Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Airport F**king BLUE

Title: The Opportunist
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me With Lies #1
Release Date: Nov. 14, 2011
Publisher Self

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.

“I’ve had therapy; I’ve had three years to…..
Get over him.
Fester in my guilt.”

Okay…What would you do if you had the opportunity to be with your one true love and fix the mistakes you’ve made in the past…..Would you take it, or would you let fear get in the way of true love? Many of you are probably thinking of course right. Well how many of you would lie, and manipulate the truth to get those results?

“I was a relationship retard. I kicked, shoved, and punched people out of my life, so they never had a chance to hurt me.”

Meet Olivia Kaspen, she’s my new favorite flawed character. She’s witty, intelligent, beautiful, petty, calculating, ruthless, manipulative, self loathing, with a tortured soul and all around Badass but you may also refer to her as “The Opportunist.” ;) I found her completely relatable and the sick side of me was salivating at the mouth at the opportunity that is thrown her way. I couldn’t put it down, days later and I’m still playing the “what if” game with Olivia’s life in my head.

“He was my crack. I could never get enough, and when I had him I was already thinking about when I could have him next.”

Olivia’s path is a classic example of how each decision no matter how small or large can have huge consequences in your life.

I wanted to be an attorney and put bad people in prison. Now, I was the bad person because I was plotting and scheming for a stupid boy. I hadn’t even thought about my dreams lately. It was like Caleb had rooted out my ambition and replaced it with a lusty obsession. Caleb Drake became her entire world, even prior to their dating.

These two Olivia (I adore and all her flaws) and Caleb (I adore him with his flaws as well) once dated yet these two can’t seem to get their act together. They’re so frustrating. Ughhhh. They lie, manipulate, cheat, spy, plot, and basically have no boundaries at what they will do to achieve one thing; LOVE. It’s actually very endearing and completely relatable that these two selfish people love one another so hard, and are so self destructive that they will stop at nothing and I mean absolutely NOTHING, to have that love. While reading The Opportunist Tarryn Fisher sent me on a ride in a tumultuous time machine as we go back and forth with flashbacks from the past and present day like another favorite book of mine Avoiding Commitment, so with that being said you won’t be able to put it down, because as this soap opera of life called Hurricane Olivia unfolds you will be glued to this book like I was until the last page.

Caleb was like a hurricane that swept through my life, stirring up things inside of me that I never knew existed. He is a longing I will never cure.

So when the opportunity arises that Olivia can have a second chance with her one true love Caleb after a messy break-up she jumps at the opportunity. There’s a catch, (isn’t there always) well Caleb has had an accident and now suffers from Amnesia and has NO memories of Olivia. He has no idea they’ve even dated, so she does what any other calculating ex girlfriend would do…she befriends him LOL and manipulates her way back into his life once again, while in the back of her mind fearing his memory will come back and he will remember that he hates her. :( This was a heartbreaker. I don’t blame her at all, and I cheered for her the entire time. Call me crazy, but I’ve done my fair share of scheming to get a man ;) and I can think of one man in particular that if he had amnesia I would do the same inappropriately scandalous thing she did…..Hey I’m not perfect. ;) lol.

“I don’t know what it is with you and that asshole. Four years and a bad breakup later and you’re still in a fucking chemical romance with basketball Ken.”

I don’t want to hear it. Not from Jim. Not from Cammie. In my wildest dreams I never imagined this twist to my story. A thousand girls could tell me that they would have done something different than what I did the day I pretended not to know Caleb, and I wouldn’t care. This is my redo.

Only one thing stands in the way of Olivia’s true happiness with Caleb, besides herself of course.

“Leah Smith. That was the little beast’s name. She was rich as I was poor, as happy as I was miserable, as redheads as I was dark.”

Olivia has been mourning the loss of the broken relationship she once had with her college sweetheart Caleb *sigh*. Now Caleb also comes with an abundance of flaws as well that we discover as the story unfolds, however I just love him to pieces. Regardless of how many mistakes and deceitful lies, and manipulation these two share amongst each other I can still can only see these two being made for one another. Oh wow just writing this review is really choking me up right now. Seriously this book has me thinking about it days later, in the shower, with friends, at the gym, driving in my car…’s completely consuming my thoughts. I keep wondering “what if this happened?

“Airport blue haunted me. It became a brand to me, a trademark of our broken relationship, and my failure to move on. Airport fucking blue.” This quote devastated me. :(

If you’re in the mood to have your mind blown with complete WTF-erry and heartache, angst, tears, torture, and depression all at the hands of the talented Tarryn Fisher, then you will LOVE and HATE this book by the end.

I’m so desperate for book #2 Dirty Red to be released December 28, 2012. It’s insane how much this book is occupying my thoughts. Dirty Red better give me some hope, but I don’t want to like Leah, because I love hating her. My final thoughts are, this is fiction, not real life so Tarryn Fisher can easily fix this for me. I want revenge!!! I want that Dirty Red Bitch to pay! I want the opposite of the epilogue in The Opportunist!!! Please make it happen. I AM TEAM AMNESIA!!!!

“You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will just chase your first love.”

P.s. I’m petty and I marked 1/2 a star off and made it 4.5 stars because I hated the epilogue. It completely broke my heart into tiny pieces :( I wanted the opposite of it to happen……


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3 Responses to Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

  1. Suzy Turner says:

    Wow, this book really did mess with your head, didn’t it?!!?!
    I’m not sure I could take all that heartache and desperation… I don’t think my heart could take it! I’m going to keep it in mind though for when I’m feeling strong enough ;)

  2. Karina A. says:

    I really want to read this for a long time now. After reading your review, I became more curious and interested about it. Aww. I might have an idea on the epilogue. And it makes me sad. :(
    Anyway, thanks for the review! Hopefully I can grab a copy soon!

    Karina @ CouchPotatoReader

  3. Suzanne says:

    That was unreal reading- what a book to keep straight and not act out of. You are a strong writer. The book belongs in my library and everything that follows. I just want to find out why the epilogue lost you 1/2 star.:)

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