talent at creating flawed characters that you slowly fall in love with. They’re so realistic that you can understand their every choice, be it good or bad

 

The story begins when the protagonist, Olivia, has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend has lost his memory, meaning that he can’t remember the events surrounding their break-up. Olivia, a character who is racked with guilt and self-doubt, decides to run with Caleb’s amnesia and doesn’t inform him of their previous relationship. This was just the first of many questionable decisions that Olivia makes in her desire to be reunited with Caleb. We find out that Caleb has a girlfriend in the present, which is the source of much of the difficulty they have in being together once again.

 

As this book works in deep POV, we as the reader don’t know the events that lead to Caleb and Olivia’s split. We gradually get this information as the chapters alternate between past and present. This proved a little jarring at first because the chapters from the present are written in present tense and the ones set in the past are written in past tense. It did take a little time for me to adjust to this, but as the chapters were long and the narrative flowed well, I quickly got used to it.

 

When Olivia first meets Caleb at University I thought it was going to be instalove, but it turned into something much more complex within a brief period. This complexity was largely at the hands of Olivia, a woman who suffered previous abandonment and fought with her growing dependency for Caleb. This internal battle that Olivia fought framed much of the novel.

 

We are told Olivia had done some terrible things to be with Caleb (when she admitted how much she needed him) and as terrible as some were, they were all driven by desperation. She was an inherently complex character who was crippled by self-sabotage and drove herself further downwards in order to rectify what she’d done.

 

It wasn’t until the halfway point that I realized it was part of a series. I’ve already read the final instalment, but skipped the second as it was told from Leah’s perspective. I started to read the second book, but stopped after only a few pages because Leah said something that was very triggering for me. I doubt others would have this problem, but she was a horrible character anyway, so I wasn’t bothered at missing her part.

 

Calab wasn’t delved into hugely in this book, but is in the third, which is great because while hecomplimented Olivia brilliantly, he wasn’t hugely multi-dimensional here. I think all the authors time went into creating Olivia, which I’m so glad she did as she was a fascinating character.

 

This was essentially a romance/suspense and it triumphed in both. The chemistry between Caleb and Olivia was palpable, as was the suspense, especially in the last third. There was only one sex scene, by the way, which was well written and not at all smutty.

 

The ending was fantastic and ripped my heart in two, so be warned!

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review 2016-03-27 17:50
“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.”
The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher

Book Title:  The Opportunist

Author:  Tarryn Fisher

Narration:  Andi Arndt

Series:  Love with Lies #1

Genre:  New Adult

Source:  Own on Audible

 

Olivia is really f*cked up in the head, but she does at least grow as a person throughout this 7-year journey.  

 

 

 

  • Plot: 4.3/5 --This is not your typical romance, that being said it was refreshing to read something different.  Told in both the present and the past it keeps you hooked.
  • Characters: 4/5 --I can't say that I really liked these characters…but they did grow as people, slowly and painfully.  They were flawed yet ultimately compelling.  Why-oh-why did she (Tarryn Fisher) have to make the character with my name (Leah) be such a freaking medling bitch?
  • The Feels: 5/5
  • Theme: 5/5 --There is definitely a life lesson or two to be learned in this book.  This one makes you think...
  • Flow: 5/5
  • Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5
  • Sex Factor: Yeah, not explicit though.
  • Narration: 5/5
  • Ending: 4/5 –It’s a little unresolved, (or something like that) but there are two more books yet.   Cliffhanger:  Sort of…

 

Will I continue the series?  Maybe!

 

 

 

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 is the first book that I’ve read by Tarryn Fisher, except for Never Never, her collaboration with CoHo, but it won’t be my last.  This review has taken me forever to write, because I’m having a hard time articulating why I liked this book, at least, without giving away the story.

 

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review 2015-04-10 21:47
A BIG FAT WTF is in order!!!!
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher

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Why are the reviews so great for this?!?!?
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So here's the deal, apparently I'm the only one who doesn't think TF shits pure gold. I don't get it. Seriously, every one of the characters are manipulative backstabbing lying ass bitches, Caleb, Olivia, Leah, and douchebag Turner.
Just goes to show conniving teenages turn in to mean bitches, nothing changes.
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is wrong with Noah?!?! What made him thing let's put a ring on it after listening to the crazy ass stalker story?!?!

