* We purchased this book for our own enjoyment *
*** WARNING….This is an odd review for an even more odd story ***
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.
A few days ago we were chatting with the lovely author , Melissa Rolka, about reading something new. Something that would knock us over. And thanks to her recommendation, we started this book right away. The only reason we never thought about reading The Opportunist ( Love Me With Lies # 1 ) by Tarryn Fisher, was because the title and cover gave us the impression that this would be like many other books. Just the same. To our surprise…..The Opportunist was something completey new!
We really really enjoyed this book. The story started out good and turned out to be more than we hoped for. And what was best of all….this book was totally unpredictable! We love being totally clueless and being shifted in the wrong direction with our thoughts.
Now….what we didn´t appreciate so much were the main characters and the past/present switches. But let´s start with the characters before we nag about the rest.* smile *
Olivia was a character who did nothing for us. Yes, she had a poor past, and yeah….she was a bitch ( sometimes )….but she was just your daily chick who had to deal with her usual problems. The only time we felt her was when she was feeling sorry for herself. We hardly understood her actions towards Caleb and we didn´t get why her dialogue was so ” tough cookie” like. We believe if Olivia would have had a softer touch to her persona, then that wouldn´t have affected the story badly. BUT…there were also a few moments when we really liked her ( those moments were there….but not often )
Caleb, on the other hand, was the complete opposite of Olivia. He was fun, kind and….well, he was just your perfect polished, nice, kind….( wait, we´re repeating ourselves, aren´t we?) Caleb was a good character, but he didn´t not leave us wanting more. The impression he made was just okay. We enjoyed reading about him, but that was about it. OH WAIT!! He was supposed to be a bit British ( sounds odd, but read the book, you´ll understand what we mean ). But that tiny bit of ” english” he had didn´t make us see him as such. It´s so hard to imagine a Brit ( please, if you are from England, do not be offended as we did not intend to be offensive ) who plays basketball and has the perfect american picture perfect attitude.
Besides the main characters, we loved ( yes, we ADORED ) Olivia´s friend, Cammie. We thought she should have had the leading role. * Oh well *
Now, you´re probably thinking ” Why did the Divas still enjoy this book when they thought the characters were shitty?” Well, because they weren´t THAT shitty. Olivia and Caleb were good figures, but not catchy and definitely not world class. It was the story that left us wanting more. The complete idea to write about two people who were once in love and then not, and they meet again years later with the hero having amnesia and the heroine knowing their past but taking the situation for granted as long as she could, was so cool! ( seriously….it was totally AWESOME! )
So, let´s move on to the other thing that we didn´t like: The past/present shifts.
Normally, we don´t really mind them much ( we´re not fans either of jumping back and forth in stories ) but in The Opportunist it was nerve wrecking and we lost interest really fast (about their past) once we found out that the flashbacks weren´t important for the present scenes.
All in all we thought this book was a fantastic read. It was frustrating as hell ( in a good way ) and it made us want to know what happens next! We´d hate to use the words ” emotional rollercoaster ride” because this is way beyond something like that. The Opportunist was a pretty good, screwed up story that left us with tons of questions.
We´ll let that hang like that because we´re afraid if we spend to much time writing this review we might end up giving this book 3 instead of a 4 rating due to not knowing if we LOVED or HATED this book.
The Divas are giving The Opportunist, by Tarryn Fisher, 4 out of 5 champagne glasses
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