Did I hate this as much as Gone Girl? No, but I def wouldn't say I liked it. I had ZERO emotional connection with any of them.
I'm left scratching my head.....

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review 2015-03-22 17:18
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher

This book was twisted. These characters are seriously messed up. Olivia, Caleb, Leah; they're all screwed up in the head.

 

This book is told from the perspective of Olivia. She runs into her ex-boyfriend, Caleb, with whom things did not end well. She discovers that he has amnesia and cannot remember who she is. She decides to use this to her advantage and get to know him again. One of the main obstacles is Caleb's current girlfriend, Leah. He doesn't remember her either.

 

I loved the way the story is told (present tense chapters alternating with past tense chapters). It was masterful the way Tarryn Fisher wove the two time frames together. We simultaneously see Olivia and Caleb get to know each other again interspersed with scenes from them getting to know each other the first time. I really enjoyed seeing them fall in love during their college days.

 

Olivia is one twisted chick. It was hard though not to empathize with her emotional issues given her upbringing and family situation. She is a perfect example of somebody being willing to accept the love that they think they deserve, which in her case is none. She made several mistakes along the way. Several. But it was clear that her character was developing as the story went on. By the Epilogue it was clear she was still messed up, but not nearly as bad as she was previously.

 

Caleb, however, is no angel. I've heard and seen several reviews where people demonize Olivia and make Caleb out to be this innocent bystander who was just blindsided and destroyed by this vixen. He made his fair share of mistakes and did his fair share of manipulating Olivia. Especially that whammy of a twist toward the end.

 

Their story was angsty in both past and present. I frequently wanted to slap both of them across their faces. This book definitely wreaked some emotional havoc on me in a way no other one has since Avoiding Commitment.

 

All in all I felt bad for Caleb and Olivia. They were two people who couldn't make it work, but couldn't let go of each other either. Since this is a trilogy, I'm very intrigued to see where this story goes. These are three very twisted characters.

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review 2015-01-09 00:00
The Opportunist
The Opportunist - Tarryn Fisher This was supposed to be a buddy read but I just finished it in one whole night :( sorry Anna but last night I just couldn't sleep :/

2 stars for the plot
1 star for keeping me company til 3 o'clock


There are so many things to say about this book that I just have no idea where to start! I liked/disliked the whole book! Every single character just seemed so messed up that I couldn't stand em! Everything was so wrong that it scared me, and at a certain point I started to doubt my own moral and started to ask myself "Mabye you're the one who doesn't get whats happening, maybe you're the one with bad morals... Are they really that bad?" But the answer would always be one:

Yes
YES
Yes!!!! They are all messed up!!!


I hate lies, in my life I can't stand people that lie for a living, that become their own lies! I know that the truth sometimes can hurt but I always prefer it over some sweet/sour lie. People get tangled up in their own lies in ways that is seems impossible to get freed, to see where the truth starts and the lie ends.

The characters here are manipulating weirdos that are just obsessed with one another in a sick way! They're so wrong that I hated the fack that everything they were doing and saying felt right!

From the very start I knew that Caleb did NOT have amnesia. I do belive in destiny, I hold on tight to my destiny flag and swing it often! I belive in fairy tales and all that, but sometimes its just not destiny and not even coincedences that make things happen. But choices, choices made by calculating and scheming.

The love between Caleb and Olivia was kind of sick and possissive, but it was theirs to hold on to. It was the mirror of who they were and what they wanted from eachother. You can't have pure love if your broken inside. But even though they SO did not deserve an happy ending I wanted them to find peace with eachother. And grow old and "good" together! LoL.

And then what was up with that ending??? He is not dad why are you turning around and seeing him wink at you under the tree??? That part was like "WTF?!" and it really gave me chills and creeped me. No sence.

Well I guess I'm really curious now so I will be starting book two soon, even if I'm not entusiastic about Leah's POV... oh well we'll see. I kind of got spoiled on the ending of the whole series so I don't have a certain egerness to find out what happens but I'm sure curious to know how it happens.

"I never forgot you"

Stay tuned ^^
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